In the Know: SMPH Updates for December 11, 2020

  • Today Chancellor Blank released information on the campus testing regime and safety practices for faculty, staff, and students for the spring semester. A follow-up message that provides additional context for the SMPH community was issued and is available here. Please read the campus and school information thoroughly and carefully. 
  • Research update: Using an ingenious microscopic retinal patch, eye researchers at UW‒Madison will develop and test a new way to treat United States military personnel blinded in combat. Read more 
  • A new independent film titled “Determined” focuses on three families, all with at least one member in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) study, which is housed in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. A recent article in the Isthmus includes information on how to view the film in a special online screening Dec. 10-24. Read more 
  • An opinion article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday co-authored by SMPH Dean Robert N. Golden and Medical College of Wisconsin Dean Joseph E. Kerschner described how the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at MCW and the Wisconsin Partnership Program at SMPH have improved the health of all Wisconsinites. Read more 
  • Preparing for the vaccine: In anticipation of the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, UW Health is training staff to administer them to tier 1A front-line healthcare workers. View photos 

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“I’d like to recognize three people hired into Radiology IT since the pandemic started and we all went remote: Data Analyst Wendy Delaney, Help Desk Analyst Alex Zielske and Web Developer Tyler Hammett. These three have effortlessly assimilated into the team as if they’ve been here for years; you would never know they haven’t met most of their colleagues or any of our end users in person yet! The fact they’ve been able to do virtual onboarding and training and jump right into tasks and projects so quickly has been a huge help to the team and the department, and I’m thankful they took a chance on a job change during these unprecedented times. Keep up the great work!”Andy Craven, MBA, IT Supervisor, Department of Radiology