In the Know: SMPH Updates for September 4, 2020

Top news:

  • SMPH HR has provided materials from their August 25 and 28 Smart Restart presentations for managers and supervisors. They include responses to questions asked during the sessions, as well as links to the slides and a video recording of one of the sessions.  
  • Looking for a way to connect with other UW–Madison Academic Staff? The Academic Staff Mentoring Committee invites employees to participate in the 2020-2021 Mentor Match Program, designed to provide support for professional growth for Academic Staff at UW–Madison. Sign up to be a mentee here; sign up to be a mentor here. Submit surveys by September 11. 
  • As we head into the Labor Day weekend, please stay safe and take care of others by following public health and safety measures including masking up, limiting exposure to people outside of your household, practicing physical distancing, staying home if ill, and following CDC travel guidelines. As members of SMPH, our behavior serves as a role model during the pandemic. 
  • The next issue of In the Know will be released on September 9. Upcoming issues will include brief stories aimed at building community within SMPH. 
  • Reminder: It’s flu shot time: All SMPH faculty, staff, and students, including temporary and part-time employees, are required to receive a flu vaccination annually. Provide proof of vaccination or have a completed waiver on file by Monday, December 7, 2020. See this link for more information on waivers and upcoming campus clinics. Related: Dr. James Conway is quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal on importance of avoiding a ‘twindemic’ this fall
  • Reminder: SMPH and UW Health have several updates to share with the school about ID badge and entry screening requirements, particularly for those working on site in WIMR. This includes an important update regarding where to purchase food and drink.
  • Reminder: SMPH faculty and staff returning to on-site work can request personal protective equipment via this online form for CSC, HSLC, WIMR, MFCB, MSC, and WisPIC (all other locations, use the EOC ordering form). Coordinate with your supervisor to avoid duplicate orders. PPE costs are covered by the university, not the requesting unit.
  • Updated – application link has been released: The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education is providing up to $50,000 per award in funding for Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative proposals. Deadline: September 28. Fellowship support is also available for PhD students facing pandemic graduation delays.


  • 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:

  • Don’t just get by working from home, thrive instead: Forbes has tips on growing professionally while working from home. 

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Sleep can be the key to wellness: Particularly during times of high-stress and anxiety, a good night’s sleep can be extremely valuable. See tips and guidelines on sleep in the COVID-19 era from the National Sleep Foundation.