In the Know: SMPH Updates for November 13, 2020

  • For a pleasant diversion tomorrow, consider joining a virtual “Badger Huddle” Armchair Pregame courtesy of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. Register
  • Research update: A team led by Matthew Merrins, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, has discovered a previously unknown way that pancreatic cells decide how much insulin to secrete. It could provide a promising new target to develop drugs for boosting insulin production in people with Type 2 diabetes. Read more 
  • If you encounter someone not wearing a mask when on site at UW–Madison, what should you do? Several resources are available:
    • Submit safety concerns or ideas about measures to improve health and safety in SMPH facilities via an online form. Responses can be submitted anonymously. There is also a form for reporting concerns at any location on campus.
    • The UW Police Department and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards offered a training about the “Remind – Offer – Respond” strategy. Watch a recording of the training video (23 min)

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH 

“Anti-racism is the cure for racism,” says Ibram X. Kendi in this Q&A in AAMC News. Kendi—2016 National Book Award winner, founder of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020—spoke about his views on how systemic racism and health care are connected and what academic medical institutions can do about it. Kendi is one of the featured plenary speakers at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual meeting, being held virtually November 16-18. Learn more


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“LTC Coordinator Amanda Rosalez has guided PACE and Clinical Skills with great skill in this difficult time when many of our sessions have been on line. She has personally rescued me when certain internet links did not work. She is dedicated, upbeat, and energetic! Thanks so much Amanda for your service and help this fall!” ­­­– Christopher Green, MD, Faculty Associate Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics