In the Know: SMPH Updates for September 16, 2020

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  • Operational information for the SMPH community to be aware of:
    • Guidelines have been released about where it is permissible to eat and drink in HSLC and WIMR. Help keep our campus safe by eating and drinking only in the indicated designated areas.
    • Effective today, all in-person activities performed by undergraduates, including research and student hourly duties, are temporarily being suspended in SMPH. This difficult decision has been made out of an abundance of caution for health and safety. Please transition undergraduate students to remote activities to the extent possible, and continue to reinforce your support for them. We look forward to lifting this suspension as soon as conditions permit. No exceptions to the temporary suspension will be allowed. PIs do not need to adjust their OVCRGE Research Reboot forms to reflect the temporary reduction in personnel.
    • Reminder: COVID-19 testing appointments for students and employees are available on campus. See the University Health Services website for information.
    • Reminder: Campus flu shot clinics are continuing. Check out available appointment times this week and beyond.
  • View the agenda for the Fall All-Faculty/Staff Meeting on October 12 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. All are welcome to the virtual meeting and encouraged to submit a question for the town hall Q&A.
  • View non-COVID-19-related news of the week including a funding opportunity for special projects, information about the new IRB Efficiency Project, and more.

 Building Community – Examples of Excellence

  • Howard Rowley, MD, was awarded the 2020 Gold Medal from the American Society of Neuroradiology. “This is not really my award. It’s an award given to all the people who taught me and supported me, especially my partners in medical physics. I stand on the shoulders of giants—everyone from janitors to administrative assistants who have made this possible. I’m grateful for all of those connections,” he said. This article is part of a series of articles focusing on members of the school who received national awards during the 2019-20 academic year.

 Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

Upcoming events:


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“Department of Medicine Director of Computer Services Jennifer Bonifas is my go to for information, coordination and implementation. She answers questions and finds solutions faster than I can email her my questions. Thank you, Jennifer!” — Dana Wendt, Facilities Planning Specialist


“Thank you to Ms Lucretia-Sullivan Wade, Mr Tyson Jackson, Ms Kattia Jimenez and Ms April Kigeya for their terrific professionalism, kindness and leadership in their work with partners both on- and off-campus. Your collective dedication to the All of Us research program, to UW and to the communities you serve is unparalleled. Our methods for hearing and responding to health and wellness priorities in our communities is recognized by many local and national stakeholders as what’s needed for sustained, equitable community-academic partnerships. Thank you for accepting me onto the Community Engagement team, directing me both gently and firmly, and always keeping it real. I and many many others appreciate all that you do!” – Sarah Esmond, MS, Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Well-being Wednesday:

  • Make staying connected a “to do:” Whether it be friends, family, colleagues, or all of the above, plan this into your life. Tip courtesy of Mariah Quinn, MD, MPH, Director of Provider Well-being, Department of Medicine.