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President's Environment: Coping with COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Amy Rosemond

Hello colleagues – I am really sorry for the situation we currently find ourselves in – with great disruptions in our personal and professional lives and possibly, hopefully very few, personal tragedies. My thoughts are with you all. I can’t imagine how tough it is for those with projects and classes needed to be completed as part of a degree program, as well as those with projects and activities that are/were under deadlines that now can’t be completed. There are disturbances large and small that nearly all of our membership is experiencing in the important and necessary freshwater work that we do. 

I just wanted to reach out at this time to encourage exchange of information and community. We can help each other by providing resources, advice, or a listening ear. SFS has made space available on our members-only section of the our website to share requests for teaching materials, making requests for research advice or assistance, and sharing tips on coping with closures, delays, and disruption of our daily routines and future plans.

This simple ‘guide’ by the Regina Baucom lab at the University of Michigan (using recommendations by Dana Turjeman) was passed on to me by a colleague – I thought you might find it useful and could share it with others in your circles.

If there is anything I can do to help you or you have suggestions for things you would like the Society to pursue, please don’t hesitate to contact me at SFS is currently working with ASLO to determine how or whether to proceed with our meeting in Madison and we will be sending notification of any changes as soon as possible.   

Best wishes during this challenging time – Amy Rosemond