June 3, 2020 SMPH COVID-19 Update

  • Two virtual book discussions will be offered to discuss issues of racism and inequity in the United States. Both discussions are open to SMPH faculty, staff, and learners. To facilitate conversation, participation is limited but additional dates will be added if registration fills.
    • On June 24, Vera Tsenkova, PhD, Director of Health Profession Student Research will lead a discussion of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Register
    • On July 7, Elizabeth Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Tracy Downs, MD, Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will lead a discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Register
  • SMPH-specific guidance related to restarting face to face human subjects research is now available. This includes information for all human subject researchers; guidance on non-COVID-19 studies; guidance on initiating new non-COVID-19 in-person human subjects research activities; information for PIs; and information for chairs, division chiefs, and center directors. Additionally, the SMPH Research FAQs have been updated to address questions about clinical trials.
  • Note: Submit your parking application by June 5 in order to be considered for the first round of applications for parking year 2020–21 (September 1, 2020–August 31, 2021). UW Transportation Services is planning for a regular parking year where permits are required. For more information, visit the Transportation Services website or contact the Health Sciences Parking email address at healthsciencesparking@mailplus.wisc.edu
  •  Contribute your creative works to the inaugural issue of Ebling Library’s online arts journal, Corpus CallosumThe name of the journal comes from the tissue connecting the left and right sides of the brain, long thought to be the logical and creative sides of the brain respectively, speaking to the idea of the marriage of science and art. See Submission Guidelines for more information — deadline for this issue is June 10.
  • Each year, the SMPH Office of Faculty Affairs and Development oversees the election of representatives to standing governance committees. A total of 14 representatives have been elected to six different committees. Congratulations to all, and thank you for your service!  


  • 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 for more!

“Medical Director of the UW Hospital Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Alexis Eastman has been an exceptional mentor during the COVID-19 pandemic. For two months she has moderated a weekly pandemic-focused discussion group for M1 students examining in detail the many dilemmas of the pandemic for these future physicians, with consideration of both the current dilemmas and their possible solutions and how factors might be different in pandemics of the future. Dr. Eastman’s insight, humor, well-considered analyses, and incredible support for student learning has made this the highlight of every week. You have been amazing, Dr. Eastman!”Claire de Forcrand, M1 MD student  

Telecommuting tip:

  • The View from the NIH Office of Extramural Research: Watch a video presentation by Mike Lauer, MD, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, for updates on key NIH policies for the extramural research and research training community. He will also address how the NIH is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, including ways Academic Medicine Centers can respond to COVID-19. Click the registration button, where you will need to log in with an AAMC account or create an account to access the recording of the webinar. Anyone can create an AAMC account for no charge.

 Staying strong & supporting one another: 

Simple stretches to get your body moving: Elemental has a list of tips and short stretches to ease quarantine aches and pains. Tip courtesy of SMPH Doctor of Physical Therapy Program