Timely information to help build community within SMPH:
We share sad news of the passing on November 30, 2020 of Renata Laxova, PhD, emeritus professor of genetics and pediatrics. Prof. Laxova was a clinical geneticist who played a major role in the development of genetics services for the people of Wisconsin. A survivor of the Holocaust, Prof. Laxova created the Statewide Genetic Services Network in the 1970s, a coordinated system of service providers with a designated “genetics contact” in every county of the state. This was the first such service in the nation and served as a model for numerous such services later established throughout the country. She also helped to create our school’s Master of Genetic Counselor Studies degree program, which is one of the oldest and best in the country. Prof. Laxova was a renowned medical genetics educator who taught medical students, genetic counselors, and medical residents.
Resources for everyone
- The flu shot deadline is Monday. All SMPH faculty, staff, and students, including temporary and part-time employees, are required to receive an influenza vaccination annually and submit documentation by December 7, 2020. This requirement is for all employees regardless of work location. Read more
- Candidate visits for the position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer have ended. If you were unable to attend any of their presentations, the recordings and passwords may be found on the Leadership Search Candidate Visit webpage. If you attended the town halls or watch the recordings, you are encouraged to provide input to the search committee via a confidential survey. The survey will close on December 9.
- The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is seeking artwork to illustrate a special issue on the impact of race and racism on the health of people in Wisconsin. Works in the following media are invited: photography, digital design, or well-rendered photographs of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, or textile/fiber art. The deadline is December 31. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn more
- Badger Market in Health Sciences Learning Center will remain open on weekdays through December 10 with modified hours. Read more
- The latest edition of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Presenter’s Guide has been released on the Building Community homepage. The guide, which provides suggestions and examples of how to talk about underrepresented identities in medicine and public health, was initially written by five medical students in 2019. Read more
- One chair search is within the open consideration date for applications: 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 UW–Madison Office of Learning and Talent Development recommends several free virtual courses and resources on the topic of stress management and resilience:
- From the UW-Madison Connect, Learn and Grow series:
- Ted Talks:
- Website: Greater Good in Action – Resilience to Stress
Resources for researchers
- Postdoc Diversity and Inclusion Forum: A Diversity of Stories — The UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association Diversity & Inclusion committee is planning an upcoming virtual forum aimed at highlighting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice issues and challenges faced by UW-Madison’s postdocs from underrepresented groups. The committee is soliciting personal narratives and campus policy recommendations from UW-Madison postdocs, which will be read (anonymously) at a forum that will bring together university leadership, subject matter experts, postdocs, and other stakeholders to engage directly with and listen to experiences and recommendations. Postdocs are invited to respond to a survey (Deadline: December 16, 2020) Read more
- 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
Resources for medical educators and clinicians
- UW Health and UnityPoint Health–Meriter have received a limited supply (116 doses) of bamlanivimab, an investigational therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. The medication was recently granted Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more
- Planning out CME activities through the end of 2020? View synchronous and asynchronous options available through the Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership. Learn 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
- The Justified Anger Coalition will offer an online event on December 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. titled “Lean Into Allyship: Have Yourself a Very Antiracist Holiday.” Read more and Register
- The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club will be offering two discussion sessions (December 8 at 4 p.m. and January 13 at noon) on the best-selling book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. An e-book version of the title is available via NetID through Ebling Library. Discussions will be led by Elizabeth Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Vera Tsenkova, PhD, Director of Health Professions Student Research. Learn more and register
- A series of workshops offered by Academics for Black Survival and Wellness and Kindred Medicine is designed to facilitate healing for Black folks in academia. Upcoming sessions will occur on December 1 and December 9, both from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Read more
- The next Health Equity & Diversity Lunch & Learn Series session will occur on January 21 at noon-1:00 p.m. on the topic, “Decolonizing Care in Treatment.” Learn more and register