In the Know: SMPH Updates for November 30, 2020

Top news:

  • If you did travel over the Thanksgiving, take these steps:
  1. Assume you have come in contact with the virus, and schedule a COVID-19 test before returning to work. The timing is critical: plan to test 3 to 5 days after return, and again 10-12 days after your return.
  2. Limit your contact with others until you know your test results are negative.

Free testing, by appointment, is available on campus at the Kohl Center (both rapid antigen and PCR testing), 21 North Park Street (PCR testing), and the Porter Boathouse (PCR testing). Read more 

  • An important message from SMPH HR concerning pay plans: We are pleased to share that campus plans to move forward with a 2% pay plan for Faculty, Academic Staff, University Staff, Limited Appointees, and Research Interns. The increase will be effective on January 1, 2021 for employees paid monthly and January 3, 2021 for employees paid biweekly. To be eligible to receive the pay increases, individuals must have been employed in their current positions on November 22, 2020 (for employees paid hourly) or December 1, 2020 (for employees paid monthly). Employees must also have completed UW–Madison’s preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence training as of December 1, 2020 and must have met performance expectations as identified in their last performance evaluation. Supervisors must be up to date on all performance evaluations for the employees they supervise. Read more details for dually-employed clinical faculty and rehired annuitants
  • Join the UW Now Livestream tomorrow Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. for a discussion about COVID-19 vaccine development. Speakers include Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health and Community Engagement, James Conway, MD, Professor (CHS), Department of Pediatrics, and R. Alta Charo, JD, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics. Tune in on YouTube  
  • There’s one week left until the flu shot deadline. 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 locationRead more 
  • Giving Tuesday is tomorrow, Dec. 1! Please consider honoring the day by making a gift to the SMPH Medical Student Emergency Support Fund. Read more   
  • Call for Nominations: Academic Staff Excellence Award. The UW-Madison Academic Staff Excellence awards honor nine academic staff members annually. For criteria and specifications, visit the Secretary of the Academic Staff Office website. Deadline: January 22, 2021.

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH 

  • 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

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“As Primary Investigator, Dr. Bill Hartman has lead the various Covid 19 trials in the Clinical Research Office with empathy and expertise. From the beginning, when UW lead the charge of early treating with convalescent plasma, to medication trials for both treatment and prevention, to the massive vaccine study, Dr. Hartman has been heavily involved in every aspect- making sure staff and participants alike are informed, safe, and appropriately educated. He has made himself available whenever he is needed and has gone above and beyond to ensure that these vitally important and historic studies are conducted to the highest of UW standards. We are lucky to have Dr. Hartman helping to lead the Covid research charge at our institution!” ­­­– Kristin Van Hyfte, Senior Research Specialist, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research 

Telecommuting Tip:

Activities for team building in a remote environment: Helping your team feel connected while everyone works virtually can be difficult. Here are five fun and fast activities to promote team building. Ideas include “Desk Show and Tell” and letting others play tourist by getting a look out your window.