Ocean Currents 1/26/21

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Ocean Currents is a weekly bulletin of news and upcoming events for the UW School of Oceanography. If you have news or stories to contribute, please contact Su Tipple.

News and Views

Questions are beginning to come in about how the School will react once people start getting vaccinated.  We are waiting to hear from the College and the University, but it is anticipated that things won't change much until late spring or summer. HallPass will stay as our way of managing in-person activities, and masks will remain mandaotry at UW even if you are vaccinated. We are hopefull that we can begin raising the number of people in the buildings at any given time. We also recognize that post-pandemic our worklife will not be as it was prior. Online learning and work-from-home will be part of the new normal. The School will continue to follow the lead of the University, which has already signaled that off-campus learning and work will be a part of our post-Covid world. 

Happy Birthday to both Evelyn and LuAnne! 

Afloat: Work/Life Balance

What gives you hope for the future of 2021? The new afloat challenge is Hoping Forward, a collection of our community's hopes for the future to be shared as another word cloud. Let us know what you are hopeful for, or looking forward to, by filling out the form on our website or DMing your information on our Instagram account. One random individual from all the entries will win a nifty little handmade wooden clock. It's gonna be super cute, so submit your entry today!

In our ongoing effort to highlight our community members and their non-Oceanography lives, this week we give you our own Michelle Townsend, who recently moved to a new home without even missing a single day of work. Congratulations on your wonderful new place to live, Michelle!

We will continue to highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow oceanographers. We need more submissions. A call will go out soon or you can email Michelle Townsend at mtown@uw.edu.  

Race Talk

If you want to join Race Talk this quarter, we'd love to have you! Our next meeting will be on February 8th at 11am. You can register at this link and you can sign up for a book to read this quarter that sounds interesting to you. Most of the groups set up a reading calendar so you should be able to jump right in. As a reminder, all of these books are available from the UW Library.

The February 8 meeting will focus on historical interactions between Indigenous people in what is now the United States and the United States government.

SOS Student Event

SOS (the Student Oceanographic Society) is having another game night! Please join us for some virtual fun and socializing. We will be playing new games including Code Names and Among Us. If you would like to come, email oceanographicsociety@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. We hope to see everyone Friday, January 29th, at 4:00pm! 

Need Help?

As we adjust to a difficult new normal, how to help ourselves and others can be unclear. Here’s a resource provided by the UW that may be of help: Working during COVID-19/Caring for self and family/Self care.

Per Governor Inslee's press conference, a list of new COVID restrictions can be found here
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