(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
4/7/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Hi Graduate Students and Post-Docs,
I don’t know who made this, but it was shared by UCI Grad Alumna Krystle Young, and it has certainly given me a lot to think about. For me, I’ve been able to look at this graphic and I can honestly say I’ve felt every single one of these things. I also acknowledge that I can do better in the “growth” and “learning” zones. We all can. I am definitely not trying to tell you how to feel. You feel how you feel, and whatever it is, that’s okay. Thinking about what I want to do with these feelings has helped me though, so I hope it helps you.
Assistance With Internet Access
With many of us now working remotely, there is now higher demand being placed on our graduate students’ home networks. In an effort to help aid the performance of your internet speed, we have the following options to offer at no cost to you:
For those of you located on-campus and utilizing these networks, you may see an improvement by avoiding the use of your wifi and alternatively connecting directly to your router with an ethernet cable. Please use the following request form to determine your needs and request an adapter and/or longer cable: Ethernet Adapter Request Form.Be sure to measure how far you need to go. We can get some seriously long cables if you really need them, though PLEASE tape them down if you run cable all over your apartment. I once took out a good chunk of a major mountain west telco’s website tripping over a cable in a datacenter. #TrueStory
UCI has a limited number of Internet Hotspots that will be loaned out to our graduate students free of charge for those living off-campus. Priority will be given to those who do not currently have internet access at their residence. To determine if you qualify for the hotspot, please complete the following form: Off-Campus Hotspot Request Form
Please note, while we will do our best to provide these supplies, availability isn't necessarily guaranteed, and so as always please reserve these supplies for those who need them.
Upcoming Support Groups with Graduate Counselors
With the support of Harinder Singh, Director, Graduate Professional Success in Science, Tech., Engineering & Math (GPS-STEM), Graduate Counselors Phong Luong and Elizabeth Dunn are leading a new “Restore-antine Graduate Support Group” for Spring Quarter.
These drop-in sessions will be held several times throughout the quarter as a means for students to express their frustrations or ask questions in a safe environment, gain advice from the graduate community about establishing routine and remaining motivated, while sharing their wellness and school-from-home tips with their peers. The full schedule is below. Just click the Zoom link and you’re in!
- Thursday, April 16: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Thursday, May 7: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Thursday, May 28: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
OIT: Microsoft Teams Tips
Many of you may have already seen this, but below are some very useful tips regarding the safe use of Microsoft Teams provided by OIT.
Microsoft Teams is a workplace collaboration tool that enables remote work and communication among teammates campus wide. With significantly increased usage in our new telecommuting environment, users should get acquainted with Teams settings that maintain the security and privacy of meetings and information. WhileZoomis UCI's primary tool for meetings, if you elect to use Teams video conference features, please review the below instructions carefully.
Control who can join your meeting
- Do not share the meeting link URL or the Conference ID publicly, where non-attendees may have access.
- Use the lobby feature in the Meeting Options to control whether unauthenticated users, including dial in users, must wait in the lobby before being admitted into the meeting by the Organizer or Presenter.
Control what your meeting attendees can do
- Assign meeting roles from the Meeting Options to distinguish between Presenters (who have full permissions), and Attendees (who have a limited set of permissions). By default, all participants have the Presenter role.
- Prevent participants from presenting their screen, muting other participants, and admitting people from the lobby by adjusting Who can present in the Meeting Options.
- In public meetings, mute participants unless needed.
- To remove participants, select Show participants, right click on the participant and select Remove participant.
Set up privacy controls
- Before joining a meeting, review the audio and video settings. You have the option to mute your audio and disable your video when joining a meeting.
- Blur your background to conceal your surroundings and remove potential distractions.
- Review the top bar, or the meeting controls panel near the bottom, to determine whether a meeting is being recorded. If you do not consent to being recorded, leave the meeting. All presenters can record a meeting – assign specific presenters to limit the ability for attendees to record a meeting.
- Messages sent during a meeting are saved in the Chat area for most meetings, or in the Channel conversation if a meeting is hosted in a Channel. Treat sending a message while in a meeting like you would any other message you send in Teams.
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
Just a friendly reminder, graduate counselor and yoga instructor Phong Luong will be hosting a virtual yoga and meditation class TOMORROW, April 8th from 10:30 am -11:30 am. The class will be live-streamed on UCI Graduate Division's Instagram page (@ucirvinegd). Feel free to join in!
