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Ellen Zweibel wins 2016 Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics

Professor and Chair of Astronomy Ellen Zweibel's prize recognizes her for "seminal research on the energetics, stability and dynamics of astrophysical plasmas, including those related to stars and galaxies, and for leadership in linking plasma and other astrophysical phenomena." Read more here.

Aparna Lakkaraju's reserach could slow or prevent macular degeneration

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Aparna Lakkaraju pinpoints how immune abnormalities beneath the retina result in macular degeneration, a common condition that often causes blindness. Read more here.

Mara McDonald, passionate scientist and teacher, dies at 68

Dr. Mara McDonald (Zoology) was a longtime assistant administrator in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Laboratory of Genetics and J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution. She was passionate about people, for birds, for education, for conservation and more. Read more here.

Ann Palmenberg solves structure of cold virus linked to childhood asthma

Professor of biochemistry Ann Palmenberg, with a colleague from Purdue University, has solved the atomic structure of rhinovirus C, a leading contributor to childhood asthma. Read more here.

Denise Ney creates new foods for PKU patients from whey

Professor of Nutritional Science Denise Ney's finding could help such patients lead healthier lives as well as save on costs associated with their special diet. Read more here.

Jennifer Lochner publishes study on changes in physician compensation

Jennifer Lochner, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, has published a study showing that changes to compensation plans for clinical faculty that emphasized quality, measure by patient satisfaction and value, rather than measuring only the number of patients seen, increased physician satisfaction with compensation plans. Read more here.

Shannon Kenney, Jenny Gumperz publish research on the Epstein-Barr virus

Shannon Kenney MD, Professor of Oncology, and her research on the role of viruses, particularly the Epstein-Barr virus, in causing cancer are profiled in this article announcing that UW-Madison, a leader in the field, will host the annual International Herpesvirus Workshop in late July. Kenney's recent publication, co-authored with members of her research team and Jenny Gumperz, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunolgy, is described as an example of UW-Madison's leading research in the area. The paper examines the potential of immunotherapy for lymphomas caused by the Epstein-Barr virus.

JoAnne Robbins founds Swallow Solutions

Professor Emerita of Medicine JoAnne Robbins formed Swallow Solutions, licensing three of her patents from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, including the SwallowSTRONG system. Read more here.

Sissel Schroeder hosts public at Aztalan dig site

Professor of Anthropology Sissel Schroeder hosts public archaeology day at the site, with funding from a Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant. Read more here.

Chorom Pak's company takes the life science prize at the Governorís Business Plan Contest

Lynx Biosciences, a business founded by Dept. of Oncology PhD Chorom Pak, aims to refine treatment decisions for multiple myeloma. Her business took the life science prize at the Governorís Business Plan Contest during the 14th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneursí Conference in Madison. Read more here.

Cynthia Haq wins award

Cynthia Haq, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, has received the American Academy of Family Physicians 2016 Exemplary Teaching Award in recognition of her innovative teaching in the areas of community and global health. The Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program is a prime example of her efforts. Read more here.

Patricia Keely's lab develops new imaging technique to identify cell types in breast tumors

Patricia Keely, PhD, Professor and Chair of Cell and Regenerative Biology, and her team have developed a new technique, multi-photon flourescence microscopy, to identify cell types present in breast tumors. Read more here.

Terri Young publishes research on genetic mutations causing glaucoma

Terri Young, MD, MBA, Professor and Chair of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences, and her research team have published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrating that mutations in the TEK gene can led to glaucoma. Read more here.

Trina McMahon conducts MOOC on Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

Trina McMahon, PhD, Professor of Bacteriology and of Civil & Environmental Engineering is one of four faculty leading a massive open online course (MOOC) to help STEM instructors become more effective teachers. Read more here and here.

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.

Four women receive Romnes Faculty Fellowships

The following four women are among the twelve recipients of Romnes Awards which provide a $50,000 research award to exceptional faculty who earned tenure during the last six years: Audrey Gasch, PhD, Genetics; Kristyn Masters, PhD, Biomedical Engineering; Marzena Rostek, PhD, Economics; and Wei Xu, PhD, Oncology.

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.

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June 28, 2016

  • UW-WIT presents screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
  • UW Women in Technology presents a screening of this documentary film exploring underrepresentation of women and people of color in computer science. To learn more about the film click here.
  • This event requires registration! To register, here.
  • 4:00-5:00pm — Reception/networking
  • 5:00-5:45pm — Keynote address by Dr. Christine Alvarado, University of California San Diego
  • 6:00-7:30pm — Documentary screening
  • Union South
  • Reception in Varsity 3
  • Keynote and screening in Marquee Cinema

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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