In the Know: SMPH Updates for October 26, 2020

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  • Final reminder: October 27 (tomorrow) and October 28 mark the UW–Madison 2020 Diversity Forum. There’s still time to register and tune into sessions that feature SMPH experts and many others. In addition, In the Know is soliciting reflections from any in the SMPH community who attend. Submissions will be highlighted in a future issue – please feel free to review the prompts and keep them in mind as you participate in sessions. 
  • If you are serving as a poll worker or other type of election official in the upcoming election, you can request time off. You will receive your full UW–Madison pay if you volunteer as an election official, or, if you choose to receive compensation for serving as an election official, that amount will be deducted from your regular pay. Learn more
  • In case you missed it: university leaders recently issued information about spring semester operations and a budget update that announced a second round of furloughs in 2021, the implementation of a long-planned 2 percent wage increase to employees, and moving forward with a $15 minimum wage for hourly employees.
  • The UW–Madison Office of Human Resources is offering an online workshop on October 29 to help identify hostile and intimidating behavior when it happens, understand how to create conditions that prevent it, know the policies in place to address it, and become familiar with the resources on campus that can help. Additional sessions will be offered in November and beyond – register here. 


Building Community: Examples of Excellence

  • When Jonathan Engle, PhD, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, he expressed gratitude for the significance of the recognition. As a faculty member in the Department of Medical Physics, he felt that the honor helped to verify that his team’s physics research with a medical objective was important within the nuclear physics community. He extends strong appreciation and high praise to his trainees. “I am most proud of the students and graduates who I’ve mentored. I’m way more proud of my association with them than any paper I’ve ever written or grant I’ve received,” 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

Today is the last chance to submit questions in advance for UW–Madison Diversity Forum keynote speakers Dr. Robin DiAngelo and Austin Channing Brown. Please fill out the form at to submit your question for consideration.


Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at and we’ll share the stories. Submit your thoughts and we’ll share them in a future issue.

“I wanted to give a huge shout out to the dedicated and thoughtful Research Personnel Training Workgroups facilitated by Nichelle Cobb, PhD, Human Subjects Protections Officer. In the midst of numerous challenges in work and life, they each volunteered their time to make recommendations and propose education that will enhance the careers and growth of all those who are dedicated to research at SMPH and beyond. This was a collaborative effort in which nearly every department at SMPH conducting clinical research shared their best research staff to help us find solutions and I am so grateful and proud to work with them! Thank you for giving your valuable time and working to make us better!” ­­­– Betsy Nugent, MSPH, CCRP, Chief Clinical Research Officer

Telecommuting Tip:

UW–Madison Zoom Implementation: Get a look at the roadmap that DoIT is using to implement Zoom across campus. A recent update includes details on migrating your account to the UW–Madison instance of Zoom.