Content Tagged with: coronavirus

Return to Work Guide

Dear Campus Community, As we’ve stated many times over the last few months, the health and safety of the entire UC Riverside community are our top priority, guiding each decision we make about campus operations. With this in mind, representatives from several working groups – with leadership by the Operations and Support Recovery group – prepared a...

By Kim Wilcox (Chancellor) and Gerry Bomotti (Vice Chancellor and CFO) |

Summer Physics Academy moves online due to pandemic

The popular Summer Physics Academy held each year by the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy for high school teachers has a different format this year. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all lectures of the 13th Summer Physics Academy are being delivered to the 25 participating high school teachers via Zoom. Hai-Bo Yu, an associate professor...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Online Training

Dear Campus Community, California Department Public Health (CDPH) and Cal/OSHA recently issued requirements for all employees to receive training on COVID-19 and methods to prevent illness. To address this training mandate, UC Riverside has developed a short 12-minute online training that applies to all employees at various locations. Training for...

By Sheila Hedayati and Gerry Bomotti |

Planning for Fall Quarter

Dear Campus Community, Since that day in March when we transitioned to mostly remote operations, I have looked forward to a time when we could bring more people back to campus. Today I am writing to highlight information and resources available to support our community as we work through the next phase in response and recovery. Campus Return As you...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Research plan announced as working groups discuss campus return procedures

Several working groups have begun discussing guidelines for how and when UC Riverside will start allowing more students, staff, and faculty members to return to campus. A new website provides more details on the ideas under discussion. Research is the first area where on-campus activity can resume, under certain conditions, starting Monday, June 8...

By Imran Ghori |

Research Ramp-up

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that we have finalized requirements for ramping up on-campus research as part of our next phase of returning to our physical workspaces. I appreciate the feedback we received after I mentioned this effort in the recent RED newsletter and believe our plan will provide an important framework to ensure...

By Rodolfo H. Torres |

Chancellor's Update -- May 2020

Dear Campus Community, May typically is a month when we begin celebrating our accomplishments over the last year. As we roll toward final exams, we prepare to say goodbye to students who are heading home for the summer while the graduating class prepares to leave. This year, even in the middle of a pandemic, we have reasons to celebrate. For...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Biomedical scientist to explore how COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease are linked

Changcheng Zhou is an expert on atherosclerosis, obesity, and metabolic disorders

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Professor writes song about pandemic in native Basque

Begoña Echeverria wrote "Coronavirus Biru" in memory of her late aunt, Mari Carmen Echeverria Itcea

By Tess Eyrich |

Cell biologist to study coronavirus-related infection of respiratory cells

Prue Talbot, a professor of cell biology at UC Riverside, has received a seed grant to study the COVID-19-related infection of respiratory cells. She and her team will use the funds to test the hypothesis that electronic cigarettes and nicotine increase the ACE2 receptor on respiratory epithelium, providing more binding sites for the virus and...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Historian’s book added to ‘Escape the News Reading List’

Clifford Trafzer released “Fighting Invisible Enemies: Health and Medical Transitions Among Southern California Indians” in May 2019

By Tess Eyrich |

Update to Graduate Students

This note is intended to update you on broader campus discussions about where we stand and where we are going. As we proceed through the second month of this situation the campus, like everyone else in the state, is beginning to discuss whether and how we might open up again. Campus leadership meet regularly each week to discuss questions relating...

By Graduate Division |

Fall Working Groups and Leadership Office Hours

Dear Campus Community, As I’ve mentioned in recent messages, the questions I receive most frequently now revolve around the status of fall quarter and how are we preparing for an eventual resuming of on-campus operations. The purpose of this message is to provide information about the work we are doing to prepare for various scenarios. You will...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Updated Riverside County Public Health Order

Dear Campus Community: On Friday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors asked the Public Health officer to rescind the order mandating the closure of universities in the county. This action will not result in any immediate changes to UC Riverside’s campus operations or our plans for remote instruction this spring and summer. These actions...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Talent Match Program

The effects of the campus closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in decreased workloads for staff and students in many campus units. Human Resources has developed UCR’s Talent Match Program to pair staff and students with diminished workloads with temporary job assignments. Specifically, the program strives to identify reassignment...

By Human Resources |

May 5th dedicated to helping students affected by COVID-19

Helping UC Riverside students affected by the coronavirus will be the focus of a special Giving Tuesday campaign on May 5. Normally held on the first Tuesday after Black Friday as an international annual day of giving, the global nonprofit behind the campaign organized the upcoming fundraiser as an emergency response to the unprecedented need...

By Imran Ghori |

UCR medical students form pediatric phone triage to streamline patient calls during coronavirus outbreak

When the pediatrics clinic at UCR Health, the clinical arm of the UCR School of Medicine, began receiving a high volume of calls because of the novel coronavirus, Dr. Adwoa Osei reached out to a few medical students for help. The students swiftly began modifying the Barton Schmitt COVID-19 protocol, a 10-page document densely packed with important...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Commencement 2020 Update

Dear UCR Community, As announced on April 3, 2020, I asked the Commencement Working Group to convene and discuss our existing plans for this year’s graduation activities in light of Riverside County’s extended school closure order. Last week the Working Group submitted to me three recommendations that apply to all graduates except those in the...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

UCR medical students deliver personal protective equipment to local hospitals

Some UC Riverside medical students are helping alleviate the shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, in inland Southern California by seeking donations from the community and delivering them to local hospitals. Nikita Kadakia, a third-year student in the School of Medicine, is the regional coordinator for Medical Supply Drive, or...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Medical students create task force to address COVID-19 community impact

The COVID-19 Student Taskforce, a group of self-organized students in the Inland Empire, is working to create a support network for local community members and mitigate the social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force was formed in early March this year by a group of UCR School of Medicine students and is comprised...

By Iqbal Pittalwala |