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The Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (TCNL), a unique research center that’s on the leading edge of developing solutions for sensory and motor disorders, has found a new administrative home with UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology. TCNL, which is located in University Research Park on Madison’s west side, was founded in 1993. It joined the Department of Kinesiology on July 1, 2015, after previous stints with UW-Madison’s College of Engineering and the School of Medicine and Public Health.
The latest edition of “OT Matters,” the annual news publication for alumni and friends of UW-Madison's Occupational Therapy program, is now available online. The cover story for this year’s edition features the innovative work of Assistant Professor Kristen Pickett, who is examining new ways to help those with Parkinson’s disease. Among her projects is a unique glass art initiative that collaborates with Helen Lee of UW-Madison's Art Department. The OT program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
School of Education alumna Paula Bonner is being inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. Bonner, who today is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1976. Prior to joining WAA, Bonner was an associate athletic director at UW-Madison, with responsibility for directing the 11 sports that comprised the women’s athletics program.
Registration for UW-Madison’s largest student volunteer program opens on Friday, Sept. 4 at midnight and runs through Sept. 10. Badger Volunteers fall 2015 registration is open exclusively on the organization’s website. Students can also visit the website to explore volunteer sites and times prior to registration opening. Just over 800 volunteer slots are available for fall 2015, but the program has filled to capacity each of the last three semesters. So interested students are encouraged to log on to register for their preferred site as soon as possible on Sept. 4.
Diana Hess started her position as the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education on Aug. 1. Hess, who had served as senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago since September 2011, becomes just the ninth dean of the School of Education since its founding in 1930. She is replacing Julie Underwood, who returned to the faculty after a decade of serving as dean. Prior to starting her tenure as dean, Hess sat down for a question-and-answer session.
UW-Madison’s Athletic Training program and the Association of Athletic Training Students is hosting a lecture by the University of Calgary's Carolyn Emery on Tuesday, July 14. Her talk is titled, “Can Concussion be Predicted and Prevented in Youth Ice Hockey?” It begins at 5 p.m. at Union South. Emery will also present a research talk at noon on Wednesday, July 15, at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s third floor Orchard Room. This talk is titled, “Injury Prevention in Youth Sport and Recreation: Evidence Informing Practice and Policy.”
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This latest issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni.
A recent study co-authored by UW-Madison’s Lisa Cadmus-Bertram that examines whether or not fitness trackers really improve health is garnering significant media attention. Cadmus-Bertram, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, is the lead author of a paper appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study found that overweight middle-aged and older women who used a Fitbit got about an hour of additional exercise a week, while a group of women that were given pedometers didn't improve.
UW-Madison announced the winners of the most recent Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition -- and six different projects led by faculty, staff and students from across the School of Education received funding. The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment allows students, faculty and staff to extend their talents, knowledge and research beyond the borders of the university — the core definition of the Wisconsin Idea.
The quick actions of UW-Madison alumna Brenda Paider helped save the life of a high school athlete who collapsed at a summer basketball camp earlier this week, the Salisbury (North Carolina) Post reports. Paider earned her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program in 2013 and is completing a one-year internship at Catawba College in Salisbury. Paider this fall will start pursing a master’s degree at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
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