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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.

Tracey Holloway brings satellites to users

Professor of Environmental Studies Tracey Holloway leads a group of 13 researchers drawn together as NASA's Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) who are trying to step outside their community of atmospheric scientists and satellite experts to provide space-based tools to relative laypeople. Read more here.

Jo Handelsman articulates vision for WID

Dr. Jo Handelsman began her position as Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on February 1st. She describes her vision for the future of WID here.

Chiara Cirelli publishes research on brain development during sleep

Chiara Cirelli, MD, PhD, and Giulio Tononi, MD, PhD, both Professors of Psychiatry, have published research in Science that relies on electron microscope pictures from the brains of mice as evidence for their theory that neural synapsis which grow due to stimulation when we are awake, shrink while we sleep, allowing for more growth, learning and memory when they are activated the following day. Read more here.

Laurel Rice publishes research on health care disparities for minority women

Laurel Rice, MD, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has published research in Obstetrics and Gynecology demonstrating that treatment for white women with advanced cervical cancer met national standards 58% of the time, while care for Hispanic and black women met national standards 51.5% and 53% of the time, respectively. Read more here.

Margaret "Gretchen" Schwarze publishes new method of doctor patient communication

Margaret Schwarze, MD, MPP, Associate Professor of Surgery, together with several colleagues, has published research in JAMA Surgery on the benefits of a new model of communication, the "Best Case/Worst Case" model, to help patients and their families make decisions about surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Read more here.

Autumn Sabo studies the indirect effects of deer on eastern North American forest landscapes

The lead author of a study published in the Journal of Ecology, graduate student in Wisconsin Ecology Autumn Sabo shows that damage to forest floor vegetation is primarily caused by the deer eating young trees, rather than the vegetation itself. Read more here.

Chiara Cirelli offers a direct visual proof of the "synaptic homeostasis hypothesis"

Professor of Psychiatry Chiara Cirelli and colleague Giulio Tononi published their four-year study of synapse size changes in wake and sleep in the prestigious journal Science. Read more here.

Lyric Bartholomay and Susan Paskewitz awarded $10 million to study vector borne diseases

Associate Professor of Pathobiological Sciences Lyric Bartholomay, and Professor of Entomology Susan Paskewitz are leading a $10 million consortium of Midwestern universities to establish a new research and training program to stem the spread of disease carried by vectors like ticks and mosquitoes. Read more here.

Rozalyn Anderson and Ricki Colman refine studies of calorie restriction and longevity

Combining data with a team from the National Institute on Aging, Assistant Professor of Medicine Rozalyn Anderson and Senior Scientist at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center Ricki Colman show that restricting calories does indeed help rhesus monkeys live longer, healthier lives. Read more here.

Christie Bartels and Heidi Brown receive grants to address public health issues

Christie Bartels, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine-Rheumatology, and Heidi Brown, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS) of Gynecology are recipients of grants the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Wisconsin Partnership Program provides to early-career investigators. Bartels will study healthcare disparities in lupus, and Brown will study the effectiveness of a non-medical, non-surgical intervention to improve bladder and/or bowel incontinence in older women. A third recipient, Mathhew Merrins, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biomolecular Chemistry will conduct research on reprogramming insulin producing pancreatic beta cells as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. Read more here.

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February 23, 2017

  • Faculty of Color Reception
  • A networking celebration to recognize new and recently promoted faculty of color.
  • 5pm - 7pm
  • Pyle Center Alumni Lounge, 702 Langdon St
  • Registration is required for this event.

February 28, 2017

  • WARF Essential Topics Series: Boardroom Bound
  • Free webinar and roundtable discussion on demystifying the process of being selected for and participating on boards.
  • Featuring Angela Kujak, Assistant General Counsel, WARF
  • 11am - 1pm
  • Researchers' Link at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.
  • Registration required by 2/24/17

March 7, 2017

  • Outstanding Women of Color Reception
  • UW-Madison's reception formally recognizing women who contribute to our campus and the greater Madison community
  • 5:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place
  • Registration is required for this event.

March 16, 2017

  • Women & Leadership Coffee and Conversation: How to Lead Good Teams
  • Jessica Swenson, Learning and Talent Development
  • 8:00am Registration/8:30am Program/9:30am Networking
  • Union South/TITU
  • Registration is required for this workshop.

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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