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Williams and Ceci 2015: Commentary and Media Coverage


Christina Hull Researches How Fungal Spores Germinate

Associate Professor of Biochemistry Christina Hull and her colleagues have identified proteins that play a role in the spore formation and germination of the Cryptococcus fungi, potentially leading to drugs that could prevent meningitis and other diseases caused by the fungi. Read more here.

Christina Kendziorski leads development of Oscope

Christina Kendziorski, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics led a interdisciplinary team of biostatisticians from her lab and cell biologists from the lab of James Thompson, in developing Oscope a tool that offers a new way to study oscillating gene expression in individual cells. Their work is published in Nature Methods. Read more here.

Carey Gleason and colleagues publish on soy isoflavones and Alzheimer's disease

Carey Gleason, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, and colleagues have published a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showing that soy isoflavone dietary supplements do not improve cognitive functioning in older adults with Alzheimer's disease. Their findings contradict an early study and suggest that more research, particularly on differences in how individuals metabolize the soy isoflavings, is needed. Read more here.

Rozalyn Anderson and colleagues advance early diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome

Rozalyn Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and her colleagues have published a study in the Journal of Lipid Research showing that changes in diacylglycerides, a class of blood lipids, predict the onset of metabolic syndrome earlier than current clinical tests. Earlier detection can improve chances of preventing or slowing the onset of metablic syndrome and thus reduce type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. Read more here.

Anna Huttenlocher studies connections between cancer and immunology

Anna Huttenlocher, MD, Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Pediatrics, conducts research on cell migration, studying the molecular mechanisms that control the movement of immune cells and tumor cells. Her work aims to improve the precision of treatments for cancer and avoid damage to healthy tissue by relying on the body's own immune system as a tool in fighting cancer. Read more here.

Karen Hansen publishes study on Vitamin D and Calcium Absorption

Karen Hansen, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, has published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine demonstrating that high doses of Vitamin D have no effect on calcium absorption and bone density in post-menopausal women with baseline serum vitamin D levels around 20ng/ml. Read more here.

Jennifer Reed and Rebecca Willett receive Spangler funding

Jennifer Reed, Associate Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Rebecca Willett, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, are two of the six faculty awarded funds from the Spangler professorship to kick start innovative research. Read more here.

Judith Kimble to chair President's Committee on the National Medal of Science

President Obama has chosen Judith Kimble, PhD, Vilas Professor of Biochemistry, to chair the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science. Kimble, who served on the committee from 2012-2014, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The National Medal of Science is a prestigious award given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the sciences. Read more here.

Kristyn Masters and colleagues publish research on stem cell survival

Kristyn Masters, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Biomedical Engineering together with her colleagues, Alex Laperle, Kris Saha, and Sean Palecek recently published an article in the journal Stem Cell Reports that describes their identification of the protein, a-5 laminim, as a critical component in the survival and self-renewal of human pluripotent stem cells. Their findings could lead to the development of synthetic environments that support stem cell survival. Read more here.

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Fall 2015

  • Searching for Excellence & Diversity Schedule
  • The schedule for WISELI's workshops for faculty search committees is now available. To view the schedule and register for the workshops, please click here.

September 3, 2015

  • Psychology Colloquium Series, Jacque Eccles: Gender and STEMM
  • In this talk, Dr. Eccles will summarize her 40 years of research on why women and men continue to pick different occupations and different specialties within the spectrum of STEMM .
  • 3:45pm — 5:00pm
  • Brogden Psychology Building, Room 121
  • For more information, click here.

September 9, 2015

  • Women & Leadership Series: Coffee and Conversations
  • The UW-Madison 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative: It's Local, It's Global, It's Personal
  • 8:00am — 10:00am
  • Union South
  • Registration Required.

September 30, 2015

  • Littlefield Leadership Lecture: A Nurse's Journey of Leadership Challenges in Diversity, Inclusion, and Practice
  • Barbara Nichols, MS, RN, FAAN, the Leadership and Diversity Coordinator for the Wisconsin Center for Nursing and a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will address factors that affect diversity and inclusivity in nursing leadership and present stragegies for creating diverse and inclusive environments in nursing
  • 2:00pm — 3:30pm: Friends of the Littlefield Lecture Tea with Barbara Nichols ($50/person)
  • 4:00pm — 6:00pm: Lecture and Responder Panel (no fee)
  • Register online here

October 8, 2015

  • Women & Leadership Series: Coffee and Conversations
  • Speed Networking
  • 8:00am — 10:00am
  • Union South
  • Registration Required.

November 3-4, 2015

  • Diversity Forum 2015
  • The forum features two full days of programming, including Marc Lamont Hill, an academic, journalist, author, activist, and television personality and other speakers, as well as the documentary "Dream Big Dreams" about Civil Rights pioneer and UW-Madison Law School alumna Vel Phillips in the Marquee Theatre, as well as too-good-too-miss breakout sessions and opportunities for networking.
  • Union South
  • To register, click here.

December 9, 2015

  • Women & Leadership Series: Coffee and Conversations
  • TBD
  • 8:00am — 10:00am
  • Union South
  • Registration Required.

Past Events