(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
3/5/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Grad Students and Post-docs,
As I write you this email and fill your inbox with yet more emails, I want to point you to this New Yorker article (that includes a mention of research from UCI!).
It can be hard to break away, especially when email is flooding your inbox. Check out some tips at the end of this email on that point specifically. Also, speaking of emails, if you live in Grad and Family Housing, be on the lookout for emails about lease renewals. I know it can be easy to miss such things, but it’s that time of year.
Next week is the one year anniversary of the pandemic really affecting things at the University of California. This past week, many declared March 1 a national day of mourning: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/01/us/national-day-of-mourning-covid-victims/index.html
You may have seen articles, like this one from the UK: https://apnews.com/article/uk-coronavirus-deaths-pass-100k-76f125a9c79a766f4d8e84220a09804c, describing a “tsunami of grief” and other similar metaphors. Most of these articles say the same thing: we are all, as a planet, in some kind of mourning. We are mourning loss of life, of course, but we are also mourning the loss of a year, of research, of job opportunities, of travel, of freedom.
We had our local UCI competition last night, and you can watch it here if you missed it https://vimeo.com/505349533
- 1st Place: Leslie Heid
Mathematical, Computational & Systems Biology
- 2nd Place: Jessica Vidmark
- 3rd Place: Hamsi Radhakrishnan
Neurobiology and Behavior
Don’t let getting a vaccine stress you out! If you are able to stay home, keep physical distancing, and all the rest, there is no particular rush. You don’t have to stay up into the middle of the night to get that appointment. There will almost certainly be many more appointments in a month or so. If you DO want a vaccine early and you are 1A or 1B eligible, then by all means, use whatever means you have necessary. Know that this is your choice and your timeline though.
You may have noticed that the governor announced a shift in vaccine distribution this week to target neighborhoods in the bottom quartile of the Healthy Places index (https://map.healthyplacesindex.org/). You can read more about that change in these articles:
This change does not affect overall eligibility (e.g., Phases 1A and 1B) it just targets areas of delivery of the shots. You can read more about who is and is not eligible under current guidance here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/VaccineAllocationGuidelines.aspx
For those of you who are 1B eligible, please note that you may need to print evidence of this (e.g., letter from UCI, letter from another employer, pay stub, etc).
- Dan David Prize
Deadline is March 10, 2021: https://www.dandavidprize.org/
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Funding Opportunity
Deadline March 15, 2021: https://sigmaxi.fluidreview.com
- Solutions that Scale Graduate Fellowships
Deadline is: March 19, 2021: https://sites.ps.uci.edu/solutions/
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Deadline April 5, 2021: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html
- Stanford PRISM
Deadline: April 12, 2021: https://postdocs.stanford.edu/PRISM
- Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant
For more information on our offerings for students and faculty visit our Academic Programs page
- PHI BETA KAPPA International Scholarships
Deadline April 16, 2021: https://grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/internal/phi-beta-kappa.php
- Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
Deadline May 5, 2021: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr/
2021 AGS (Associated Graduate Student) Virtual Symposium
When: Saturday, April 24th
What: The AGS Symposium is a competition hosted by
UC Irvine’s Associated Graduate Students. It showcases the research and accomplishments of all students in the graduate division. This year, we have over $6,000 in gift card awards for participants and raffles for audience members. Additionally, all participants will receive a complimentary $25 meal ticket for their participation. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to come together as a community and share their research with their peers, friends and family.
Applications for the 2021-2022 California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP) are due March 29, 2021
- $1,000 stipend will be provided to all selected interns that complete the program.
- Eligibility Requirements:
- For more details please visit https://www.grad.uci.edu/academics/programs-internships.php or contact Andrea Bannigan, CCCIP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for New Venture Competition Presented by UCI Paul Merage School of Business
- Teams compete for $100,000 in cash prizes
- Click here for more information: https://merage.uci.edu/research-faculty/centers/innovation-entrepreneurship/new-venture-competiton.html
Monday, March 8: Noon, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, March 9: 4PM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, March 10: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, March 11: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, March 12: 3PM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
You NEED a commute! I know what you are thinking, what Friday afternoon sleep deprived silliness is this? No one likes a commute! Perhaps. But you need it. I had a great discussion with a student who came to office hours today about how to separate work and life to get some rest. In this pandemic world, work can never seem to end.
As Dan Springer, CEO of DocuSign said “Working from home makes it much harder to delineate work time from personal time. I encourage all of our employees to have a disciplined schedule for when you will work, and when you will not, and to stick to that schedule.” I encourage all of you to have that kind of schedule as well. Get your fellow grad students, your advisor, or anyone else to hold you accountable to that schedule. And make your physical environment work for you in creating that separation. Here are some ideas we brainstormed together today for changing your physical environment to support this separation:
- Take a walk between breakfast and work and between work and being done for the day.
- Put a screen, curtain, or some other divider between your work area and your bed if they are in the same room.
- Cover your desk or computer when you are not working on it so that you can’t see it.
- Try not to eat at your desk or work area. Take a real break to have a meal, maybe even with a friend by zoom or phone.
- Get outside and get some movement into your body, whatever that means for you.
Commutes are great, because you get outside and you walk and you move and your head switches gears. So make your own.
On behalf of the Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division