Two virtual town halls on March 18: fall planning and research ramp-up

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities

To:  Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:

With vaccinations underway and new cases of COVID-19 decreasing in Los Angeles, we want to provide an update on new in-person academic considerations for spring quarter, our current planning assumptions for fall, as well as further ramp-up of research activities taking place now. Please join us as we cover these topics at two virtual town hall events that will be held next Thursday, March 18.

Spring and Fall Planning Town Hall

Join the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force co-chairs Michael Beck and Michael Meranze on March 18 from 12 – 1 p.m. for a faculty and staff town hall focused on new opportunities for spring quarter and where we are in our recovery planning and our current assumptions about the fall. The session will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session with:

  • Susan Ettner, interim dean of graduate education and professor in the schools of medicine and public health
  • Renée Fortier, executive director of UCLA events and transportation
  • Adriana Galván, dean of undergraduate education
  • Andrea Kasko, chair of Graduate Council, professor of engineering
  • Megan McEvoy, chair of Undergraduate Council, professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics

Registration for the spring and fall planning town hall is now open. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube. Questions may be submitted in advance through the registration page or directly by email to COVID19@ucla.edu. Those participating via Zoom will also be able to pose questions during the town hall. A video recording of the town hall will be available for viewing on the COVID-19 resources website after the event.

Research Town Hall

Join Vice Chancellor Roger Wakimoto at a research ramp-up virtual town hall on March 18 from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., where he will share information on UCLA’s current efforts to increase on-campus research activities. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Registration for the research ramp-up town hall is also now open. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube and questions can be submitted in advance to OVCR@conet.ucla.edu. A video recording of the town hall will be available for viewing on the Research and Creative Activities website after the event.

As a reminder, you can visit the COVID-19 resources website and BruinsSafe Online for updates about our campus response to the pandemic. If you have additional questions, concerns or thoughts about UCLA’s COVID-19 response, please write to COVID19@ucla.edu.

We hope you will join us next week.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

Michael Meranze
Immediate Past Chair, UCLA Academic Senate
Professor of History
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

Roger M. Wakimoto
Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities

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