(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
11/13/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
Well, the US election is finally over, and while not all of you are US citizens/able to vote, going to school here no doubt means it has effects on you. I encourage you to read up on which ballot initiatives passed and which didn’t and what that means. California is an interesting state in terms of our direct democracy approach to ballot initiatives… well with understanding, given I just recently learned that over 70% of our graduate alumni stay in California at least for their first job!
Holidays This Year
There is no doubt that 2020 has been one seriously weird and in many ways sad, frustrating, and angering year. The upcoming fall and winter holidays are likely to feel much the same. The NIH put out a helpful guide yesterday regarding ways you might celebrate and be a part of the holidays WITHOUT traveling, getting together with people outside your family unit, and so on. https://www.nih.gov/planning-your-holidays-during-covid-19-pandemic PLEASE take their advice. And if you don’t like their advice, try this stuff from Cosmo: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a34003732/how-to-celebrate-thanksgiving-online/
I’ve been asked a lot what I plan to do for the holidays by students. And so I will share that now. My dad recently completed treatment for prostate cancer--I’ve been hesitant to share, because, well I guess I am a little superstitious. His levels look great though, and the temptation to celebrate is strong. We will see him by Zoom. I have family anywhere from a few miles to thousands of miles away, and I will see no one but my partner and kids in person until at least 2021. I know not everyone has a partner and kids, and that can make a holiday seem more lonely. For that, please know updated plans for those living in grad housing should be released soon. For those who do have a family unit though, I strongly urge you not to broaden it for the sake of a holiday. Those friends and relatives who you want so much to see this holiday may not be around for future ones if we don’t all continue to make the shared sacrifices to stay in our smallest possible units of people.
Reminder of upcoming events:
Social Sciences Hosting Numerous Election Based Webinars
The Deans of UCI have come together to host different election based webinars extending through mid December. See below for the full schedule.
- Election 2020 in Review
November 17 | Noon - 1:30 pm PT
- Health Care and the 2020 Presidential Election
December 2 | 9:30 - 10:45 am PT
- Problems of Democracy
December 7 | Noon - 1:30 pm PT
- Special Book Launch Event: Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now
December 10 | 11 am - Noon PT
From the Office of the Campus Writing and Communication Coordinator
Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Monday, November 16, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Please RSVP by November 11, 2020. Zoom link will be emailed to registered attendees. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jQHZMAM9aSYy_SwnFNlvE4lhSGcnGZenKDjtKa_y8Ng/viewform
Enter the Big Ideas Challenge
The UC Big Ideas Contest is an early-stage, student-led, innovation program that connects students with the mentorship, training, and resources needed to successfully conceptualize, launch, and scale their social ventures. Open to all University of California students, the Contest awards up to $20K in awards to students with creative solutions to pressing social challenges. Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired a diverse array of over 2,500 student-led ventures, working in more than 50 countries. Learn More!
We are excited to announce that Genentech’s world-class biomedical research organization is launching a new rotation program. As our organization grows, program and portfolio management continues to evolve. We need leaders eager to learn about our industry, with the talent and capability to adapt to change. The Portfolio Rotation Program (PRP) is the only rotation program in pharmaceuticals for program and portfolio management, and it’s how we’re discovering and fostering that next generation of drug development professionals.
Senior graduate students (MS or PhD in STEM-related fields), as well as postdocs and other advanced degree applicants (MBA, MD, PharmD) are eligible to apply. We’re looking for talent eager to learn how business and science can be combined in the drug development process to ultimately deliver innovative medicines to patients.
Genentech Portfolio Rotation Program: Applications Now Open!
Genentech firmly believes that embracing diversity and inclusion drives innovation, improves scientific and clinical outcomes and contributes to equitable healthcare access for all. Genentech encourages all students, especially those from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Throughout this two-year program, PRP participants will take on tailored assignments, earning hands-on exposure to meaningful projects. That includes evaluating business strategies and options, developing program management expertise and supporting world-class science. PRP participants will be embedded with teams across the drug development life cycle: early preclinical development, Phase 1 to 3 clinical trials and preparation for commercial launch.
Rotations occur in the following departments:
- Genentech Research and Early Development Program Management (gRED PM)
- Product Development Global Program Management (PD GPM)
- gRED Portfolio Strategy and Planning (gRED PSP)
- PD Pipeline and Portfolio Planning (PD PPP)
Interested? Join us for a Webinar on Tuesday December 1 at 9:00 am PST. Please click here to register for the webinar, attendance is entirely optional and your application will be considered regardless of whether you attend the webinar or not. During the webinar we will tell you more about the PRP and answer any questions you may have about the program.
Apply to the PRP here: https://go.gene.com/2021PortfolioRotationProgram
Applications will be due on Friday December 18 at 5:30pm (PST).
Send all inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID Response and Social Isolation
We have heard you loud and clear. Survey responses indicate high levels of loneliness and isolation, and AGS, Grad housing council, and others have been advocating hard on your behalf. Student Affairs, housing, and the public health experts on campus are working towards a “grad pod” option that should address some of these concerns. I find myself in the usual place of thanking you for your patience and apologizing for the speed with which things happen. I will also note that campus is trying to work towards options that provide you more social interaction while the outside world is seeing infection rates skyrocket. That’s a hard position to be in, and I am very sorry that as a country we have not addressed these things at the level that would allow for even greater relaxation locally. I encourage you all to continue to reach out to AGS, to grad housing, and to our office with specific questions and concerns.
Upcoming Town Halls
As most of you know, Grad Division is now doing monthly town halls with different topics and special guests each month. Our November town hall was today and focused on Health, Wellness, and COVID-19. If you missed it, you can watch the recorded version by clicking below,
- Past town halls are at https://www.facebook.com/UCIrvineGD/videos/?view_public_for=154757707888315&ref=page_internal
- Save the date for our final town hall of 2020 and register by clicking here https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__d7If4MlQQqHlQc83Ug-bQ
- December 11th | 3 pm - 4 pm PT - Diversity and Inclusion at UCI
We will again this week have the option for office hours with me as well as our Associate Deans in grad division. Our new Associate Deans are eager to meet and speak with you! Please pay them a visit, even if it’s just to say hi. Of course, you can always come see me as well.
Dean Hayes 11:30AM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Dean Hayes 5 PM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
AD Smith 3:30 PM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Dean Hayes 3 PM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
AD Smith 12:30 pm - https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Dean Hayes 5PM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
I was trying to think of a metaphor to describe what we are all going through right now. The best I can come up with is Heartbreak Hill in the Boston Marathon: https://www.runnersworld.com/races-places/a20783312/is-the-boston-marathons-heartbreak-hill-as-bad-as-they-say/ It happens at mile 20 of a 26 mile race. You have been pushing so hard, and you aren’t really that close to the end, but you are getting there. And then, wham, it hits you… straight. up. hill. Heartbreak Hill is a doozie, and that is where we are. You have been locked down. You have suffered. We all have. And now we are coming in to cold and flu season and the fall and winter holidays at once. Most of you have been WAY more responsible than most people around the country, and that has kept our COVID rates down, but it’s not over. Get up that hill. You can do it. We all can.
Our thoughts are with you all this weekend.
Push on, let's get this together, on behalf of all of Graduate Division.
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division