In the Know: SMPH Updates for February 22, 2021

Top news:

  • Shared Guidelines for Professional Conduct: Defining principles of respect, integrity, and accountability. On January 25, the inaugural edition of our school’s Shared Guidelines for Professional Conduct was released. This living document provides overarching guidance on the shared responsibility of everyone in SMPH to act with the highest levels of respect, integrity and accountability, and according to appropriate ethical and legal standards. Read more
  • Spots are still open to join the Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents on Thursday, Feb. 25 at noon. To register and to get access to an electronic version of this powerful and illuminating book, visit the Book Club website. It is not necessary to have completed the book in order to join the discussion. 
  • Reminder: Corpus Callosum, Ebling Library’s online art journal, is now accepting submissions of original visual, written, and multimedia art from students, faculty, and staff in UW-Madison’s health sciences schools (SMPH, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine). The fall 2020 issue included inspiring writings, photographs, music and paintings. We cannot wait to see what the spring issue will bring. Deadline: March 12, 2021. Download a flyer and Submit your work 
  • Four articles set for publication in the next issue of the Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) are now online ahead of print, including a brief report by authors from SMPH that shows Wisconsin HPV vaccination rates remain consistently below national averages. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Read more 
  • Leadership search update: The virtual visit by Vanessa Sperandio, PhD, candidate for the chair of Medical Microbiology, has been rescheduled for Feb. 25-26. Recordings of all candidate visits will be made available for those who cannot attend in real time. The password to access recordings is “MedMicroImm2021.” 
  • Collaborations between SMPH and the Madison site of biomanufacturing company Aldevron were highlighted during a virtual ribbon-cutting event on Feb. 10 in which the company celebrated expansion of its facility in University Research Park. The event included remarks by Richard Moss, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies. “Our relationship with Aldevron over time has evolved into a partnership that is not only collaborative but very effective,” he said. “Ongoing conversations between UW and Aldevron are really focused on expanding learning opportunities for students at the UW in the health professions.” Read more 
  • The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership will be hosting a webinar on Feb. 26 titled “Leadership & Resilience in Times of Public Emergency.” Speakers include former US Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Services Tevi Troy. The event occurs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Read more 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH 

Learn about the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©: Originally developed in 2014 by diversity consultant Eddie Moore Jr., this plan focuses on creating effective social justice habits by taking one action each day to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. The plan can be pursued individually or as a group, and has been used and adapted by towns, organizations, national networks, and institutions in the United States and beyond. Read more

Find additional resources on the webpage for the SMPH Spring 2021 Initiative: Advance Health by Acting Against Racism.


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Telecommuting Tip

Become educated about ergonomics: Environmental Health and Safety in the Division of Facilities Planning & Management provides ergonomic services free-of-charge to eligible UW–Madison employees to promote employee health and safety. Visit their website for options. They have trainings for setting up your computer workstation and for requesting an ergonomic assessment. Note there are limited service offerings until March 2021.