COVID-19 Information and the School of Earth and Space Exploration

A Message from the School Director, Meenakshi Wadhwa

I am deeply grateful for the support and resilience of our community in the School of Earth and Space Exploration as we navigate the difficult circumstances relating to COVID-19. Despite the current challenges, we are making every effort to keep everyone safe, healthy, and connected. As one of these efforts, the School of Earth and Space Exploration has created this special webpage to provide the latest updates from our School, some suggested resources for digital and online learning, and helpful links from the academic and federal sectors on COVID-19. If you have questions or suggestions for additional content, please e-mail us at

Even though we are facing an unprecedented situation, we are still a community and I am confident that we will get through this challenging time together with support from each other! 




COVID-19 Virus Updates and Links

View the ASU Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) official webpage to get the latest information.

If you have questions, the ASU Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ's webpage has answers.

View the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Review the Knowledge Enterprise COVID-19 Guidelines for ASU Researchers

The Employee Assistance and Employee Wellness team’s focus is to support the health and well-being of the ASU workforce and offers tips on how to stay healthy while working from home.

Community Conversation Discussion and Archives

Every two weeks, the SESE Colloquium team will hold a community conversation via Zoom to provide updates on the COVID-19 situation and answer questions from students, staff, faculty and the SESE community. Those webinars are archived here.

SESE Community Conversation Webinar 4/1/2020 or view the presentation slides PDF icon20200401_sese_community_conversation_covid-19.pdf

SESE Community Conversation Webinar 3/18/2020 or view the presentation slides PDF icon20200318_sese_community_conversation_covid-19.pdf

Donate to the School of Earth and Space Exploration Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The School of Earth and Space Exploration has long been committed to supporting its students and community. In this time of unprecedented crisis, our School is dedicated to making every effort to keep everyone safe, healthy, and connected. When you give to our student emergency fund, you enable us to provide meaningful and immediate support to our students. 

Building Access Updates and Safety Training

Access to SESE buildings will be limited to SESE faculty and essential staff with specific permission. Anyone else who needs access for critical functions should communicate with their supervisors who can arrange for access if necessary. Please contact Chris Skiba ( or Marc Biren ( if you have questions.

In preparation to safely ramp up research and support operations at Arizona State University, the department of Environmental Health and Safety has developed a return to campus training, titled “COVID-19: Work Well.” This live training will be provided via Zoom once a day today through June 12, 2020 to all interested employees. Additional training sessions after June 12 will be announced.

This training is designed to:

  • Discuss personal wellness, self-health assessments and reporting COVID-19 exposure.
  • Provide information on ASU’s efforts to prepare the campus for return. 
  • Provide steps you can take to do your part, including social distancing and wearing cloth face covers.
  • Provide information on personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfection.

If you or your staff would like to attend, the training will be offered live on the following days and times through Zoom. Please note that the Zoom links are unique for each training and attendees MUST REGISTER in advance to attend. Please feel free to share the Zoom links with your staff and others in the ASU research community. 

June 1, 2020 from 10 - 11 AM 

June 2, 2020 from 2 - 3 PM

June 3, 2020 from 10 - 11 AM

June 4, 2020  from 1- 2 PM

June 5, 2020 from 10 - 11 AM

June 8, 2020 from  11AM -12 PM

June 9, 2020 from 2 -3 PM

June 10, 2020 10 AM – 11AM

June 11, 2020 from 2 – 3 PM

June 12, 2020 from 10 AM – 11 AM

SESE Business Operations Resources

Proposal Funding and Submissions Contact The submissions and questions will be assigned accordingly. In an emergency please contact or

For Business Office Purchasing and Travel contact

Important Notes:

  • All non-essential travel is on hold.
  • For all Purchasing and Reimbursements contact and these will be assigned accordingly.
  • We have two new positions that are being trained virtually, things will be slower until they are trained. Welcome Rachel Love and Beth Bradley!
  • PCards will be supported by Alyssa Hagler and Juana Garcia.
  • Kiva Lindaman is out on Maternity Leave for 12 weeks. In an emergency please contact

Mail Procedures

Currently mail will be delivered once a week on Friday, sorted and distributed in mailboxes accordingly. Rose Petrini will email staff the specifics if there is a package to pick up.

Human Resources 

Please continue to send any requests or questions to This allows the SESE HR team to access and respond to your inquiry in a timely manner. 

Important updates: 

  • Graduate renewal and faculty summer pay for Summer 2020 are currently in process. Summer pay begins May 18, 2020.
  • Per the Provost, all student workers will continue to be paid through May 8, 2020. Please contact for student worker employment guidance after May 8th. 
  • Premium processing for H1B visas has been suspended until further notice. This will impact new hires and any current employees needing to change visa status.
  • Please continue to inform SESE HR if you experience an FMLA event or need to request a leave status.
  • Any new volunteers or courtesy affiliates that are working remotely will need to contact to complete the ASU volunteer/courtesy affiliate form.

Health and Wellness Resources

Discover the ASU Mindfulness Center for the body, mind, and soul.   

For counseling needs, contact ASU Counseling Services.

To speak with a health professional, contact ASU Health Services

For peer-led, peer-based student support, contact Devils 4 Devils Support Circles.  

Learn about staying productive and get more wellness resources from the Graduate Insider.

SESE Resources for Digital and Online Learning

Review this helpful guide for running virtual meetings and reviews.

ASU-led NASA Psyche Mission 

FREE online courses are available to ANYONE with Internet Access on the ASU Continuing and Professional Education website: The Process and Lifetime of a Space Mission and Tools for Building Positive Team Culture.

The Psyche Mission team has K-12 grade-grouped pages of resources and materials on the Psyche “Models and Materials” page including:

Everyone can participate in the #PsycheSpaceCRAFTY opportunity and create their own inspired art based on Psyche. Learn how and become spacecrafty

View the Psyche Mission video gallery and browse the Psyche Mission art gallery.

ASU-led L’SPACE Academy 

The NASA L'SPACE Academy is a free, online, interactive program open to undergraduate STEM major students (not just ASU) interested in pursuing a career with NASA or other Space organizations.

L'SPACE consists of two Academies - the Mission Concept Academy, and the NASA Proposal Writing and Evaluation Experience Academy. Students may participate in one Academy per semester. Each 12-week Academy is designed to provide unique, hands-on learning and insight into the dynamic world of the Space Industry. Students can expect to learn NASA mission procedures and protocols from industry professionals as they collaborate with fellow team members to complete mission-related team-projects.

Requirements for participation include access to a computer with internet and headset capabilities, and time to devote an additional 4-hours per week beyond the online session requirements towards team projects. They are currently accepting summer 2020 applications, with the next academy beginning 5/12/2020.

Education Through eXploration (ETX)  

ETX designs, develops, deploys, and researches interactive, exploration-based learning experiences through the use of digital platforms, as well as the teaching networks through which content can be created, deployed, adopted, analyzed, and adapted. ETX Provides:

  • Online science courses for non-scientists, teaching science as the exploration of the unknown through game-like, adaptive/personalized, project-based education.
  • Online Immersive Virtual Field Trips (iVFTs), experiences which enable teaching in the context of place-based exploration.
  • Inspark Science Network, a network of digitally-empowered educators in the U.S. (and eventually globally). Educators create and share next-generation courseware and technology – dedicated to enhancing student success in entry-level science.