UCI BioSci Remote
Biology for a better world. Teaching, learning and working in a new digital environment.



As the UCI campus transitions to a remote learning and working environment, you’re going to start hearing about things like Zoom, Canvas, Yuja, and digital platforms to connect with others. The UCI BioSci Remote site will help you navigate your new digital environment. Learn about resources, policies, and news during COVID-19.


Find information to help teach students, use Zoom, and stay connected with others.

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We want to make the transition to online classes as easy as possible for you. This is a challenging time for all of us, as we adjust to a new normal in our daily lives. But we will get through it together. And this new online learning environment will help everyone stay on track and keep moving forward.

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As our homes become our new offices, we need to learn new ways to adapt to our new environments. Learn how to set yourself up for success in our new remote environment – whether that’s your kitchen, home office or decked out coffee table.

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News and Updates

Annual Dean’s Report Out Now!

In the 2020 issue, learn how the Pandemic has shaped how we view the life sciences.


COVID-19 Updates

UCI is closely monitoring the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) situation and associated communications from the county, state and federal authorities. We will continue to provide updates through this website and email communications, and take steps to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Injuries, COVID-19 concerns and other campus safety issues should be reported to UCI Environmental Health & Safety, which also offers an online incident report form.

July 30, 2020

UCI BioSci Professor Adriana Briscoe, department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, shares some interesting facts about butterflies on NPR! She also discusses the importance of teachers and mentors in diversifying the STEM fields, which Professor...

June 5, 2020

Retaining science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students is a challenge for universities across the country, with anywhere from one-third to one-half transferring to non-STEM majors before degree completion. With COVID-19 cutting in-person course delivery...

June 2, 2020

As you may have seen in the message from Hal Stern, Interim Provost and EVC, all on-site employees are required to view a training video entitled “Returning to Campus,” which explains what COVID-19 is, how...

May 29, 2020

The UCI Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs released the following announcement today: The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is offering a new UCI Zoom Temporary License Upgrade service to faculty and staff who...

Check out UCI BioSci’s Staff Recognition Blog!

Staff and Faculty can take a moment to recognize an outstanding staff member for a job well done. Fill out the form – it’s easy!

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August 3, 2020

A big shout out to the entire MB&B administrative team, they are awesome!! Leading the team is our fearless, knowledgeable and super hard-working MSO, Bessy Varela. I can’t thank Bessy enough for managing…

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July 29, 2020

Lizzy has done an amazing job learning WordPress in a short amount of time. She’s been extremely helpful and responsive to faculty and also very proactive in taking on new web tasks. Thank you, Lizzy!…

July 27, 2020

BioSci’s pre-awards team stays upbeat and remains calm when under pressure to meet timelines. Thank you Jason Park, Megan Vu, Carmen Bastos, and Erica Turley-Devilla for all that you do! I really enjoy working with…

Spread the word. Not the virus.

Reducing the spread of viruses starts with basic hygiene. Here are preventative measures that you can follow to keep our community healthy.

Always wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. *It’s not the water temperature, but the time you take rubbing the hands (20 seconds).

Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough.

If you are sick, stay home and do not travel. Call ahead before visiting your doctor or the Student Health Center to arrange a time to be seen.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.