(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
7/2/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
Hopefully you all got a bit of rest and restoration this past week with the official observed Juneteenth holiday. If you did not, you have another opportunity to do so this coming weekend. Sunday is American Independence Day, and so Monday the 5th is an official holiday for the UC. The holiday officially commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and you can read more about that in lots of places including the history channel website: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th For me, I like to spend this holiday with family and friends imagining a world and an America that lives up to the best of what we can imagine. As with so many holidays, I am once again grateful to all of you --the future of science, art, industry, the law, and so much more--you can make this country the one you want to celebrate. I am equally grateful for those of you who choose to study and work with us from abroad, who choose to make the US your home, and to those of you who were born here.
I also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please be careful with fireworks this weekend. This past weekend’s heat wave had devastating effects on a small town in Canada: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57678054 Heat is headed for Southern California this weekend, and drought conditions are not good. Fireworks can be a very dangerous addition. Loud noises and other challenges of fireworks can also be tough for a variety of people: https://hope4autism.org/overwhelming-the-senses/ and https://www.startribune.com/one-person-s-july-4th-fireworks-celebration-can-be-another-person-s-agony/431787193/
If someone tells you that they need some space or quiet during this holiday--or if you need such yourself--be understanding.
Hopefully, wherever you are, whether in Irvine or somewhere else, you can enjoy the weekend. In particular, I am hoping that those of you who live in grad and family housing are enjoying the loosened restrictions, while of course still being sensitive and respectful to those who can’t yet be vaccinated or may be at higher risk. This is also a good moment to thank you again for your incredible patience over this wild and difficult year.
Now on to the news of the week--or two weeks, such as the case may be:
Temporary Pause in Interlibrary Loan Services
In one month, beginning on July 27, UCI’s Library Search and Melvyl catalog systems will be replaced by a single, unified discovery and borrowing system called UC Library Search.
To ensure a successful migration to UC Library Search, the library will need to pause a few services. All services will resume on July 30, 2021. For more information and details click here: https://www.lib.uci.edu/interlibrary-loan
Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper Training (Suicide Prevention Training) - Multiple Opportunities!
The UCI Counseling Center is providing a brief 90-minute training for faculty, staff, and students called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training in an effort to educate us on suicide prevention. For more information and times to sign up and attend the training, click here: https://counseling.uci.edu/outreach/suicide-prevention-training.html
In case you missed them, here are some important housing updates that have been released (and referenced above) within the past few weeks.
- The updated Executive Directive states that individuals who are vaccinated are no longer required to wear face coverings on UCI controlled property, except when using public transportation or providing child care indoors, unless the child care is being provided inside your campus living unit. Unvaccinated individuals, however, will need to continue to wear a mask when indoors and not in their assigned living unit, with a few exceptions which you can find in the Executive Directive.
- Executive Directives on gatherings and guests have been rescinded, along with the Student Housing Grad Gatherings policy. Effective immediately, the campus housing communities will revert to pre-pandemic policies that govern gatherings and guests.
- New student residents who are not vaccinated are required to sequester for 10 days or until they receive 2 negative tests.
- Unvaccinated students are required to test weekly during the summer months and into the fall. To avoid all these policy expectations, as well as to bolster your and the community’s safety, we highly encourage you to get vaccinated and upload your vaccination record to your UCI Student Health Center Patient Portal.
2021 Grant Application Open Now for Horowitz Foundation
The application for the 2021 Horowitz Foundation grant cycle is open. Applications from Ph.D. students doing dissertation work that addresses contemporary issues in the social sciences and has social policy application are encouraged.
The grants are for between $7,500-12,500 and are unrestricted. To learn more about eligibility and past recipients visit their website here: https://www.horowitz-foundation.org/ .
UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award.
This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive $1,000 for research support and -- should their bill advance through the legislative process –travel expenses covering a trip to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff.
Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on October 22nd, 2021 and applicants will be notified of their status in December 2021. Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions or on the UCCS website (uccs.ucdavis.edu).
Torrey Pines Leadership Development Program at Stanford Burnham Prebys
This premier leadership development program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is designed for early career PhDs. In this program, participants will learn more about their leadership styles and preferences, and the leadership styles and preferences of others, towards understanding how they and their future teams can succeed. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all program requirements. Click here for more information: http://sbpleaders.org/SitePages/Home.aspx
Upcoming Fulbright US Student Program Information Sessions
The prestigious Fulbright US Student Program allows for fully funded, individually designed study/research or English Teach Assistantships in over 140 countries during one academic year. UCI has had many successful graduate students win a coveted Fulbright, and we want you to know about the programs and resources at the Graduate Division so you can make the most competitive application possible.
