In the Know: SMPH Updates for July 20, 2020

  • Associate Dean Jonathan Temte was quoted in an article about SARS-CoV-2 testing at UW–MadisonThe Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are working together to help provide free COVID-19 testing to the entire campus community.
  • Because we are committed to your health, SMPH has prepared guidelines to help employees and supervisors know what to do in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. Please review these materials and make note of the URL so you can easily access the information. Subsequent direction and guidelines are expected from campus leadership. The processes outlined in the guidelines may change over time. Wearing a mask, physical distancing, avoiding large indoor crowds and, most importantly, staying home when sick, remain the cornerstones of our efforts to fight this pandemic and keep ourselves and our communities healthy.
  • 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.
  • Reminder: 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.


  • 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!

“The Medical Education Office (MEO) leadership would like to express thanks to all MEO staff. Due to the pandemic and public health crisis, over the past several months an incredible amount of effort was given to making content and structural changes to an already complex curriculum. ​The flexibility, creativity, and humor in addition to the dedication of our staff in maintaining high-quality and robust educational experiences for our learners has never been clearer. For the long hours, countless meetings, development of not just plans A and B, but plans A through F, and ability to change gears at a moment’s notice, we thank you!” – Shobhina Chheda, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor (CHS), Department of Medicine; William Aughenbaugh, MD, ForWard Curriculum Phase 3 Director and Professor (CHS), Department of Dermatology; Amy Stickford Becker, MA, Director, Longitudinal Curriculum and Instruction; Kelly Herold, MD, Longitudinal Teacher/Coaches Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine;  Elaine Pelley, MD, ForWard Curriculum Phase 1 Director and Associate Professor (CHS), Department of Medicine; Katharina Stewart, MD, ForWard Curriculum Phase 2 Director and Professor (CHS), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Raquel Tatar, PhD, Director of Assessment and Analytics; and Elizabeth Tuschen, Administrator, Medical Student Education and Services


Telecommuting tip:

  • Verbal communication tips for virtual meetings: During an online gathering, be sure to slow your speaking pace, pause for impact, and enunciate well. See more tips in this article from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Take in a new view and feel connected to others across the globe: The website WindowSwap lets you peer out of others’ windows from all around the world and the views (and sounds) are breathtaking. See it featured by CNNTip courtesy of Kristine Fisher, Communication & Information Management Associate.