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The School of Education's outstanding national reputation is due to the dedication of its faculty and staff. To recognize the hard work and talent throughout the SoE community, the External Relations Office is now accepting nominations for the 2016 School of Education Faculty & Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards. All nominations are due by Monday, March ​7, at 5 p.m. All award recipients will be honored at a school-wide awards ceremony on April 20, 2016.
Brittany Travers, a faculty member with the Department of Kinesiology's occupational therapy program, is conducting groundbreaking research at UW-Madison's Waisman Center. Travers is studying children with autism spectrum disorder by using a Wii to learn more about how helping them improve their motor skills may have a positive impact on their symptoms.​ It was during her time in graduate school that Travers first began to notice slight differences in the way people with ASD moved compared to those not on the spectrum.
The UW-Madison School of Education’s Career Center has moved and is now located in the lower level of the Education Building on Bascom Hill. The Career Center, which was previously located in the lower level of the Educational Sciences building, is dedicated to assisting students and alumni from across the School’s 10 academic departments in developing their career and professional identity. The center will be hosting two upcoming open house events: on Feb. 3 for faculty and staff; and on Feb. 24 for students.
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This Fall 2015 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni.
The University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents on Dec. 11 approved a new online Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program at UW-Madison. The Occupational Therapy program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The new program is targeted toward mid-career occupational therapists and is designed to allow OT professionals to continue to work while pursuing their degree part-time over nine semesters. The first cohort of students in the new OTD program is expected to enroll in the summer of 2016.
The Department of Kinesiology's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards is part of a newly funded pilot project that looks at the efficacy of brain-computer interface neurological feedback device to drive robotic stroke rehabilitation. The project, funded by the School of Medicine and Public Health's Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, is a collaboration that also includes faculty from the College of Engineering and faculty from UW-Milwaukee. Through the expertise of the UW-Milwaukee robotic system and motion analysis labs and UW-Madison’s expertise in neuroimaging in MRI and its neural biomedical engineering BCI system, the project will test the efficacy of the next generation stroke rehabilitation device.
UW-Madison’s Rachel Rodgers, Grace Bellinger, Andrea Mason and Brittany Travers presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Chicago last month. They presented a poster detailing preliminary results of their study looking at bimanual coordination in typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorder.
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.
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.
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