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Part 2

In our last issue, we featured stories about our amazing students. We had so many good stories, we decided to create a two-part series and highlight more of our active and accomplished students.

Thanks to Travel Awards, CHS Students Present at Conferences

James Lytle and Madeleine Puissant at the  Conference.
James Lytle and Madeleine Puissant at the Conference.
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Several CHS students were lucky enough to receive UWM Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) travel grants to further their education and research pursuits.

James Lytle and Madeleine Puissant, both in Human Movement Sciences and students of Assistant Professor Wendy Huddleston, were able to travel and present at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference in November 2010 in San Diego. (See photo left.)

James presented on “Attentional resource allocation among key components of a perceptual decision making task” and Madeleine on "Effect of varying stimulus-response mapping difficulty on reaching and saccade performance.” More good news…Madeleine just learned that she has been accepted into the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Congratulations!

Other students who received grants are Stacy Meyer and Saah Shaffa, in BioMedical Sciences and students of Associate Professor and Chair Jeri-Anne Lyons. Both presented at the Immunology Conference in Chicago in November 2010.

This spring, on March 31-April 2, another group of students were accepted to present at the 25th Annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). They will travel to Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. They are: Erin Browning (an L&S student working with BioMedical Sciences’ Carson Smith); Lindsey Janowiak (a CHS student who works with Kristin Murphy in the UWM Chemistry Department); Kati Liegl (an OS &T student who works with Melissa Lemke); Autumn Milanowski (an OS &T student working with Dennis Tomashek); Thomas Dembski (an OS & T student working with Roger Smith) and Khongchee Xiong (a HMS student working with Jinsung Wang). Congratulations to all!

The travel grant program is part of a larger on-campus initiative to support undergraduates seeking research opportunities. The various programs offered can be viewed at

CSD Students Bring Speaker to Campus

2010-2011 NSSLHA Officers Liz Pettitt, president; Debbie Kanning, Callie Jo Gundlach, Rachel Garrett.
2010-2011 NSSLHA Officers (L to R): Liz Pettitt, Debbie Kanning, Callie Jo Gundlach, Rachel Garrett.
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The recent presentation, “Pamela Mertz: The Hidden Journey of Stuttering,” was held before a capacity crowd of almost 100 attendees. Mertz talked about her own personal journey with stuttering and used her story to teach tolerance and respect. There was also a panel of people who stutter and a parent of a child who stutters.

Active in bringing the speaker to campus was the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). NSSLHA officers Liz Pettitt (president) Debbie Kanning (vice president), Rachel Garrett (secretary) and Callie Jo Gundlach (treasurer), all were involved, with the assistance of CSD faculty advisors, Clinical Assistant Professors Susan Yorio and Patricia Willis.

Partnerships on Campus: A Living Learning Community

Front row (L to R): Dayken Nash, Molly Blum, Genna Wollersheim (all LLC students). Back row (L to R): Sylvia Forbes (College of Nursing), Heidi Plach (College of Health Sciences), Emmalee Vander Zanden (LLC student), Kayla Johnson (LLC student) and Professor Aaron Buseh (College of Nursing).
Front row (L to R): Dayken Nash, Molly Blum, Genna Wollersheim (all LLC students). Back row (L to R): Sylvia Forbes (College of Nursing), Heidi Plach (College of Health Sciences), Emmalee Vander Zanden (LLC student), Kayla Johnson (LLC student) and Professor Aaron Buseh (College of Nursing). Not pictured: Kate Brondino (CHS) and Robin Jens (College of Nursing), who are contributors.
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The latest buzzword on campus is “LLC” for Living Learning Community. In this “community within a community,” students live on the same floor in the residence halls and have a common academic interest, such as pursuing a degree in health care.

In fall 2010, the College of Health Sciences partnered with the UWM College of Nursing to teach the LLC course “Health Care in the 21st Century.” The goal was to introduce first-year students to the opportunities and rigors of higher education, as well as ease the transition of freshman students into the academic setting, to establish patterns of success and to explore future opportunities in health-related disciplines.

OS&T Clinical Instructor Heidi Plach, MS., OTR, co-taught with College of Nursing Professor Aaron Buseh, Ph.D.  She found that the LLC was a “an ideal learning situation as students were introduced to resources for university life, diversity and health care, while observing first-hand the benefits of interdisciplinary partnerships.”

