Hello PASPCR colleagues.
I hope you are all well and safe and suitably coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. These are extraordinary times, quite unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory. Many institutions where we work have markedly limited research activities and as a result, many of us are trying to do what we can remotely. Personally, I have Zoom/FaceTime meeting fatigue, but it’s better than not being able to communicate with colleagues and friends and family. While this pandemic is terrible in what it has done to our liberties, to our collective health, to the IPCC meeting planned for Japan in June, to our productivity and to our economy, the changes it has forced upon us aren’t entirely without positive aspects. For me and my family, we’ve become much closer. We’re cooking and eating together more, going for walks around the neighborhood more and working together around the house on projects aided by teamwork. We’ve learned to compromise more, for example, to respect each other’s time when we have videomeetings and do our best to not be too loud during these times. My daughter, a second year college student, is home and doing her learning remotely. While she would prefer to be with her friends at college, it’s wonderful having her home! I hope you too can find some positive aspects to the pandemic and may we all find solace in them until things return to normal.