Health Tips From Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. Marcelle Hayashida
In case you missed it, Dr. Marcelle Hayashida provided some great tips on how to cope with our new way of normal. Below are a few of her suggestions:
If it helps, keep a journal or write down what you and your family are experiencing right now. The scientific literature suggests that writing in order to better understand your emotions can have both mental and physical health benefits.
Notice the hallmarks of a good day and make a plan to repeat what worked well.
Savor something delicious, whether it's homemade, take-out, or delivered to you.
Find some aspect of the arts (dance, theater, poetry, music) that inspires you.
Reach out for help if there is some aspect of telecommuting or distance learning that is unfamiliar, and try to be quick to answer a question for someone who appears to be struggling.
Keep abreast of national and local headlines, but turn media off periodically. Take time to unplug, rest, and just notice what's happening right now in this unprecedented time in our history.
Students are encouraged to reach out to the Counseling Center (counseling.uci.edu) by calling (949) 824-6457. During business hours (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm), to schedule an appointment or for all other inquiries, leave a message and the office will call you back within 2 hours during normal business hours.
Division of Career Pathways Services Available Remotely
The Division of Career Pathways continues to offer one-on-one career counseling appointments through both Zoom and phone as well as “virtual office hours” to temporarily replace in-person drop in times. All of these appointments can be scheduled directly throughHandshake. If students are unable to find a session that meets their needs or schedule, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCI Beall Applied Innovation Offers Session for Life Science Investors During COVID-19
On April 9, at 12 p.m. UCI’s Beall Center for Applied Innovation offers a virtual Q&A with Jeffry Weinhuff from Visionary Ventures on how life science investors view the current COVID-19 climate, what opportunities might arise and what healthcare innovations are more important than ever. Attendees mustregisterfor the event.
UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List
LAist, April 7, 2020
State Cuts Bail, Allows Remote Court Hearing To Fight COVID-19
Inside Higher Education, April 7, 2020
What About Graduate Students?
Roll Call, April 7, 2020
Wisconsin foreshadows more COVID-19 election law tests
Associated Press, April 7, 2020
California lends 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories
Associated Press, April 7, 2020
Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English
Fox News, April 6, 2020 (Video)
Doctors race to develop coronavirus drugs, speeding through hurdles
The New York Times, April 6, 2020
Wisconsin Election Fight Heralds a National Battle Over Virus-Era Voting
HealthDay, April 6, 2020
Beware of ‘Media Overload’ During Coronavirus Crisis, Experts Say
Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2020 (Video)
What South Korea did right to combat coronavirus
The Guardian, April 6, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump’s coronavirus ‘miracle cure’
Marketplace, April 6, 2020 (Audio)
Stress tests for banks aren’t designed for a downturn as severe as this one
Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2020
Supreme Court conservatives rule for Wisconsin GOP, reject more time to submit mail-in ballots
Managed Healthcare Executive, April 6, 2020
How Health Execs and Employees Are Responding to COVID-19
Forbes, April 6, 2020
When Will Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Orders End? Lawmakers Eye New Goal of May or June
Cheddar, April 6, 2020 (Video)
Anxious? Turn Off the Media and Other Tips From Experts
Orange County Register, April 6, 2020
Planned Scrapped For Housing Homeless With Coronavirus at Ayres Hotel Near Laguna Woods
TechTarget, April 6, 2020
A Checklist For Digital Transformation Success
Autism Speaks, April 2, 2020
Tips For Managing Children At Home During COVID-19
We’ve been on a bit of a superhero kick in our house. Two little kids, a lot of frustration and despair, and we needed to find a way to channel that energy. So we watch movies, create costumes, play imaginary games, and generally try to imagine we can take out COVID-19 with our superpowers. When describing the Avengers, Nick Fury notes:
"There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more"
The same could be said about universities, especially this one. In 1965, a renegade group of faculty who believed in cross-disciplinary research and a new age of scholarly inquiry took over some lima bean fields and made UCI. But what continues to make and remake UCI is all of you. You are a group of remarkable people, and everyday you make UCI more than just that group.
Keep going. Lift each other up. You’ve got this.
And … I promise some superhero movie nights in the GPSRC or out on the lawn when we can all be together again.
On behalf of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division