(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
4/6/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Happy Monday everyone,
We don’t have a huge update today. Apparently, the rain kept away the news. Hopefully, you all got to jump in a few puddles today or cuddle up on the couch under a blanket. As for me, my home office is a closet (literally) with no windows, and so for a brief moment I thought we had a rat infestation on the roof, but no it was just raindrops.
A few things to draw your attention to as we continue to respond to this new normal. Please attend to issues of accessibility in your research, teaching, and correspondence.
Accessibility During COVID-19
In Accessibility Suffers During Pandemic, Inside Higher Ed describes how students with disabilities and their advocates worry about access to equitable education. Our Disability Services Center has been working around the clock to ensure our students have appropriate access. Please reach out to them if you need help, can volunteer to help others, or have questions.
Microsoft also published an interesting article, What the disability community can teach us about working remotely, in which they describe working with and learning from their employees and by continuing to prioritize accessibility in these shifting circumstances. Microsoft has been a leader in inclusive hiring and work practices. It is nice to see them continuing to do s
Division of Career Pathways Services Update
Please note that DCP will continue to offer one-on-one career counseling appointments through both Zoom and phone as well as “virtual office hours” on Wednesdays from 1-3 to temporarily replace in-person drop in times. All of these appointments can be scheduled directly through Handshake. If students are unable to find a session that meets their needs or schedule, please email email@example.com.
Online resources to provide students with career support:
Handshake– Comprehensive online career services platform in which students can search for and apply to jobs and internships, register for DCP events, schedule career counseling appointments, and much more.
Virtual career counseling appointments – Offered through both Zoom (video and chat) and phone - Student can sign up through Handshake.
Virtual Resume Reviews– Offered through VMock, this online system enables students to upload a PDF version of their resume and receive feedback in real time 24 hours a day (Note – it does not review CVs, students should schedule career counseling appointments for CV reviews).
Big Interview– Online system that helps students prepare for interviews through instructional videos, extensive question library, and virtual mock interviewing. Please see attached flyer for Academic Interviewing Assignment.
Webinars - All of our normally scheduled workshops, including those reserved for graduate students only, are now offered through Zoom. Please see attached promotional flyer.
Micro-Internships– Students can land opportunities to build valuable work experience through micro-internships (short-term, paid, project-based assignments that are similar to those given to interns).
Graduate-Specific Online Resources:
ImaginePhD- online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars (open access)
Versatile PhD – offers first-hand advice about nonacademic careers for STEM PhDs (currently open to those with a UCI email address)
Travel, Childcare, and Other Emergency Funding
AGS has emergency travel funding available: https://www.ags.uci.edu/services/travel/
DTEI has emergency laptop loans available for students: https://sites.uci.edu/learnanywhere/student-laptop-loan-program/
We have some additional emergency technical supports (e.g., Ethernet dongles to plug into wall rather than WiFi, hotspot loans), and will have a survey out very soon to request these resources.
Childcare and other emergency funds are being examined, and we hope to have information to share soon. These are more complicated than I wish, so I thank you for your patience. As a reminder for UC travelers, the Central Travel Office and Risk Services will host an encore Q&A on COVID-19 and Travel on April 9th at 11AM.
Travel reimbursement questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Come Visit GD:
Dean’s Virtual Office Hours: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057.
Tuesday, April 7: 11am – 11:30am
Wednesday, April 8: 3pm – 3:30pm
Thursday, April 9: 8:30am – 9am
Friday, April 10: 3:30pm – 4pm
Monday, April 13: 2:30pm – 3pm
Tuesday, April 14: Noon – 12:30pm
Wednesday, April 15: 11:30am – Noon
Thursday, April 16: 9am – 9:30am
Friday, April 17: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Virtual Yoga and Meditation
Virtual yoga and meditation class on Wednesday, April 8th from 10:30 am -11:30 am. The class will be live-streamed on UCI Graduate Division's Instagram page (@ucirvinegd) and facilitated by graduate counselor and yoga instructor Phong Luong.
UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List
The New York Times, April 6, 2020 (Opinion)
Associated Press, April 6, 2020
Coronavirus patients rush to join studies of Gilead drug
NBC News, April 6, 2020
ABC News, April 6, 2020
Some cash-strapped states turn to election security funds to fight COVID-19
Orange County Business Journal, April 6, 2020
Tech is Great, but Avoid Online Addiction
Forbes, April 6, 2020
Coming: A New Appreciation For The Social Benefits Of Graduate Education
The Guardian, April 6, 2020
What an Iranian film about a leper colony can teach us about coronavirus
Orange County Register, April 4, 2020
O.C. sold 100,000 medical-grade coronavirus masks, citing expiration dates
The National Business, April 4, 2020
How the world’s billionaires are handling the Covid-19 outbreak
Patch, April 4, 2020
OC Nurses Protest Lack Of PPE During Coronavirus Outbreak
Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2020 (Op-ed)
Op-Ed: How Republicans are using the pandemic to suppress the vote
Wirecutter (A New York Times Company), April 3, 2020
Have a 3D Printer? You Can Use It to Make Face Shields for Medical Workers
CBS2, April 3, 2020 (Video)
Coronavirus: UCI Medical Center Nurses Protest Over Lack Of Personal Protective Equipment
Orange County Register, April 3, 2020
Senior residents protest hotel planned for homeless coronavirus patients, operator says it will be isolated and locked down
Association for Psychological Science, April 3, 2020 (Podcast – audio)
Psychological Science and COVID-19, Interview with Roxane Cohen Silver
Edscoop, April 2, 2020
As medical supplies dwindle, universities build ventilators, swabs
California Health Report, April 2, 2020
Amid Coronavirus, Calls and Texts to Mental-Health Hotlines Are Surging
WFAE, April 1, 2020 (Audio)
Charlotte Talks: How We Learn During A Pandemic
The New York Times, April 1, 2020
Dr. James T. Goodrich, Who Operated on Conjoined Twins, Dies at 73
Langston Hughes once wrote:
Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Today is one of those days when you can embrace both the literal and metaphorical rain.
Sending you all my best wishes on behalf of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division