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Branchaw leads new WISCIENCE institute

The former Institute for Biology is expanding, to become the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement, or WISCIENCE. Directed by Asst. Professor of Kinesiology Janet Branchaw, the new mission extends across the natural sciences and expands responsibility for facilitating cross-campus collaboration and coordination in the areas of science outreach and support for groups underrepresented in science.

Sorkness, Pfund, Branchaw, and Byars-Winston to lead National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

Four campus women are among the leaders of a new research mentor and mentee program that will serve as a national hub for the NIH's new Diversity Program Consortium. The Consortium will received "nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce." Christine Sorkness, senior associate executive director at the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR); Christine Pfund, researcher with the Department of Medicine, UW ICTR, and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research; Janet Branchaw, assistant professor in kinesiology and director of WISCIENCE; and Angela Byars-Winston, associate professor of medicine and director of research and evaluation of the Center for Women's Health Research, are the leaders of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), part of the consortium effort. Dr. Pfund will serve as the Principal Investigator for the UW-Madison site and as the director of the NRMN Mentor Training Core. Read more about the award at UW News and in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Teresa Adams to lead new transportation workforce center

Teresa Adams, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named the leader of the UW-Madison branch of the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC). The MWTC is one of five centers nationally to receive funding from the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Read more here.

Trisha Andrew named Packard Fellow

Trisha Andrew, assistant professor of chemistry, has been named named a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering. Dr. Andrew is one of 18 early career scientists working in the U.S. to receive the award in recognition of the potential significance of scholarship and innovation from her work. Read more 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. To view the schedule and register for the workshops, please click here.

November 13, 2014

  • UW-Madison Women & Leadership: Coffee & Conversation
  • This session will feature "The First 99 days: Observations & Reflections from the Provost." Provost Mangelsdorf will share her journey to the Provost post as well as her observations and reflections in her first 99 days of service at the UW.
  • For more information and to register, click here.
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  • 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • Memorial Union (Great Hall), 800 Langdon Street

March 11, 2015

  • UW-Madison Women & Leadership Book Discussion
  • As part of the UW-Madison Women & Leadership series, join colleagues at a special event designed to support leadership learning for UW-Madison women.
  • This year's book will be I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. I am Malala is the story of a young woman who was attacked and nearly killed for her advocacy for women's rights and education in her native Pakistan. Discussion of the book will be led by one of UW-Madison's women deans.
  • For more information and to register, please click here.
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  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Union South

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