(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
9/11/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
This is a tough week for everyone, but especially the West Coast. We have been fortunate in Irvine to only be dealing with poor air quality. Our community extends far and wide though. We have had reports of students and their families, as well as faculty and staff, being evacuated from their homes and in some cases losing their homes. We do have some limited emergency funds for these situations, and we encourage you to reach out if you are affected right now. Please email Michelle Tspikis at email@example.com for help.
We’ve gotten quite a few questions on requirements around COVID symptom checking and asymptomatic testing. So, please forgive the copy-paste from last week’s email. But if you have COVID questions, related to the app or testing, please read:
COVID Symptom Checking App
What if I can’t answer?
- If you are not going to do your symptom checker for a while, perhaps because you are going away, you have a holiday, or for whatever reason, please tell your department manager, often referred to as an MSO for postdocs and students in departments.
- If you are in a gateway program or otherwise not in a department, please tell the program director.
- You will still get an email on that day, but there will be no consequence for you ignoring it, and the MSOs know to just keep your email letting them know you would be unavailable.
What if I am getting two emails?
- Some of you are getting one as a staff member and one as a student, but in the app you seem to get this only once.
- I am trying to chase this down with the implementation team.
- In the meantime, if you use the email version, you only need to respond once and can ignore the second email.
- We are very sorry for the email clutter. I know the last thing you need or want is another email right now.
By now, if you have an active lease with housing, you should have gotten a message from Student Affairs alerting you to mandatory testing this week and then starting on a weekly basis in October.
- If you are living on campus or coming to campus for any reason, and you are a student, undergrad or grad, this is mandatory. There will be walk through testing pop-ups in lots of places, and they are spinning up two more labs on campus to process all of the samples in addition to the one in Orange.
- The goal is for this to be very quick and very easy. Other campuses have succeeded in it, so we have a lot of confidence we will as well.
- No decisions have been made regarding the asymptomatic testing of faculty, staff, postdocs, family members living in on-campus housing, or others yet.
- If you are in the mandatory test group and will not be available during your testing window, please let the MSO in your department know just as in the symptom checking email case.
- If you are in the mandatory testing group but don’t actually live here, please let the MSO know in your department know.
Postdoc Appreciation Week is Next Week!
National Postdoc Appreciation Week is a week-long national celebration to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S research and discover.
Support UCI Postdocs by celebrating NPAW 2020! Check out the below workshops all week long!
Tuesday, September 22
9 am – 10 am ● Virtual Coffee Hour with the Postdoc Association
Kick-off the week with a cup of coffee and a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card!
Registration not required. Join via Zoom: https://uci.zoom.us/j/92632959655
12 pm – 2 pm ● K99/R00 Awardee Panel
Are you applying for a K99/R00 grant? Join us for a panel conversation with past awardees and Q&A.
Hosted by UCI Graduate Division & GPS-STEM.
Evgeny Kvon, PhD - Assistant Professor, Departments of Developmental & Cell Biology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Mahul Chakroborty, PhD - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Lauren Gyllenhammer, PhD, - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Development, Health and Disease Research Program
Register to attend.
Wednesday, September 23
12 pm – 1:30 pm ● Recognize, Manage and Beat Burnout!
Feeling burnt out and discouraged? Impatiently waiting for 2021? Join us for a chat with Counselor Phong Luong, for support, advice, and tips on regaining your balance!
Register to attend.
Thursday, September 24
12 pm – 2 pm ● Diverse Careers: Advice from UCI Postdoc Alumni
Make connections with Postdoc Alumni as they share their non-linear career paths and provide advice on how you can start your career exploration journey.
Hosted by UCI Graduate Division & GPS-STEM.
Christian Fischer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Educational Effectiveness at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tübingen
Divya Swaminathan, PhD, Senior Machine Vision Engineer, Covisus Inc.
Milton Greenberg, PhD, President, Vivreon Biosciences
Register to attend.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
4 pm – 5 pm ● Socially Distance Picnic with the Postdoc Association!
Join the PDA at Aldrich Park for a socially distance picnic! Bring your own snacks, hand sanitizer, and face coverings. Let us know you're joining! Sign-up onMeetUp.
Library Study Space Available Beginning October 1st
The UCI Libraries will begin offering study spaces by appointment beginning on October 1st. Throughout the fall quarter, limited seating will be available to students in the Multimedia Resources Center and the Libraries Gateway Study Center (Gateway may open slightly later pending completion of a summer maintenance project). Students will be able to reserve specific study seats, including some private rooms and computer workstations, for three hour blocks of time in the morning and afternoon. The buildings will close mid-day to allow for extra cleaning. Students will be able to make reservations through an online system on the UCI Libraries website. More specific details will be available as we approach the start of the fall quarter.
There is a great deal of work that needs to be done to prepare the buildings for safe use, including moving and removing furniture, installing signage, programming reservation systems, and scheduling staff. We will provide an update with more details near the start of the quarter.
The Libraries are currently offering a wide range of services to meet your needs during COVID-19, including increased access to online resources, paging/pickup services, and remote reference and digitization of Special Collections and Archives materials. We encourage you to contact your Subject Librarian for assistance if you encounter any challenges accessing the resources that you need for teaching, learning, or research.
For more information, visit the UCI Libraries Phased Reopening Plans. Questions or comments? Please contact Kevin Ruminson, Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A message was sent to all members of the faculty senate yesterday by Jeffrey Barrett, Chair of the ACademic Senate, Irvine Division. In this message, he urged faculty to asynchronous instruction as a backup for any synchronous activities in light of “different time zones,...work or family responsibilities that conflict with scheduled class times, and... technical difficulties.” As a best practice, we urge faculty to make recorded lectures available whenever possible and carefully consider how to best assess student learning during this time.
Air Quality in Irvine
Please note the email that went out from John Sterritt, Executive Director for Environmental Health & Safety alerting Irvine residents that the Environmental Protection Agency AirNow.gov website has indicated that the current air quality index in Irvine is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.
For more information on the Air Quality Index and current fire information, please visit https://ehs.uci.edu/enviro/air-quality/current-air-quality.php.
For those who live elsewhere, you are encouraged to consult the EPA air quality index for your area: AirNow.gov website
Upcoming Office Hours
https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057, all office hours are half an hour
- Monday Sept 14: 12PM
- Tuesday Sept 15: 5:30PM
- Wednesday Sept 16: 1:30PM - Staff member, not me
- Thursday Sept 17: 5:30PM
- Friday Sept 18: 5PM, special apples and honey edition
- Monday Sept 21: 12PM
- Tuesday Sept 22: 5PM
- Wednesday Sept 23: 1PM
- Thursday Sept 24: 5:30PM
- Friday Sept 25: 4PM
Nineteen years ago, the US experienced the largest international terrorist attack on US soil in its history. Although many countries have experienced similar over the years, it changed in many ways the American relationship to such attacks. Unfortunately, a lot of pain came from that day including illness, death, and xenophobic backlash, but it was also a day for many when there was unity in the nation. On this day of remembrance, I am hoping we can embody the best of this: the caring and the community. Wishing you all a weekend of peace, justice, and rest.
On behalf of all of graduate division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division