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Spring Classes Begin

The UWM campus is busy once again as students began the Spring Semester on Monday, January 24th. There are a total of 1,939 students at the College of Health Sciences. We continue to offer the largest number of health-related degree programs in the region and to add new curricula in many disciplines. Even then, the quality of our academic offerings remains at an all time high. Our graduates continue to excel in national board exams, and remain highly sought after by potential employers.

Meet New Faculty Member: Ying-Chih (Inga) Wang

Inga Wang
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  • Postdoctoral Research Experience,
    Sensory Motor Performance,
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science,
    University of Florida
  • M.S., Biotechnology (Degree expected 2011),
    Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy,
    National Taiwan University

Assistant Professor Ying-Chih (Inga) Wang, Ph.D., OTR/L, joined the Occupational Science and Technology Department this year. She shares more information about her background and research interests.

How did you find your way to UWM and the College of Health Sciences?

Most recently I was a postdoctoral fellow at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) which is only 97 miles south of UWM. I decided to come because of the current faculty members and the supportive environment.

Why did you choose to go into your field?

Serendipity! With an opportunity provided by Dr. Craig Velozo from University of Florida, I continued my journey in the OT field from clinical practice to research. With four years of financial support, I was able to complete the doctoral degree, learn and explore a variety of research interests.

What is your favorite thing about UWM and CHS?

My favorite thing about UWM is the Golda Meir Library and of CHS are the many friendly faculty members who are open to discuss and communicate.

What is the professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

I am very proud that we, collaborators and I, have a record of publishing 12 manuscripts in two years, and we continue to get better.

What leadership or service activities are you involved in?

Funded by a five-year National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Training Center Grant, I am currently a PI on a Sub-Project on enhancing the functional and employment outcomes in individuals who experience a stroke. I also am on the editorial board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and serve as a reviewer for the Physical Therapy Journal.

Welcome, Inga, to the College and to Milwaukee!

Two CSD Faculty Members Tapped for Prestigious Awards

Marylou Gelfer
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The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) announced the recipients of two very special awards. Marylou Gelfer, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (CSD), will receive the 2011 WSHA Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award and John Heilmann, Ph.D., assistant professor and also with CSD, will get the 2011 WSHA DiCarlo Award.

The Awards and Honors Committee said of Gelfer, "The contributions you have made to the practice and study of voice are remarkable. You have certainly distinguished yourself in your dedication to the profession and have contributed substantially in the area of clinical voice therapy and most specifically to the area of transgender voice therapy. We thank you for your contributions and your passion for the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. It is a pleasure to recognize you for your excellence in the professions and to present you with this wonderful and deserving honor."

Marylou Gelfer
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Of Heilmann, they said, "The WSHA DiCarlo Award acknowledges advancement of knowledge in clinical practice as evidenced by significant recent accomplishment in Speech Pathology or Audiology within the past three years. John, you have certainly distinguished yourself in your dedication and recent research presentations and publications related to language sampling in children with delayed speech and language acquisition. The Committee recognizes excellence in the professions and is proud to recognize you for your wonderful work as they present you with this much deserved honor."

The honorees will be presented with their awards on February 25th at the President's Reception of the WSHA Convention in Stevens Point, Wis.

Congratulations to both!

GE Healthcare Institute Visits CHS

Nancy Nelson (CHS), Roger O. Smith (CHS), Mary Birk (GE), Denise Lukasik-Sedmak (GE), Joan Rustad-Kennedy (GE), Pete Walchli (GE), Carol Mitchell (CHS), Susan Stalewski (CHS), Joe Morton (GE) and June Neitzel.
Pictured here are: (L to R) Nancy Nelson (CHS), Roger O. Smith (CHS), Mary Birk (GE), Denise Lukasik-Sedmak (GE), Joan Rustad-Kennedy (GE), Pete Walchli (GE), Carol Mitchell (CHS), Susan Stalewski (CHS), Joe Morton (GE) and June Neitzel.
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Dr. Denise Lukasik-Sedmak (CHS '84) and her team from GE Healthcare Institute's Education and eMedia services visited the College of Health Sciences on January 13th. The group met with key faculty members from the College to identify ways to collaborate and share expertise to help CHS students and promote the health of the community. Our friends from GE toured the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center (R2D2) and Department of BioMedical Sciences laboratories.

Catching up with CHS Alumnus, Patrick Fueger

Patrick T. Fueger in the laboratory
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Patrick T. Fueger, Ph.D., [B.S. Biological Sciences (UWM '94) and M.S. Human Kinetics (CHS '99)] is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular & Integrative Physiology with the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. There he is a principal investigator on the basic diabetes research team with his expertise in pancreatic beta cells and islets, used in transplantations.

Fueger was a postdoctoral fellow from 2004 to 2009 at Duke University in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center. He was recently published in 2008 in Molecular Endocrinology on the role of trefoil factor 3 in beta cell proliferation.

He received a National Institute of Health Pathway to Independence Award in 2007 for his work on mechanisms to induce islet proliferation. In 2005 he received the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award entitled "Role of histone deacetylases in beta-cell survival and function." He received his Ph.D. in 2004 from Vanderbilt University from the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics.

Fueger is a board member of the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana and has been the chair of the program committee from 1995-2006. He has also been active in the diabetes camp that the foundation established. He has received numerous awards for his work in endocrinology and metabolism, and he is a professional member of the American Diabetes Association and the American Physiological Society.

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Volume 2, Issue 3
January 26, 2011

Important Dates

CHS Scholarship Applications Due

Monday, January 31

Over $40,000 are awarded each year to CHS students, and are presented at the Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony on May 13
Apply Now!

Staff Appointments

Lillian Folk
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Dean Chukuka Enwemeka announced the appointment of Lillian Folk as interim assistant dean for graduate studies and research. She provides a wide variety of support and services for graduate studies, as well as pre- and post- grant award support for the research activities of our faculty and staff.

Professional Appointments

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka has been elected to the Advisory Board of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin.

Chukuka Enwemeka
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CTSI is a collaboration among the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), its campus research partners: Froedtert Hospital, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, VA Medical Center, and the Blood Research Institute, and UWM, Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The CTSI is a new and innovative infrastructure to support and advance education, collaboration and research in clinical and translational science.

Hunger Task Force Food Collection Numbers are in

UWM employees (including many from the College) presented a mighty Force Against Hunger this year with donations topping 23,621 pounds (including $7,371 in cash). That's over 10 TONS of food that will help the needy. Thanks to all the College Floor Captains for their hard work and to all of you for your generosity.

Chronicle Archives

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