(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
4/23/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
I hate that every week brings me another challenge of thinking through what I can possibly say to you to ease some of the pain and trauma you are feeling. Many of you may be struggling with the juxtaposition of the Derek Chauvin verdict and the shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant. Many of you are struggling with ideas about going back into more public life while anti-Asian hate and other violence are rising. I don’t have words to provide you with comfort at this time, and I too have times when I wonder what we are all doing. What I can tell you is that I still have hope for the future. Much of that hope comes from you. The benefit of my position is that I get to read bios all the time of students who have won fellowships, who are graduating, who are starting new companies, who are changing the world. Sometimes, I even get to talk with some of you (and I hope to do more of that soon!). I get to see UCI graduate and postdoctoral studies from a broad lens, and what I see gives me hope.
I also urge you to read statements from both VC Haynes and Chancellor Gillman if you haven’t already:
- Vice Chancellor Haynes’ response to FedEx Facility Shooting in Indianaplois https://inclusion.uci.edu/2021/04/22/statement-on-the-april-15-fedex-facility-shooting-in-indianapolis-indiana/
- Chancellor Gillman’s Message in response to the Chauvin Trial verdict https://chancellor.uci.edu/engagement/campus-communications/2021/210420-guilty-verdict-in-chauvin-trial.php
And now on to the news of the week.
First of all, why are you getting this message so early today???? Graduate Division is doing a half day retreat starting at 12:30 today. The offices will be closed, but we will get back to you on Monday with anything you might need. In the meantime, remember that a retreat is good for you too. Whether that means time for deep thinking alone or with your classmates, time for rest and relaxation, or time writing and plotting the future, a half day with no meetings from time to time will do you wonders. Grad Division will be back on Monday ready and raring to go!
We continue to urge those who can get vaccinated to do so.
- See the 4/1/21 email from Vice Chancellor Willie Banks for nearby vax locations (including the Bren Events Center)
- State of California ‘My Turn’ Website: https://myturn.ca.gov/
- Orange County Health Care Agency: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-vaccine-resources
- The FRESH Basic Needs Hub is providing transportation support for students who face financial barriers accessing a vaccine site.
- NOTE: Student health still does not have any vaccine, and we do not know if they will ever be authorized to distribute. Please do not wait for this option if you want and are able to be vaccinated.
ICYMI: The UC issued a statement yesterday. Short story is that we are moving towards the idea that all 1 million students and employees across the CSU and UC systems will be vaccinated as soon as the FDA issues final approvals: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-encourages-covid-19-vaccinations-university-communities-while-reviewing-policy
COVID: So What’s Next?
There have been a lot of questions about the future. Many of these came up at the recent DECADE student meeting, which also serves as a reminder to always be sure to check in with your AGS reps and your DECADE student council. They can often raise questions or may even have answers. Here are some of the questions that have come through them that may be useful to everyone:
- Research Capacity: UCI is now in Phase 3 research reopening, which means most of the labs are open, human subjects research on campus has resumed, and the libraries are scaling up (including things like inter-library loan that many of you have been eager to have resume). More details are here: https://news.research.uci.edu/research-continuity/ and here: https://www.lib.uci.edu/uci-libraries-phased-reopening-plans
- Teaching and Learning: Undergraduate courses remain remote unless they have an exception. Graduate courses are now able to be offered in person, though the vast majority in Spring have remained remote. Summer grad courses are beginning to move more in-person, and we expect the vast majority of courses to be in person by Fall. There will be a process for determining which alternatives might be appropriate for those who absolutely cannot travel to campus. Be on the lookout for emails from the Office of Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning soon. Bottom line: You should expect to be on campus in the fall barring unforeseen circumstances (e.g., variants) or major barriers (e.g., visas). The precise details of how in-person learning will happen in the fall will be determined closer to the start of the term in order to be most responsive to the public health context. All possible precautions are still under consideration (e.g., face coverings, distancing, cleaning protocols, etc) and will be finalized with expert guidance and best practices.
- Clinical and practicum experiences: These have by and large been allowed throughout much of the pandemic with appropriate precautions and when alternatives were not possible. If you are not getting what you need in this regard, your first step is to reach out to your program director or Associate Dean.
- Housing is working to balance needs of returning students with continuing students and incoming students and will be continuing their work over the next several weeks. Please be patient as they work through lists and requests. If you are offered an incoming space or a renewal, please answer as quickly as you can make the decision as someone else is likely awaiting that space.
