I’m seeing many lists of COVID-19 responses and resources (like this
) go by in my Twitter feed and email inbox. Biotech labs in California are shuttering or slowing down R&D, but re-tooling spaces and volunteering to host reagent prep and scale up of new diagnostics
. Calls have gone out to donate
reagents and personal protective equipment. These are unprecedented times as we all adjust to COVID-19-associated realities.
The adjustments faculty and students are making is breath-taking in scope. Not only is the CSU faculty redesigning in-person courses to go online, mentors are talking students and researchers through shutting down their wet-lab projects and figuring out how to keep projects alive by working remotely. Those same students are facing relocation, loss of jobs, and a re-framing of life trajectories. Likewise, faculty are grappling with giant disruptions to experiments, tenure clocks, and grant timelines. The advice I keep seeing from organizational experts
is to avoid panic-working and to “forgive yourself and give yourself a break.” I hope you have safe shelter, stay healthy, and find work that helps.