The 200th day of March

Dear Colleagues:  Welcome to the beginning of a new academic year at Tufts and across the nation.  This academic year is of course the most unusual one in history, as we try to continue our teaching, research, and service activities in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the ongoing pandemic of systemic racism, white privilege, disparities in life opportunities, and social injustice to and violence towards individuals of color; the economic calamities affecting individuals, families, businesses, and communities across the U.S.; the impact of global climate change; and the political divisiveness and unrest affecting our democracy and civil society. In the midst of these set of challenges, the researchers, staff, and students at IARYD will continue to function as a virtual lab for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, we will continue to strive to do our best to work efficiently and productively in maintaining our research, mentorship, collaborations, and service during this period.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to my colleagues or me at any time and, as well, please stay safe and stay well.  Best regards, Rich Lerner