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Monica Turner and Brian Harvey publish study in PNAS

Monica Turner, Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology in the Department of Zoology, and Brian Harvey, a graduate student Department of Zoology, have published a new study on the effects of mountain pine beetles on pine trees in Northern America. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Turner and Harvey found that while the beetles have damaged and killed tree in tens of millions of acres, they are not actually to blame in causing the severe wildfires that have characterized the western United States and Canada. Rather, they found that weather and topography play an important role in the severity of the fires. Read more about the study here.

Angela Byars-Winston and Christine Pfund win NIH R01 award to facilitate effective mentoring

Angela Byars-Winston, Associate Professor of in the Department of Medicine, and Christine Pfund, researcher in the Department of Medicine and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, have won a renewal of their R01 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study effective mentoring. Building on work that they began in 2010, the pair and their colleagues "will assess whether cultural-diversity training of research mentors makes a positive difference for those they are mentoring in biomedical research." Read more about the award here.

Sigan Hartley publishes new study in Brain

Sigan Hartley, assistant professor of human development and family studies, has published a new study in the journal Brain. She and her colleagues "looked at the role of the brain protein amyloid-beta in adults living with Down syndrome, a genetic condition that leaves people more susceptible to developing Alzheimer's." As UW News explains, the researchers found that found that many adults with Down syndrome had high levels of amyloid-beta protein but did not suffer the expected negative consequences of the elevated protein. Find out more about the study, its findings, and their implications here.

Helen Blackwell publishes new study in Chemistry & Biology

Helen Blackwell, professor of chemistry, has published a new study focused on quorum-sensing bacteria in the journal Chemistry & Biology. She and her research team investigated whether small changes in proteins could affect the way in which bacteria function in the body or in soil. Find out more about Dr. Blackwell's study and planned work here.

Women scientists compete on The Amazing Race

Two UW-Madison food science graduate students, Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, recently competed on the CBS reality show The Amazing Race, now in its 25th edition. In a recent interview with UW News, the pair credited their training as scientists as helping them as they competed. Read more about their experience here.

Women's Philanthropy Council celebrates 25th anniversary

The Women's Philanthropy Council, supported by the University of Wisconsin Foundation, is celebrating its 25th anniversary at UW-Madison this month. Founded in 1988, the group's work has "led to increased giving by women, progress toward women making major gifts, and more women serving on boards of visitors for schools, colleges and departments, and the UW Foundation's board of directors." According to UW News, the group has given more than $85 million to UW-Madison and more than $500 to the UW Foundation since its inception. Read more about their council and their upcoming anniversary celebration here.

Jerlando Jackson and colleagues publish book on glass ceiling effects in higher education

Jerlando Jackson, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education Director and Chief Research Scientist of the Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (WeiLAB), along with his colleagues Elizabeth M. O'Callaghan and Raul A. Leon, has edited a new book on glass ceiling effects in higher education for women and members of minority groups. With chapters addressing theoretical and critical perspectives, rigorous research, and practical recommendations for understanding and addressing this issue, the book is intended to both deepen readers' understanding and serve as a sourcebook for action. Read more here.

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Events

Fall Semester, 2014

  • Schedule for WISELI's workshops for Faculty Search Committees
  • 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.

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 2, 2014

  • UW-Madison Women & Leadership: Coffee & Conversation
  • This session includes a "Chairs' Chat" for new and returning female department chairs. A panel of former (mostly) chairs will share their wisdom and insights for other women department chairs.
  • For more information and to register, click here.
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  • 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • Memorial Union (Great Hall), 800 Langdon Street

October 10 – October 11, 2014

  • Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology
  • Ann Fausto-Sterling, PhD, Professor of Medical Science, Brown University will deliver a keynote presentation that is free and open to the public.
  • Details about the entire symposium, registration, and fees are available here.
  • For more information, please contact, Dace Zeps or Janet Hyde, Center for Research on Women and Gender
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  • Oct 10, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Oct 11, 9:00 am - noon
  • On Wisconsin Rooms, Red Gym
  • 716 Langdon Street

October 15, 2014

  • UW-Madison Women & Leadership Book Discussion
  • As part of the UW-Madison Women & Leadership series, join colleagues at a special event designed to support leadership learning for UW-Madison women.
  • This year's book will be I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. I am Malala is the story of a young woman who was attacked and nearly killed for her advocacy for women's rights and education in her native Pakistan. Discussion of the book will be led by one of UW-Madison's women deans.
  • For more information and to register, please click here.
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  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Union South

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

November 13, 2014

  • UW-Madison Women & Leadership: Coffee & Conversation
  • This session will feature "The First 99 days: Observations & Reflections from the Provost." Provost Mangelsdorf will share her journey to the Provost post as well as her observations and reflections in her first 99 days of service at the UW.
  • For more information and to register, click here.
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  • 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • Memorial Union (Great Hall), 800 Langdon Street

March 11, 2015

  • UW-Madison Women & Leadership Book Discussion
  • As part of the UW-Madison Women & Leadership series, join colleagues at a special event designed to support leadership learning for UW-Madison women.
  • This year's book will be I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. I am Malala is the story of a young woman who was attacked and nearly killed for her advocacy for women's rights and education in her native Pakistan. Discussion of the book will be led by one of UW-Madison's women deans.
  • For more information and to register, please click here.
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  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Union South

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