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Holidays ahead and a new year

ClockDecember 10, 2020

The day after tomorrow we begin our three-week winter closure and a well-earned rest. Gathering with family will be difficult or impossible for many. I will be sheltering in place with Jan, my wife. Between us, we have four children and two grandchildren, variously located in the Bay Area and the Midwest. We had hoped to be able to share the holidays with them in person, but with COVID rates rising everywhere, that won’t happen this year. Many of you are making similar sacrifices.   

Nothing is more important than your health, so please continue to be cautious, mask, and distance as required while we get through this next — and hopefully last — critical stretch in the battle with COVID-19.   

I have high hopes for 2021: First, there will be a vaccine so we can begin to return to normal. Second, Stanford’s sustainability initiative and a reimagined school will come into sharper focus. I’ll continue to work on the latter with Vice Provost Kam Moler over break, consolidating the feedback and options that the Blueprint Committee just delivered at the end of fall quarter. This will result in tangible options that faculty, staff, and students will be able to comment on during winter quarter.   

Final reminders for closure:  

  • If you have been on campus and COVID-19 testing, please continue to do so over break.  
  • Read through new COVID-19 testing protocols that will be required January 4, even for individuals who may come in on an ad hoc basis. Details for faculty, staff and postdocs can be found here. For students, here.  

Thank you for all the pivots and new programming you put in place to keep us running all year long. My very best to you and yours for the holidays.  

Here's to a much better new year ahead, 


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