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New Chancellor for UWM

UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell
UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell
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The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Michael Lovell as the new Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on May 4.

Lovell is the former Dean of the UWM's College of Engineering and Applied Science and has served as Interim Chancellor since October 2010.

Lovell joined UWM in 2008, after serving as Associate Dean for Research at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Engineering for five years. He previously directed two multi-university research centers, working with hundreds of faculty members, graduate students, and private companies. He was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Kentucky, after starting his career at a private firm that develops engineering simulation software.

Associate Professor and Chair Virginia Stoffel, Ph.D., Department of Occupational Science and Technology, served on the Chancellor Search Committee.

International StoryCHS Professor Tests New Assessment Tool in Australia

Dr. Meyer administers an assessment inventory to an athlete at the Victorian Institute of Sport.
Dr. Meyer administers an assessment inventory to an athlete at the Victorian Institute of Sport.
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Professor and Chair of the CHS Human Movement Sciences Department Barbara Meyer, Ph.D., recently completed an 11-day trip to Melbourne, Australia where she began pilot testing a psychological assessment inventory designed to facilitate talent identification among elite athletes. The inventory was compiled by Meyer and CHS sport psychology graduate students William Massey, Stephanie Hatch and Jennifer Mackenzie.  Meyer also participated in a round table discussion on "Returning to Elite Sport Following Childbirth."  Participants in the round table included administrators, coaches and medical staff from the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport, as well as the 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medalist in freestyle aerial skiing, Lydia Lassila.

CHS Alumnus CPT Scott Kulla Nominated for Military Fatherhood Award

CPT Scott Kulla
CPT Scott Kulla
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Fort Sam Houston CPT(P) Scott Kulla, U.S. Army, M.S., OTR/L,  and College of Health Sciences alumnus, has been chosen as one of three finalists by the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) for its annual Military Fatherhood Award™. The public is invited to choose the award recipient by casting their vote on Facebook that will feature videos of each of the finalists.

Each year the Military Fatherhood Award™ is given to a U.S. military dad for an ongoing commitment and dedication to his children, extraordinary effort to father from a distance when deployed, successfully balancing military and family life and mentoring other military fathers and/or military children who are separated from their fathers.

Kulla was selected from nearly 600 nominations. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1997 from CHS with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. Today he is a full-time student in the U.S. Army Baylor University Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy Program. There it is his colleague and professor, MAJ Carol Haertlein Sells, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, who nominated him. Haertlein Sells is on leave from the College of Health Sciences and serves as a faculty member of the brand new program.

Kulla has been singled out for coping with the demands on his time, attention and presence, and still finding ways to put his family first. While deployed to Iraq for 17 months, without phone or computer communication, Kulla wrote his wife and children every day, even though he was out on patrols daily and putting in long hours with little or no sleep.

Voters will be able to watch each of the three finalist videos on NFI’s Facebook page,, and vote for their favorite. Voting for Military Fatherhood Award™ opens on April 15 and closes May 13.

Haertlein Sells wrote in his nomination, “He has never taken the easy road in life; he is committed to his kids and sacrifices to assure their futures.”

CHS Faculty and Students "Storm" ASCLS Annual Convention

Kuei-Chun and Yee Moia with their poster.
Kuei-Chun Hung (L) and Yee Moia (R) with their poster.
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Professors Susan Stalewski, Cindy Brown and Shahla Anders, along with 24 senior CHS BioMedical Sciences (BMS) students, attended the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences-Wisconsin (ASCLS-WI) Annual Convention April 6-7, 2011 in Pewaukee, Wis. Over 500 professional and student members attend this convention each year.

John Walters with his research poster
John Walters with his research poster.
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Highlights included: 1st place in the student poster competition for BMS seniors Kuei-Chun Hung and Yee Moua for their case study category poster, "Leading Pathogens of Foodborne Illness in the United States" and 3rd place for BMS senior John Walters for his research category poster, "Aberrant miRNA expression in Multiple Sclerosis." This year's poster competition included 82 posters representing 94 students from 11 academic institutions enrolled in laboratory science programs across Wisconsin.

Susan Stalewski
Susan Stalewski, ASCLS-WI Member of the Year
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Dr. Dean Nardelli presented a continuing education session on Lyme Disease. Shahla Anders was elected to the ASCLS-WI board of directors and Susan Stalewski completed 11 years as a member of the board leadership, including serving as president in 2010. Susan Stalewski was also recognized as the ASCLS-WI "Member of the Year." She will go on to compete in this category at the National ASCLS meeting this summer.

Undergraduate Students Present at Research Forum in Madison and at UWM

Back row (L to R) Phoenix Logan, Nicole Hatt, Timothy Zeidler, Dr. Smith and front row (L to R) Kaila Balling and Erin Browning
Back row (L to R) Phoenix Logan, Nicole Hatt, Timothy Zeidler, Dr. Smith and front row (L to R) Kaila Balling and Erin Browning
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Four undergraduate students from the College were invited to represent UWM at the 8th Annual "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research," Wisconsin State Capital, Madison, Wis. on April 6th.

They were: Erin Browning on, "The Anxiolytic Effects of Exercise are Sustained after an Emotional Challenge" and Phoenix Logan, Nicole Hatt, and Kaila Balling on "Exercise Effects on Bias Towards Emotional Stimuli."

All four also presented posters at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ithaca, NY, March 31 - April 2.

