In the Know Quick Links – Week of December 21, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:

Resources for everyone

  • COVID-19 travel and preparedness information for the holiday season is available from UW–Madison and UW Health.
  • A total of 14 locations for saliva-based PCR tests have been announced, including Health Sciences Learning Center and the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Read more
  • The Center for Urban Population Health, which is affiliated with SMPH, UW-Milwaukee, and Aurora Research Institute, is recruiting for a new director (40% position). The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2021. Read more
  • Countdown – 12 days to internal deadline: Nominations are open for the UW–Madison Academic Staff Excellence Awards. All are encouraged to nominate deserving candidates. While nominations can be made directly, the Dean will support a small number of candidates for nomination. If you’d like to submit a nomination for consideration of the Dean’s support, please submit the nomination packet, as complete as possible, to the Office of the Dean ( no later than January 4, 2021. Because clinician-teacher (CT) and clinical health sciences (CHS) faculty tracks are classified by campus as academic staff appointments, nominations of faculty in these tracks for these awards are welcome and encouraged as well.
  • UW Health has updated their testing requirements for learners doing clinical rotations after winter break. Existing guidelines were changed to include the following (see point 6 of this document on U-Connect): “For learners taking semester breaks of 2 weeks or more in length, and new learners entering for spring 2021 semester, a negative COVID test is required within 96 hours before their scheduled return to or start of clinical rotations. Test results should be submitted to, along with the name of the program and clinical rotation assignment.” Please note that this requirement differs from university testing requirements for access to university buildings starting on Jan. 25. Learners on clinical rotations will be expected to abide by both requirements.
  • Reduced cost parking options available for some groups: Given the current public health situation, campus has announced temporarily expanded parking options for graduate and professional students and employees with base wage annual salary of up to $35,000. Read more
  • Important IT announcement from UW Health: Users who remotely access UW Health’s systems with Citrix should review information released on Friday, Dec. 18 about multi-factor authentication (MFA), which is required for remote access. Read more on U-Connect
  • A second round of furloughs for campus employees will begin January 1, 2021 and continue through June 30. With the beginning of the furlough period drawing near, the SMPH Office of HR offers additional information for SMPH employees. Read more
  • Reminder: Safeguarding protected health information (PHI) is a shared responsibility of everyone in SMPH. Patient stories, images, video, and other PHI should never be shared on personal social media accounts.
  • Countdown – 8 days to deadline: 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

Resources for researchers

  • For clinical researchers: The first CHI2 Informatics Seminar of 2021 will occur on Jan. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register for a webinar entitled “Tools that Revolutionized Clinical Data Sharing” with Gadi Lachman, MBA, CEO of TriNetX and Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD, CRIO of Partners HealthCare and Professor at Harvard Medical School.
  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education is hosting a Research Forward initiative to stimulate and support highly innovative and groundbreaking research at the UW–Madison. A cover sheet with a 300-word abstract is due December 21, 2020. The complete proposal is due February 1, 2021. Maximum funding award $500,000. Read more

Resources for medical educators and clinicians

  • For clinical researchers: The first CHI2 Informatics Seminar of 2021 will occur on Jan. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register for a webinar entitled “Tools that Revolutionized Clinical Data Sharing” with Gadi Lachman, MBA, CEO of TriNetX and Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD, CRIO of Partners HealthCare and Professor at Harvard Medical School.
  • Professor emerita Renata Laxova, MD, PhD was a mentor to countless clinicians, students and researchers. A tribute article describes her life experiences as a Holocaust survivor and her dedication to advancing the field of medical genetics. 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 

Upcoming Events: Anti-Racism and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • An on-demand replay of most sessions from the 2020 UW–Madison Diversity Forum is available. Access presentation materials, supporting resources, and videos here.
  • Announcing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Guide: A project of Ebling Library staff, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Guide, emphasizes health sciences connections to the topic and includes recommended articles, institutional statements, events information, and books are universal. Students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to learn more about systemic, institutional, and cultural racism, white privilege, inequities within various disciplines, and more will find thought-provoking and actionable resources in this Guide. Many of the books are at Ebling, or have been ordered and will be available soon. This is a “living” resource that will be routinely augmented. To suggest additions, contact
  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club will be offering a discussion sessions on January 13 at noon about 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
  • Mark your calendar for an SMPH Martin Luther King, Jr. event on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. featuring a talk and Q&A with Tito Izard, MD, President and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services Inc., an independent not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Izard is an alumnus of SMPH, former faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and current board member of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association. 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