In the Know: SMPH Updates for October 9, 2020

Top news

  • University Health Services has added a new COVID-19 testing site at Porter Boathouse on the west side of campus. This site serves drive-up and walk-up traffic, as well as offers two parking spaces. COVID-19 testing is available at no cost to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.
    • Porter Boathouse replaces the Henry Mall testing site, which has now closed. Other on-campus testing sites include the Kohl Center and 21 N. Park Street.
    • A number of appointments are available at each site Monday through Friday.
    • To schedule a test, log in to your MyUHS account. Go to Forms to review and sign the UHS Information and Consent Form. Then go to Appointments to schedule a COVID-19 test. For details, go to 
  • Read Chancellor Blank’s “State of the University” remarks to the Faculty Senate for an overview of information relevant to campus as a whole, including the university’s response to COVID-19, campus action toward racial equity, budget and fiscal position, and more. Regarding research, Blank states “…we have no plans to close our research spaces even if we have to transition back to fully remote learning.”
  • Provost Karl Scholz has issued a statement about the university’s response to an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. The soonest the order  would have an impact on the university is November 21. “The university is continuing with our fall semester instruction and activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion while we continue to review the order,” says Scholz. 
  • Mark your calendar for these upcoming presentations and events. In chronological order:
  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club have two upcoming discussion sessions. Register here
    • October 15, 4 p.m., “Human Zoos: America’s Forgotten History of Scientific Racism,” facilitated by Senior Associate Dean Elizabeth Petty and Associate Dean Tracy Downs
    • October 23, 4 p.m., “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown, facilitated by Vera Tsenkova, PhD. Free Amazon Kindle versions of this book available for the first 15 participants who request one. 
  • View this week’s Quick Linksincluding a call for submissions for Ebling’s arts journal Corpus Callosum, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an update on leadership searches, and sad news about the passing of former faculty member Steven Kornguth, PhD. 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

Approaching the work ahead: This week, the Association of American Medical Colleges released a Framework for Addressing and Eliminating Racism at the AAMC, in Academic Medicine, and Beyond. It describes steps that AAMC is taking at the individual and organizational levels, and on behalf of academic medicine and the greater community. 


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