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Feyza Engin receives Shaw Scientist Award

In recognition of her "distinct and innovative" research, Feyza Engin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, has received the Shaw Scientist Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to support her research on Type 1 diabetes at the molecular level. Srivatsan Raman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry also received the Shaw award to support his research on protein synthesis. Read more here.

Patricia Brennan appointed Director of the National Library of Medicine

Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, Professor of Nursing and Industrial and Systems Engineering will become the next director of the National Library of Medicine. Read more here.

Laura Hernandez and Heather White receive major grants to study cow health

Assistant Professor of Dairy Science Laura Hernandez is investigating ways to alleviate dangerously low levels of calcium in dairy cattle around the time they give birth. Assistant Professor of Dairy Science Heather White explores the role of hepatic metabolism in the development of a fatty liver in cows. Read more here.

Barbara Bendlin to lead major Alzheimer's Study

Barbara Bendline, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, will collaborate as co-PI with Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, Professor of Biophysics, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconson, on a four-year, $5.5 million NIH grant to study Alzheimer's disease. Read more here.

Mary Halloran, Jenny Saffran receive Kellett Mid-Career Awards

Professor of Zoology Mary Halloran and Professor of Psychology Jenny Saffran are two of the ten outstanding faculty members who are seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position to receive the award. Read more here.

Joy Zedler to receive the Town of Dunn's Stewardship Award

Aldo Leopold Chair of Restoration Ecology Joy Zedler is receiving the award for her extensive wetland research. Read more here.

Linda Scott selected as Dean of Nursing

Dr. Linda Scott will begin her position as the new Dean of the School of Nursing on July 15. Read more here.

Katie Brenner co-founds BluDiagnostics

Postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry Katie Brenner has co-founded a startup called BluDiagnostics, marketing the first saliva-based method for measuring progesterone and estrogen. Read more here.

Xinyu Zhao makes progress in reversing fragile-X syndrome

Professor of Neuroscience and Waisman Center Investigator Xinyu Zhao has used an experimental drug to reverse - in mice - damage from the mutation that causes fragile-X syndrome. Read more here.

Sharon Thoma, Mary Ann Croft win Academic Staff awards

Faculty Associate in Zoology Sharon Thoma was awarded the Chancellorís Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching, while Distinguished Researcher in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Mary Ann Croft is the recipient of the Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Research. Read more here.

Sarah Paige creates Ebola Survivor Corps

Assistant scientist and grant writer at the Global Health Institute Sarah Paige created the Ebola Survivor Corps, to "elevate the status of Ebola survivors, leverage their inherent immunity to the disease and have them be the first responders to care, demystifying the health-seeking process and letting patients and their families know what to expect." Read more here.

Katherine Bowie an "accidental anthropologist"

Professor of Anthropology Katherine Bowie's research focuses on Thailand, exploring Thai peasant history, political economy, social movements, electoral politics, gender and Theravada Buddhism. Read more here.

Patti Brennan promotes the Wisconsin Idea in the CAVE

Professor of Nursing and Industrial Engineering Patricia Flatley Brennan uses her Living Environments Lab (the CAVE) to promote science to K-12 groups across the state. Read more here.

Amanda Gevens helps Wisconsin farmers fight potato blight

Associate Professor of Plant Pathology Amanda Gevens administers a tool called Blitecast, a late blight forecasting tool developed in the 1970s, to alert growers when weather conditions are prime for the pathogen to thrive. Read more here.

Sara Hotchkiss teaches new course on Forensic Botany

Associate Professor of Botany Sara Hotchkiss uses her expertise in pollen identification in creating a new course that focuses on science as problem solving. Read more here.

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June 2, 2016

  • Black Graduate and Professional Student Association Roundtable Discussion:
  • Tunneling through the Barriers of Institutional Race and Gender Bias: Strategies for Black Women in STEM and their Allies
  • Evelynn Hammonds, PhD, Professor of History of Science and African American Studies, Harvard University will discuss issues of race and gender both women and men face in STEM and methods for overcoming biases.
  • 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
  • Reception will follow
  • For more information click here.
  • June 8, 2016

    • UW-WIT Education/Professional Development Series: Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn
    • April McHugh, Career and Educational Counelor with DCS, will discuss the benefits of being on LinkedIn and how to create a dynamic profile.
    • 11:30am – 1:00pm
    • Gordon Dining and Event Center, Sonata Room (2nd Floor)
    • 770 West Dayton Street
    • Registration is required, click here to register.

    July 7, 2016

    • Women & Leadership Symposium
    • 8:30am – 3:30pm
    • The Pyle Center
    • This event is $50. To register, click here.

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