Stay connected with Washington University Research Administrators! During this unusual time, we want to keep our community strong. Show us your work space – your pets – your children – your hobbies! Tell us about how you are dealing with all of the changes.

Let’s connect! Join us on zoom for RA “Coffee & Connections” gatherings to share tips and strategies! See the events page for specific dates.


RA Gallery

Submitted by Amanda Fulbright (Neurology/DIAN-TU)

Max is a good work buddy – unless he can hear birds outside in which case he doesn’t understand what “Be quiet, I’m on a call” means. He is however, always available for pets on stressful days which is nice.

Gracie helps check on the honey bees’ pollen feeder. Submitted by Amanda Heitkoetter (School of Arts & Sciences)

“My trusty sidekick Gracie (1.5 y/o) is the worst employee ever….napping, yawning, whining..! Yet, she always brings a smile to my face because I’m happy to not be home alone while my husband continues to go to work.”

Submitted by Carolyn Fernandez (Internal Medicine)

“As you can see, my very opinionated Miniature Schnauzer, Heidi (9), does not approve of the NIH switching to FORMS-E later this month. She says RAs have enough changes to deal with right now and would like to petition a postponement on behalf of everyone working in grants!”

Routine is the enemy of chaos: I have literally changed nothing about my day to day routine, from putting on work clothes and my ID badge…! It’s kept my productivity strong and my mind sane, even when the laundry basket beckons and the dog brings me toys!

–Carolyn Fernandez (Internal Medicine) 

Our office “seasonal tree”. Submitted by Tina Markovich (Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases)

“Working from home is going well. There are fewer distractions at home than the office. Considering I have two dogs, two teenagers and a 10-year old at home, that says a lot… Access to all programs and systems & competent staff (has been helpful).”

Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be easily bent out of shape.

–Jeanine Gerson (Pediatric Research Hem/Onc and Nephrology)

Left to Right: Eva (7), Sean (3), Thea (5), and Charlie the dog (3). Submitted by Jeanine Gerson (Pediatric Research Hem/Onc and Nephrology)

“My husband built a floating desk for me from shelving and support brackets and Aldi had office chairs!”

Submitted by Iris Dickhoff-Peper (Research Education & Information)

Lily (16), enjoys co-working with her human.

Submitted by Danica Johnson (Research Education & Information)

Team REI is having fun coming up with ways to keep our community connected. So far, we’ve held online meetings for the RA Forum, a Researcher Town Hall, and STAR classes.

–Rashaun DeBord (Research Education & Information)

Submitted by Amanda Heitkoetter (School of Arts & Sciences)

“Gracie burning off some saved up energy in the evening during this spring time weather.”

My fur kids: Daisy (10 months), Luke (7 months), and Nadine (15 yrs). Submitted by Jennifer Higginbotham (Surgery)

“My own struggle is not having an actual office in my home to work in but grateful for the window in my dining room. I finally got my wish to bring my dogs to work!”

Best ever tool when using a laptop at home (bluetooth keypad)! Submitted by Bonnie Dee (Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences)

“My first challenge was to find a decent chair to sit in! …assigning chores to each day (helps): Microwave cleaning Monday; Trash can scrubbing Tuesday; Wall hanging Wednesday …”

View from my keyboard. Georgie the cat is in the window. Submitted by Jean Fuchs (Biology)

“I always wanted my own office space all by myself! Maintaining sanity by a thread – some days are better than others.”

Mookie (11) helps prepare a budget. Submitted by JoAnn Urban (Physics)

“Commute is great! Working with cats and also homeschooling my son has been a challenge. We are still learning to navigate our new normal… Taking walks when the weather permits after work has helped a lot.”

Home Office Assistant, Gertie (7 months). Submitted by Danica Johnson (REI)

“One thing we do is keep (our young children) on a strict schedule which helps keep everyone on task… If my kindergartner has lots of jobs to do, it helps me focus on my real job while working from home.”

Submitted by Connie Motoki (OSRS)

“My co-workers Freddie and Harry nap a lot!”

Our morning team zoom meetings help us stay motivated and connected even though we are apart. We share project updates and encourage each other to remain hopeful.

–Jessica Brannan (Research Education & Information)

Submitted by Kathy Fletcher (Research Education & Information)

“My new co-worker is a real slacker!” Harriet (2)

Submitted by Cynthia McKenna (Research Education & Information)

Winston (13), takes a St. Patrick’s Day wagon ride.