The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Core Facilities Restart-to-Research Operational Status

Page last updated 7/9/20 at 1:30 p.m.

MA STATE STATUS: Phase 3-Step 1–additional reopening with restrictions
UMASS AMHERST STATUS: Stage 3–partial reopening with restrictions; 30-50% by RLOP approval


(Please go to the individual Core’s website for additional information on facility conditions and modified operations.)

Core Facility

Data Analysis/
Expert Advice

Sample Analysis/
Preparation

Equipment
Access

Core Staff

Core Level

New
Users Allowed?

Phase Plan
Updated

Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADDFab) Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Operating remotely 2 Yes 6/27/20
Animal Imaging Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Minimally
impacted
Limited onsite 2 No 7/2/20
Animal Models Minimally impacted Partial Not applicable Limited onsite 1 Yes 7/2/20
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 1 No 7/7/20
Biophysical Characterization Partial Partial Partial Limited onsite 2 No 6/18/20
Bioproduction & Separation Partial Partial Partial Limited onsite 2 No 7/01/20
Cell Culture Minimally impacted Partial Partial Onsite 3 No 7/01/20
Center for Human Health and Performance (CH2P) Partial Partial Disallowed Operating remotely 1 No 6/23/20
Computational Modeling Minimally impacted Not applicable Not applicable Operating remotely 3 Yes 6/5/20
Device Characterization Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Operating remotely 2 Yes 6/27/20
Device Fabrication (Cleanroom) Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 1 Yes 6/8/20
Electron Microscopy Minimally
impacted
Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 2 No 6/25/20
Electronic Materials Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 3 No 7/2/20
Flow Cytometry Minimally
impacted
Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 1 No 7/2/20
Genomics Resource Laboratory Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 3 Yes 6/24/20
High Frequency Sensor Development Laboratory Minimally impacted Partial Partial Operating remotely 0   5/20/20
Human Magnetic Resonance Center Minimally impacted Disallowed Partial Operating remotely,
limited onsite
appointment
only
2 No 7/02/20
Light Microscopy Minimally impacted Partial Partial Limited onsite 2 No 5/18/20
Mass Spectrometry Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Onsite 3 No 6/19/20
Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics Laboratory (mHealthLab) Minimally impacted Not applicable Disallowed Operating remotely 0   5/20/20
Nanofabrication Cleanroom Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 2 Yes 6/08/20
NMR-Chemistry Materials Minimally impacted Partial Partial Limited onsite 1 No 6/25/20
NMR-Bio Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 2 No 7/1/20
Nutriceutical Formulation Partial Disallowed Disallowed Operating remotely 0   6/5/20
Roll-to-Roll Fabrication and Processing Facility Partial Partial Minimally
impacted
Limited onsite 1   5/21/20
Sensor Integration Minimally impacted Disallowed Partial Operating remotely 0   5/20/20
Sleep Monitoring Lab Minimally impacted Disallowed Disallowed Operating remotely 1 No 6/25/20
X-Ray Scattering Facility Minimally impacted Minimally
impacted
Partial Operating remotely 1   7/7/20

 

Minimally impacted
Partial=Some services and/or productivity impacted
Disallowed=Services cancelled or disallowed
Not applicable

Core Facility Operational Levels
Level 0: Shut down
Level 1: Some activity
Level 2: Some more activity
Level 3: Even more activity
Level 4: Fully open

Core activities fall into categories that are differentially impacted by physical distancing requirements –

  1. Services surrounding electronic data and/or expert advice. These activities allow for maximal curtailment of on-campus staff and will continue as telework as much as possible.
  2. Services involving analysis or preparation of samples and/or subjects. These activities require core staff adhere to institutionally imposed physical distancing policies during sample receipt, subject interactions, wet lab activities, and/or instrument operation.
  3. Services requiring user access to equipment. Core staff access is prioritized over user access. Unsupervised user access must comply with institutionally imposed physical distancing policies and is offered at a core director’s discretion.

Most cores’ service portfolios include activities in all categories. Modified operations imposed upon restart of research will impact core service activities to some degree as captured above. While cores strive to offer as complete a service portfolio as possible, researchers should expect curtailment of certain services. The situation will be fluid and researchers are asked to pay close attention to notifications by core directors, core websites, and FOM.

(Please check the individual Core’s website for additional information on facility conditions and modified operations)

The operational status of the UMass Centralized Core Facilities will be changing as more information develops, check back often.

If you have questions regarding the UMass Core Facilities, contact Andrew Vinard, Core Facilities Director at avinard@umass.edu

UMass Amherst COVID-19 Resources

The University continues to provide the latest communications and a comprehensive set of resources on its official website.
UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19

The Office for Research and Engagement's website as they have resources specific to research activities. http://www.umass.edu/research/covid-19-resources-guidance

EH&S provides COVID-19 information specifically for labs.  https://ehs.umass.edu/covid-19-information-labs

ABRF COVID-19 Resources

The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) members are sharing resources that maybe helpful during these unprecedented times. https://abrf.org/covid-19