Like many of you, AOCS staff has moved from working out of our headquarters building in Central Illinois to working in our homes. Many of us have created new workspaces in various places in our homes. In my case, my dining room table has never realized such usage until this quarantine.
While we all get used to this new environment, one thing I have enjoyed is finding more time to watch video tutorials, read blog posts, write more individual notes to members, and spend time experimenting with virtual meeting tools like GoToMeeting, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. Several members have shared similar stories with me, especially our young professional group within AOCS. Leann Barden, Research Manager, Chicago Bar Company, and AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group Co-Chair wrote:
“All of my company's meetings are now done by video chat. It truly does force you to be more engaged than a simple phone call, and it's a great way to feel connected. Our president's kids made an appearance in his last state-of-the-business video to emphasize the need to empathize with parents who are now parenting full time.”
Hari Kiran Kotapati, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Washington State University, also shared his experiences and thoughts:
“If you are in an academic research lab, I think this is the ideal time to sit down and write up the research paper or maybe that review article that you have been planning to write, for a long time. This is what I have been doing so far working from home. It is hard to focus on one thing while writing, so I usually choose to split time between each of those things. You can also come up with some research ideas for grant applications.”
What resources, software, videos, and learning are you exploring while working remotely?
If you need some suggestions, I have selected a few from the AOCS archives. Please view, share with others, and send me your comments.
· #WebinarWednesday: Visit the webinar archive. Here are a few of my favorites:
o Fat transitions in ice cream, presented by UW-Madison Professor and former editor-in-chief of JAOCS Rich Hartel, an expert on online-learning and presenting.
o A walk through your home–Discovering the surfactant science for cleaning it, presented by 2018 Samuel Rosen Memorial Award winner David R. Scheuing.
o What is vegetable oil and where does it come?, presented by Alan Paine, Desmet Ballestra, a regular on the inform|connect Open Forum. This webinar is an excellent refresher course on edible oil refining.
· Explore the AOCS YouTube Channel and view:
o Career development presentations hosted by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group.
o Plant-based proteins collection of webinars.
o Statistical design of experiments training for AOCS journal editors, a great resource for editors, reviewers, and authors.
· Already missing the AOCS Annual Meeting like I am? View these recordings from the 2019 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.
· Read up on the history of AOCS Award winners, found on the AOCS Lipid Library.
Wow, this is already a long list and yet there is so much more to offer. I hope you find some of these online resources of interest to you.
Thank you and #staysafe!