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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Associate Dean's Message - December 7, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020
Join us for an upcoming student town hall to discuss how we are dealing with COVID and ask questions about our response to the pandemic.
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The past nine months, since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, have been stressful on a number of levels. Last week, we saw marked increases in positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths in the state; communication from OVPR regarding planning to determine appropriate processes if lab restrictions are necessary; and a potential second closing of Jaharis 7. We continue to balance the needs and wants of students and other trainees with the realities of the situation. 

Dan Jay and I will be holding a student-only town hall on Friday afternoon. This will be an open conversation to discuss how we are dealing with COVID and ask questions about our response to the pandemic. Topics may include testing protocol, travel and testing policy, remote classes, journal clubs and seminars, and lab expectations. Zoom details are below.

A few updates and reminders:

  • As you are making plans for the holiday break, please be aware of policies regarding travel to and from various states, as well as the GSBS travel/testing protocol. It is expected that all students who will be traveling will follow the two test/4 day protocol before they return to the lab.
  • We will be welcoming our new first-year students starting on January 6. They will also need to follow the travel/testing policy. Consequently, they will not start their first rotation earlier than January 13.

As we have said numerous times, it takes individual action and group cooperation to ensure the safety and inclusivity of our campus. I am confident we will each do our part. 

We also continue to work on establishing GSBS as an anti-racist institution. The university-level anti-racism institutional audit committee recently held focus groups for students, faculty and staff. The next step in the process is to co-create targeted actions. Information regarding feedback and idea generation will be coming out in the next week or so. I encourage everyone to engage in this process.

Stay safe and healthy,

Dan Volchok

GSBS Student Town Hall

December 11 at 3pm