Norovirus Update in #DavisCa

If possible interest :

NOROVIRUS UPDATE

May 19, 2017

DJUSD Parents and Guardians,

The following is updated information about the recent outbreak of the Norovirus in our region and school district.

What is the Norovirus?

According to County Health officials, Norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus. Symptoms may include stomach cramps, fever, nauseau, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is passed through touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, close contact with an infected person or eating contaminated food or drink. County Health experts report that the spread of virus is continuing and encourage the public to take extra precautions to curb the spread. Visit Yolo County Norovirus website and Press Releases.

What should I do to protect myself and others from the virus?

There are three key actions you can take to help prevent the spread of Norovirus:

  1. Report absences related to stomach illness symptoms to your school office.
  2. Encourage the practice of regular hand washing, especially before meals.
  3. Stay home an additional 48 hours after symptoms resolve. (Health experts warn that individuals are still highly contagious in this timeframe.)

Has the Norovirus affected Davis schools?

Norovirus cases have been confirmed in our schools. Over the last two weeks, the numbers of new cases do not appear to be growing rapidly. We continue to see reported absences across the district, but the attendance rates are generally remaining steady. That said, because this virus outbreak is highly contagious and the County Health experts have told us the spread has not peaked, we anticipate we will continue to see Norovirus absences throughout the end of the school year. Certain school campuses have reported more staff or student cases than others, but, at this time, the virus is not disrupting normal school operations at any campus.

What is DJUSD doing to protect schools and students?

DJUSD is taking a three-pronged approach to addressing the current health situation:

  1. Daily Monitoring of Possible Cases and Regional Coordination

Over the last two weeks, our schools have have been tracking absences of students and employees with symptoms that may be caused by the Norovirus. Lead district adminstrators have been monitoring the numbers and trends as well as particpating in regular teleconferences led by Yolo County officials to talk about regional trends, cleaning recommendations, health updates and recommendations.

  1. Disinfecting and Deep Cleaning Efforts across Campuses and in Targeted Areas

Ensuring that we keep students and school learning environments safe and clean is a top priority. DJUSD is diligently deploying extra resources to combat the spread of the Norovirus in our schools with the use of proper disinfecting agents. By tracking new cases on a daily basis and coordinating with county and federal entities about proper chemical use, we are able to target additional resources appropriately and effectively. Custodians are working throughout the day to respond to calls as well as to cleanse and disinfect high contact point surfaces (doorknobs, restrooms, water fountains, keypads, etc.) Additionally, our maintenance team is deploying crews to schools for evening and weekend deep cleaning.

  1. Education and Communication to Employees and the School Community

Keeping the community up to date on the current situation is a priority. DJUSD has issued a series of updates for employees and school site leaders. In addition to this communication, an update went out to all DJUSD parents/guardians early last week. Updates, press releases and information from County Health continue to be shared on themclayton.

At #UCDavis 5/25-5/26: An open digital global South: risks and rewards

The Innovating Communication in Scholarship Project invites you to:

AN OPEN DIGITAL GLOBAL SOUTH:
RISKS AND REWARDS

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:15 AM PDT
– to –
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM PDT

UC Davis School of Law
Room 1001

400 Mrak Hall Drive
Davis, CA 95616

Register here

This conference explores the promises and risks of openness in scholarship in relationship to the Global South. Research and scholarship are increasingly adopting ‘open’ models of practice and sharing, such as open access publications, open data, and open source software. This openness supports improved research reusability, reproducibility, and visibility, and seeks to address barriers to equitable access, and to foster global intellectual conversations. But do attempts at promoting openness in scholarship create new forms of exclusion or hierarchy in various regions of the world? How are Southern scholars and publishers’ experiences with open access and open data taken into account within conversations on developing standards and models for ‘open’ scholarship in the Global North? Are there unanticipated opportunities or risks created through the implementation of models for open data, open software, or open access to research?

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can find information on accommodation and more at https://www.ucdavis.edu/visit/plan-your-visit/. The event will also be livestreamed.

We hope you can make it!

Cheers,
Innovating Communication in Scholarship

A UC Davis IFHA Project

Co-Sponsored by the UC Davis Law School and the Library

Please send any inquiries to Michael Wolfe, mrwolfe

GlobalSouth_2017-05-07.pdf

Noro in Yolo

Just got this by email

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency is advising the public to take simple health precautions to limit the spread of an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness in the county.

County health authorities are investigating whether reports of illness at UC Davis and elsewhere are the result of Norovirus, a form of gastrointestinal illness marked by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It can last for one to three days.

In a news release, the county advises:

* those with symptoms stay home and not return to work or school until 48 hours after symptoms have resolved;
* practice good hand-washing, particularly after using the bathroom and before eating; * thoroughly cleaning surfaces following CDC guidelines.

