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Pelin Cengiz publishes research on brain injury in newborns

Pelin Cengiz, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and her team have published an article in eNeuro that presents an explanation for why male newborns are more vulunerable to brain injury at birth than are female newborns. Read more here.

Dee Warmath studies concussion attitudes

Assistant Professor of Consumer Science Dee Warmath has received a grant from the NCAA to study the best ways to alter concussion attitudes and behaviors among young athletes. Read more here.

Pelin Cengiz shows protein protects female infants from ICE

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Pelin Cengiz discovered that the presence of a particular protein in the brains of infant girls protect them from brain injuries during birth, compared to boys. These brain injuries result in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (ICE), and it has long been known that boy infants are more vulnerable. Read more here.

Tellez-Giron wins diversity honor

Associate Professor (CHS) of Family Medicine Patricia Tellez-Giron has been awarded the School of Medicine and Public Health's annual Faculty and Staff Equity and Diversity Award for her promotion of equity and improvement of diversity and climate in the Madison community. Read more here.

Chiara Cirelli published article in Current Biology

Chiara Cirelli, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, and her team have published research findings explaining why our brains remain asleep and disconnected from external surroundings while being active engaged during REM (rapid-eye-movement) sleep while we are dreaming. Read more here.

Brittany Travers helps autistic kids improve motor skills

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Brittany Travers studies how motor skills are related to autism, and uses the Wii balance board videogame to collect data and improve outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder. Read more here.

Angela Byars-Winston featured in the Chronicle

Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, Assoc. Prof. of Medicine, and her work on increasing the diversity of doctoral recipients with the National Research Mentoring Network is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more here.

Christina Locke coordinates efforts to bolster honeybees

Research Associate Christina Locke is working with Prof. Claudio Gratton and others to produce and implement Wisconsin's "Polinator Protection Plan." Read more here.

Xin Sun publishes PNEC discoveries in Science

Professor of Medical Genetics Xin Sun led a team that has discovered the function of as pulmonary neuroendocrine cells (PNECs). Read more about their work here.

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February 9, 2016

  • Environmental Groups Working Toward Equity: Racial Prejudice Workshop
  • Public talk by Prof. Markus Brauer
  • Madison Public Library
  • 201 west Mifflin Street, Room 302
  • Registration requested. Please visit: here to register. For more information, see this link.

February 25, 2016

  • Faculty of Color Reception
  • This annual reception welcomes new faculty of color, honors newly-promoted faculty of color, recognizes visiting faculty of color, and provides opportunities to network.
  • Pyle Center
  • 5—7pm
  • Register here.

February 25 – March 13, 2016

  • University Theatre presents Smart People
  • Smart People, written by Lydia Diamond, one of America's leading female playwrights, and directed by Chuck Smith, reknowned resident director of Chicago's Goodman theatre explores issues of race and science through interactions between four intellectual characters. For dates, show times, and ticketing, follow this link. Read more about the play and playwright here.

April 5, 2016

  • 4th Annual National Diversity Council's Women in Leadership Symposium
  • Speaker panels, networking luncheon
  • 8:00am – Noon
  • Grainger Hall, East Atrium and Plenary Room
  • 975 University Avenue
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

March 29, 2016

  • Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping
  • A WISCAPE Event featuring Dr. Julie Posselt, author of "Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping."
  • Noon–1:30pm, 159 Education Building
  • No registration required.

April 12, 2016

  • Dermatology hosts WISELI Celebrating Grant Speaker
  • Alice Pentland, MD, Chair and Professor of Dermatology, University of Rochester, will present a research talk on "Prostagladins in Photocarcinogenesis" and and a discussion on gender and careers in science and medicine.
  • 9:00–10:00am, Research talk, 408 MSC
  • 12:15–1:45pm, Discussion on gender and career, 408 MSC
  • See here for more information

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