In the Know: SMPH Updates for July 27, 2020

Top news:

  • Today, a message was sent to all UW–Madison employees with additional information about the Smart Restart plan. The university’s Smart Restart website is being updated with new resources on a continual basis, including recently released resources for employees and instructors. Associate Dean for HR Hope Broadus shared additional context for SMPH personnel.
  • The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology invites poster submissions for the 2020 UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & SymposiumPoster submissions are due September 1, and the virtual event will be held on October 8. The committee is especially interested in research focused on gender and racial health disparities.
  • Reminder: The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is seeking faculty candidates to serve as its next Editor-in-Chief. The WMJ is an indexed, peer-reviewed journal published through a collaboration between the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW SMPH. This is a volunteer position that averages 4 to 6 hours per week. Deadline: August 30, 2020
  • 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 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!

“Despite her short tenure with UW SMPH and UW Health, Betsy Nugent, MSPH, CCRP, Chief Clinical Research Officer, has made great strides building bridges, forming/mending relationships, and exhibiting the UW’s research mission during some of the most challenging times. Ms. Nugent’s unparalleled leadership skills have been displayed countless times during the pandemic, and her dedication to improving the lives of patients and streamlining research processes for investigators are inspirational. Moreover, her poise, positivity, and tenacity are contagious, resulting in a unified, cross-campus team committed to clinical trial advancement. Betsy, thank you for joining the ‘Badger family’ and leading by example.” — on behalf of a staff member at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

“Jennifer Noll is the internship coordinator for the psychology interns at Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinics (WisPIC). During these unprecedented times, she has gracefully, and with humor, taken on the large task of organizing online seminars, trainings, and personally delivering to interns their pagers, iPads, and other necessary tools for remote learning/work. She always has a joke or smile for you and even had an inflatable palm tree behind with her during one staff get-together to lighten the mood for everyone. She is always on her toes and gives it her all. The incoming psychology doctoral intern class of 2020-21 wants to thank her for all her hard work and let her know we appreciate her!” — Bridget Brinckman, MS, EdS, Child Track Psychology Intern, Department of Psychiatry

Telecommuting tip:

  • Stay focused during remote work by promoting self-accountability: Struggling to focus? Stick to a morning routine, create a distraction-free work zone, and block off devoted focus time on your calendar when needed. See this blog from the project management tool Trello for more.

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Head, shoulders, knees, and toes — all need stretching: This New York Times article has simple stretches to help restore everything from your legs and back to toes and eyes.