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Eight honored as Outstanding Women of Color

Eight women have been named by UW-Madison as the 2014-2015 Outstanding Women of Color, and will be recognized at a reception at the Pyle Center on October 1. The faculty honorees include Shawnika Hull, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Lillian Tong, faculty associate, WISCIENCE (formerly Institute for Biology Education); Angela Byars-Winston, associate professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health; Eva Vivian, associate professor (CHS), School of Pharmacy; Carla Pugh, associate professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine and Public Health. Read more about all of the honorees here.

Susan Horowitz passes away

Susan Horowitz, professor emerita of the computer sciences department, passed way in June 2014. Professor Horowitz joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 1985 after receiving her computer science doctorate from Cornell University. In addition to her award-winning scientific achievements, Dr. Horowitz devoted much effort to increasing the number of underrepresented students in computer science, including women and members of racial and ethnic minority groups. She was a founding member of the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women and IT, launched the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars-Computer Science program (WES-CS), and served as faculty director for the Women in Science and Engineering residential learning community. Read more about her many accomplishments here and here.

Leona Su, Dominique Brossard and colleagues publish new study in Science Communication

Leona Su, a graduate student at UW-Madison, and Dominique Brossard, professor and chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, have published a new study in the journal Science Communication. Su, Brossard, and their colleagues investigated the influence of socioeconomic status on the understanding of scientific topics and confidence in understanding these topics. Read more about the study and the team's findings here.

Laura McClay and colleagues receive NSF grant

Laura McClay, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, and her collaborators at George Washington University have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project will focus on optimizing the network models that influence how emergency traffic responders are located and utilized. Read more about the grant and Dr. McClay's work here.

Sabrina Bradshaw receives Canadian Geotechnical Journal honor

Sabrina Bradshaw, a research scientist in geological engineering, and her colleagues were among those named in the 2014 Canadian Geotechnical Journal's 2014 Editor's Choice selections. Their paper, "Freeze–thaw cycling concurrent with cation exchange and the hydraulic conductivity of geosynthetic clay liners," was among the most important and high-caliber entries it has published in 2014. Read more about the honor here.

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October 1, 2014

  • Outstanding Women of Color Reception
  • Eight winners of the 2014-2015 Outstanding Women of Color Awards will be recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the UW-Madison campus and community.
  • The event is free and no registration is required.
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  • 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street

October 11 – October 12, 2014

  • Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology
  • Sponsored by the Center for Resaerch on Gender and Women
  • Preliminary information available here

October 17, 2014

  • Denice D. Denton Distinguished Lecture
  • Dr. Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College
  • "Increasing the Participation of Women in Tech Careers"
  • More information coming soon

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