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Adrienne Shelton's Collaboration Yields New Organic Sweet Corn Variety

UW-Madison graduate student Adrienne Shelton collaborated with the Organic Seed Alliance to produce the first in a series of organic, open-pollinated sweet corns. Read more here.

Christy Tremonti Observes Regulation of Star Formation

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Christy Tremonti and UW-Madison colleague Aleks Diamond-Stanic are part of an International Team using a radio telescope in the French Alps to observe a never-before-seen stage of galactic evolution. Read more here.

Susan Zahner Honored with APHA’s Ruth B. Freeman Award

Susan Zahner, Associate Dean and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the School of Nursing, received the Ruth B. Freeman Award from the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Read more here.

Donata Oertel named Chair of Neuroscience

Donata Oertel, PhD, will serve as Chair of the newly organized department of neuroscience in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Read more here.

Tricia Andrews Working to Convert Light into Electricity

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tricia Andrews has been named a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering for revolutionizing electronic devices by controlling the spin on electrons, and then shutting down devices if the proper spin is absent. Read more here.

Rachel Dvorak Finalist for Marshall Scholarship

Rachel Dvorak, a graduate student in Biochemistry, aims to develop treatments and prevention methods for dementia-related diseases and disorders. Read more

Karen Young Inducted into ESVCP Veterinary Clinical Pathology Hall of Fame

Karen Young, clinical professor of clinical pathology at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, was inducted into the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ESVCP) Veterinary Clinical Pathology Hall of Fame during the ESVCP Congress in Milan, Italy, in October 2014. Read more here.

Sagan Friant Studies Human Susceptibility to Disease

Friant, a doctoral student in Environment and Resources at UW-Madison, has been conducting primate research in Nigeria that focuses on human susceptibility to disease. Read more here.

Dr. Carla Pugh Champions Hands-On Tests for Doctors

Dr. Pugh, Associate Professor of Surgery, is developing anatomical models embedded with sensors and using motion-tracking systems to monitor doctors’ movements, steps that could help shift medicine toward more tactile training and testing. Her work was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal, here.

Dean Julie Underwood to Return to the Faculty

After nearly a decade leading UW-Madison's School of Education, Dean Julie Underwood announced that she is stepping aside from her post in August 2015 to return to the faculty. Read more here.

Jessica Cook to publish paper on smoking addiction

Jessica Cook, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, will publish a paper in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology documenting that anhedonia is a major symptom of nicotine withdrawal and demonstrating the effectiveness of medications at counteracting its effects. Read more here.

Lee Wilke publishes study on repeat surgery after lumpectomy for breast cancer

Lee Wilke, MD, Professor of Surgery and Director of the UW Breast Cancer has published a comprehensive national study examining the rates of and reasons for repeat surgeries after lumpectomies for breast cancer. The study calls for the adoption of standard guidelines to reduce the wide variation in repeat surgery rates across the country. Read more here.

Molly Carnes and colleagues publish study on reducing gender bias

Molly Carnes, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Women's Health Research(CWHR), and co-director of WISELI, together with Patricia Devine, PhD, Professor of Psychology and colleagues at CWHR and WISELI has published a cluster randomized, controlled study that demonstrates the effectiveness of an intervention to minimize gender bias. The study is available 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.

Feb 26, 2015

  • Gender & Women's Studies(GWS) Colloquium
  • Janet Hyde, PhD, Professor of GWS and Psychology
  • "Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth: Science vs. the Media on Psychological Gender Differences"
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  • 3401 Sterling Hall
  • 3:30pm
  • For more information click here

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

April 23, 2015

  • Gender & Women's Studies(GWS) Colloquium
  • Myra Marx Ferree, PhD, Professor of GWS and Sociology
  • "The Battle for the Best Brains? Gender Equality Policies in Higher Education
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  • 3401 Sterling Hall
  • 3:30pm
  • For more information click here

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