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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Associate Dean's Message - March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020
Staying safe and keeping in touch during the COVID-19 crisis.
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We are in a very confusing and difficult time. With all the decisions being made by both the University and GSBS and what at times seems to be conflicting or ever-changing information, there are two important points of which I want to ensure everyone is aware.

First, self-care is very important. Be sure you are taking care of yourself and reach out to others if you need to. Working from home is very different from coming into a lab or class. Utilize the “CoronaBuddies” program set up by Judi Hollander and Rachel Ryner.  Our goal is to have pairs of people regularly check-in on each other by phone or Skype to keep our spirits up in the absence of daily face-to-face contact. If you are interested, fill out the CoronaBuddies form. Additionally, our Talk One2One free and confidential counseling service is available 24/7. Call 1.800.756.3124 if you need any assistance.

Second, be safe and heed all the recommendations regarding controlling the spread of the virus. Unless absolutely necessary, there is no need to come to campus. That also means we shouldn’t be gathering with others. If we all self isolate, we can do our part to flatten the curve, protect our community, and help end this crisis sooner than later.

In order to keep people informed, we will be holding two different open Zoom “office hours”, one focused on research hosted by Dan Jay and Linden Hu, and one focused on student and academic issues hosted by Dan Volchok. Please feel free to use these sessions to ask questions, make suggestions, or to just touch base and chat. Research Office Hours will be from 6 - 6:30pm every weekday evening starting tonight. Student and Academic Issues will be at noon each weekday starting tomorrow, March 17. For more information and call-in details, see the How to Stay in Touch.

While staff and faculty will be working from home, we are all still working. We will be available via e-mail, and if requested by WebEx or Zoom. Please reach out and let me know if you have any questions, concerns or issues.

Stay safe.

Dan Volchok