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Where are They Now? Our Recent Ph.D.s Move On and Up

The Health Sciences PhD program is in its fifth year and a fresh crop of students are making their way in the world. Here's an update of where they are today:

Mark Cole, Ph.D. in Health Sciences: Sport Psychology is Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Western Illinois University, McComb, Ill.

Mark Cole, Ph.D.
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Brian Curtis, Dr. Jeri-Anne Lyons (BMS), Rochelle Mendoca (listed below) and Dr. Roger O. Smith (OST) at the May 2010 UWM graduation ceremony.
From L to R: Dr. Jeri-Anne Lyons (BMS), Brian Curtis, Rochelle Mendonca and Dr. Roger O. Smith (OST) at the May 2010 UWM graduation ceremony.
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Brian Curtis, Ph.D. in Health Sciences: Immunology is Director of the Neutrophil Biology Lab at the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin and Rochelle Mendonca, Ph.D. in Health Sciences: Accessibility and Universal Design is Assistant Professor at the University of the Sciences - Philadelphia.

Kristina DeSmet, Ph.D. in Health Sciences: Pharmacology/ Toxicology is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Kristina DeSmet, Ph.D.
Kristina DeSmet (center) at her dissertation meeting, with Dean Chukuka S. Enwemeka (left) and BMS Professor and DeSmet's advisor, Janis Eells (right).
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Kamaldeen Muili
Kamaldeen Muili in front of his poster display at the Spring 2010 CHS Research Symposium.
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Kamaldeen Muili, Ph.D. in Health Sciences: Immunology, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Best wishes to all of them and good luck as they begin their new careers.

Meet New Faculty Member, John Heilmann

John Heilmann
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John Heilmann, Ph.D., joined the CHS Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department faculty as an assistant professor. He completed his doctoral training at UW-Madison, spent four years as an assistant professor at East Carolina University and is excited to return to Wisconsin.

Heilmann has active research examining language sample analysis, bilingual language development and methods of progress monitoring to document treatment outcomes. He will use his expertise in children with significant disabilities to develop coursework bringing CSD into UWM's Autism Certificate Program.

Heilmann is married to Lisbeth Heilmann, also a speech-language pathologist who completed her training at UW-Stevens Point. The Heilmanns have two daughters, Claire (3) and Anna (1), who have a knack of keeping them on their toes and their house full of laughter.

CHS Open House - A Big Success

Open house slideshow
View slideshow of CHS's participation at UWM's Open House

The 16th Annual UWM Open House on October 29 and 30 was a big success with strong attendance of 3,618 students and guests. Campus-wide, hundreds of faculty, staff and students helped in many different ways, whether to work on set-up needs, produce marketing materials, post signs, provide advertisement, or assist with parking, conduct demonstrations and greet visitors.

CHS was well-represented with each department showing off its educational programs (and talented students!) and offering interactive displays for visitors to test themselves or apply science to their own lives. For example, there was a table with athletic shoes and the question, "When to Purchase New Shoes," a video and poster board explaining Mayor Tom Barrett's recovery with the help of OTs and PTs, sample lab vials with blood corpuscles (really red M&Ms) and a Communication Sciences and Disorders game, "Can You Crack the Code?"

Phyllis King (OST and Associate Dean) thanked CHS staff, "I thought our College display area was one of the best. It was very well organized, appealing, adequately staffed and had great signage and literature to hand out. Special appreciation to Kate Brondino and Office of Student Services staff for spearheading this effort, to Cheri Dziekan Chapman and External Relations staff for producing posters and brochures to highlight all programs, and to Dean Enwemeka for hosting a fireside chat and presentation on his international experiences in Brazil."

National Radiologic Technology Week® is November 7-13

Radiologic technologist at work
Taken at Froedtert Hospital.
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National Radiologic Technology Week® is celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of radiologic technologists across the nation. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray's discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.

The week-long celebration calls attention to the valuable work of R.T.s in the health care field. R.T.s produce high-tech images that play an integral role in medical diagnosis and in the lives of millions of patients.

The College of Health Sciences Radiologic Technology program is one of six submajors in the BioMedical Sciences (BMS) degree program.

Associate Dean King Called to Service

Phyllis King
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Phyllis King, (OST and Associate Dean) has been asked by UWM Interim Provost, Johannes Britz, to serve as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The position was previously held by Associate Vice Chancellor Ruth Williams who announced that she will be retiring at the end of 2010. King will continue to teach in OST.

Faculty Research Forums

The second of a series of CHS Faculty Research Forums was held Friday, November 5th. Guest speaker was David N. Harris, UWM Office of Sponsored Programs, who talked on "Bringing Effort and Outside Activities Reporting into Focus." He demonstrated the improved Effort Certification Reporting (ECRT) system and answered questions about effort and outside activities reporting.

The series, organized by Paula Rhyner (CSD and Interim Associate Dean for Research), and which continues with additional helpful sessions on December 3 and January 7, 2011, is intended for all CHS faculty and staff researchers.

