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Some personnel assigned to essential roles that need to be conducted on campus will need to continue to work on campus, and we are working with supervisors to define and identify these roles and personnel.
Please note: Students, including graduate students, may be asked but cannot be mandated to serve as essential personnel.
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If you have specific concerns or questions related to your training situation or program requirements, please reach out to your Program/Home Area Director or Greg Payne, GPB Director.
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We are living in a unique period in history with the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a time when we need to come together as a community of scientists and physician-scientists, and scientists in training. We must refocus all of our shared activities toward our mission as an academic medical center and focus on the public health imperatives that are needed to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19.
Join Deans Martin, Smale, Payne, and Sork speak with the research community for important updates and information. Also joining them is Dr. Risa Hoffman, an Infectious Disease specialist and Director of the Global Health Program at DGSOM, to discuss issues surrounding COVID-19. This is followed by a Q&A with the group.
For more information, please see all town halls, taskforces in various areas, and contact information for each →
A: Essential Experiment exceptions not needed to maintain lines, but the VCR has requested lists of Essential Personnel. Please see the VCRs directive.
A: No. The NIH has indicated that they plan to be very flexible and understand that this is a nationwide crisis. Many (most?) universities are ramping down like us, if not to a greater extent.
A: Each core needs to make it’s own decisions based on workload and financial viability. There should only be a small number of Essential Experiments.
A: You may be thinking of Essential Experiments incorrectly. Only a very small number of experiments will be approved as Essential Experiments.
A: Unfortunately, students completing experiments for a thesis will rarely qualify for an Essential Experiment exception since most students are in the same boat.
A: Core facilities need to make decisions that are important for their viability. Some will reduce operations but remain open, but others will close.
A: Please communicate with Jennifer Perkins about this.
A: Cores are making their own decisions. Many will close or reduce activities. Unfortunately, work needed to complete a thesis will not qualify for an Essential Experiment exception.
A: No approval needed for work done remotely.
A: Should be sent to department chair or division chief.
A: No they are forwarding to us.
A: No exception needed for these things, but VCR has requested lists of Essential Personnel who will do these things. Please send the Personnel lists or Chair as indicated on the directive.
A: Please discuss with DLAM techs. Certainly fine from the ramp-down perspective.
A: No, but the VCR has requested a list of Essential Personnel who will do these things. Please communicate the list of personnel to the VCR’s office as indicated in the directive.
A: Volunteer policies have been distributed. SRPs can do things that don’t require lab work on in-person activities.
A: PIs can help maintain key resources, but like others, cannot perform experiments except those that have been approved as exceptions.
A: We have explored this. Generally not because licensing is needed, but if another need arises, we will let everyone know.
A: Deliveries are expected to continue and essential staff can make sure cylinders are received, changed, and connected.
The UCLA Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences (QCB) has opened its registration portal for the second half of the Spring 2020 Quarter, meaning all classes (which are streamed online) are now open for enrollment. QCB workshops are free for UCLA faculty, staff, affiliates, and students – and UCLA graduate students are eligible to receive course credit for the Applied Bioinformatics Course.
Please note: The setup of the registration form may lead to some confusion. The registration form will have three options: in-person classroom, online live stream, and waitlist. Given UCLA’s recent transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, all registrants will automatically be redirected to our online stream, which can hold up to 300 participants.