Buseh reflected, “The LLC process fits into the mission of the University because it helps to recruit and also retain students. We work with students to identify both strengths and weaknesses for survival in college. Students come from varied training in high school, so a course like ours blends the university essentials of academics and socializing.”

Students Spread the Word during "March is National Athletic Training Month"

Athletic Training student doing demonstration.
Athletic Training student doing demonstration.
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CHS Athletic Training (AT) students in Clinical Assistant Professor Ryan Wilkinson’s “Administration and Organization of Athletic Training” class were given the assignment to do a public relations project that tells others about the field of athletic training.

One group staged a very successful open house on Saturday, March 5, at the UWM Pavilion, for all current AT students and their families. Over 65 family members, from parents to children and grandparents, too, were there to meet students, hear presentations and see hands-on demonstrations in the AT facility.

The students, Drew Giesen, Ellie Gross and Matt Zeidler, also premiered their YouTube video that gives a light-hearted look at the role of the athletic trainers.

Other class projects are: publishing a newsletter for Ozaukee County Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), presenting and doing hands-on activities at Whitefish Bay High School's Sports Medicine class and a similar session at Greendale High School.

International StorySound the Bagpipes! HMS Grad Students Head to Scotland

Aubrianne Rote
Aubrianne Rote
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Three graduate students from the Department of Human Movement Sciences will present their abstracts at the International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement in Glasgow, Scotland, May 24 - 27, 2011.

Elizabeth Grimm
Elizabeth Grimm
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Aubrianne Rote will present "Over-estimation of time spent in moderate-intensity physical activity is related to obesity level among college women." Elizabeth Grimm’s topic is "Accelerometry wear time effects on sedentary behavior and physical activity intensity." And Christopher Dondzila will present "Lower physical function is related to sedentary behavior in older adults."

Christopher Dondzila
Christopher Dondzila
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The students are able to attend the international conference thanks in part to the generosity of CHS emeriti professors from the Department of Human Movement Sciences, Dr. Cynthia Hasbrook and Dr. Erika Sander. A special thank you goes to both for helping the students take advantage of this opportunity. The College of Health Sciences is providing assistance for the students as well.  Thank you to all!

CHS Ph.D. Student Accepts Offer for Position

Elizabeth Grimm
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Elizabeth Grimm, a current Ph.D. student in the College of Health Sciences, accepted an offer from SUNY Brockport for a nine-month tenure track assistant professor position. Grimm was called back for three interviews for various academic/research positions. Given the current competition in the area of Exercise Physiology and Health and Wellness, this is no small task. She is excited about the opportunity which offers a good blend of teaching and research expectations. Good luck, Elizabeth!

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Volume 2, Issue 7
March 24, 2011

Important Dates

UWM Chancellor Search-Open Forums

Selected dates and locations March 16 through 31.

Meet the five finalists at these Q and A Sessions.
More information

CHS Faculty Research Forum

Friday, April 1
10:30 - 11:30 am
Enderis 103

Guest Speaker: Brian Thompson, President, UWM Research Foundation
“Opportunities and Services Available for Research Faculty and Staff through the UWM Research Foundation.”

Deadline for Nominations

UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards
Friday, April 1

Deadline for Nominations

UWM Academic Staff Service Awards
Thursday, April 7

CHS Spring Research Symposium

Friday, April 15
8:00 am -1:00 pm
UWM Union-Wisconsin Room

Join the College of Health Sciences in spotlighting the research of its students and faculty. Keynote address by David Barnes, Ph.D., Research Director, Standard Process, Inc. on "Nature's Complexity and the Dogma of Science."

To register: Contact Lisa Wood at or 414-229-5663

UWM Length of Service Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 27
3:00 pm
UWM Union-Wisconsin Room

CHS Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 pm
UWM Union-Grand Ballroom

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements and contributions of the students, faculty, staff and friends of the College of Health Sciences.

CHS in the News

Victoria Moerchen
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Human Movement Sciences Assistant Professor Victoria Moerchen, Ph.D., PT, is featured in the new 2011 UWM Research Report, "Pathways." The story highlights her work with physical therapy options for infants with disabilities, such as Down Syndrome and spina bifida.

Read the full story.

Get ready to "Pounce" on Great Deals at the UWM Alumni Association Auction

Be sure to participate in the 4th Annual Online UWM Auction to raise money for scholarships. There are many items to chose from, including several donated by the College of Health Sciences. The auction runs April 4 to 14.

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