Associate Dean's Message - September 28, 2020
As we are wrapping up September (yes, October is only a few days away), and this past weekend felt more like summer than fall, it is important to take stock of where we are and how things are going. First, in research, I have heard that research is going as well as can be expected under the circumstances. While it might take a bit longer to complete experiments, students are back into a routine. Classes, including Journal Clubs, Seminars and Research Reports should be up and running remotely. I will be sending out an e-mail later this week asking for feedback on what is working and where we need to make improvements. We are starting to plan for the Spring term and do not know yet if we will be in-person, remote or some type of hybrid. However, I’d like to take what we have learned this term to help drive our decisions for the future.
Please keep in mind that we continue in Yellow status, which means that we are maintaining a de-densified campus with reduce occupancy in the labs and offices, very limited gatherings, required weekly testing for students and mandated mask usage at all times except when eating. This means masks must be worn in labs, even if you are at a bench by yourself. We did recently change the policy to allow the use of headphones, except when moving about.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me. You can also use the anonymous reporting form.