April 17, 2020 COVID-19 SMPH Update

  • A statement has been released by the Office of the Chancellor regarding the Board of Regents Executive Committee meeting yesterday. The Board has asked UW–Madison to draft a furlough policy to use if needed.
  • CORRECTION: The Webex link has been updated for the April 27 Faculty/Staff Town Hall – please disregard the link that was posted yesterday. All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a question for the Town Hall discussion using this form.
  •  The Department of Psychiatry has released a COVID-19 Resource Guide that includes recommended tools, resources, apps and more.

 Information for researchers:

  • Information about funding opportunities for research on COVID-19 has been gathered by the SMPH Office of Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies. See the MedRAMP Grants Library for more information.


  • Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at go.wisc.edu/shoutout and we’ll share the stories. Visit this page to see a collection of shout-outs to date. Stay tuned tomorrow for more!

“As a transfusion medicine specialist, Dr. Joseph Connor has been working literally day and night behind the scenes to smooth the way for making COVID-19 convalescent plasma available to patients at UW Health. Working with the COVID-19 convalescent plasma clinical team led by Dr. William Hartman, the technical team in the blood bank, and the local and national leadership in the American Red Cross, Dr. Connor has straightened out innumerable kinks and tied together loose ends to help bring COVID-19 convalescent plasma to the bedside in an astonishingly short time. As a result, UW Health is leading the region in offering this life-saving treatment for COVID-19, and Dr. Connor is now leveraging the experience to quickly bring Unity Point Health – Meriter Hospital on board.” – Thomas Raife, MD, Professor (CHS), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

“Thanks to our manager Donna Croxford and her assistant Barb Wesley for all they are doing to keep the Allergy Clinic informed about COVID-19 and continuing to deal with the day-to-day ‘fires’ that need to be put out! They are both awesome to work with–or as my kids would say: ‘they are the bomb!’”  – Tom Puchner, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Telecommuting tip:

  • Be prepared with data back-up. Backing up your data frequently isn’t just good in case something happens to your computer, it can also be useful to continue work if your server becomes inaccessible due to an error and/or internet connectivity issues.

 Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Watch a virtual learning series: Learning and Talent Development in the UW–Madison Office of Human Resources has started the Connect, Learn, and Grow Series. It is centered around ways to find and make connections. Through these connections, we can learn from each other and grow as individuals and as teams. A new episode will launch each Wednesday.