A Daily Lift – April 17, 2020

Good Morning,


I hope that you are doing well!


Our “lifts” for today:


From Karen Brann (Faculty Affairs)

“One Bright Thing”  Amid the bleakness, 18 New York Times writers shared moments that lightened their mood:



From Kathryn Fogle (HR)

Song Around The World, “The Weight,” featuring musicians performing together across five continents:



From Courtney Johnson (Biotechnology & CBE)

Ben Folds performs free live Saturday Night Apartment Requests concerts from his apartment in Australia at 7:00 PM ET. He posts the YouTube link on his Patreon Page every week, and this event is free. You just have to scroll down on that page or go directly to: https://www.patreon.com/posts/4-saturday-night-35940322


From Dr. Ravi Radhakrishnan (Chair, BE)

Good COVID-19 Vaccine News: “The global vaccine R&D effort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in terms of scale and speed. This would represent a fundamental step change from the traditionally slow vaccine development pathway, and will necessitate novel vaccine development paradigms involving parallel and adaptive development phases, innovative regulatory processes and scaling manufacturing capacity.” —  The above is a quote from an article in Nature Magazine. A complete list of ongoing clinical trials, along with dates for COVID-19 Vaccines and treatments are available from a Milken Institute report. Some of you may recognize that the Inovio Trial described in these articles is from Wistar/Penn Researchers.


From Laura Stubbs (ODI)

Weekly ODI Friday Yoga sessions at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom 

Join the Zoom Meeting today:


Meeting ID:  521502426



Tomorrow, April 18, “One World: Together At Home”, an international broadcast, will celebrate healthcare workers and unite the world in support of the fight against COVID-19. Over 70 artists will perform. The special will run in two parts: a global multi-hour digital livestream running from 2 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET, and a 2-hour broadcast from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.  For information on how to tune in: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/one-world-together-at-home-how-to-tune-in/


Have a nice weekend!


Stay safe and healthy!