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When New York's Montefiore Medical Center admitted its first COVID-19 patient on March 11, Albert Einstein School of Medicine professor of medicine Kenneth J. Schaefle ’90 was pulled in alongside many others to help with the COVID response.

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In the early days of the pandemic, Whitney Owens quickly pivoted the Cincinnati Museum Center’s three institutions — the Duke Energy Children's Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and Museum of Natural History & Science — to virtual programming.

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Scientist, entrepreneur and investor Sinan Aral discusses how he became interested in social media research, outlines some of his most important findings and reflects on the Northwestern professors who impacted him most.

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Before embarking on Forrest Fenn's treasure hunt, Northwestern alumnus Jim Miller had been comfortably occupying a safe, cubicle-like state-of-mind. Fenn's challenge coaxed him out into nature and the unknown.

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For nearly half a century, Shep Shanley has been introducing Northwestern to prospective students around the globe. And honestly, he says, in 49 years the job hasn’t changed much.

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Geneve Ong ’14 is part of the fight to address COVID-19 in Singapore. As the senior assistant director of strategic planning for the government in Singapore, she helps find relocation options for people who are unable to shelter in place safely.

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Sharmila Wijeyakumar founded Rahab’s Daughters to help victims of human trafficking in Illinois. She says there is an unprecedented need for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Former Wildcat hurler Eric Jokisch finds fulfillment with the Korean Baseball Organization’s Kiwoom Heroes. In May, Jokisch returned to the mound at a time when many leagues worldwide could not conceive of resuming play because of the coronavirus — and he walked into an international spotlight.

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Members of the Class of 2020 from across the University reflect on their Northwestern experience in their own words.

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Food truck operator Nizar Ku and friends created a “fund-a-meal” program to provide fresh, hot meals to those in need. They started delivering food to front-line medical workers but quickly shifted to feeding daily wage earners most affected by the lockdown, including Rohingya refugees, who often have no official status and find it hard to ask authorities for help.

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