The need and opportunity for telework offers unique venues for work productivity and professional growth using online tools and science connectivity. At UF Research we are concerned for the safety of our science workforce during the current pandemic while also intrigued with the notion that time away from the grind presents very real prospect for enhancing typical progress in our work. We at UF Research offer the following as suggestions for activities that advance research productivity while also keeping in active work status. While this guidance is directed to those typically working in laboratory, field or clinical research funded by sponsored programs, it is applicable to a wide range of research associated positions at UF. As a secondary support, we offer suggestions for administrative and financial staff to supplement and diversify their administrative and financial support responsibilities should that be necessary.
Technical, Laboratory & Field Personnel
Document your technical duties, lab SOPs, and other documentations that typically get shoved to the back of the drawer:
If your lab didn’t have an emergency shutdown procedure, document the steps you have recently taken or are about to take to produce that SOP.
In turn, now take the time to document an SOP on how to reactivate your lab when that time comes (e.g. maintenance and calibration, gas levels, reagent supplies, etc.). This particular activity will take on increasing importance as the time away from the laboratory potentially increases.
Move traditionally paper records to electronic formats
Participate in journal clubs and literature reviews (including setup Zoom/GoToMeeting/Skype Journal Club(s)). Most graduate programs will continue their journal club activities throughout each semester. Connect with the program administrators for access to the discussions.
Write. It is likely that manuscript and other writing will take an outsized role in laboratory activities for the coming months. Join the group activities involved in preparing data for publication, writing papers and reviewing. Similarly raise your activities in the proposal writing of your laboratory.
Formalize an approach to get deeper into the literature in your research field. Have a reading goal that is formalized with your supervisor and enhances the research in your unit. As a reminder you’ll need to use the off-campus access to the UF Libraries material. See: https://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/offcampus
Consult with your professional societies for online training, conference and discussion training options. Most large societies offer a wide range of online materials that are both historically recorded and scheduled for real time. (See for example: https://plantae.org/)
Take Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research training (see training section below)
Review equipment manuals. For your current instrumentation download the latest operation manuals and do a formal update and familiarization.
Update all applicable recurring and new training that may be required after research laboratories re-open. See section below for training suggestions for all staffing types.
Participate in Refresher Training Courses: Most OCR classes are available by Zoom. The few that were not convertible are available as “one-on-one” consults arranged between the individual and the instructor using the modality of their choice (e.g. phone, Skype, chat, email, etc.)
UF is working with experts in responsible conduct in research to develop responsible and ethical conduct of research courses. More information to be available soon. See: https://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/stemrcr
UF offers training in Research Administration, Finance, Internal Controls, Human Resources, Privacy, Data Security and more. While it is impossible for us to list every suggested course in this guide, we suggest consideration for those in the Research section (any course beginning with RSH) and the PRO3 series (see: https://learn-and-grow.hr.ufl.edu/courses-registration/pro3-series/pro-3-competencies/). Use the library icon (image below) to identify courses by type.
In addition, review courses that must be renewed. To identify these courses, select your training transcript by selecting Self>Reporting>Training transcript. Update the date selection to ALL then look for courses with expiration dates.