UVA Engineering novel coronavirus news digest

News updates and useful tips for members of the UVA Engineering community regarding the novel coronavirus.

    Free Resources

    March 17, 2020

    Free services from third parties:  Every day we hear about vendors who are offering their services for free during this difficult time. They range from free online textbook access, to free broadband. While we are not in a position to recommend or vouch all of these, we do want to make you aware of some of them.  Please be cautious, as always, when accepting “free” third-party services.

    Coronavirus Coping from a UVA Alumnus

    March 17, 2020

    From Inside Higher Ed:

    "First Gloria Gaynor showed us how to wash our hands properly while singing 'I Will Survive.' Now Michael Bruening, an associate professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is serenading professors with an online teaching-themed cover of Gaynor’s hit. Bruening’s lyrics...are tongue-in-cheek. They've nevertheless rung true with thousands who have shared his video via Facebook and YouTube."

    Helpful Tip from a Faculty Member: Mac Course Recording Tool

    March 17, 2020

    Message from Professor James Smith on March 16 to fellow faculty:

    I think many of you are thinking about recording your lectures for online viewing.  You can do this through Collab and Panopto, but you probably have to use a classroom.  Also, if you are like me, you may be a Mac user and prefer not to navigate Panopto on a PC.  I tried using it this afternoon and ran into lots of problems as I wanted to be able to draw (annotate) a PDF file of my lecture notes.

    After a quick search, I found this link:


    Wired: How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

    March 16, 2020

    Hand sanitizer is in short supply across the country, but it's possible to make your own! Wired shared two recipes for both a basic sanitizer and a World Health Organization-recommended version.

    How to Forward Your Phone From Home

    March 16, 2020

    Would you like to forward your desk phone to your cell phone or another number remotely? David Thomas, IT support staff in the Engineering Systems and Environment, created the following guide