April 24, 2020 COVID-19 SMPH Update

  • A memorial tribute honoring Dr. Donata Oertel, who passed away on April 22, has been published on the SMPH website. Please join us in honoring her memory and legacy. Memorial information will be shared when it is available.
  • Dean Robert N. Golden and Senior Associate Dean Richard Moss have an important message for the SMPH research community. This update details information about policies, procedures, and required compliance measures for vital laboratory-based research.
  • It’s not too late to submit a question for the April 27 Faculty/Staff Town Hall. We look forward to connecting with one another during this virtual event starting at 4:30 pm on Monday; please refer to the Town Hall website for Webex information.
  • Wondering about research grant interruptions, delays or flexibilities due to the pandemic? TheSMPH Office of Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies has developed a helpful summary of opportunities and information available from federal agencies including NIH, CDC, DOD, NSF, and PCORI.



  • Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at 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!

“A huge thank you to UW Health Director of Facilities Engineering James Harrod and everyone at Facilities Engineering for helping turn our D4/312 biplane angiography room into a temporized negative pressure COVID room for acute stroke. My neuroendovascular partners, anesthesia colleagues, IR techs, radiology nurses and I thank you for your swift, efficient and effective changes to make our room safe for all of us and our patients. You guys are THE BEST!!” – Beverly Aagaard Kienitz, MD, Professor (CHS), Department of Radiology

“Major kudos to Traci Gaydos, SMPH Signature Events Manager, who has been orchestrating major school events from in-person to virtual gatherings. Because she is doing such an awesome job – like helping our medical students pull off a fantastic virtual match day experience – she has gained a reputation campus-wide, and several units across campus are going to her for advice on how to “throw” a successful virtual event. Our graduating medical students, though understandably disappointed that their in-person ceremony was cancelled, can look forward to an online graduation May 8 in large part thanks to Traci. We appreciate you, Traci!”  – Maureen Brady, Development Specialist, Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association


Telecommuting tip:

  • Promote connection even in remote meetings: Check out this Harvard Business Review article on how to make sure remote meetings don’t feel remote or boring. Tips include creating warmth by arriving early as a host, encouraging participation, and making it interactive.


Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Find positive outlets: Watch an inspiring or interesting video, listen to a podcast that isn’t about medicine or the pandemic, cook or bake your favorite comfort food, read a poem or short story, or color online on Apple or Android. Tip courtesy of SMPH MD Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program.