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Jue "Jade" Wang named HHMI Faculty Scholar

Associate Professor of Bacteriology Jue "Jade" Wang receives research funding for herself and her laboratory each year for the next five years as a result of the coveted award, so she may further her research studying the physical conflicts between the machinery in bacterial cells responsible for making copies of DNA and the machinery responsible for creating RNA from DNA. Read more here.

Vicki Bier earns highest honor in the field of decision analysis

Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Vicki Bier has been awarded the 2016 Frank P. Ramsey Medal from INFORMS Decision Analysis Society (DAS). The award is the highest honor in the field of decision analysis, with only one person winning each year. The award recognizes Bier’s ability to bridge decision analysis and risk analysis, her analytical mind and practical mindset, and her rigorous answers to problems of great societal importance and impact, such as counterterrorism and nuclear safety. Read more here.

Melissa Harrison receives $250,000 award

Melissa Harrison, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry is one of four recipiets of the Vallee Foundation's Young Investigator Awards. Harrison will use the award to study molecular mechanisms involved in changes in the embryonic genome. Read more here.

New assistant professor of Biochemistry Ophelia Venturelli is interested in the functions of microbial communities and how mathematical models can be used to predict those functions. Read more here.

Monica Turner examines forest resilience in the face of fires

Professor of Zoology Monica Turner is working with a colleague at the University of Saskatchewan to outline a framework to help scientists better test, understand and predict when forests are resilient enough to recover from fires or when a combination of conditions could tip the scales, drastically altering forest landscapes. Read more here. See also her work on Asian jumping worms here

Padma Gopalan co-leads team that creates carbon nanotube transistors that outperform silicon

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering Padma Gopalan and colleague Michael Arnold co-led the team whose carbon nanotube transistors achieved current that is 1.9 times higher than silicon transistors. The researchers reported their advance in the journal Science Advances. Read more here.

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.

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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.

September 20, 2016

  • Women in Science and Engineering Panel for PostDocs
  • The Office of Postdoctoral Studies invites postdoctoral scholars to participate in a panel discussion featuring successful women faculty discussing mentoring, developing professional networks, balancing family life with career, and the working environment of academic departments. Panelists include:
    • Dr. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology
    • Dr. Angela Byars-Winston, Medicine
    • Dr. Natalia de Leon Gatti, Agronomy
    • Dr. Patricia Keely, Cell and Regenerative Biology
    • Dr. Trina McMahon, Bacteriology
    • Dr. Ahna Skop, Genetics
  • 12:00-1:00pm
  • 1360 Genetics-Biotechnology Building
  • For more information, please contact Stephanie Marita Carpenter

September 20, 2016

  • Postdoc Research Symposium
  • The Office of Postdoctoral Studies invites the university community to attend a keynote address by B. Lynn Allen-Hoffman, PhD, Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Founder/CEO/CSO of Stratech Corp., and presentations by the following four outstanding postdocs:
    • Katie Brenner, PhD, Biochemistry
    • José Francisco Gutiérrex, PhD, WCER
    • Emma Mohr, MD, PhD, Pediatrics
    • Richard Barker, PhD, Botany
  • 1:00-4:15pm
  • Auditorium, Genetics-Biotechnology Building
  • All are welcome, please register here
  • For more information, please contact Stephanie Marita Carpenter

October 7, 2016

  • Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology
  • 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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