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Campus Messages

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Oct. 19

UTSW COVID-19 Census Update as of Oct. 19 shows total confirmed cases as 22 with 7 in the ICU, and 2 awaiting test results.
 

COVID-19 Travel Hotspots Updated

UT Southwestern has updated its list of “hotspot” domestic and international travel locations based on recent data regarding COVID-19 case numbers and trends. All personal domestic and international travel to a COVID-19 hotspot, and all overnight cruises, may require a 14-day quarantine upon return to DFW and must be reported to Occupational Health Services (214-645-5300) or Student Health Services (214-645-8690) prior to returning to campus. Remember: University-related domestic and international travel remains banned through Jan. 1, 2021. Visit the COVID-19 website for additional travel guidelines.

Anti-Racism Virtual Series: “Race Correction and Medical Algorithms: A Historical Perspective”

Join the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion for its Anti-Racism Virtual Series. The first segment, hosted at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 by Dr. Shawna Nesbitt, will navigate race correction and medical algorithms throughout history. From slavery to the present-day COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Nesbitt and guest speaker Dr. Lundy Braun of Brown University will explore the medical consequences of erasing the social context of health.

UT Southwestern Science Café: “The Science of Scars, Healing From Skin to Bone”

Have you ever wondered how your skin heals from a burn or a cut? Do you wonder why we are the only species to have scars and how to make them go away? Join us for a deep dive into the science behind scars, from skin to bone, at the upcoming Science Café at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 22. Dr. Benjamin Levi, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division Chief of Burn, Trauma, Acute and Critical Care Surgery, and Director of the Center for Organogenesis and Trauma (CORT), will discuss the biology, treatment and technologies for scars, as well as educate us on burns and types of abnormal wound healing. Register ahead of time to get reminders.

You’re Invited to Take the Office of Institutional Compliance Survey

The Office of Institutional Compliance invites you to participate in a survey to provide your feedback to help assess the compliance environment within UTSW. The confidential survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete, and will remain open through Monday, Nov. 16. Your participation will help advance UT Southwestern’s mission by identifying areas for improvement so the Office can continue to strengthen the institution’s compliance program. The Office of Institutional Compliance is committed to promoting ethical conduct and compliance awareness to achieve its mission of fostering a culture of honesty and integrity. For questions, email compliance@utsouthwestern.edu.

PeopleSoft Downtime This Weekend, Oct. 23-26

Beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and through 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, all PeopleSoft applications will be unavailable while the PeopleSoft team performs a system upgrade. All other related systems such as Taleo Learn, Taleo Talent Acquisition Management (TAM), and Oracle HCM Goals and Performance will continue to be available during this time. If you experience any issues following the upgrade, please contact the IR Service Desk at 214-648-7600, option 4 for PeopleSoft, or ServiceDesk@UTSouthwestern.edu.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Oct. 16

UTSW COVID-19 Census Update as of Oct. 16 shows total confirmed cases as 22 with 7 in the ICU, and 2 awaiting test results.
 

"What To Know" on COVID-19 Research Projects with Drs. Lu and Jamieson

UT Southwestern is at the forefront of COVID-19 discovery, with hopes that the more than 200 research projects underway will help us to understand immunity, symptoms, treatments, and long-term effects of the disease. In the latest episode of “What to Know,” Dr. John Warner speaks with Drs. Lenette Lu and Andrew Jamieson for an insiders’ look at how real-time science such as an artificial intelligence forecasting model and a biorepository of virus samples are having a direct impact on patients and the community.

Anti-Racism Virtual Series: “Race Correction and Medical Algorithms: A Historical Perspective”

Join the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion for its Anti-Racism Virtual Series. The first segment, hosted at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 by Dr. Shawna Nesbitt, will navigate race correction and medical algorithms throughout history. From slavery to the present-day COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Nesbitt and guest speaker Dr. Lundy Braun of Brown University will explore the medical consequences of erasing the social context of health.

Oracle Cloud Goals and Performance Management Unavailable This Weekend

Beginning at 9 p.m. today and through 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, the Oracle Cloud HCM Goals and Performance Management system will be unavailable. During this time, Oracle will be applying quarterly updates. You will still be able to access the PeopleSoft HCM application. Expect to receive an email notification after this work is complete and the system is available for access again. If you experience any issues following the downtime, contact the IR Service Desk at 214-648-7600, option 4 for PeopleSoft, or email the ServiceDesk@UTSouthwestern.edu.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an estimated 20% spike in domestic violence cases due to lockdown restrictions and work-from-home environments. The UT Southwestern Police Department works to bring awareness to domestic violence and help those who need resources during this time. This month, UTPD is offering two domestic violence discussions, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, available via webinar. If you have questions about domestic violence and/or personal safety, contact University Police at 214-648-8311.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

 

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Oct. 15

UTSW COVID-19 Census Update as of Oct. 15 shows total confirmed cases as 22 with 7 in the ICU, and 2 awaiting test results.
 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an estimated 20% spike in domestic violence cases, due to lockdown restrictions and work-from-home environments. The UT Southwestern Police Department works to bring awareness to domestic violence and help those who need resources during this time. This month, UTPD is offering two domestic violence discussions, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, available via webinar. If you have questions about domestic violence and/or personal safety, contact University Police at 214-648-8311.

