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Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) learning community highlighted in video

Learn about how the WISE learning community supports undergraduate women in STEM at UW-Madison! View the video here.

Alia Gurtov and Caroline Van Sickle played integral roles in the discovery of Homo Naledi

The exciting discovery of a new species of hominin was made by a team of scientists that included graduate student Alia Gurtov and postdoctoral fellow Caroline Van Sickle of UW-Madison. Dr. Van Sickle is the first recipient of the Wittig Postdoctoral Fellowship in Feminist Biology; applications for the 2016/17 fellow are open now: click here.

Karen Moriello earns lifetime achievement award for work in feline dermatology

Karen Moriello, clinical professor of dermatology at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), has been awarded the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)/Hillís Pet Nutrition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine. Read more here.

Tracey Holloway named inaugural fellow of AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute

Professor of environmental studies Tracey Holloway joins a group of mid-career scientists who combine demonstrated leadership and excellence in their research careers with interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. Read more here.

Leah Horowitz joins Nelson Institute faculty

This fall, Leah Horowitz will join the Nelson Institute with expertise in environmental governance. Dr. Horowitz studies grassroots environmental governance, examining the ways ordinary citizens engage with environmental issues that concern them. Read more here.

Angela Byars-Winston highlighted on UW-Madison home page

Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine, and her role as one of the 12 members of the National Academy of Science's Board of Higher Education and Workforce, previously described in WISELI news, are highlighted on the UW-Madison home page in the "News" section.

Chantell Evans publishes research in Journal of Neuroscience

Chantell Evans, a graduate student in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and a SciMed Graduate Research Scholar, together with fellow graduate student, David Ruhl, and faculty advisor, Ed Chapman, have published research describing how they engineered proteins to change the speed of neurotransmission. Their work has implications for research on short-term memory loss. Read more here.

Christina Hull Researches How Fungal Spores Germinate

Associate Professor of Biochemistry Christina Hull and her colleagues have identified proteins that play a role in the spore formation and germination of the Cryptococcus fungi, potentially leading to drugs that could prevent meningitis and other diseases caused by the fungi. Read more here.

Christina Kendziorski leads development of Oscope

Christina Kendziorski, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics led a interdisciplinary team of biostatisticians from her lab and cell biologists from the lab of James Thompson, in developing Oscope a tool that offers a new way to study oscillating gene expression in individual cells. Their work is published in Nature Methods. Read more here.

Carey Gleason and colleagues publish on soy isoflavones and Alzheimer's disease

Carey Gleason, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, and colleagues have published a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showing that soy isoflavone dietary supplements do not improve cognitive functioning in older adults with Alzheimer's disease. Their findings contradict an early study and suggest that more research, particularly on differences in how individuals metabolize the soy isoflavings, is needed. Read more here.

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Fall 2015

  • Searching for Excellence & Diversity Schedule
  • 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.

September 30, 2015

  • Littlefield Leadership Lecture: A Nurse's Journey of Leadership Challenges in Diversity, Inclusion, and Practice
  • Barbara Nichols, MS, RN, FAAN, the Leadership and Diversity Coordinator for the Wisconsin Center for Nursing and a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will address factors that affect diversity and inclusivity in nursing leadership and present stragegies for creating diverse and inclusive environments in nursing
  • 2:00pm — 3:30pm: Friends of the Littlefield Lecture Tea with Barbara Nichols ($50/person)
  • 4:00pm — 6:00pm: Lecture and Responder Panel (no fee)
  • Register online here

October 8, 2015

  • Women & Leadership Series: Coffee and Conversations
  • Speed Networking
  • 8:00am — 10:00am
  • Union South
  • Registration Required.

October 8, 2015

  • UW Women in Technology (UW-WIT) Beers & Careers Networking Event
  • 4:00pm — 6:00pm
  • Union South — The Sett Recreation Center on the lower level
  • Join UW-WIT for bowling, billiards, beer and engaging conversations with IT staff from across campus. Snacks and some beverages will be provided, along with first-come first-served bowling. Open to all campus IT staff. Bring a Cat5e and a colleague and build your network.

November 3-4, 2015

  • Diversity Forum 2015
  • The forum features two full days of programming, including Marc Lamont Hill, an academic, journalist, author, activist, and television personality and other speakers, as well as the documentary "Dream Big Dreams" about Civil Rights pioneer and UW-Madison Law School alumna Vel Phillips in the Marquee Theatre, as well as too-good-too-miss breakout sessions and opportunities for networking.
  • Union South
  • To register, click here.

December 9, 2015

  • Women & Leadership Series: Coffee and Conversations
  • TBD
  • 8:00am — 10:00am
  • Union South
  • Registration Required.

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