Friday, January 11, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Shutdown’s Impact on Research
Due to the Trump Administration’s shutdown of the federal government since December 22, NSF, NOAA, USDA, NASA and several other research agencies are currently without funding. Possible impacts include delays in grant funding and applications, loss of access to federal data, interruptions in research-related travel and communications, and more. Other agencies such as NIH and DOE have already had 2019 funding approved and are not affected to such a major extent.

One of the many reasons for forming a union is that it allows ARs to support one another and respond collectively when challenges such as the shutdown arise. If you or any of your colleagues have experienced any problems due to the shutdown or have other concerns about how the shutdown may impact your working conditions, please reply to this email so we can work together to address any issues.

Support Los Angeles Public School Educators
After two years of contract negotiations, the thirty thousand Los Angeles educators of UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles) are preparing to strike for smaller class sizes, and more nurses and counselors this Monday, January 14. Though the Los Angeles Unified School district (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the country, LA schools are severely underfunded and understaffed. You can read more by clicking here.

If you’d like to deliver a message of support to UTLA educators, as well as members of the Oakland Education Association, who are also preparing to strike, you can sign this petition. And if you are at UCLA and would like to be part of potential solidarity actions next week, please email, and check our Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Lastly, if you’ve not yet done so, please take a few minutes now to fill out our bargaining survey. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get all the news and updates, and contact us at if you have any questions.

In solidarity,

Academic Researchers United Organizing Committee

UC Berkeley
Holly Aaron, Specialist
Fred Bauman, Project Scientist
Sadie Costello, Assistant Researcher
Benjamin Croze, Junior Specialist
Mark Delucci, Researcher
Vincent Guacci, Assistant Researcher
Howard Isaacson, Specialist
Bo Liu, Associate Specialist
Benjamin Lynch, Associate Researcher
Karen Orlando, Coordinator of Public Programs
Jessica Penchos, Coordinator of Public Programs
Anatalia Robles, Associate Specialist
Pascal Saint-Hilaire, Assistant Researcher
Kelsie Scruggs, Coordinator of Public Programs
Adam Zeilinger, Associate Specialist

UC Davis
Omran Abu Aboud, Assistant Researcher
Gerard Arino Estrada, Assistant Project Scientist
Leah Hartman, Junior Specialist
Tony Herren, Assistant Project Scientist
Karam Kim, Project Scientist
Sergio Silva, Junior Specialist
Vikrant Singh, Project Scientist

UC Irvine
Andrea Anzalone, Project Scientist
Angelo Demuro, Associate Researcher
Briac Halbout, Assistant Project Scientist
Guaciara M. dos Santos, Project Scientist
Christopher Ma, Associate Specialist
Rongwei Mao, Associate Specialist
Kishore Pangaluru, Assistant Project Scientist
Amanda Wortman, Specialist

Silvia Diaz-Perez, Associate Project Scientist
Stephen Hancock, Assistant Project Scientist
Christian Hofmann, Assistant Project Scientist
Laura Marinelli, Assistant Researcher
Dennis Montoya, Assistant Researcher
Manash Paul, Assistant Project Scientist
Christina Priest, Assistant Project Scientist
Anna Salazar, Assistant Project Scientist
Jiannis Taxidis, Assistant Project Scientist
Rosane Teles, Assistant Project Scientist
Fen Fen Wu, Associate Project Scientist
Paolo Zimmaro, Assistant Project Scientist
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Assistant Researcher

UC Merced
David Quint, Associate Project Scientist
Arianna Campiani, Associate Specialist
Mourad Sadqi, Assistant Project Scientist

UC Riverside
Ahmed Farouk Abdalla, Assistant Project Scientist
Maria Irigoyen, Assistant Project Scientist
Miguel Lopez, Assistant Project Scientist

UC Santa Barbara
Heda Agic, Visiting Researcher
Evangeline Ballerini, Associate Specialist
Patrick Callahan, Associate Specialist
Brandon Kuczenski, Researcher
Jean-Charles Stinville, Associate Specialist

UC Santa Cruz
Sergio Covarrubias, Associate Specialist
Paul Mattern, Assistant Researcher
Andreas Rechtsteiner, Associate Project Scientist
Lisa Schwarz, Assistant Researcher
Stella Villegas, Assistant Project Scientist

UC San Diego
Rain Bosworth, Associate Researcher
Hugo Carreira, Assistant Project Scientist
Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, Associate Project Scientist
Ching-Wen Chang, Assistant Project Scientist
Mateusz Gola, Assistant Researcher
Leonardo Nogueria, Assistant Researcher
Sonia Podvin, Assistant Project Scientist
“Rina” Catherina Salanga, Assistant Project Scientist
Francesca Soncin, Assistant Project Scientist
Thomas Touboul, Assistant Project Scientist
Jonathan Yu, Associate Project Scientist
Chun Zheng, Assistant Project Scientist

UC San Francisco
Oliver Bogen, Associate Researcher
Luke Bonser, Assistant Researcher
Jocelyne Fadiga, Junior Specialist
Royce Harner, Assistant Specialist
Sahar Houshdaran, Specialist
Maria Luisa Mandelli, Assistant Researcher
Nicole Nasholm, Associate Specialist
Ajay Ravindranathan, Specialist
Maike Roth, Assistant Specialist
Veronica Steri, Associate Specialist
Theo Tarver, Assistant Specialist
Tanner Wakefield, Assistant Specialist