In the Know: SMPH Updates for August 21, 2020 

Top news: 

  • SMPH warmly welcomed its newest class of medical students in the White Coat Ceremony on Friday afternoon. The virtual event was livestreamed to the school’s Facebook page where the students’ families and friends, as well as members of the school, joined in the celebration. The event also inducted fourth-year students, two faculty, and a resident into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The video has reached approximately 10,000 people. See the livestream and more at the event’s webpage.
  • Employees with furlough time obligations must record that time no later than October 31. An online calculator is available for checking your furlough balance (please note that only hours already approved by your supervisor will be reflected; hours that are pending approval will not be included).
  • Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Pediatrics, has received the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Superhero of Medicine award for her work to reduce disparities and help inspire a more diverse health care workforce. The video of the livestream is available for watching.    
  • Reminder: The SMPH HR team will offer two sessions about Smart Restart for supervisors and managers next week. They will occur on August 25 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and August 28 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Webex information is below.


Session 1 of 2: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.

Meeting number: 120 239 8206

Password: 8zzMPNxyu63 (89967699 from phones)

To join by video system dial

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

To join by phone dial +1-415-655-0001 and use access code 120 239 8206

Session 2 of 2: Friday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m.

Meeting number: 120 023 1300

Password: 7N32MumZpBU (76326869 from phones)

To join by video system dial

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

To join by phone dial +1-415-655-0001 and use access code 120 023 1300

  • Reminder: Change in date for SMPH Fall All-Faculty/Staff Meeting: The next meeting will occur on October 12 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Agenda and Webex information are forthcoming.
  • Reminder: Call for nominations — 2020 University of Wisconsin-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards. A total of 1-2 nominations will be submitted by the Dean’s Office. To submit a name, please fill out this form by August 31. 


  • 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. Submit your thoughts and we’ll share them in a future issue.

Telecommuting tip: 

  • Check out the newest Webex updates: Useful updates include a quick “push-to-talk” functionality using the space bar and grid view being default when content is not being shared.  

 Staying strong & supporting one another: