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College of Health Sciences Symposium Highlights Research

Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Barnes
Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Barnes
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The College of Health Sciences (CHS) 2011 Spring Research Symposium will be held on April 15th in UWM Union’s Wisconsin Room with a full program, including a keynote speech, poster displays of student research projects and selected oral presentations.

The symposium highlights the current research of both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as the faculty of the College. Students, sponsored by a member of the faculty, present their data-based research to a panel of expert judges comprised of faculty, administrators and health care professionals from the university and the Milwaukee community.

The judges rank the projects based on the potential contribution to scientific literature, clarity of purpose, research methodology, analyses, results, quality of thought and writing.

Winners of the competition will be announced at the CHS Awards and Recognition Ceremony on May 13th.

David Barnes, Ph.D., director of research and development at Standard Process, Inc., will deliver the keynote address, “Nature’s Complexity and the Dogma of Science.”  For more than 80 years, Standard Process, headquartered in Palmyra, Wis., has provided health care professionals with high-quality, nutritional whole food supplements.

Hanh Trinh, Ph.D., associate professor, Health Sciences, Health Care Informatics, and chair of the Research and Graduate Program Committee, said, “It’s gratifying to see the high level of innovative and important research going on at the College. We’re especially proud of our students who are taking the first steps to becoming recognized scholars and successful researchers.”

The symposium begins at 8:30 am with a viewing of research posters, presentations at 9:30 am and the keynote address at 11:15 am.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lisa Wood, or 414-229-5663.

Future Healthcare Executives Enjoy a Job Shadowing Experience

Jessica Wegner
Jessica Wegner
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Each spring the student members of the Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) spend a “day in the life” of a health care professional in their area of interest. While shadowing their preceptors, they learn about organizational structure, processes, the different roles and responsibilities of employees, work relationships, interactions with the public, skills required, management issues, accreditation, human resources and so much more. Participating were some of the leading health care organizations in the area and their administrators and executives who so graciously gave of their time.

One of the participants said it best…

“A Word on the Importance of Job Shadowing”
By Jessica Wegner, FHE member and longtime Shadow Day Participant
Students should know that our job shadows aren’t just your ordinary job shadows. I have made so many connections over the past two years participating in this program and have been able to use their knowledge to a great extent both in my school degrees and for career advice.
The professionals we meet during these job shadows understand what we are going through. One of my biggest struggles is realizing that getting an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration does NOT mean I have the 3-5 years experience employers are looking for in potential candidates for positions.
I sought out guidance from the connection I made in my 2010 job shadow about what to do about the lack of experience. She suggested going back to school to get my Master’s Degree. As information technology has always been an interest of mine, I enrolled in the UWM Healthcare Informatics Master’s program this past spring. I vowed to gain experience by participating in as many internships, practicums and job shadows as I can to get my foot in the door.
To make a long story short… the connection that I made back in my 2010 job shadow saw my potential, drive for success and commitment to school and she has created a position for me as a healthcare IT consultant at one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. starting this spring.

Center for Urban Population Health Celebrates 10 Years of Partnerships

Ron Cisler, Director of CUPH,  receives 2009 Milwaukee Health Champion Award from Bevan K. Baker, Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee
Ron Cisler, Director of CUPH,(right) receives 2009 Milwaukee Health Champion Award from Bevan K. Baker, Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee (left.)
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The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) celebrates ten years of creating meaningful relationships with its many community, academic and governmental partners. Over the past decade CUPH’s collaborative efforts have assisted in building capacity, synergistic connections and a fertile foundation for improved health in Milwaukee.

The year-long celebration kicks off with their Annual Report, “The Power of 10,” profiling a dozen projects. Each month this year, they will provide an in-depth look at one of these projects. They will profile their work to date and outline future plans, as well as demonstrate the benefits of 10 years of relationships and organizational memory.

They have also created a mini-Web site to so they can share their work, partners and community impact. Please visit this mini-site throughout the year for in-depth looks at their partners and projects.

Research Grant for New Health Management App

Ann Swartz
Ann Swartz
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Associate Professors Ann Swartz, Ph.D. and Scott Strath, Ph.D., both with the Department of Human Movement Sciences, are co-investigators with Jay Urbain (principle investigator) from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), and a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), on a new research project. They were awarded a two-year Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) grant, “Development of a Prototype, Fuzzy Logic-based Mobile Application and Web Interface for Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" for $37,500.

Scott Strath
Scott Strath
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This pilot project will develop a Web-based, html application that will communicate with a mobile iSMART system to provide tailored self-management reminders, real-time decision support and feedback on progress toward health goals.

After development, the system will be piloted with a small group to examine the efficacy of the iSMART system in reaching self-management goals, e.g., increased physical activity, decreased heart rate variability, improved glycemic control. The ultimate goal is to help patients better interpret causes of elevated glucose levels and develop more effective action responses.

CHS Faculty Involved in Many Ways

Phyllis King
Phyllis King
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Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and professor, Occupational Sciences & Technology Department Phyllis King, Ph.D., OT, has been appointed by the Commissioner of Social Security to serve as a panel member to the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel. This panel provides independent advice and recommendations on plans and activities to replace the Dictionary of Occupational Titles currently used in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability determination process. It advises SSA on the creation of an occupational information system for disability programs and adjudicative needs.

Recently, she also served as one of five facilitators and mentors for the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Leadership Development Program held March 15-16 in New Orleans.

Barbara Meyer
Barbara Meyer
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Professor and Chair Barbara Meyer, Ph.D., Human Movement Sciences Department, was appointed to the UWM Task Force on Internationalization.

Janis Eells
Janis Eells
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Janis Eells, Ph.D., professor, Health Sciences Department, BioMedical Sciences, provided leadership and support to the UWM Graduate School in the establishment of the upcoming “Science and Research Integrity Professional Development Series.” The series will provide training essential to researchers, including faculty, staff, post doctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students.  Planned are sessions on ethical issues, professional conduct and best practices in research. The next course will be offered in fall 2011.

Students Receive AOP Fellowships

Marwa Samara and Jessica Boyles
Marwa Samara (L) and Jessica Boyles (R) from Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Kati Liegl
Kati Liegl, Occupational Science & Technology Department
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Three CHS students received coveted Advanced Opportunity Fellowships for 2011-2012. They are Jessica Boyles and Marwa Samara, who are completing their first year in the Communication Sciences and Disorders' Master's program and Kati Liegl, who will enter the Occupational Therapy Master's program in summer 2011. These Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend, and are renewable, offering optimum support for these students' graduate experience.

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Volume 2, Issue 8
April 12, 2011

Important Dates

Deadline for Nominations

UWM Academic Staff Service Awards
Extended to Friday, April 15

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. More details about the event are included in the feature article.

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

Brewers Baseball Game

Tuesday, April 26
6:00 pm - Departure
7:00 pm - Game Time

The CHS Office of Student Services is hosting their annual ball game get-together for students.

Complimentary Hearing Screening

Wednesday, April 27
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Enderis Hall - 8th Floor

Sponsored by the CHS Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Community Audiology Services (CAS) in conjunction with "May is Better Speech and Hearing Month." Stop by for a free (and quick) screening.

2011 UWM Length of Service Ceremony

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

Please join Interim Chancellor Lovell as we recognize our fellow employees for their hard work and dedication to the University. CHS will have 13 honorees.
View the complete list of honorees.

CHS Faculty and Staff Appreciation Reception

Friday, May 6
11:30 am - 12:00 noon
Enderis Hall, Room 103

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Symposium

Friday, May 6
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Enderis Hall - Denemark Lounge

UWM First Friday Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 6
4:00 - 6:00 pm
UWM Union - Alumni Fireside Lounge

Co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and the UWM College of Nursing.

CHS Awards and Recognition Ceremony

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

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


The College is mentioned in the Milwaukee Courier, April 2, 2011, in an article by Interim Chancellor Lovell on the new School of Public Health and the growing emphasis at UWM on health care-related research and education. He pointed out that the College offers the largest number of health related-degree programs in the state.

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. The auction runs April 4 to 14. There are many items to chose from, including several donated by the College of Health Sciences. Check out the Resting Metabolic Rate and DXA Test, donated by the Department of Human Movement Sciences Physical Activity & Health Research Laboratory (Item #210), Custom Earmolds for iPod or Custom Hearing Protectors, from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Community Audiology Services (CAS) (Item #313) and a Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation, donated by Community Audiology Services (CAS) (Item # 314.)

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