In the Know: SMPH Updates for October 12, 2020

Top news

  • An all-star lineup of experts will speak at a Hot Topics in Public Health symposium on Gun Violence Prevention as a Public Health Priority. The virtual event for the campus community at 4-5 p.m. on October 26 will feature:
    • Anthony Cooper, Sr., CEO, Focused Intervention Center and VP, Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership
    • 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

All are welcome to submit a question for the panelists.  

  • The last three extremely convenient campus flu shot clinics are occurring this week. Make an appointment for the Nicholas Recreation Center on October 13 or 16, or at a drive-up location on Henry Mall this Saturday October 17. By December 7, 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.  

 The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club has two upcoming discussion sessions. Register here

    • October 15, 4 p.m., “Human Zoos: America’s Forgotten History of Scientific Racism”
    • October 23, 4 p.m., “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” Free Amazon Kindle versions of this book available for the first 15 participants who request one. 
  • View this week’s Quick Linksincluding information about an award for the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program, Wisconsin Science Festival this week, Partners in Giving, and more. 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

  • 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
  • View upcoming events relating to anti-racism topics at UW–Madison and beyond. 


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Telecommuting Tip:

Ergonomic remote setup is key for both children and adults: Along with adults working remotely, many children have started remote learning. The Washington Post has information on how a proper desk setup can help maintain physical health for everyone.