The CALS Dean’s Office is reviewing and providing decisions on research continuation requests. The status of summer field days is being assessed with organizers and stakeholders. There was a discussion on what is working well and what is creating challenges in field research. Most researchers are reducing their field work to comply with campus and social distancing guidelines. Some would like additional guidance on the definition of essential research, timeframes for requests, and plans for summer, and asked about consistency across departments.
Non-credit, face-to-face programs and activities are cancelled for the summer of 2020. Our remote audience numbers increased between 2018 and 2019 and will increase further with COVID-19 restrictions. As work continues in remote training and events, remember that if you post a video online, campus and federal guidelines require that the video be captioned. You can find resources on video captioning online at: https://it.wisc.edu/learn/guides/accessible-content-tech/create-accessible-video-and-audio-content/.
The three, recently-approved CALS Extension faculty positions are now on hold pending more budget information in the coming year. No 104 funding carryover is allowed.
Future CALS state specialist meetings will be scheduled for September, January, and May. Meeting dates will be forthcoming. Please send future topic ideas to Julie Scharm.
There were concerns expressed by state specialists on the lack of specialist input in Extension programming, messaging or perceptions discouraging cross-institute programming, and restrictions on e-mail list serves. These items will be taken under advisement for increased communication and understanding.