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Three Student Researchers Win Poster Competition

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) held its annual Fall Research Symposium on December 3rd at the UWM Union. Over 250 faculty, staff and students attended the full day of programming and a keynote speech from Dr. Jeffrey Kleim of the University of Florida, 20 poster displayed student and faculty research projects and selected student oral presentations were judged by an eminent panel of judges.

We're pleased to announce the winners.

Sandeep Gopalakrishnan
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1st Place

$250 award

Sandeep Gopalakrishnan, doctoral candidate, Health Sciences

"Photobiomodulation Attenuates Retinal Degeneration in P23H-1 Rhodopsin Transgenic Rat."

Heather Schmitt
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2nd Place

$200 award

Heather Schmitt, graduate student, Health Sciences

"Photobiomodulation with 670 nm Light Induces Increased Cellular Energy Metabolism in Light Damaged Retinae of Sprague-Hawley Rats."

Matthew Klein
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3rd Place

$150 award

Matthew Klein, undergraduate student, Occupational Science & Technology

"Influence of Pain on Function among People with Musculoskeletal Shoulder Impairment"

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who presented!

Good News for the Diagnostic Imaging Program

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Carol Mitchell (Diagnostic Imaging Program Director) received the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) "Cardiac Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award" for her leadership values and dedication to the field of echocardiography.

Two Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) students received awards from their national organizations. Maame Amuah, received a UltraEcho, Ltd. Student Travel Grant Award ($1000) from the American Society of Echocardiography to travel to the national meeting in June 2010. Constance Besaw, received the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Student Scholarship Award from the Society in October 2010.

Maldonado Wins UWM Employee Development Award

Alberto Maldonado
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Alberto Maldonado (OSS) received a UWM Employee Development Award at a special event on December 10 which this year recognized exemplary faculty/staff service to the University and the community.

His nomination read...

"Alberto Maldonado demonstrates commitment to service every day. At UWM, he is an Academic Advisor and promotes positive relationships with students, parents and the campus community. His enthusiasm is infectious and we all enjoy working with him.

His service extends well beyond his job. He is on the Board of Trustees, UWM Alumni Association; Advisory Board, UWM Roberto Hernandez Center; Chapter president, UWM Latino Alumni Chapter; National Society of Hispanic MBAs; Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee; Latino Scholarship Fundraising Committee.

Alberto's desire to make a positive difference in the lives of students and his community is notable and praiseworthy."

Congratulations Alberto!

International StoryInternational Activities

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Photos taken between 10:00 am. and
1:00 pm, showing the daytime darkness.

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Barbara Meyer (HMS) was in Ruka, Finland for a week in November. There she provided sport psychology consultation to athletes, coaches and medical staff of the Australian Aerial Ski Team. She also conducted ongoing research activities with the team and observed vision training provided to the team by clinicians from South Africa.

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Ruka serves as the pre-season training venue for aerial ski teams from across the world because its location near the Arctic Circle provides the most reliable chance for the cold and snow necessary to ensure a consistent training environment. The high temperature while she was there was 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and the official daylight during late November is only four hours a day.

The World Cup aerial ski season begins next week in China, and moves to North America in January.

A Week in the Life of Ron Cisler, Director of the CUPH

Written by: David Frazer, MPH, Community Partnerships and Communications Manager, CUPH

Ron Cisler
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Ron Cisler, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) and Associate Professor of Health Sciences at the College of Health Sciences (CHS). But that is just where it begins. A glance at his calendar provides great insight into the many hats he wears to advance and support the goals of the university and community as they relate to health. It also clearly shows how he effectively balances his time and efforts toward education, research and service

Monday begins with a final review of the budget for the submission of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention application for a National Academic Center of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. He is working with Dr. Mallory O'Brien and the City of Milwaukee Health Department to pilot a multi-year, multi-level prevention effort consolidating the best interventions aimed at all stages in one geographic area in Milwaukee. A number of prominent community-based organizations are interested in joining the project. Such a program can have a tremendous impact on the community and provide a model for the nation in developing a safer community and more resilient youth.

Cisler then listens to a pre-defense of the dissertation of a Ph.D. candidate in the UWM College of Nursing. Ron has mentored over 30 faculty and graduate students during his academic career (including currently one master's and two doctoral students) and provided the support and feedback that has laid a strong foundation for the start of their careers.

From this session, Ron makes his way to a lunch meeting with the steering committee of the Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR), a collaborative effort involving the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Aurora Health Care, and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation.

To read about the rest of Ron Cisler's week, go to the CHS Web site at

CSD Well Represented at ASHA Conference

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Graduate student, Kelly Lynett, with her poster "Increasing Referrals in Early Intervention: Building a Web-based System."
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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) was well represented at the 2010 annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 18-20.