The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation Spring 2021 Workshop Series is now open for registration! Contact Ashley Hooper at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions.
- Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion inside and outside the classroom
Date, Time, and Location: Tuesday, April 27th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm via Zoom
- Exploring learning processes and techniques to support learning
Date, Time, and Location: Monday, May 17th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm via Zoom
- How to implement active learning strategies in your classroom and enhance student learning
Date, Time, and Location: Friday, May 28th, 1:30 - 3:00pm via Zoom
Beall Applied Innovation Student Startup Fund Program:
- icro-grants to students engaged in UCI’s entrepreneurial programs, competitions and centers.
- If interested, please visit the following link for more information: https://mailchi.mp/uci.edu/ssf-spring-students?e=4bebcd407a
REMINDER: Students needed for study on student mental health
UCI School of Nursing is running an NIMH funded study specifically focused on mobile mental health tools for students who are feeling a bit low or depressed (aren’t we all?). If you are up for participating in an interview or design session, check out the information about the study here: https://nursing.uci.edu/2021/03/mental-health-mobile-app Compensation is $30 per activity + $30 bonus if you do all of them.
C-LAB Graduate Student Forum
The UCI Humanities Center, has received authorization from the Office of Research to form a campus-wide research center that brings together faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, community leaders, and artists. It will be called the Center for the Study of Liberation, Anti-Racism, and Belonging (C-LAB). To read their working concept draft, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_0KvlEPf4JpIAY5uztgiA-KzfP20lHZLyFzrbdWfwQA/edit
If you are interested in brainstorming ideas for C-LAB and sharing how the center might benefit your intellectual and community-based work at UCI, please register here for the discussion group on April 26th, 2021 at 4 pm PT
The NASA Postdoctoral Program
The NASA Postdoctoral Program provides fellowships to conduct cutting-edge research at NASA Centers and NASA-affiliated research institutes. Click here for more information: https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/
Tax Webinar for International Students
Taxes are a pain no matter who you are, but especially for our international students. The International Center has put on this webinar and resource page that can assist in answering a lot of those frequently asked tax questions: https://ic.uci.edu/resource-pages/international-taxpayer-information.php
REMINDER: Tax Day is now May 17th!
Reminder to Input Personal Email Address in UCPath
All Grad Students should input a personal (home) email (non-UCI) in UCPath if they do not currently have one. This will enable you to retain access in times when you are not on payroll status or after you leave UCI.
- Login to UCPath Online (ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu)
- On the left look for Employee Actions /Personal Information/Email Addresses or Dashboard Personal Information/Personal Information Summary
- If you only have Business then click Change Email Addresses to add a ‘home’ email address
Continuing Student Fellowships Applications/Nominations Now Open.
- Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)
- President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship (PDY)
- Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF)
For more information about these fellowships, please visit - https://grad.uci.edu/funding/
The Graduate Division deadline for completed nomination packets is 12:00PM (NOON) on Monday, May 10, 2021. Students should be aware of their own school’s internal deadlines to ensure submissions adhere to the Graduate Division’s final deadline. Instructions on submissions from students and schools can be found on the fellowship page and forms.
Questions about the FMP and PDY Fellowships? Contact Craig Farmer, (email@example.com).
Questions regarding GDDF? Contact Gabriella Pham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Next Graduate Division Town Hall
May 14th | 3 pm - 4 pm PT - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UCI
- A panel of UCI experts will address concerns and campus actions around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Register: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Xnvifz-kRaaLqvpq8gxo8A
- Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost, Graduate Education
- Phong Luong Assistant Director, Academic Counseling, Grad Division
- Craig Farmer, Outreach and Retention Coordinator, Grad Division
- Roxy Silver, Associate Director of ADVANCE, Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Miguel Hernandez, Associate Dean of Students, Student Life & Leadership
- Adisa Ajamu, Director, Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research
- Karen Andrews, Director, Disability Services Center
Monday, April 26: 5PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, April 27: Noon with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, April 28: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, April 29: 11AM, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, April 30: 4PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Today’s theme is about don’t burn out- or give yourself self-care if you already have. Seriously. This has been the longest year of your lives, and your “prescription” is to go do something you enjoy, seek the outdoors, do what you need to do. If you aren’t sure what to do, check this list of resources: https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/well-being-and-burnout/well-being-resources
Be well. You are the future!
On behalf of all Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division