The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Core Facilities Restart-to-Research Operational Status

Page last updated 12/1/20 at 10:05 a.m.

MA STATE STATUS: Phase 3-Step 2–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 impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 3 Yes 11/06/20
Animal ImagingMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Minimally
impacted
Limited onsite 2 No 7/2/20
Animal ModelsMinimally impactedPartialNot applicable Limited onsite 1 Yes 7/2/20
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)Minimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 1 No 7/7/20
Biophysical CharacterizationMinimally impactedPartialPartial Limited onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/29-12/5/20). 3 No 7/27/20
Bioproduction & SeparationPartialPartialPartial Limited onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/29-12/5/20). 2 No 7/01/20
Cell CultureMinimally impactedMinimally impactedMinimally impacted Limited onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/29-12/5/20, 12/13-12/19/20). 3 Yes 8/03/20
Center for Human Health and Performance (CH2P)Minimally impactedMinimally impactedMinimally impacted Limited onsite, appointment only. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/29-12/5/20). 3 Yes 11/05/20
Computational ModelingMinimally impactedNot applicableNot applicable Operating remotely. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/29-12/12/20). 3 Yes 6/5/20
Device CharacterizationMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite. 3 Yes 11/06/20
Device Fabrication (Cleanroom)Minimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/22-11/28/20). 1 Yes 6/8/20
Electron MicroscopyMinimally
impacted
Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 2 No 6/25/20
Electronic MaterialsMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 3 No 7/2/20
Flow CytometryMinimally
impacted
Minimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 1 No 7/2/20
Genomics Resource LaboratoryMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Minimally impacted Limited onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/15-11/21/20, 12/13-12/19/20). 4 Yes 10/22/20
High Frequency Sensor Development LaboratoryMinimally impactedPartialPartial Operating remotely 0   5/20/20
Human Magnetic Resonance CenterMinimally impactedPartialPartial Operating remotely,
limited onsite
appointment
only. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/1-11/7/20, 11/29-12/5/20).
3 No 7/23/20
Light MicroscopyMinimally impactedPartialPartial Limited onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/15-11/21/20, 12/13-12/19/20). 2 Yes (Zero contact training underway-mix of video, group Zoom, then Zoom 1:1) 7/30/20
Mass SpectrometryMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Minimally impacted Onsite 3+ Yes 10/28/20
Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics Laboratory (mHealthLab)Minimally impactedNot applicableDisallowed Operating remotely 0   5/20/20
Nanofabrication CleanroomMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 3 Yes 6/08/20
NMR-Chemistry MaterialsMinimally impactedPartialPartial Limited onsite 1 No 6/25/20
NMR-BioMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/29-12/12/20). 3 No 9/18/20
Nutriceutical FormulationPartialDisallowedDisallowed Operating remotely 0   6/5/20
Roll-to-Roll Fabrication and Processing FacilityPartialPartialMinimally
impacted
Limited onsite. Likely disruptions due to furlough (11/15-11/21/20, 12/13-12/19/20). 1   5/21/20
Sensor IntegrationMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Minimally
impacted
Limited onsite 3   9/3/20
Sleep Monitoring LabMinimally impactedDisallowedDisallowed Operating remotely 1 No 6/25/20
X-Ray Scattering FacilityMinimally impactedMinimally
impacted
Partial Limited onsite 1 No 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