The theme for the conference, "Leadership into New Frontiers," was reflected in the presentations of the CSD faculty, staff, and students. Faculty members John Heilmann, Dawn Hennes, Shelley Lund, Paula Rhyner and Sherri Sieff, and research associate Kristy Olsson presented at the conference.

Several currently enrolled graduate students, Kelly Lynett, Katie Humbert and Amanda Thompson, also presented research with faculty members from the Department or with faculty mentors from their undergraduate programs in the UW System.

CSD program alumni, Tom Malone, Bryn-Erinn Mooney, Rena Pitlik, Angela Rentmeester and Kirstin Stein, collaborated with CSD faculty to present research they completed as graduate students.

Funding through the Maternal and Child Health - Preparing Academically Successful Students (MCH PASS) supported the attendance of grant trainees in CSD: Jason Hetelle, April Fischer, Savannah Herdrich and Lindsay Roesler at the convention. After the convention, the trainees reported that having the opportunity as undergraduate students to attend the ASHA convention allowed them to learn more about the field of speech-language pathology and affirmed their choice of speech-language pathology as a career.

For more information on the presentations, go to the CHS Web site at

CHS Faculty and Staff Tour GE Healthcare Institute

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka, Nancy Nelson, Carol Mitchell, Joe Maddalena, Sue Stalewski, Cindy Brown, and Denise Lukasik-Sedmak
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CHS alumna, Denise Lukasik-Sedmak, GE's Manager of Clinical Education and eMedia Service recently hosted a tour for CHS faculty and staff that included Cynthia Brown (BMS), Dean Chukuka Enwemeka, Carol Mitchell (BMS), Nancy Nelson (OST), Susan Stalewski (BMS and CHS eLearning director), and Joe Maddalena (Dean's Office) pictured here.

The tour included viewing cutting edge diagnostic imaging systems, the Tip-TV/eMedia studios and an array of eLearning services. The GE Healthcare Institute is the only one of its kind in the country and it supports the technical education of 7,000 students annually from around the globe. Located in a beautiful wooded area in Waukesha County, the Institute is a 235,000 sq. ft. facility that provides formal advanced technical, applications and management instruction to GE field employees and the customers they serve.

After the tour, a lively discussion took place over lunch with key staff members of GE Education Services on ways the College and the GE Healthcare Institute might partner around eLearning and the use of technology in education.

Scholarships: The Gift That Keeps Giving!

Please consider supporting the College of Health Sciences scholarships with a gift today. Making your gift is easy. Follow the link: and offer your tax deductible gift to the UWM Foundation. On the donation page, click on the "Gift Designation" drop down box and select Health Sciences. In the next field, "Additional Designation Instructions," type in Scholarship.

If you have questions, contact Joe Maddalena, Development Director at or 414-229-6247. Thank you!

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Volume 1, Issue 7
December 15, 2010

Important Dates

Last Day of Semester Classes

Tuesday, December 14

Study Day

Wednesday, December 15

Final Exams

December 16 - 23

UWM Winter Commencement

Sunday, December 19
2:00 pm
U.S. Cellular Arena

Congratulations to all graduates!

UWinteriM Classes

January 3 - 20

CHS Faculty Research Forum

Wednesday, January 19
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Enderis Hall, Room 103

Dr. Andrew S. Greene
Director, MCW Biotechnology & Bioengineering Center

Dr. Rachel Schiffman
Director, UWM Clinical & Translational Science Research Support Office

"Collaborations and Technology Sharing Within the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program"

RSVP to Bev Gehring at or 414-229-5663

Spring Classes Begin

Monday, January 24

Staff Appointments

Sue Stalewski
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Dean Chukuka Enwemeka announced the appointment of two interim assistant deans: Susan Stalewski (BMS, CHS eLearning director) as interim assistant dean for academic affairs and Susan Cashin (HMS)
Sue Cashin
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as interim assistant dean for student services, effective December 15, 2010. They will serve as interim assistant deans and deputize for Phyllis King during the six months that she will be in the Office of the Provost as interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Faculty Activities

Jennifer Earl
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Jennifer Earl (AT) attended a meeting of the Research Committee of the National Athletic Trainer's Association Research and Education Foundation (NATA) in Las Vegas. Established in 1991, the NATA Foundation advances the profession of athletic training through research and education, and awards undergraduate/graduate scholarships and funds grants that support research in health care. The Research Committee met to review grant proposals and make recommendations for funding, and reviewed applications for awards recognizing outstanding researchers.

Phyllis King
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Phyllis King (OST and associate dean) served on a panel of judges who selected this year's Milwaukee Health Care Heroes. Milwaukee Biz Times sponsors this public event and honored recipients at the Annual Awards Breakfast held December 9th.

Professional Appointments

Patty Thomas
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Patricia Thomas (TR) was elected to the Board of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC) and will each serve a three-year term from 2011-2014.

Caryn Easterling
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Caryn Easterling (CSD) was appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research.

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