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Karen Strier investigating yellow fever in Brazil's brown howler monkeys

Professor of Anthropology Karen Strier is studying the fast spread of yellow fever in the howler monkey population in southeastern Brazil, to uncover how the disease is spreading so widely and quickly. Read more here.

Sigan Hartley publishes study on parents of children with autism

Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies Sigan Hartley and colleagues look at the daily experiences of these parents to provide a more detailed picture of the strengths and vulnerabilities of couples raising a child with ASD. Read more here.

Melissa Motew studies phosphorus runoff into Wisconsin's lakes and rivers

PhD candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Melissa Motew is the lead author on a study of built-up phosphorus in Wisconsin soils, and its effects on Wisconsin's waters. Read more here.

Three awarded Romnes

Three of the eleven Romnes Faculty Fellowships for 2017 were awarded to women STEM faculty. Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Jennifer Reed, Associate Professor of Bacteriology Jue (Jade) Wang, and Associate Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology and Oncology Beth Weaver earned the honor. Read more here.

Kimberly Palladino studies dark matter

Assistant Professor of Physics Kimberly Palladino is part of a team of more than 200 researchers from 38 institutions in five countries working on the LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter experiment in Lead, South Dakota. Read more here.

Karen Schloss studies color preferences

Assistant Professor of Psychology Karen Schloss's forthcoming paper in Cognitive Science explores seasonal color preferences, and what might drive them. Read more here.

Jane Collins, Paula Niedenthal, and Aili Mari Tripp awarded WARF Professorships

Professor of Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology Jane Collins, Professor of Psychology Paula Niedenthal, and Professor of Political Science Aili Mari Tripp are three of the 10 new WARF Professors for 2017. Read more here.

Denise Thomas is a 2016 Outstanding Woman of Color

Denise Thomas, financial specialist for the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP), has been selected as one of six UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color. In addition to her work with WiscAMP, Denise is the coordinator of Title VII American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Read more here.

Christy Lowney and Kathy Miner use citizen reports to track Arboretum changes

Arboretum Ranger Christy Lowney and Arboretum naturalist Kathy Miner use "folk phenology" to track signs of spring in the Arboretum. Read more here.

Darcie Moore awarded 2017 Sloan Fellowship

Assistant professor of Neuroscience Darcie Moore studies aging neural stem cells, revealing how they lose their ability to produce healthy daughter cells as they age. Dr. Moore is one of 126 US and Canadian researchers to receive the $60,000 in research funding from the Sloan Foundation. Read more here.

Christina Kendziorski identifies genetic markers for relapse of ovarian cancer

Christina Kendziorski, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, and her colleagues in the Kendziorski lab have identified a set of six genes whose expression corresponds with an increased risk of recurrence of ovarian cancer. Providing more aggressive treatment for women with this set of six genetic traits improves their survival. Read more here.

Corinne Voils publishes on succesful intervention to maintain weight loss

Corrine Voils, PhD, Visiting Professor in the Department of Surgery and a research scientist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran's Hospital has published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing that an intervention consisting of a series of telephone calls focussed on teaching patients skills for maintain weight loss helped reduce weight gain over the course of a year in comparison to a control group. Read more here.

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March 22, 2017

  • UW-WIT Education/Professional Development Advancement Series: Improving Your Next Interview
  • John Archambault provides tips for interviewing
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Union South/Varsity I
  • Please register for this event here.

April 6, 2017

  • Women & Leadership Coffee and Conversation: Commmunity Engagement: Homelessness and Food Insecurities in Dane County
  • Panel Discussion
  • 8:00am Registration/8:30am Program/9:30am Networking
  • Union South/TITU
  • Registration is required for this workshop.

April 20, 2017

  • National Diversity Council Women in Leadership Symposium
  • An outreach and professional development event designed to share experiences on the journey to success as a women in today's world.
  • 8:00am - Noon
  • East Atrium and Plenary Room, Grainger Hall
  • Registration is required for this symposium.

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