In the Know: SMPH Updates for July 15, 2020

Top news:


  • Dr. Nasia Safdar and Associate Dean Jonathan Temte share five tips for promoting a safe workplace during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Learn how you can keep you and your colleagues healthy.
  • All are welcome to attend “Addressing Systemic Racism: Reframing and Reforming our Health and Health Care Systems,” a virtual event on July 17 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event is hosted by the Milwaukee office of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and the UW-Madison Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnership in Milwaukee. Speakers include Tito Izard, MD, President and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services Inc.; Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland -College Park, and Marcellus Merritt, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Register
  • The UW-Madison Global Health Institute is hosting a webinar series on COVID & Equity that brings together campus, community and international voices to consider lessons learned from the pandemic and how we move toward a more equitable and sustainable future for all. Sessions will occur 9:00-10:00 a.m. on July 23 and 30 and August 20 and 27.
  • Reminder: A virtual Celebration of Life will be held on July 22 at 8:30 a.m. in memory of Dr. Edward Jackson, former Chair of Medical Physics, who passed away on June 2. The event will be hosted on UW Madison’s Webex Event platform at this link. Click to join any time after 8 a.m. to view a slideshow celebrating Ed’s life. Reflections will begin just after 8:30 a.m. Please note that the ceremony will not be recorded.


  • 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!


“Kudos to SMPH IT staff! Thank you to Dave Munz for his persistence in fixing my laptop and providing me an interim loaner and thank you to Adrian Gay for taking the time to help me complete the set-up of the laptop. They help many people within SMPH and all of the their efforts and time are greatly appreciated.”Sue Wenker, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


“James Lloyd, our Technology Specialist, is an unsung hero for the Population Health Institute (PHI). James works with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program but helps everyone in PHI with tech. He helps us with webinars and meetings, which have increased due to the pandemic. He always makes himself available to answer tech questions and troubleshoot glitches that happen with Zoom that we may have. He does this with a calm and positive attitude and a coolness that we can only describe as the ‘James way.’ We appreciate him and could not do this without him! Thank you on behalf of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Prize Team.”Erin Schulten, MPH, MBA, Associate Researcher and Program Manager, Population Health Institute


Telecommuting tip:

  • Make sure your personal device is protected: If you have downloaded and installed Symantec Antivirus on your personal device, you must remove it before June 24 (for students) or July 31 (for faculty/staff) because that is when the license will end. University-owned devices will be handled by your IT administrator. The Office of Cybersecurity has recommended antivirus solutions for personally owned devices.


Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Advice from the business world on confronting pandemic anxiety and stress: This Forbes article calls on the great minds in business research to give tips to fight the COVID blues.