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Dec. 7, 2020

Reminder: RSVP for Virtual Campus Reentry News Conference Today, Dec. 7

  • What: Virtual news conference on campus reentry progress
  • When: Today, Monday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. (MST).
  • Where: Media who wish to ask questions via Zoom must RSVP to by 9 a.m. (MST) today to receive the link.
  • Online public broadcast

TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins and Reentry Task Force Director Dr. Richard Carmona will provide an update on campus reentry progress and will take journalists' questions virtually over Zoom.

They will be joined by UArizona associate professor of immunology Deepta Bhattacharya, who will discuss COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, and head of the UArizona Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Michael Worobey, who will discuss the university's planned use of a Swish Gargle PCR test to detect COVID-19 infections.

Media who wish to ask questions via Zoom must RSVP with name, outlet and email address to Alexis Blue,, by 9 a.m. (MST) today to receive a Zoom invitation.

The event also will be streamed live on the University of Arizona YouTube page, where all of the university's weekly updates are posted.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional instructions for media participation are available at

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Media contact:
Holly Jensen
University Communications

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 65 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually. For the latest on the University of Arizona response to the novel coronavirus, visit the university's COVID-19 webpage.