(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
8/13/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
In times of greatest strife and uncertainty, I find myself grasping for gratitude wherever I can. As some of you know, we had a mess at home with a plumbing problem and have had to move out for a bit. Those of you who have been dealing with having to move out for repairs in grad housing this summer know how challenging that can be. As I haul our kids and dog around town seeking out places to be, I am tempted to be frustrated--okay, more than tempted--but I am also grateful. I am grateful for another safe place to be while the repairs are done. I am grateful that I have family nearby who can help out with the challenges. I am reminded again how grateful I am to have the safe home and security that comes with it. As challenges mount up, I hope you will continue to share with me what you are grateful for as much as what you need help with. I love to celebrate your successes as much as I love to help with your pain. So keep sharing! Now on to this week’s announcements.
General Campus Updates as We Prepare for Fall
If you’re in a teaching role, you already received an email this week co-signed by myself and Dean Dennin. The UC continues to plan for an in person fall and you can help us by uploading documentation here if you haven’t done so already https://shc.uci.edu/.
We understand there is still a lot of uncertainty and things can change rapidly requiring contingency plans and communication. We continue to monitor the trajectory of the pandemic closely and to work with both local and campus public health experts, current state and county guidelines, and the Cal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards to continue to ensure we are using recommended protocols. As of now face coverings are mandated but physical distance is not. Our campus has also experienced exceptional upgrades to our facilities, including ventilation systems and cleaning schedules. As always, we will continue to keep you informed if things change.
International Student Expectations for Fall
As a reminder, international students are expected to show up to campus for Fall instruction, but in extreme cases (e.g. travel restrictions or visa issues) we may be able to provide alternate instruction. These will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If your situation constitutes an extreme case please email email@example.com.
Continuation of the temporary extension of Chancellors’ authority to grant a seventh year extension to academic student employee total length of service
As some of you have probably heard by now, Provost Brown has extended the already existing policy that extends the time a student is allowed to be employed in certain academic positions, including, but not limited to: readers, teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and associates. Click here to read the full statement: https://grad.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/Chancellors-re-Extension-of-ASE-Appt.-Limits-8-6-2021.pdf
Next Graduate Division Town Hall
September 3 | 3 pm - 4 pm PT - Fall 2021 Back to School Readiness
With a panel of UCI experts, you will learn about the new practices and procedures implemented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to the present. We will also answer any questions pertaining to safety, public health, travel, and much more. We know you have so many questions and things keep changing. Please do join us for the latest information and up to date guidance.
- Register: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nAm45swVTiaiDt-UyHI0WQ
- Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Education
- Mike Dennin, Vice Provost & Dean, Office for Teaching and Learning
- Sonia Lepe, Senior Employment and Fellowship Analyst, Graduate Division
- Dr. Frances Diaz, Director, Student Counseling Center
- Marcela Ramirez-Stapleton, Director, Cross-Cultural Center
- Tim Trevan, Exec. Director of Student Housing
- Dr. Albert Chang, Medical Director, Student Health
- Archana Sheth, Interim Associate Director, International Center
- David Souleles, Director of the COVID-19 Team, Public Health
Please register! Current registrants are 90% faculty and staff, and we really want YOU, our wonderful students and postdocs, to be there and asking your questions!
DTEI Course Design - Certificate Program
This program provides a foundational overview of successful course design practices. Participants will practice ‘backwards, integrated course design,’ by establishing goals for student learning and aligning assignments and assessments with these goals. For more information and to sign up click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSwlxqvvQ15JBgwgy20q_tUdvOIH_LQFfVDo0A6RtJvdlngQ/viewform
Virtual Graduate Welcome and Orientation
I know our incoming students are getting these emails now, and we’re so excited to welcome you to UCI! If you haven’t registered already, make sure to register for our Virtual Graduate Welcome and Orientation set to begin on August 23rd. For more details visit https://www.grad.uci.edu/services/campus-orientation/campuswide-orientation.php. Any specific questions can also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a UCAN Student Ambassador
The UC Office of the President is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 UC Advocacy Network (UCAN) Student Ambassador Program. Student ambassadors will push for lawmakers to provide additional investments for UC in the state budget and advocate for Congress to increase funding for federal financial aid, as well as help advance state and federal legislation that would benefit the UC community. This program is a great opportunity for students who want to flex their political power and influence state and federal higher education policies, share the student perspective with lawmakers, and develop resume-building experience in public affairs and advocacy. The program is open to all UC undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
Applications are due on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
Students may apply here: http://bit.ly/UCANapply
Learn more about the program here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/we-need-your-voice-join-our-team-uc-student-advocates
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/
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
Online SKY Campus Happiness Retreat
Sign up for a 3-day virtual retreat which trains participants in the evidence-based SKY meditation practice, breathwork practices, social connection, emotional intelligence, and mindful leadership. SKY has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and depression, lower stress markers, and increase wellbeing, focus and optimism.
The program is available to all UCI students, staff, and faculty members. The scholarship is available through funds raised by the club. There are limited spots for the program and availability is first-come, first-serve. Attendance is mandatory for all the 3 days.
Apply and learn more here: http://tiny.cc/applyskyuci
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. There’s still time to sign up for our final talk of the summer next Thursday!
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 compromise. 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/
Upcoming Office Hours
Come see me! Summer is always a quiet time for student meetings, and I am really beginning to miss you all. I’ve had many fewer students visit of late. Please don’t be shy. If I, or anyone in Graduate Division, can help, come on by. No appointment needed, all sessions are a half hour and first come first serve.
Monday August 16th: 8:30AM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Friday August 20th: 1:00PM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Monday August 23rd: 9:30AM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Friday August 27th: 9:00AM - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
If you are a first year student, you are just learning what to expect from these emails. If you have been here a while, you have endured my love of quoting others for quite some time. Today, I want to take it a step even further and share with you a poem that has been in my mind. We are not going back to normal. We are headed for a new normal. I hope, I dream, and I am working towards a new normal that is more just, more equitable, more accessible for everyone than the world of the past. I know you are with me and will be the future leaders who make it all happen. I also know that the day to day has a way of intruding on our visions for real change, for a brighter future. So, I want to share with you a poem by William Ayot that captures our need to remember the passion, the reason we do what we do, the pathways we are on:
A Doodle at the Edge
Another meeting, another agenda, another
list of buzz words, initials and initiatives.
PSU is entering Phase Three
while the CDR wants G2 to go to Level Five.
If we go the full nine yards on this one:
if we get proactive, get out of the box, get
our teams together and on the same hymn-sheet;
if we hit the ground running, if we downsize HR,
if we get the money on board, and our asses into gear,
then we can change something, make a difference,
change what the other guys changed last week.
Meanwhile the god has left the garden;
the muse lies minimised in the corner of our screens.
Not dead, not buried, but ignored and unseen,
like a doodle at the edge of an action plan.
Me? I say make a sacrifice to the doodle:
pick some flowers, speak a poem, feed the tiny muse.
Draw, paint, sing or dance, and you’ll bring the gods
back into the boardroom: the laughing, smiling,
weeping gods of the night-time and the wild.
(from E-mail from the Soul)
Welcome to our incredible new students! I can’t wait to meet you at orientation and along our journey.
For all of you, thank you for your patience, your kindness, and your care towards one another as we continue to live in this challenging time and hold together our wonderful scholarly community.
On behalf of the Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division