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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in spring 2020, the University’s philanthropic community has responded by funding high-impact research and providing resources to help students learn remotely and return to campus. Donor support has been crucial to the continuation of Northwestern’s research and teaching missions.

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In the wake of the pandemic, Olivia Pura found space for creativity, launching the podcast Science in Society. A first-generation student and first-generation Polish American, Pura also began a molecular biophysics program, with the goal of becoming a professor.

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I’m a person of faith, and the Bible gives me a glimpse into what is beyond my science, introducing me to a God who is intensely proud of the reality he wills into being. I believe that there is delight in heaven as my students and I peel back the layers of God’s “onion.” This motivates me and frees me to do curiosity-driven science well before I perceive how the insights to be gained will profit a modern society.

Read Gerald Gabrielse’s essay

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Hope After COVID

Winter 2021
Northwestern Medicine surgeons perform double-lung transplants, giving new life to eight COVID-19 survivors.

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John Rogers doesn’t just lead the field of stretchable bioelectronics — he founded it. He has invented a mind-boggling number of devices, pushing boundaries to extreme limits and creating electronics that are impossibly thin, flexible, stretchy and smart — blurring the distinction between body and device.

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Seeing her own family members treated unfairly in health care settings gave Melissa Simon ’06 the resolve to become a doctor and change health care from the inside. Today, she combines research and community outreach to reduce gaps in health care services for medically underserved communities.

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I’m a social psychologist working in industry, so understanding “winning” qualities of leadership has always been a particular curiosity for me. Because of his direct and candid approach, knowledge of the facts and quiet leadership, people listen to and respect Anthony Fauci — the unwitting hero of 2020.

Read Jennifer Rosner's essay

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As communities across Illinois respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and brace for its long-term effects, mental health and wellness are central to the recovery strategy. Rachel Bhagwat ’12 and Anthony Guerrero ’14, ’18 MS are on the team leading that effort at NAMI Chicago, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Lithium is the lightest metal on the periodic table and can charge quickly into a variety of electrode materials, making it uniquely valuable for batteries. Lilac Solutions aims to deliver a sustainable solution to the global lithium-supply problem.

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In the wake of the coronavirus, life will never quite return to “normal.” We asked Northwestern professors to weigh in on how life has been transformed as a result of the pandemic.

Read the professors' perspectives