June 12, 2020 SMPH COVID-19 Update

  • A request for proposals is now open for the COVID-19 BioBank Initiative. The BioBank includes samples (nasopharyngreal swabs/serum/plasma/whole blood) from patients under investigation, patients who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection. Principal Investigators wishing to conduct research involving BioBank materials may submit a proposal.  
  • Ebling Library colleagues have curated an extensive list of resources that cover systemic/institutionalized racism, anti-racism, white privilege, and racism as a public health issue. The collection includes books, online resources for the health sciences, and books for children.
  • 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.
  • Further updated deadline: the last day to submit your first-round parking application has been extended again; it’s now June 26. 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 members of the Carbone Cancer Center Lung Disease Oriented Team Research Group. Thank you for adapting to our new normal, for working hard and never losing your compassion and love for our patients. We appreciate you!”Narjust Duma, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Medicine

“I would like to give a big thanks to Mark Wells, who is the Assistant Dean for Facilities in SMPH! As we have been working to restart research within SMPH, Mark has done a tremendous job of quickly responding to the many facilities demands that the restart has required. His attention to detail and flexibility as the process evolved have been outstanding. Thanks so much for your terrific work, Mark!” – James Keck, PhD, Associate Dean for Basic Research Training and Professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry

Telecommuting tip:

  • Two-part video series on Leading Through Crisis: Two experts share their knowledge about managing and recovering from crises with AAMC in their Leadership Development Series. Highlights include building organizational capacity around adaptability, helping yourself and others through a crisis, and promoting risk taking and experimentation within your organization.

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Tips from that can help you beat stress during the coronavirus pandemic: This Nature column by a clinical psychologist explains techniques build resilience and mental and physical health.