In the Know Quick Links – Week of November 9, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:

Resources for everyone

  • Celebrate entrepreneurialism during Madison Start-Up Week on November 11-18. Communities across the state participate in the weeklong event, which aims to energize local startup ecosystems. Events organized by campus partners share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus and community innovators. Fifteen different campus partners are offering over twenty events during UW-Madison Startup Week, and more events are still being added. Learn more
  • A team led by Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health and Community Engagement, is recruiting volunteer cohorts of employees and graduate students from across representative campus populations to provide regular samples for COVID-19 testing. Volunteers from the SMPH community are needed. More information on this volunteer surveillance testing can be found on this flyer and this website.
  • Do you supervise a student worker? Nominations are now open for the UW–Madison Student Employee of the Year award. Deadline: November 20. Read more
  • Student questionnaires: Recently, questionnaires were sent to UW-Madison graduate students. The surveys ask students to share their needs and experiences during the fall 2020 semester. Please encourage students to share their thoughts by November 16. Read more
  • The UW–Madison Office of Human Resources is offering online workshops in November and beyond 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 – register here.
  • The Partners in Giving campaign is continuing through November 27. This workplace charitable giving effort involves state, UW, and UW Health employees coming together to support over 500 nonprofits. Learn more and make a gift today
  • Another giving opportunity: support the UW–Madison Office of Child Care and Family Resources, which has shifted its annual fundraiser to an online silent auction. Learn more
  • Two chair searches are within the open consideration date for applications: 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. See the Leadership Search Candidate Visit page for information about leadership searches that have progressed to the interview stage.
  • The Fall 2020 issue of Physical Assistant Spotlight, the newsletter for the SMPH Master of Physical Assistant Studies degree program, has been released. Read more

Resources for researchers

  • A blog post by Steven A. Ackerman, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, addresses continuity planning for the research community during the upcoming academic break and answers questions about the Jan.-June 2021 furlough. Read more
  • Call for proposals: Understanding and Reducing Inequalities Initiative. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education seeks proposals for innovative research to better understand the factors and processes that cause or contribute to inequalities in the United States, and to support research to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequalities.  Abstract deadline: Nov. 13; Full proposal deadline: Dec. 14. Read more
  • WARF Innovation Day on November 18 will showcase quick pitches, special guests and high-potential technologies ranging from sports medicine to virtual reality. Presenters include Erick Przybylski from the UW Health Clinical Simulation Center speaking about “ECMO Simulator for Lifesaving Oxygenation Procedures.” Learn more and register
  • UW-Madison’s Data Science Research Bazaar is a practical, hands-on, informal conference for all members of the campus community, from expert data science methodologists to novice learners who are interested in data science. The second annual Research Bazaar with the theme “Data Science for the Social Good” is happening virtually throughout February 2021. Individuals from all disciplines are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal (Deadline: November 25). Learn more
  • Varsity Venture Studio has launched. This new software entrepreneurialism initiative on campus is open to everyone in the UW-Madison ecosystem to turn ideas into funded software businesses. Submissions are evaluated as they are received (Round 2: Nov. 11 deadline; Final: Nov. 25 deadline). Learn more

Resources for clinicians

  • Starting on Wednesday, November 18, UW Health is requiring every person (providers, staff, patients, visitors, etc.) in UW Health facilities (all spaces, including non-clinical areas) to wear a minimum of a barrier mask protection. Read more on U-Connect (access using VPN)
  • The first doses of any COVID-19 vaccine should go to health care workers, according to recommendations developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As noted by the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies newsletter, NPR reported on the work of the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the guidelines it is creating for the early distribution of vaccines. In addition to health care workers, vulnerable populations are also likely to be among the first to receive a vaccine. Read more
  • Four events remain in the HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Webinar Series. This series relates the history of HIV prevention, treatment and care to 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
  • Starting in late spring/early summer 2021, clinician-educators will be able to pursue joint dual fellowship status as a UW–Madison Teaching Academy Fellow and Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Distinguished Fellow. This honorary award will recognize and honor excellence in IPE teaching, practice, research, and/or leadership. Read more

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

  • November is Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the rich and diverse culture, history, and contributions of Native people. Student organization Wunk Sheek and campus partners are hosting a series of events across the university to celebrate the rich history, culture, and heritage of Native people at UW–Madison. See all of the events here. Of special interest may be  the “Cultural Responsiveness in Working with Wisconsin Native Nations” workshop on Thursday, November 12.
  • The 2020-2021 Health Sciences & Diversity Lunch & Learn Series kicks off at noon on November 17. Join the interprofessional health science community for a series of free workshops and conversations focused on topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion that deeply impact our work and our practice. These events are free and open to all health sciences faculty, students, staff, practicing professionals, and community members. The Nov. 17 session is titled “Decolonizing Health Care: An Overview.” Register for the Nov. 17 session and Download a flyer (PDF)
  • A webinar titled “Racism is a Public Health Crisis: What it Means and Opportunities for Action” will be offered on November 18, 9:00-10:00 a.m. featuring Paula Tran Inzeo, MPH, UW Population Health Institute, Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health, and appointee to Governor Evers’ Health Equity Council. Explore the application of a racial equity lens to individual and population health issues and solutions. Register
  • The Crossroads of Ideas public lecture series will feature a session on Antiracism, Education and Action: From Kenosha to UW-Madison. This virtual symposium at 7 p.m. on November 18 is free and open to the public. Register
  • The next White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) webinar series event will take place on November 20 from 12-1:00 p.m. with special guest, Vanessa McDowell, YWCA Madison’s Chief Executive Officer. Register
  • WISELI virtual workshops on Breaking the Bias Habit in November are available for faculty and staff.
  • The Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships led by Gina Green Harris offered a series on Addressing Systemic Racism. Topics include Addressing Systemic Racism: From Its Origins to Its Impact throughout LifeReforming our Health and Health Care Systems; and How the Media Impact the Narrative of Black Americans. Recordings are available  here.