CHS's Black and Gold Committee: Who They Are and What They Do

2009 Black & Gold Committee members with 'Teacher of the Year,' Carlynn Alt
2009 Black & Gold Committee members with "Teacher of the Year," Carlynn Alt
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The CHS Black and Gold Committee met for the first time this academic year on October 18. The group, made up of the officers of ten student organizations, used this opportunity to share ideas and provide feedback about their academic experience at CHS and UWM. The Black and Gold Committee serve as an advising body to the Dean on issues related to improving student satisfaction and success.

Represented were: Biomedical Sciences Student Association; Diagnostic Imaging Student Association; Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Association; Future Healthcare Executives (FHE); Human Movement Sciences Gradate Student Association; Kinesiology Student Association (brand new this year); National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA); Pi Theta Epsilon; Society of Athletic Training Students (SATS); Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).

The student organizations provide educational, vocational and social support to students at all levels, and promote public awareness of the roles and contributions of their professional groups. Furthermore, they participate in volunteer events in the community, bring speakers to campus, provide job shadowing opportunities, attend conferences, publish newsletters, assist with job interviewing and networking, just to name a few.

UWM Celebrates Veterans Day

OT Clinical Instructor Heidi Plach (left) at the Dry Hootch Mobile Outreach Vehicle, with Dry Hootch Team Leader Joe Mitchell (center) and UWM student veteran Bryan Brandt (right).
From left: Heidi Plach (OST), Dry Hootch Team Leader Joe Mitchell, and UWM student veteran Bryan Brandt at the Dry Hootch Mobile Outreach Vehicle.
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Celebration of Veterans Day at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee includes a program on "Veterans Day Recognition: Fostering a Connected Campus Community" on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Zelazo Center, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., room 250. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The program will discuss student veterans' experiences as well as issues surrounding redeployment, campus initiatives on behalf of student vets and resources available to those students. Presenters include Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey, Fort McCoy, and Michael McBride, M.D., Veterans Administration and Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as a panel of UWM students.

In addition, starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1,200 mini American flags will be posted on Spaights Plaza, just north of the UWM Union at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. The flags were donated by American Legion Post 18. On Thursday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., representatives from Dryhootch and Guitars for Vets, two non-profit organizations, will be at Spaights Plaza, along with the Dryhootch van.

Questions? Ask Heidi Plach (OST) who is on a UWM veterans working group which planned the activities.

A New Partnership with Dillard University

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka (standing second from left) at signing ceremony.
Dean Chukuka Enwemeka (standing second from left) at signing ceremony.
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UWM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dillard University, New Orleans. Dillard's Provost David Taylor and a delegation of Deans came to Milwaukee to meet with their UWM counterparts to sign the MOU and to discuss opportunities for collaborative partnerships. Some of the possibilities for CHS are student and faculty exchanges, especially in the BioMedical Sciences area.

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Volume 1, Issue 5
November 10, 2010

Important Dates

Veterans Day Event

Thursday, November 11
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Zelazo Center, Room 250

"Fostering a Connected Campus Community"
Presentation and a student-veteran panel discussion.
See story to left.


"Faculty Research Forum"

"Inside Federal Funding"
Friday, November 12
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lubar S151

by Dr. Robert Lowman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC Chapel Hill.
More information/register


"Guide to Foundation Grant Writing"
Friday, November 12
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Lubar S151

by Dr. Robert Lowman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC Chapel Hill.
More information/register


CHS Student Forum

Thursday, November 18
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
UWM Student Union
Wisconsin Room

Hosted by Dean Chukuka Enwemeka with a Q and A session and presentation by Northwestern Mutual on career opportunities in the health sciences.
All CHS students are invited.


CHS Advisory Board Meeting

Thursday, November 18
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Pfister Hotel


New Bioengineering Seminar Series

Friday, November 19
12:00 pm
Enderis 109

Brooke Slavens, Ph.D.
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Brooke Slavens (OST) will talk on "Upper Extremity Motion Analysis for Biomechanical Assessment of Gait in Children."


CHS Winter Research Symposium

Friday, December 3
9:45 am - 3:00 pm
UWM Union-Wisconsin Room

Please join the College of Health Sciences in spotlighting the research of its students and faculty. Keynote address by Jeffrey Kleim, Ph.D., "Neural Plasticity: Foundation for Neurorehabilitation."


GOLD Award Submission Deadline

Wednesday, December 1

The GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award recognizes graduates who have achieved success in their field bringing credit to themselves and UWM. Recipients are honored at the UWMAA Awards Reception held in May. Heidi Plach (OST) was a 2010 GOLD Award winner.
Nomination Form


State and University Employees Combined Campaign (SECC)
"We Care"

October 4 - November 19

Faculty Presentation

Brooke Slavens, Ph.D.
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Bhagwant Sindu (OST) will give a presentation at Neuroscience 2010, the 40th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, Calif., on November 13, 2010. His talk is on "The effect of musculoskeletal pain on hand grip force and timing."

Hunger Task Force Food Collection

CHS has joined with the entire UWM campus in collecting food for the Hunger Task Force. Please bring your non-perishable food items and place them in the box located in the Dean's Reception Area, Enderis 810, from October 15 thru December 14. Please share some food to fill the both the stomachs and the hearts of our neighbors in need!

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