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Virtual Science Pub on June 11 Will Focus on the Art of Masks and PPE

By Dan Campbell

The COVID-19 pandemic has faculty from all areas of campus looking for ways to address areas of need in the health care field.

Alison Stinely, assistant professor of painting in the Department of Art in Old Dominion University's College of Arts & Letters, will discuss her recent efforts utilizing 3-D printing to design and create protective masks with R95 filters during "Behind the Mask: Form & Function of an Artist's Response," the third online Science Pub.

The event, originally scheduled for May 28, is now set for 7 p.m. June 11. It will be conducted using the Zoom platform. Folks are asked to RSVP by June 10 and will be emailed a Zoom link.

Stinely's artwork has featured mixed media for years, and she saw an application for it with the shortage of protective masks facing health-care providers. Her first batch of masks was provided to ODU nursing students doing clinical work in local hospitals. She plans to donate additional masks to local nursing homes.

"Creating the masks helped me feel productive and gave me focus during what has been a distressing and confusing time for all," she said.

Stinely is using widely accessible products to ensure others can replicate her design. She plans to help address the shortage of PPE's and other needed items by making her design available via a Creative Commons license.

"If you are able to help, you have an obligation to do so," she said.

Audience members will once again have to get creative for this Science Pub and supply their own beverages!

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