Join These Financial Education Seminars to Strengthen Your Budgeting and Planning

UTSW's Benefits and Wellness team has prepared a series of financial planning and education seminars to help you become financially well. The Fall Into Financial Wellness series will provide strategies and cover a wide range of topics to help you with savings and budgeting. Ask questions and gain valuable information to help manage your financial future with confidence. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., join “Retirement Planning: TRS + 403b = Financial Security,” and find additional sessions on the UTSW Events Calendar.

ID Badges Must Be Visible While on Campus

With jacket weather approaching, remember that, for the safety of you and your colleagues, your institutional identification badge needs to be visible at all times while on campus. This simple step will greatly assist our University Police in protecting all members of our community. UT Southwestern’s Police Department includes both fully commissioned police officers (blue uniforms), who are licensed by the state of Texas and have authority to enforce all state laws and campus policies, and noncommissioned public safety officers (white or tan shirts) who serve as additional “eyes and ears” on campus and provide nonlaw enforcement services such as unlocking doors and conducting safety patrols. If you need emergency assistance on campus, dial 911. For nonemergency help, including disabled vehicles and security escorts, call 214-648-8311.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Tips for Strengthening Your Home Network Security

Working from home presents additional risk of cybercriminals stealing your personal and UTSW data through theft of your identity and computing access, which are highly valuable to cybercriminals. While off campus, home computers are not fully protected by UTSW enterprise security controls, but there are several steps you can take to prevent common attacks:

  1. Keep your software up to date. Enable auto-updates for your computer to keep software current. Don’t use old software (e.g. Windows 7, MacOS 10.13 High Sierra) since these remain vulnerable and do not receive new security patches. Use professional antivirus software and keep it updated. We recommend free Sophos Home Premium antivirus for up to ten personal devices.
  2. Be vigilant and watch for scams. Phishing scams arrive through email, text, and phone calls. Be cautious of email attachments, sketchy websites, and downloads from the internet.
  3. Maintain a strong password or passphrase. Keep it greater than 10 characters in length and use multifactor authentication on your personal and work accounts. Protect your mobile phone as you would your computer, including using a PIN or password that encrypts your device.
  4. Store all business data on UTSW systems and not directly on your home computer.
  5. Keep your devices in a safe place. Laptops, phones, and tablets may be stolen, especially from vehicles. Use built-in encryption on all your devices.
  6. Back up valuable data. The best practice in many scenarios is to use UTSW OneDrive.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Oct. 14

UTSW COVID-19 Census Update as of Oct. 14 shows total confirmed cases as 22 with 7 in the ICU, and 2 awaiting test results.
 

President's Campus Briefing Topics and Replay Available

In today’s briefing, UT Southwestern President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky discussed UTSW’s recent Diversity Week celebration; the steady increase in COVID-19 cases in North Texas and continued importance of nonpharmacological interventions in mitigating these trends; the upcoming opening of the Clements University Hospital third tower; the ongoing flu shot campaign; and wellness resourcesavailable to UTSW employees as we continue dealing with the stress of the pandemic. As in the past, he also answered questions from the UTSW community. A replay of the broadcast is now available on the COVID-19 site.

COVID-19 Testing for Children of Employees Available at Children’s Health

UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 Virtual Care Clinic for Employees and household family members has partnered with Children’s Health to provide testing for patients under the age of 12. This service is available to family members of all UTSW faculty and staff, including those practicing at non-UTSW sites including Children’s Health, Veterans Affairs, and Parkland Health and Hospital System. Patients under 12 can be evaluated in a UT Southwestern virtual visit and then provided a referral for COVID-19 testing at the Children’s Health testing location. Details about the testing location and process are provided at time of telehealth visit and referral. This service is in addition to testing for patients 12 years of age and older, who may be referred to UTSW’s Drive-up Testing Site at the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, Lot No. 18. For details, visit the Virtual Care Clinic section on our COVID-19 website.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Tips for Strengthening Your Home Network Security

Working from home presents additional risk of cybercriminals stealing your personal and UTSW data through theft of your identity and computing access, which are highly valuable to cybercriminals. While off campus, home computers are not fully protected by UTSW enterprise security controls, but there are several steps you can take to prevent common attacks:

  1. Keep your software up to date. Enable auto-updates for your computer to keep software current. Don’t use old software (e.g. Windows 7, MacOS 10.13 High Sierra) since these remain vulnerable and do not receive new security patches. Use professional antivirus software and keep it updated. We recommend free Sophos Home Premium antivirus for up to ten personal devices.
  2. Be vigilant and watch for scams. Phishing scams arrive through email, text, and phone calls. Be cautious of email attachments, sketchy websites, and downloads from the internet.
  3. Maintain a strong password or passphrase. Keep it greater than 10 characters in length and use multifactor authentication on your personal and work accounts. Protect your mobile phone as you would your computer, including using a PIN or password that encrypts your device.
  4. Store all business data on UTSW systems and not directly on your home computer.
  5. Keep your devices in a safe place. Laptops, phones, and tablets may be stolen, especially from vehicles. Use built-in encryption on all your devices.
  6. Back up valuable data. The best practice in many scenarios is to use UTSW OneDrive.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Oct. 9

UTSW COVID-19 Census Update as of Oct. 13 shows total confirmed cases as 22 with 7 in the ICU, and 2 awaiting test results.
 

