Departments/programs are encouraged to nominate a faculty member for an award. In addition to providing a means of honoring outstanding researchers, these awards recognize our collective commitment to academic research and to the importance of UWM‘s research mission.
Submission information is posted each year during the nomination period.
Julie Bowles, Assistant Professor, Geosciences
To conduct her research, Julie Bowles has participated shipboard on multiple ocean drilling projects that aim to look deeper into the Earth’s crust.
Bowles is interested in variations in the strength of Earth’s magnetic field throughout its history, a field called paleo-intensity, and also the “rock records” of field variations, called paleomagnetism. Drilling provides insight into short- and long-term magnetic field behavior, which is used to determine the evolution of Earth’s core.
Whether on land or water, she is making new discoveries that have profound implications for paleo-intensity.
Bowles’ record of research and her ability to obtain funding are very impressive for a person at her level, say her nominators. In the last 10 years, Bowles has amassed $2.8 million in research funds from the National Science Foundation, Oceanographic Institutions/U.S. Science Support Program and NASA. “Her future is certainly bright, as she has considerable ongoing research, partners with some of the best and brightest in our field and works on difficult but rewarding topics,” says Laurie Brown, emerita professor of geophysics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Winson Chu, Associate Professor, History
Winson Chu’s research lies at the intersection of German and Polish history and cultures during the 19thand 20thcenturies,with an emphasis on multicultural populations, ethnic cleansing and diasporas.
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It discusses intra-ethnic rivalry, national identity and citizenship under the pressure of international conflicts.
The relevance of his work in today’s world of mobile and refugee populations, ethnic nationalism and minority conflicts has already made him a much-invited speaker.
One nominator, Margaret Lavinia Anderson, emerita professor at UC-Berkeley, describes Chu as a scholar of enviable range with an eye for paradoxes and a rising profile among international scholars.
“Winson is on the verge of becoming one of the leading historians of his generation,” she says.
Deborah Hannula, Associate Professor, Psychology
Cognitive neuroscientist Deborah Hannula is an exceptional, independent scholar whose innovative research program has made important strides in understanding the nature of memory. Hannula’s main interest involves episodic memory, or individuals’ ability to retain information about an event and the spatio-temporal context in which the event occurred.
Episodic memory is traditionally considered to be conscious recollection, but Hannula has demonstrated that obligatory eye movements can reveal unconscious memories activated in the brain’s hippocampus.
The work has been supported by a prestigious Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation, the first awarded to a UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 psychology faculty member. Hannula’s research papers have been widely cited by other scientists.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Simone Ghetti, a professor of psychology at UC-Davis, notes, “Her research is always carefully designed and beautifully described, and some of her manuscripts are on the road to become classics in cognitive neuroscience.”
Hannula has devoted much time to community outreach events like the UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 Science Bag shows and Upward Bound Math & Science. She also has been featured in media outlets such as Scientific American, Science Daily and Science Now.
David Kaplan, Associate Professor, Physics
David Kaplan is a leader in several distinct areas of astrophysics and has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation since 2010. “Kaplan is a gem that any top-tier university would like to have as a member of its faculty,” says nominator Jim Cordes of Cornell University. “I would put him in the same league (but different era) as Shri Kularni, his PhD advisor at Caltech.”
Bryan Gaensler of the University of Toronto says, “Kaplan has distinguished himself by becoming a key global leader in the burgeoning fields of time-domain astronomy and multi-messenger astrophysics. He is both the glue that has assembled new teams to pursue new science, and also the individual driving force that has made many recent discoveries.”
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John Reuter, Assistant Professor, Political Science
John Reuter is an example of an early-career scholar making his mark on his field. He uses a range of techniques to ask important questions about the institutions of authoritarian government.
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“Reuter is one of the most promising young scholars conducting research on the institutions of authoritarian government and among the very top scholars in his cohort working on Russian politics,” says Daniel Treisman of UCLA. Joseph Wright at Penn State University adds, “By one metric, Google Scholar, Reuter’s publications citation count puts him among the most highly cited scholars in this field at this stage of his career.”
Miren Boehm, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Miren Boehm is a leading voice in an emerging reinterpretation of 18th-century Scottish philosopher David Hume—viewed by many as the most important philosopher to have written in the English language. Hume is perhaps best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism and naturalism.
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UWM Associate Professor of Philosophy and department chair Richard Tierney points out that “her work has already achieved a remarkable degree of recognition and has begun to exert a significant amount of influence for someone so early in her career.”
Harvey Bootsma, Associate Professor, Freshwater Sciences
Harvey Bootsma has helped reveal how fundamental properties of lakes—size, geologic setting, biotic composition and climate—influence and interact with the surrounding ecosystem. He has studied nutrient cycles and the impact on aquatic ecosystems of external stressors, such as invasive species, climate variability and land use.
