In the Know: SMPH Updates for June 17, 2020

  • The agenda has been updated for the Summer Faculty/Staff Town Hall on June 22 at 4:30 pm. The event will include a panel discussion titled “Anti-Racism: Taking Action in SMPH”  moderated by Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, with panelists Molly Carnes, MD, MS; Bennett Vogelman, MD; Amy Zelenski, PhD; and Karin Silet. Faculty and staff are welcome to submit questions.
  • New clinical research restart guidance has been released for Phase 2 (July 1—August 31). This information was announced by Betsy Nugent, MSPH, CCRP, Chief Clinical Research Officer and is an update to previous guidance that pertains to Phase 1 (through June 30).
  • Chancellor Blank released an announcement today about campus re-opening plans for the fall semester, and the Smart Restart website offers additional information. (Note: moving forward, the Smart Restart website will serve as the “aggregator” website for UW–­Madison operational changes around campus, and the website will pivot to a news and announcements site.) A follow-up message for SMPH personnel has also been issued.
  • Five individuals have been honored with 2020 Dean’s Teaching Awards. Please join us in congratulating Beth Altschafl, PhD; Meghan Cotter, PhD; Kelly Hodgson Kline, MD; Sara Johnson, MD; Catherine A. Reiser, MS, CGC; and Jason Abel, MD.
  • The Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS) has started to offer remote Zoom meetings with a community advisors group, the Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS). Consultations (on a fee-for-service basis) are designed to allow researchers and project developers for any studies involving human subjects to obtain direct input from diverse community perspectives. WINRS has also developed a COVID-19 resource repository for researchers.


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

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of our UW SMPH as I was at the White Coats 4 Black Lives rally. I want to thank the student leaders of our SNMA chapter, Dr. Downs, Dr. Zapata, and all the other incredible leaders who were involved in planning, organizing, and executing this event for their incredible work. The rally perfectly encapsulated the SMPH goal of showing that medicine and public health are interdependent. This event was educational and motivating, and I look forward to seeing the next actions the SMPH takes to address the issues discussed by the speakers. I also very much look forward to seeing what these students accomplish in medical school and in their future careers!”Anonymous

“Just wanted to give a shout out to the SMPH Communications team for working diligently to send us information and important updates. Your messages are sincerely appreciated. I feel like I learn something new from every email that your team sends out. I know a lot of us are appreciative of your work. Thank you!” ­– Joy Benz, HR Business Partner, on behalf of the SMPH Office of Human Resources

Telecommuting tip:

  • DoIT offers courses on online teaching: See the DoIT events on for events that can aid in online instruction. “Preparing To Teach Online Bootcamp” and “Discussions And Forums For Remote Learning.”

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Wellbeing resource for Black men during the COVID-19 pandemic: Alvin Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison, describes an online discussion group he launched for Black men to share their anxieties during the pandemic.