Reminder: Next President’s Briefing is Tomorrow

Tune in tomorrow for UTSW President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky’s briefing on our latest efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and important developments at UT Southwestern. As with previous briefings, Dr. Podolsky will answer questions he has received from the UT Southwestern community. Answers to any questions not addressed during the briefing will be posted online in the Q&A section.

President's Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Julie Pfeiffer on Oct. 29

Viruses are notorious – especially this year, considering the uproar SARS-CoV-2 has caused. But where do viruses originate, and how do they interact with their hosts? In the fall installment of the 2020 President’s Lecture Series – a virtual event – Dr. Julie Pfeiffer, Professor of Microbiology at UT Southwestern, will discuss the unexpected alliances between gut bacteria and intestinal viruses, with an emphasis on how RNA viruses evolve. The lecture, titled “With a Little Help From Their Friends: How Bacteria Promote Virus Infection,” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Get the details at utsouthwestern.edu/pls.

COVID-19 Testing for Children of Employees Available at Children’s Health

UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 Virtual Care Clinic for Employees and household family members has partnered with Children’s Health to provide testing for patients under the age of 12. This service is available to family members of all UTSW faculty and staff, including those practicing at non-UTSW sites including Children’s Health, Veterans Affairs, and Parkland Health and Hospital System. Patients under 12 can be evaluated in a UT Southwestern virtual visit and then provided a referral for COVID-19 testing at the Children’s Health testing location. Details about the testing location and process are provided at time of telehealth visit and referral. This service is in addition to testing for patients 12 years of age and older, who may be referred to UTSW’s Drive-up Testing Site at the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, Lot No. 18. For details, visit the Virtual Care Clinic section on our COVID-19 website.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Tips for Strengthening Your Home  Network Security

Working from home presents additional risk of cybercriminals stealing your personal and UTSW data through theft of your identity and computing access, which are highly valuable to cybercriminals. While off campus, home computers are not fully protected by UTSW enterprise security controls, but there are several steps you can take to prevent common attacks:

  1. Keep your software up to date. Enable auto-updates for your computer to keep software current. Don’t use old software (e.g. Windows 7, MacOS 10.13 High Sierra) since these remain vulnerable and do not receive new security patches. Use professional antivirus software and keep it updated. We recommend free Sophos Home Premium antivirus for up to ten personal devices.
  2. Be vigilant and watch for scams. Phishing scams arrive through email, text, and phone calls. Be cautious of email attachments, sketchy websites, and downloads from the internet.
  3. Maintain a strong password or passphrase. Keep it greater than 10 characters in length and use multifactor authentication on your personal and work accounts. Protect your mobile phone as you would your computer, including using a PIN or password that encrypts your device.
  4. Store all business data on UTSW systems and not directly on your home computer.
  5. Keep your devices in a safe place. Laptops, phones, and tablets may be stolen, especially from vehicles. Use built-in encryption on all your devices.
  6. Back up valuable data. The best practice in many scenarios is to use UTSW OneDrive.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Oct. 9

UTSW COVID-19 Census Update as of Oct. 12 shows total confirmed cases as 18 with 5 in the ICU, and 0 awaiting test results.
 

Flu Shots Still Available, High-Dose Vaccines in Limited Supply

Despite recent reports of shortages of flu vaccines in the area, UTSW continues to offer free flu shots to employees throughout the end of October. Appointments are required in order to help promote social distancing and the safety of all employees. A convenient drive-thru option is also available by appointment. Review the updated vaccination locations/schedules and detailed instructions on how to make an appointment and receive your flu vaccine in accordance with UTSW policy.

The high-dose flu vaccines (Fluzone HD) for individuals 65 and older are available but are very limited in supply. We expect to receive more high-dose vaccinations in the near future, but in the meantime, if you would like to inquire about availability as an employee, call Occupational Health. Because of extremely limited supply, please call Occupational Health about the high-dose vaccine before visiting the clinic in person. If preferred, you may also seek the high-dose vaccination at a retail pharmacy – either off or on campus – and upload documentation to ReadySet.

Volunteer Tutors Needed for We CARE Program

The We CARE program at UT Southwestern is launching an initiative to provide tutoring services to the children of the UTSW community. Employees who are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor should apply here. We CARE aims to help alleviate some of the strain COVID-19 has put on many of our valued team members working during this time by connecting those in need with various child care services. In addition, the Benefits and Wellness team’s Child Care Resources Toolkit lists many resources available to employees.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.