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Funding for research projects that range from advancing wireless communications to developing a virtual dairy farm brain that will simulate actual farm management are among the 21 proposals recently selected for UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative awards. The awards include eight infrastructure projects and 13 research projects that cross multiple divisions on the UW-Madison campus. And two of the projects include faculty members with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology -- Andrea Mason and Brittany Travers.
The new student organization Diverse-OT is receiving a 2017 Bucky Award for Social Justice Advocacy, an honor sponsored by UW-Madison’s Multicultural Student Center. This honor recognizes a registered student organization that "makes a strong and lasting impact on the Madison campus and community by promoting social justice and equality. They also have made great strides to educate and empower others to act on these beliefs." Diverse-OT was created by Caitlin Rhoten and Toni Solaru, two students with the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy Program.
Student veterans and representatives with expertise in veterans issues will be taking part in an event on Saturday, April 22 that’s designed to help future health professionals better understand the history and trends of service-related injuries, different types of combat experiences, and more. The seminar is titled, “Military and Veteran Culture for Healthcare Professionals and Students,” and it is being co-sponsored by the organizations Veterans, Educators and Traditional Students (VETS), and Diverse-OT.
UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Larson was awarded the inaugural 4W Innovation Award. Larson is an associate professor of occupational therapy with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The 4W Program (Women, Well-being in Wisconsin and the World) is a collective of interdisciplinary leaders focused on improving the quality of women’s lives in local and global communities. This new award, supported by the Women’s Philanthropy Council, is intended to support a key research-to-action initiative that will benefit women’s health and well-being, and improve gender equity.
The School of Education's Kristen Pickett was selected to join UW-Madison’s BIRCWH Scholars Program. BIRCWH is an acronym for building interdisciplinary research careers in women's health. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health as a K-12 institutional training grant and structured mentoring program for junior faculty who conduct women’s health or sex/gender-based research. Pickett’s proposed training project is titled, "Examining the effects of social engagement on exercise outcomes: In-home cycling for underserved women of Wisconsin.”
UW-Madison’s Summer Term is a great opportunity to get ahead in one’s studies or stay on track for graduation -– while still leaving time to savor the best of summer. The School of Education is a campus leader in offering Summer Term classes, and in 2017 is making available more than 125 unique courses, including many that are online. Visit the School of Education’s Summer Term website -- summer.education.wisc.edu -- and check out the range of courses available that speak directly to students’ interests and satisfy their academic needs.
U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the top graduate schools on Tuesday, March 14, and UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs once again were recognized as being among the very best in the nation. The UW-Madison School of Education is tied for No. 3 in U.S. News’ 2018 Best Education Graduate Schools ratings. This makes UW-Madison’s School of Education the top-ranked public school of education in the nation for a fourth straight time, a distinction it is sharing this year with the University of California-Los Angeles.
Students with UW-Madison's occupational therapy and nursing programs are gaining valuable experience working together in interprofessional learning sessions led by the School of Education's Debbie Bebeau, the School of Nursing's Paula Jarzemksy and other faculty members. A report on this topic, headlined "Teaching Teamwork," appears in the Fall/Winter 2016 edition of the School of Nursing's alumni magazine (See pages 4-6). The article is written by Jennifer Garrett.
Eight students with UW-Madison’s master of science in Occupational Therapy (MS-OT) Program had their “Critically Appraised Paper” accepted for online publication in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Evidence Exchange. The faculty advisor for each of these papers was Karla Ausderau, an assistant professor of occupational therapy with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The Evidence Exchange is a grass roots member effort to engage practitioners, educators, students and researchers in both the "Critically Appraised Paper" submission and review process.
UW-Madison's School of Education celebrated with its newest class of graduates by hosting its annual Pre-Commencement Breakfast Celebration on Sunday morning, Dec. 18, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. Before heading over to the Kohl Center to walk across the stage at the university’s Winter 2016 Commencement ceremony, students from the School of Education enjoyed breakfast, hung out with family and friends, and mingled with faculty and staff. Photo galleries of the big day are posted to the School of Education’s Facebook Page.
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