Engineering Weekly Issue 214: January 19, 2021

Announcements

University of California Plans for In-Person Instruction, Research for Fall 2021
With COVID-19 vaccines becoming available, all 10 campuses plan to welcome back students this fall in coordination with local public health agencies. UC Davis expects all on-campus research activities, core facilities and labs to return to regular occupancy, beginning with a ramp-up [link] as the pandemic improves. [more…]
 
Chancellor and Provost Announce No Mid-Year Budget Reductions
Budget reduction options had been under discussion for the past month, but they were tabled because of new federal stimulus money, the proposed state budget and units across campus who have identified more than $50 million in savings. [more…]
 
Save the Date: Staff Town Hall February 24
All staff are invited to join Dean Gibeling and the leadership team for the winter quarter virtual Staff Town Hall from 10 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24. Submit questions anonymously [link] and RSVP [link] to receive the Zoom link. [more…]
 
Health and Well-Being Resources for Faculty and Staff
A new webpage on the College of Engineering intranet [link] is dedicated to health and well-being resources. Visit the page and share your thoughts in a brief online survey [link] to inform future wellness opportunities for the college community.
 
Results From Campus and College Staff Surveys; Next Steps
Results and next steps from the HR Staff Experience Survey and the Administrative Officers of the Future Program (AOFTF) Staff Survey are now available on the college intranet. These data will be used to take action to support staff engagement and strengthen organizational culture. [more...]
 
New COVID-19 Reporting Requirement in 2021
Campus is required to report all potential worksite exposures to COVID-19, including an email notification to anyone who has completed a Daily Symptom Survey within the last 14 days. The seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate [link] in our community is at an all-time high. Please continue to stay vigilant about face coverings, handwashing, physical distancing and testing. Remember it is OK to remind vendors, contractors and colleagues around campus to do their part to keep us safe. [more…]
 
College of Engineering Targeted by Recent Gift Card Scam
Faculty and staff continue to be targeted by gift card scams, resulting in significant financial loss for the college. If a supervisor or college leader asks you to buy gift cards via email or text, contact them immediately via phone or Zoom before acting on the request. Learn how to spot a gift card scam. [more…]

Did You Know?
Academic Technology Services is accepting proposals for Educational Technology Research Awards, which gives recipients up to 16 hours of design and illustration time for presentations, infographics and illustrations to support undergraduate courses. [more…]