In the Know Quick Links – Week of October 12, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:


  • The Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine program has been selected for a Friend of the College award by the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.


  • Beginning on November 4: HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Webinar Series. This five-part webinar series is designed to relate the history of HIV prevention, treatment and care to the rapidly emerging evidence that supports clinicians and other health care professionals in their decisions about treatment and management of patients with SARS-CoV-2. Learn more
  • Let UW–Madison leaders know how the university can support you as an employee, whether you are already working on-site or will be at some future time. Respond to the October Employee Survey by October 22 by visiting
  • The SMPH Office of Basic Science and Research is pleased to announce the new SMPH Core Facilities website, a repository of information describing in detail SMPH Core Facilities and the services available for intramural and extramural use. Learn more
  • Fun for everyone: the 10th annual Wisconsin Science Festival runs October 15-18 statewide. Activities include hands-on science experiments, live Q&A sessions and interviews with scientists, demonstrations, performances, behind-the-scenes tours and more. Most venues are offering online or at-home events. 
  • The Partners in Giving campaign has begun. This workplace charitable giving effort, now in its 47th year, involves state, UW, and UW Health employees coming together to support over 500 nonprofits. SMPH is a powerhouse for this campaign — last year, more than 700 SMPH employees contributed over $341,000. Learn more and make a gift today
  • All are welcome to attend a virtual Mini Med School presentation on “Save Your Skin: Partner with Your Doctor to Protect Your Skin and Beat Cancer,” October 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • 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. Deadline: November 6. Visit the Submissions page for more information and guidelines.
  • There chair searches have opened recently: the search for the Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, the search for the Chair of the Department of Medical Physics, and the search for the Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Please encourage interested candidates to apply.
  • Candidate visit — Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Chair: On October 19-20, David Rakel, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, will virtually visit the School of Medicine and Public Health. All SMPH faculty, staff, students and community partners are welcome and encouraged to attend Rakel’s academic presentation on Monday, Oct. 19 at 1:30-2:30 p.m. and town hall on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4-5 p.m., both via Webex. Information and links are here.
  • October marks CommUNITY Well-being Month with virtual learning and discussion options each day, including presentations, resources, and suggested activities. Topics will focus on seven dimensions of well-being, including reflection, mindfulness, environment, health, safety, connection, and meaning.
  • It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “Do your part. Be #cybersmart.” Resources are available from the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. IT professionals and others who are interested are welcome to register for Cybersecurity Forward virtual presentations.

Hot Topics in Public Health Symposium

Hot Topics in Public Health symposium 10-26-20

The virtual event for the campus community at 4-5 p.m. on October 26 will feature:

    • Anthony Cooper, Sr., CEO, Focused Interruption Coalition
    • Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Emergency Medicine
    • Jeff Kirchman, University of Wisconsin Police Department
    • Melissa Stiles, MD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    • Alvin Thomas, PhD, UW–Madison School of Human Ecology
    • Ashley Van Egtern, Assistant Administrator of Hunter Education, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Medical Alert: Climate Change is Harming our Health in Wisconsin,” a new report by UW-Madison Professors Jonathan Patz and Dominique Brossard provides a roadmap to understand the effects of climate change and how to address the problem. The report, written especially for health professionals, will be released Tuesday, October 20, with a panel discussion of health providers from across Wisconsin. Join the conversation here. The report will be available at starting on October 20.

Upcoming Events: Anti-Racism and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • “The Pandemic Effect: Exposing Racism and Inequities” is the focus for UW-Madison’s Diversity Forum 2020, being held virtually October 27-28. The event will feature keynotes by Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” and Austin Channing Brown, author of “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness,” plus two full days of speakers and interactive sessions. Learn more and register here.
  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club has an upcoming session on October 23. The discussion will focus on the book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. The author, Austin Channing Brown, is a keynote speaker at the upcoming UW-Madison Diversity Forum. This session will be led by Vera Tsenkova, PhD. As a pilot, the Book & Film Club is offering free Amazon Kindle versions of this book for the first 15 participants who request one. For more info or to register, see the Building Community/Ebling Library Book and Film Club website.
  • The next webinar event offered by the SMPH student chapter of White Coats for Black Lives will be held on October 21 from 12-1 p.m. with Claudette Adegboro, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS) in the Department of Pediatrics. Register
  • WISELI virtual workshops on Breaking the Bias Habit in October and November are available for faculty and staff and a workshop for SMPH members serving on faculty search committees on October 21.
  • Health Workforce Equity Summit – “Structural Racism and Health Professions Education” will be held on October 29, 12-4 p.m Central. This event is offered by the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at George Washington University.
  • The Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships led by Gina Green Harris began this past summer an Addressing Systemic Racism series. The first event was held in June titled Addressing Systemic Racism: From Its Origins to Its Impact throughout Life. Additional series events have included Reforming our Health and Health Care Systems and How the Media Impact the Narrative of Black Americans. All three of these events were recorded and are available at the following website.