In the Know Quick Links – Week of November 16, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:

Resources for everyone

  • All SMPH employees should participate in a campus survey asking about how frequently you have accessed UW–Madison buildings during the fall semester. The information will help plan on-campus COVID-19 testing locations next semester for the university’s expanded testing strategy, which will be known as Badger Shield. Responses are confidential and your individual response will not be connected to your name. Please reply ASAP and no later than Monday, November 23. Read more and respond.
  • On November 23-24, Andrew Thompson (A.T.) Miller, PhD, candidate for the position of SMPH Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, will virtually visit the School of Medicine and Public Health. All SMPH faculty, staff, students and community partners are welcome and encouraged to attend Miller’s town hall on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 3-4 p.m., via Webex.
  • All are invited to the 19th annual Medical Student Research Forum, which will take place virtually on Monday, November 23 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. This year features a record number of student presentations — 161 in total. Join in to hear the Dean’s Mentoring Award Lecture and the exciting student presentations. Read more
  • Be aware of guidance for students about preparing for Thanksgiving recess and winter break and support learners in their efforts to abide by the guidelines and requirements regarding travel limitations and engaging in COVID-19 testing. Read 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 to provide regular samples for COVID-19 testing. Volunteers from SMPH 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
  • The UW–Madison Office of Human Resources is offering online workshops to help identify hostile and intimidating behavior, 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 accepting bids through November 18. 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.

Resources for researchers

  • Supply chain updates for researchers: In addition to shortages of PPE and testing swabs, media, and kits, the following items will be in short supply and/or have longer lead times for all researchers over the coming months. Please plan ahead as much as possible and check on backorders to prevent disruption to research. The items include: consumables – tips (manual/robotic), centrifuge tubes, microcentrifuge tubes, cryovials, and reservoirs; cold storage – ULT freezers, standard freezers, and refrigerators; and dry ice.
  • 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
  • MATRIX is accepting applications — with a deadline of December 1 — from SMPH faculty who have never been Principal Investigators in a R01-type grant or equivalent. Mentoring to Achieve Research Independence (MATRIX 2021) is a program to help increase the success rate of SMPH faculty who are ready to apply for their first NIH R01 or equivalent grant.
  • 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
  • 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 (Final: Nov. 25 deadline). Learn more

Resources for clinicians

  • UW Health at the American Center began admitting COVID-19 positive patients starting Monday, November 16. Read more on U-Connect (access using VPN)
  • Starting on Wednesday, November 18, UW Health is requiring every person 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
  • The HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Webinar 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

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.
  • 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.