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Sara Souther publishes study in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Sara Souther, a conservation fellow in the UW-Madison Department of Botany, has published a new study in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment concerning the impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on wildlife biology. As UW News explains, fracking is a part of shale gas production, and the process "uses high-pressure injection of water, laden with sand and a variety of chemicals, to open cracks in the gas reservoir so natural gas can flow to the well." The effects of those chemicals being introduced into the environment are often unknown, but are explored in the study. Read more about the study and Dr. Souther's work here.

Eight honored as Outstanding Women of Color

Eight women have been named by UW-Madison as the 2014-2015 Outstanding Women of Color, and will be recognized at a reception at the Pyle Center on October 1. The faculty honorees include Shawnika Hull, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Lillian Tong, faculty associate, WISCIENCE (formerly Institute for Biology Education); Angela Byars-Winston, associate professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health; Eva Vivian, associate professor (CHS), School of Pharmacy; Carla Pugh, associate professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine and Public Health. Read more about all of the honorees here.

Susan Horowitz passes away

Susan Horowitz, professor emerita of the computer sciences department, passed way in June 2014. Professor Horowitz joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 1985 after receiving her computer science doctorate from Cornell University. In addition to her award-winning scientific achievements, Dr. Horowitz devoted much effort to increasing the number of underrepresented students in computer science, including women and members of racial and ethnic minority groups. She was a founding member of the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women and IT, launched the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars-Computer Science program (WES-CS), and served as faculty director for the Women in Science and Engineering residential learning community. Read more about her many accomplishments here and here.

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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. Registration information will be available soon. To save the dates, please review the schedule 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 11 – October 12, 2014

  • Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology
  • Sponsored by the Center for Resaerch on Gender and Women
  • Preliminary information available here

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

Past Events