In addition to the timeline below, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center will be holding the following workshops:
Fulbright: Getting Started and Developing a Timeline
July 8, 2021
Fulbright: Personal Statement Tips and Peer Editing Workshop
July 22, 2021
Fulbright: Statement of Grant Purpose Tips and Peer Editing Workshop
August 5, 2021
11 AM -12 PM
Important Note for Applicants
All UCI Fulbright applicants MUST submit this Fulbright Interest form before July 31st, to be considered for an institutional endorsement. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this form as soon as possible. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the UCI Graduate School Fulbright Program Advisor, Kayleigh Anderson-Natale (email@example.com). Additionally, all UCI applicants must adhere to the following internal deadlines (below).
Upcoming Alum Webinars
Our Graduate Alums Talk Summer Webinar Series is in full swing and these virtual webinars are open and free for all graduate students and postdocs. This summer we welcome back three incredible UCI graduate alums to share their graduate journeys and give career advice.
July Talk Track: Lessons Learned
Featuring Lamar Blackwell, PhD, ‘11
Principal Scientist - Scientific Engagement at Johnson & Johnson
Thursday, July 22, 2021 | Noon – 1:00 pm PT
Register Now: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pBgqfiAgTQ2xMe_rzYK8Xw
Time and experience are both great teachers. The understanding one gains can often be distilled into important lessons and can help navigate the greater challenges that inevitably lie ahead. In his Talk, Dr. Lamar Blackwell will share his journey post UCI and the lessons he learned along the way through a variety of experiences that ultimately helped him understand that we are never really lost, rather if we look back we realize that we have, after all, navigated through uncertainty before. He will share how he learned to use his experiences throughout his professional and personal journey – and the many opportunities and challenges he has faced along to the way – to get to where he is today.
August Talk Track: Lessons Learned
Featuring Renee Reid, MHCID, ‘19
Manager, UX Design Research at LinkedIn
Thursday, August 19, 2021 | Noon – 1:00 pm PT
Register Now: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eXdsOUR1Tge0Qt_fMW1QBA
Owning Your Journey: A dynamic presentation by Renee Reid about the importance of embracing the zig-zags of a career and academic journey, while leveraging what makes you unique in order to be a culture add and not a culture fit.
Students Enrolling in Duo
As many of you have probably seen, DUO is becoming mandatory for students beginning October 18, 2021. DUO is a multi-factor authentication tool that adds an extra layer of account security. Passwords are becoming increasingly easy to compromis. THey can be stolen, “phished”, guessed, and hacked. Duo makes stolen passwords useless. Even if someone has stolen your username and password, they would need your mobile device to access your account. To sign up for DUO visit: https://duo.oit.uci.edu/
Tuesday July 6: 8:30AM with me - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday July 8: 3:30PM with me - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday July 13: 10:00AM with Associate Dean Jaymi Smith - https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Wednesday July 14: 1:00PM with Associate Dean Rodrigo Lazo - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
I was beyond surprised when I realized it was already July. 2021 has simultaneously been the year that has taken forever and the year that has flown by. For those of you away on internships, I hope you are having a great and productive time. For those of you taking classes or doing research this summer, I hope you took some time to pause and reflect at the end of the academic year. Whether you had an amazing productive year or barely survived it, you got through it.
If you did not yet take some time away, let me please encourage you to do so. I had a worrisome realization, partly brought on by my awesome students and staff prodding me, that I hadn’t taken a proper vacation in quite some time. We all need to destress. We all need time away. As Sociologist Charles Horton Cooley once said, “To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self.” and we can all use that from time to time. A little more darkly, the journalist Earl Wilson called vacation “what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” Whatever a vacation is, I’m taking one. So, I will be out of office from July 9 to 18. In my absence, you will get a long, possibly rambling, hopefully interesting out of office email when you write to me. Let me save you some time though and provide some important information.
- From July 9 to July 13, Associate Dean Jaymi Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be acting Dean and from July 14 to July 18, Associate Dean Rodrigo Lazo (email@example.com) will be acting Dean. They will do some office hours (see above), and will be around to sign official “deanly” things that can’t wait until my return.
- During the entire time I am away, you are always encouraged to reach out to my chief of staff, Assistant Dean Court Crowther (firstname.lastname@example.org), Executive Director of Student and Academic Affairs Ruth Quinnan (email@example.com), or anyone else in Graduate Division who can be of assistance.
I know, I know, now you are wondering to yourself, “But July 16 is two weeks from today, which means we are due a Dean’s email.” Yes! You are! You will have a guest writer next time. Don’t let the suspense get to you too much, and if you wind up liking the guest post better than mine, maybe I will give you a break in future weeks and do more of them.
Have a great, productive, restful, or anything else you want it to be holiday weekend! See you all soon!
On behalf of the Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division