For more information:

* UC Davis News and Information: https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/county-recommends-precautions-prevent-spread-gi-illness
* Yolo County news release: http://www.yolocounty.org/residents/i-want-to-/county-press-releases

Faculty Job at #UCDavis in Earth-Life Interactions

Faculty Position in Earth-Life Interactions

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

  • Open date: April 17, 2017
  • Last review date: June 15, 2017

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee

if the position has not yet been filled.

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

• Final date: January 31, 2018

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of Earth-Life Interactions. We seek creative scientists who study the interactions between life and surface environments on any spatial and temporal scale

DESCRIPTION

using novel laboratory, field, and/or computational approaches. We encourage applications from a diverse range of disciplines including, but not restricted to, biogeochemistry, geobiology, and paleoclimatology. We are particularly interested in applicants who will expand our current research programs and have the potential to build new connections both within the department and across campus, such as with other departments in the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, or the UC Davis Genomics Center.

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in geoscience or a related field by the time of appointment. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supervision of graduate students and departmental, university, and service to the discipline are expected.

The department’s current research programs and experimental, analytical and computational facilities are described at http://geology.ucdavis.edu/facilities/.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, statements of research plans, teaching interests, and contributions to diversity, names and contact information of four references by June 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Guidance for diversity statements may be found http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_ inclusion.

Applications should be submitted online via the job listing #JPF01496 at https:// eps-search.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. The campus sponsors a Work Life Program that supports faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. For more information see http://academicaffairs.ucdavis. edu/programs/work-life.

UCDavis_EarthLife Flyer.pdf

UCD Food Evolution Movie Screening May 2nd 7pm

Of possible interest – posting email I just received

From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town) and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION explores the polarizing topic of genetically engineered crops in agriculture, tackling this controversial topic to address the larger issue of how science and research is often misunderstood by the public.

The event will begin at 6pm with an Info Fair in the lobby of the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. The movie will begin at 7pm followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A featuring Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Producer Trace Sheehan, and prominent researchers.

Early Bird tickets are $7.50 each, available online only at EventBrite. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Please print your ticket and bring it with you to the event.

To purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-evolution-movie-screening-tickets-33645400298

FoodEvoUCD.pdf

Laetitia G.E. Wilkins at #UCDavis today: Diversity of bacterial symbionts on salmonid eggs

MIC 291: Selected Topics in Microbiology

Work-in-Progress Seminars

Dr. Laetitia G.E. Wilkins

(Carlson Lab, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley; Eisen Lab, Genome Center, UCD)

“Diversity of bacterial symbionts on salmonid eggs: genetic and environmental effects”

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4:10 pm

1022 Life Sciences

Dr. Wilkins is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, with Stephanie Carlson (UC Berkeley) and Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis). She is interested in the interactions between developing embryos and their associated microbes. In particular, she is investigating non-genetic paternal effects on early salmonid development and their host-associated bacterial communities.

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Wilkins 4-26-17.doc

New post from the BioBE Center Blog by dblanken: Mhuireach Awarded A&AA Dissertation Fellowship 2017-2018

Congratulations to Gwynne Mhuireach for winning a Dissertation Fellowship from the School of Architecture & Allied Arts at the University of Oregon!  Her working dissertation title is: Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Relationships Between Airborne Microbial Communities and Urban Vegetation: Implications for Urban Planning and Human Well-being.  Mhuireach holds an M.Architecture (2012) from the University of Oregon and a B.S. in Biology (Ecology and Evolution Track, 1999) form the University of Washington. She is presently a Graduate Research Fellow at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory and BioBE Center at University of Oregon.  Her anticipated graduation is June 2018.

Recent publication: Urban greenness influences airborne bacterial community composition

Dissertation Abstract: Variation in exposure to environmental microbial communities has been implicated in the etiology of allergies, asthma and other immune-related disorders. In particular, exposure to a high diversity of microbes during early life, for example through living in highly vegetated environments like farms or forests, may have specific health benefits, including immune system development and stimulation. In the face of rapidly growing cities and potential reductions in urban green space, it is vital to clarify whether and how microbial community composition is related to vegetation. The purpose of my proposed research is to identify plausible but under-explored mechanisms through which urban vegetation may influence public health. Specifically, I am investigating how airborne microbial communities vary with the amount, structural diversity, and/or species composition of green space for 50 sites in Eugene, Oregon. My approach combines geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing data with passive air sampling and culture-independent microbial sequencing.

Committee members:

  • Dr. Bart Johnson, Professor of Landscape Architecture (Major Advisor & Committee Chair)
  • Dr. Jessica Green, Professor of Biology (Co-Advisor)
  • Roxi Thoren, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture (Core Member)
  • Dr. Deb Johnson-Shelton, Education/Health Researcher, Oregon Research Institute (Core Member)
  • G.Z. Brown, Professor of Architecture (Institutional Representative)

 

 

 

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