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Biology and art & art history faculty donate protective equipment for healthcare workers. 

As gloves and other supplies sat unused in closed Ursinus laboratories and art studios, the biology and art and art history departments banded together to help that equipment get into the hands of the medical professionals who needed it.

“Since we can’t be on campus and use the gloves for our research this semester, we wanted to give them to health care workers in the area to keep them protected,” said Rebecca Lyczak, a professor of biology.

The equipment, including more than 7,000 gloves, was donated to the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

“The giving of supplies is in line with our values as a school and a department. In times of need, we as scientists should do what we can to help in any way we can. It speaks to Ursinus Quest—How should we live together? We call on our students to consider the ethical implications of science through our work in the classroom and we all felt strongly that we can lead by example during this time,” she said.

With the aid of staff members Colleen Grzywacz and Tucker Capparell, the art and art history department was also able to source 20 boxes of nitrile gloves and several N95 respirator masks that were sent to aid first responders of Trappe Ambulance.

“Many outside the art world may be unaware that such items are commonly used in the creation, conservation and stewardship of artwork,” said Deborah Barkun, chair of the department of art and art history and director of museum studies. “With these donations, our department and the Berman Museum of Art join art schools, museums, and galleries across the country in providing desperately needed PPE equipment to medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.” –By Mary Lobo ’15