June 10, 2020 SMPH COVID-19 Update

  • Today, researchers around the world are undertaking deliberate efforts to challenge systemic anti-Black racism in science and academia. University Communications has gathered a list of recommended resources to advance this work, based on suggestions from contributors throughout campus.  
  •  We are proud of student leaders who have formed a local chapter of White Coats for Black Lives and organized a rally this Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 am at the State Capitol focused on addressing racism and racial biases in health care.
  • Mark your calendar for a Summer Faculty/Staff Town Hall on Monday, June 22 at 4:30 pm. Agenda items include updates on campus reopening, health professions education activities, research ramp-up, and finances. Faculty and staff are welcome to submit questions for the Town Hall Q&A.
  • New deadline: the last day to submit your parking application has been extended to June 12 for the first round of applications for 2020–21. 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


  • 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!


“My thanks to Sam Lubner, MD, for being an incredibly supportive and caring peer/colleague. At the outset of COVID-19, we were one of the first divisions to get deployed in the COVID ICU units. Sam was among the first ones in the group and his experience was a great source of encouragement for the rest of us. He reached out to me when I was about to start my turn to offer words of advice and support. Thankfully, we were not hard hit by a big surge but going out into somewhat uncharted territory for us cancer docs was a bit of a challenge. Sam was always there not only to encourage but also share very thoughtful reflections being the kind and sensitive soul that he is. The pandemic has taught us more than just social distancing. Cheers!”Moniba Nazeef, MD, Associate Professor (CHS), Department of Medicine


“Shana Renz and Gina Hutzler have continued to be a fabulous support team and valuable resource to assist all of us in the Department of Medicine and especially in the Division of Geriatrics with multiple benefits questions around both COVID and furlough. I want to specifically comment on their consistent email friendliness – the happiest team I’ve worked with in many years! They are always available to help, and in the ever-changing times we’ve navigated over the last 3 months, we are forever grateful. An email smile is a friendly face we all need during these fluid times, and it truly makes a difference! Thank you Shana and Gina for your everlasting and superb happy support when we need you both!” – Toni Hofhine, Geriatrics and Gerontology Division Administrator, Department of Medicine


Telecommuting tip:

  • How to stay alert and tuned in during online meetings: This article from the Harvard Business Review addresses the sometimes overlooked part of virtual meetings — active listening. Learn tips for dealing with the dynamics of distraction.


Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Understanding and interpreting CDC guidelines for youth sports: As the K-12 school year ends, American Family Children’s Hospital and others offer advice for students, parents and guardians about youth sports and CDC guidance for young athletes.