They have been working with Health Sciences Assistant Professor J. Carson Smith. Ph.D., in his lab, who said, “I’m delighted with our undergraduate students' successes! It is exciting to see the students gain recognition for their research so early in their careers.”

UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium

Several other CHS undergraduate students presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium held April 15th on campus and sponsored by the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). The following students presented:

Grace Brown, Julie Pfeiffer and Robert W. Wilson II, “Comparison of Performance Levels Between Starter and Non-Starter College Soccer Players Using Lactate Threshold and Heart Rate”; Erin Browning, “The Anxiolytic Effects of Exercise are Sustained after an Emotional Challenge”; Tom Dembski, “Teaching Module of the Portrayal of Disability through Assistive Technology Use in Film”; Nicole Hatt, Kaila Balling, Erin Browning and Phoenix Logan, “Exercise Affects on Emotion”; Kayla Kaschinske, “A New Approach to the Long-term Recording of Surface Electromyograms” and Matthew Klein, “To Examine if Shoulder Pain at Admission Influences Upper Extremity Function at Admission and Discharge.”

Faculty mentors were:  Kevin Keenan, Ann Snyder, Bhagwant Sindhu, J. Carson Smith and Roger O. Smith.

Well done, students! We are proud of you!

Another Ph.D. Graduate Lands a Faculty Position!

Josh Weinhandl
Josh Weinhandl
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CHS Ph.D. student, Josh Weinhandl, accepted a faculty position at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk,Va. Josh will be graduating in August and will start at ODU that month with their Department of Human Movement Sciences as an Assistant Professor. He will teach biomechanics, and pursue his research interest of understanding the mechanics of traumatic knee injuries, using computer modeling to help identify key risk factors for injury. Faculty member, Human Movement Sciences Associate Professor Kris O’Connor, Ph.D., said, “I am excited for him, and I think it is a great fit for him.  It has a good research/teaching mix. It is great to see our grads having success in the job market!”

Health Informatics Partners with Norris Health Center and MCFI

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The CHS Health Informatics program, with the guidance of Associate Professor and Health Informatics Program Director, Timothy Patrick, Ph.D., is partnering with the UWM Norris Student Health Center to select an electronic medical record system for the Center. The partnership is being managed through a practicum course, "HCA 590 Norris EMR Practicum." Students from both the M.S. in Health Informatics program and the Ph.D. in Medical Informatics program are participating.

The Health Informatics program is also partnering in a data mining project with New Health Services at the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI.) The project will examine ten years of client data to determine whether New Health Services has a positive effect of delaying entry to assisted living or nursing home care. It is hoped that the project will eventually involve linkage to data from Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. Students from both the M.S. in Health Informatics program and the Ph.D. in Medical Informatics program are participating, and a practicum course is planned for summer 2011.

UWM gives to UWM Appeal: "We Care for Each Other"

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The College of Health Sciences is made up of people who serve in a variety of ways and who perform their work with skill and dedication. Whether in the classroom, the lab or the office, the employees of the College are some of the finest on campus.

The theme for this year’s UWM gives to UWM appeal is We Care for Each Other. The College’s employees show their care by offering support for student scholarships or special projects. The College is especially grateful to its emeriti and retired faculty and staff who generously give to the College.

You can join the College and show you care too by offering a gift in support of student scholarships.  Your gift to scholarships can make all the difference in the life of a student. You may offer your gift online by clicking on the button to the left. On the donation page, click on the "Gift Designation" drop down box and select “Health Sciences” and in the next field, "Additional Designation Instructions," type in “Scholarship.” Please be as generous as you can. If you have questions, please contact Joe Maddalena at 414-229-6247 or  Thank You!

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Volume 2, Issue 9
May 11, 2011


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.


Bhagwant Sindhu, Ph.D., OTR
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Assistant Professor Bhagwant Sindhu, Ph.D., OTR, in the Occupational Science & Technology Department, gave a presentation at the OT department of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee on March 25. The topic, "At the Cross-Roads of Sincerity of Effort Testing and Fear-of-Pain," which updated VA therapists on how to determine sincerity of effort, was very informal with many questions.

Carson Smith. Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor
J. Carson Smith. Ph.D., from Health Sciences, gave the keynote address at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (UW-Madison) Early Memory Loss Summit on April 12. The event was held at the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Scott Strath. Ph.D.
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Kevin Keenan, Ph.D.
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Ann Swartz, Ph.D.
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Scott Strath, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences (HMS), with Co-PI's Assistant Professor Kevin Keenan, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Ann Swartz, Ph.D., (both from HMS), secured an award through the highly competitive UWM Research Growth Initiative (RGI) Program. The RGI funding will support the team's research, "Understanding Multi-Level Barriers to Physical Activity and Health Behaviors in Older Adults."


Kasey Tong and Yee Moua, both BioMedical Sciences, Medical Technology submajor students, received American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Student Honor Awards in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the Medical Laboratory Sciences. Congratulations to both!

Kelsey MacKay Schultz, a student in the Master of Science program in Healthcare Informatics, was awarded a Research Internship with the Marshfield Clinic for spring 2011.

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Congratulations to the UWM athletic training students, (L to R) Charlotte Dickson, Shelly Adams, and Adam Kelly, who competed against nine other schools and won the Student Quiz Bowl at the Wisconsin Athletic Trainer's Association (WATA) meeting on April 15. They will travel to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Meeting next March to represent the state of Wisconsin.

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