Providing reseachers with a robust research infrastructure
The purpose of SEA is to support and provide state-of-the-art research equipment capabilities for Rice University and the extended Rice community.
See below for further information regarding SEA labs operations related to COVID-19
In light of the recent directives from Office of Research and President Leebron, effective immediately SEA will be implementing the following protocols:
1) There will be no in-person interactions between SEA staff and users. This includes trainings, as well as in-person assistance with instrument use. All interactions must be remote, and are subject to limitations in our capabilities. For example, it is likely that very little to no new instrument trainings can be accomplished remotely.
2) Limited use of SEA facilities will continue to be allowed for critical research needs. All PIs will soon be submitting their lab plans for reducing on-campus research, which will include their specific needs regarding SEA facilities. Those that are approved by Office of Research will be allowed, as needed, and following the guidelines below. Anything not specifically approved by Office of Research will not be permitted.
3) For use approved as above, users must follow recommended "social distancing" guidelines, which is to keep a minimum distance of 6', with a recommended distance of 10', between themselves and anyone else. We recognize that many SEA facilities have instruments in close proximity to each other. We expect that individual users who find themselves in a situation where two or more of you are in the same lab at the same time, you will work out time-sharing as needed to keep a safe distance from one another.
4) For use approved as above, users must all take extra precautions to keep themselves and others safe. In addition to the distancing outlined above, all users should wear gloves while on shared instruments, avoid touching their faces, and disinfect all common surfaces of shared instruments with disinfecting spray both before and after use of the instrument. FE&P should be supplying these cleaning materials in our labs this week.
5) SEA research staff will be in "maintain and monitor" mode, and for the most part will be working remotely. Please plan your critical research accordingly. Think twice if an experiment is really critical. If you are not experienced and confident on an instrument, plan your critical work during working hours, so if you need to contact SEA staff for assistance, it's at a reasonable time. Take care to not contact SEA staff unless it's an emergency, as we will all be experiencing extra stress during this time.
6) In the event that you experience issues on a shared instrument, contact our staff to let them know, but if they are not able to help you remotely, be prepared to be told to shut the instrument down and allow SEA staff time to come in when they are able, alone, to try to address the issue later. If this is not possible, instruments might have to be taken down for an extended time.
These steps are necessary at this time to reduce the risk to everyone, while still maintaining a level of support for critical research as directed. As the situation on campus and in Houston develops, further steps may be taken as needed and as directed by Rice Administration. SEA appreciates your support during these difficult times.
Questions or concerns about these policies should be directed to Angelo Benedetto (email@example.com).
Angelo Benedetto, Ph.D.
Rice University - Shared Equipment Authority
Director of Operations
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