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Traci Snedden studies concussions in young athletes

Traci Snedden, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Nursing, is co-leading a longitudinal study of 200 Madison-area high school athletes and their parents to explore the effects of concussion on learning and school performance. Read more here.

Tracey Holloway to lead NASA health and air quality initiative

Professor Tracey Holloway of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will lead to lead the multi-institutional effort to help make environmental satellite data more accessible and useful. Read more here.

Ewa Bomba-Warczak publishes on botulinum toxins

Neuroscience doctoral candidate Ewa Bomba-Warczak is first-author on a paper in Cell Reports showing that botulinum toxin may travel further than expected in nerve cells. Read more here.

Aleksandra Zgiersaka receives major research grant

Aleksandra Zgiersaka, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, has received an award of $8.5 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to compare the effectiveness of mindful meditation and cognitive behavior therapy in patients using opioids to treat chronic back pain. Read more here.

Maureen Smith receives research award

Maureen Smith, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Population Health Sciences, has received an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study case management programs, identify the most important parts of case managment, and assess their effectiveness particular for older patients with chronic conditions. Read more here.

Barbara Bendlin presents research on Alzheimer's disease

Barbara Bendlin, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine-Geriatrics, and her colleagues presented research from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP) study at the the 2016 Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Their research suggests that addressing lifestyle factors such as stress and poor sleep may be preventive especially in people with a family history or genetic risk of Alzheimer's. Read more here.

Aparna Lakkaraju publishes on macular degeneration

Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that describes research on potential treatments for slowing down or preventing macular degeneration. Read more here.

Elizabeth Burnside receives UW2020 award from WARF

Elizabeth Burnside, MD, MPH, MS, Professor of Radiology, is one of several recipients of the UW2020 Round 2 WARF Discovery Initiative Awards. Along with her collaborators, Burnside will use the award to fund a research on "Translating novel breast cancer genetic markers from the bench to the clinic." Read more here.

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Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Workshops for Faculty Search Committees

  • The schedule for WISELI's workshops for members of faculty search committees is now available. Please click here for dates and registration information.

August 17, 2016

  • UWSMPH Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue
  • Brian Gittens, EdD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Associate Dean of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion presents, Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine.
  • This session will introduce the concept of unconscious bias and identify strategies for creating transformational systemic change. The format will be 60 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of dialogue and discussion.
  • 12:00-1:30pm
  • HSLC Room 1345

September 8, 2016

  • Women & Leadership Series
  • Coffee & Conversation: Speed Networking
  • 8am — 10am
  • Union South
  • Registration is required. To register, click here.

October 7, 2016

  • Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology (See poster)
  • The Center for Research on Gender & Women and the Department of Gender & Women's Studies presents this symposium featuring the following speakers:
    • Marlene Zuk, Prof. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, University of Minnesota
    • Kathryn Clancy, Asst. Prof. of Anthropology, University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign
    • Molly Carnes, Prof. of Medicine, Director of the Center for Women's Health Research, UW-Madison
    • Ann Fink, Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology, UW-Madison
  • 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Red Gym, On Wisconsin room
  • 716 Langdon Street
  • For more information, to submit a poster, and/or to register, click here.
  • If you have questions, contact Dace Zeps or Janet Hyde.

October 13, 2016

  • Women & Leadership Series
  • Coffee & Conversation: Growing a Culture of Wellness
  • 8am — 10am
  • Union South
  • Registration is required. To register, click here.

October 19, 2016

  • Women & Leadership Series
  • Book Discussion: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
  • Noon — 1pm
  • Union South
  • Registration is required. To register, click here.

November 17, 2016

  • Women & Leadership Series
  • Coffee & Conversation: TBD
  • 8am — 10am
  • Union South
  • Registration is required. To register, click here.

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