Ocean Currents 6/8/21

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News for the end of the Quarter

UW will likely announce eased pandemic restrictions to begin July 1st, assuming the state reopens as intended. At that time the School will make an announcment about masks and HallPass. Until then the School remains on the HallPass system. Please continue to use this to log your on-site activities. Thank you.

As we reopen this summer you wil need to decide for yourself how much in-person interaction to have with your fellow oceanographers. Many of us have informally decided to come to UW on Wednesdays as a start. So, if you wish to see people in person, Wednesday is a good day to ask for a HallPass (for now) or to come in once we reopen. Our buildings will likely be much less populated on Mondays and Fridays. The UW is developing "Back to Work" guidelines that will include a variety of options for some telecommuting, and the School will follow the directives of the UW on this.  

If you have not yet been vaccinated, please consider doing so at this time. Unless you have an expemption, you will not be permitted to participate in School activites. As per the UW directives, faculty, staff, and students participating in organized School events, classes, meetings, and field trips (including the use of our ships) will be required to show proof of vaccination. The School recommends that you photograph both sides of your COVID19 Vaccination Record Card and keep the photos on your phone to show UW officials should you be asked.


A hearty cheer for newly minted Dr. Theresa Whorley, who successfully defended her Ph.D. today. Theresa will be staying in the region and moving to a local firm with deep ties to our School. They are lucky to have you, Theresa! Good luck and smooth sailing.


BE THERE! Thursday, June 10, at 6 p.m., a virtual ceremony honoring all our graduate students and undergraduates who received degrees in the past year. Zoom Link  

Banse Seminar

We are seeking nominations of early career scientists from underrepresented backgrounds to present at next year's department seminar. Please reach out to your networks and nominate your colleagues here.

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.

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.
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