In the Know: SMPH Updates for October 5, 2020

Top news

  • More than 1,605 members of the SMPH community have gotten their flu shots so far. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, make a plan to do so. By December 7, 2020, all SMPH faculty, staff, and students (including temporary and part-time employees) must provide proof of annual influenza vaccination or have a completed waiver on file. See this link for more information. Conveniently, seven upcoming flu shot clinic dates are being offered on campus – sign up today. 
  • Guidelines about where to consume food and beverage in HSLC and WIMR have been updated. Health professions degree students may use HSLC room 1207 for eating and drinking. SMPH faculty, staff and non-health professions learners may utilize HSLC classrooms 1220 and 1222 when they are not otherwise scheduled. Eating and drinking is not allowed in the atrium of either building, shared spaces other than those listed above, common-use indoor spaces such as hallways and lobbies, and research labs.
  • All are invited and encouraged to attend a town hall presentation tomorrow, October 6, with Lucille Marchand, MD, BSN, FAAHPM, candidate for the SMPH Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Chair. Dr. Marchand is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. The town hall occurs at 4-5 p.m. via Webex. See details on the Leadership Search Candidate Visit webpage.
  • Corpus Callosum — Ebling Library’s arts journal featuring the art work of the staff, students, and faculty of the UW-Madison health sciences campus — is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 issue. Submissions will be open until November 6. Visit the Submissions page for more information and guidelines. 

Building Community: Examples of Excellence

  • Janis Tupesis, MD, was selected for induction into the Order for the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, an honor given to an individual in recognition of their extensive and continuous contributions to emergency medicine in their own country and internationally. “I’m honored that my peers and my friends and my colleagues acknowledged this,” he said, “but this is a nod to all of the people over the course of the last 10 or 15 years that I’ve had the opportunity to work with.” 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


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“Ms. Tía Rice, just half a year under her belt working for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, has become an integral part of the office and its outreach efforts. Her personality, positivity and dedication has played an important role during these hectic times for both students and staff. We at OMA are very honored and grateful of having her as part of our team.”Manuel Santiago, MS.Ed., Director of Multicultural Affairs and co-Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer 

Telecommuting Tip:

Stay aware of Zoom updates for UW–Madison: A training module on Zoom 101 is now available from DoIT, and weekly informational updates are being released on the Zoom Implementation project website. Important: do not use Zoom yet for topics involving Protected Health Information (PHI). DoIT is working on developing HIPAA-compliant accounts. Stay tuned for more information.