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Valerie Stull's and Rachel Bergmans's Research Saves Lives and Wins Awards

Valerie Stull and Rachel Bergman are both graduate students in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Their research focuses on the viability and sustainability of mealworms as a major food source. This research not only has the potential to save lives by introducing a cheap and easy source of protein for humans, but is also a more sustainable way to farm such proteins. Read here for more about their project. To read about their selection as UW-Madison Climate Quest winners, click here.

Melanie Matchett Wood Wins Sloan Fellowship

Melanie Matchett Wood, Assistant Professor of Math, has been selected for an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. This is an honor awarded on a competitive basis to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers. Read more here.

Catherine Middlecamp Honored for Encouraging Chemical Careers for Disadvantaged Students

Professor Cathy Middlecamp (Nelson Institute) has been has been honored with a national award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for encouraging disadvantaged students into careers in the chemical sciences. Read more here.

Rupa Sridharan Increases Reprogramming Efficiency to Get Pluripotent Stem Cells

Assistant Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology, Rupa Sridharan's discovery is increasingly important for drug discovery trials, regenerative medicine experiments and personalized cancer treatments. Read more here.

Amanda Ochsner Encourages Girls to Code

Amanda Ochsner is a researcher at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery's Games + Learning + Society (GLS) and a graduate student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She works with local after-school clubs to help students learn to create their own games, especially reaching out to female students. Her work has significantly increased the number of girls in the club in just one year. Read more here.

Jeanne Skül named DoIT Network Services Director

Jeanne Skül has been named Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Director of Network Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after a distinguished 30-year career in higher education information technology. Read more here.

Veronica Berns Communicates Chemistry Thesis Via Comic Book

Dr. Veronica Berns used a comic book format to communicate the complex ideas in her PhD thesis in the area of solid state chemistry to the public. Read more here. To purchase a copy via her Kickstarter campaign, click here.

Lisa Flook Shows that "Kindness" Education Boosts Student Success

Dr. Lisa Flook, an Associate Scientist at the Waisman Center, participated on a team that developed, taught, and evaluated a curriculum for kindergartners based on "mindfulness." Their research shows that this curriculum increased student attention span and task switching. Read more here.

Holly Gibbs's Work Shows Soy Moratorium Works

Holly Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography, published her study of deforestation linked to soy production in the Amazon in Science. Read more here.

UW-Madison to Participate in Student Sexual Assault Survey

In order to inform and strengthen campus policies, services and response to sexual assults of UW-Madison students, the UW-Madison will be participating in a national survey designed by a White House task force to protect students from sexual assault. Read more here.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank wins prestigious award

The American Academy of Political and Social Science has awarded UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank its prestigious Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. The Moynihan prize honors social scientists and other public leaders who use "sound analysis and social science research in policy-making, while contributing to the civility of public discourse and pursuing a bipartisan approach to society's most pressing problems." As part of the prize ceremony, Blank will deliver a public lecture at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2015. Read more here.

Ruth O'Regan to Lead Division of Hematology and Oncology

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Medicine has appointed Ruth O'Regan, MD as head of its Division of Hematology and Oncology. An internationally recognized physician and researcher on breast cancer, particularly cancers resistant to current therapeutics, Dr. O'Regan was previously a faculty member at Northwestern University and then served in several leadership positions at Emory University. Read more here.

Sandra Newbury Leads New Program in Animal Shelter Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine Sandra Newbury will oversee shelter medicine training for veterinary medical students at the SVM, which will involve a shelter medicine rotation, an elective course, a weeklong intensive "selective" course, clinical studies, consultation experiences and externships, and a student shelter medicine club. Read more here.

Gopalan Finding Could Increase Battery Life

Padma Gopalan, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, along with colleague Michael Arnold and students, has reported the highest-performing carbon nanotube transistors ever demonstrated. Read more here.

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February 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 4, 2015

  • UW-Women In Technology Speaker Event - Recruitment
  • "Recruiting Excellent and Diverse IT Applicants"
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  • Union South - Varsity Hall 1
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • To register, 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

March 12, 2015

  • Faculty Networking Lunch Series
  • "Dual Career Faculty"
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  • Audubon Room, University Club
  • Noon — 1:30pm
  • To register, click here

April 8, 2015

  • UW-Madison Women & Leadership: Coffee and Conversation
  • "A Dialogue With Young Women Leaders"
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  • Union South, Northwoods
  • 8:00am — 10:00am
  • For more information and to register, click here

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

July 9, 2015

  • Women & Leadership Symposium
  • The 7th annual Women & Leadership Symopsium will include a day of networking, professional development, and learning from women leaders, and over twelve workshops throughout the day.
  • The event is sponsored by UW Foundation Women's Philanthropy Council and UW-Madison Commmittee on Women in the University, along with the UW-Madison Office of Human Resources and Development and the UW Women Deans.
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  • 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
  • For more information and to register, click here.

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