2007 Scott Greer Awards
Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs
Dr. Olmedo Varela received his Ph.D. in Urban Studies in 1999 from UW-Milwaukee. As a student at UWM, he provided invaluable service to the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) on numerous projects. He has more than 20 years of professional experience as a researcher, consultant and faculty member at research and educational institutions in the Republic of Panama and in the United States. Since the year 2000, Dr. Varela has spent most of his professional career as a Senior Advisor for the United Nations in the Latin American Region and for the President's Social Cabinet in the Republic of Panama. Dr. Varela has received various international and academic distinctions including the Fulbright Scholarship and the Ford/MacArthur Fellowship for the Social Sciences in Central America.
Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions
Dr. Marie Wolff received her Ph.D. in Urban Social Institutions in1989 from UW-Milwaukee. She is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she has been committed to advancing the study of urban health care and health policy. Dr. Wolff's has written articles on leadership in Milwaukee public housing, cancer prevention in African-American communities, and the role of family medicine in addressing community needs. Her work had been recognized by the Department of Family and Community Medicine (2002 Community Involvement Recognition Award), and the Wisconsin Public Health Association (2003 Special Achievement in Public Health Partnership Award).
Nicholas J. Hoffman will graduate from UW-Milwaukee in May, 2007 with a Masters degree in History, a specialization in public history and certificate in museum studies. Nicholas also has a Bachelors degree in History from UW-Milwaukee. His research interests include a social history of the Upper Midwest, primarily local and community history. He is currently researching a community of glassworkers that resided in Bay View around the intersection of Howell, Kinnickinnic, and Lincoln Avenues. Nicholas is currently serving as the Director and Curator of the Elkhart County Historical Society.