Freshwater Sciences Dean J. Val Klump writes, “Harvey’s work has untangled some of the unpredictable ripple effects of the dreissenid mussel invasion that have completely reengineered the lower Great Lakes, and have permanently altered the Lake Michigan ecosystem.” The new paradigm that Bootsma’s lab has helped elucidate is helping guide policy and management decisions of fisheries and natural resource managers throughout the Great Lakes region.
Bootsma’s work has had a similar impact in Africa, where his studies of tropical Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes, date back to his graduate work in the late ‘80s. His exploration of nutrient cycling, water quality and sanitation issues has led to partnerships with local governments, as well as environmental and economic improvements.
Freshwater Sciences Assistant Dean for Advancement Eric Leaf writes, “Dr. Bootsma’s exceptional research is helping to produce tomorrow’s Great Lakes and water experts, while also having direct and significant impact on the community.”
Dawn Erb, Associate Professor, Physics
Dawn Erb is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of galaxy formation and evolution.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Calling her “one of the emerging stars of U.S. astronomy,” Max Pettini of the University of Cambridge points to two “landmark” papers by Erb. The first was a study of the composition of galaxies in the distant, early universe, which has shed light on the processes that shape galaxies and their synthesis of heavy elements from hydrogen and helium.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页The second identified galaxies thought to be analogous to far younger primordial galaxies believed to be responsible for the “phase transition,” in which neutral intergalactic gas became a plasma of charged particles. These ancient galaxies are too far to be seen in detail, but the analogs could offer insights into a key period in the evolution of the universe.
Erb’s thesis adviser, Charles Steidel, Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, notes that “each one of her papers is a major piece of work that sets the standard for the field.”
Erb has received a National Science Foundation Early Career Grant and multiple highly competitive Hubble Space Telescope observing grants.
Han Joo Lee, Associate Professor, Psychology
Han Joo Lee examines the underlying cognitive processes of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive conditions using experimental psychopathology approaches.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页In both his basic research and clinical work, he has identified novel research questions that have advanced the field and have the potential to help many people suffering from anxiety and obsessive-compulsive conditions. He has found that socially anxious people can effectively reduce the symptoms of anxiety depending on how they respond to certain negative facial expressions.
“This is a truly groundbreaking finding that should prompt the field to more broadly consider attentional problems in anxiety and how to treat them,” writes W. Hobart Davies, Psychology Department chair. “Dr. Lee is one of very few researchers investigating this important attentional avoidance process in anxiety.”
Lee has also developed a computerized intervention for individuals with OCD-spectrum problems, and it’s designed to improve the ability to stop unwanted or problematic behaviors. Lee’s work in this area earned him a UWM Research Foundation Catalyst Grant in 2013.
Lee has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed papers, including 33 since he arrived at UWM in 2009. Also since 2009, he has been awarded seven grants as PI or Co-PI大奖娱乐官方网站主页, totaling $978,431, including a recent National Institute of Health R21 Research Grant Award to continue his work on computer-based interventions for OCD and hair-pulling.
Blain Neufeld, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Blain Neufeld is providing a renewed and expansive vision of political liberalism—a prominent theory of justice and legitimacy founded on ideals of liberty and equality. He challenges the conventional notion that its founding principle is toleration, arguing instead that political liberalism is founded on a principle of civic respect. He expands political liberalism beyond its traditional limits through his scholarship on the family and gender equality.
With his deep understanding of public policy, Neufeld illustrates the real-world relevance of political liberalism in areas such as civic education and foreign policy.
UWM Philosophy Department chair William Bristow writes that “Neufeld’s outstanding work on civic respect among citizens in a liberal society reorients our conception of the foundations of political liberalism.”
Simone Chambers, professor of political science at the University of California-Irvine, said that Neufeld’s forthcoming book on civic education will be “a major contribution to contemporary analytic political theory.”
Neufeld is a Center for International Education Global Studies Fellow this year, and a past fellow of the Center for 21st Century Studies. His past awards include a Spencer Foundation research grant, a Graduate School Research Committee Award, and multiple Faculty of Arts & Humanities Travel Awards.
Margaret Noodin, Director, Quinney Institute
Margaret Noodin studies indigenous and American Indian literature, culture and sociolinguistics, and she has worked tirelessly to preserve the ancient language of the Anishinaabe, a group of culturally related peoples of Canada and the United States that includes the Odawa, Potawatomi and Ojibwe.
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“Very few scholars in the U.S. and Canada have both the language skills and the literary training to undertake such a project,” said Jill Doerfler, who directs American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
In addition to serving as the director of the Electa Quinney Institute, Noodin is also president of the Studies in American Indian Literatures Association and vice president of the MLA Division of Language Change.
Ramin Pashaie, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
A core member of the bioengineering-oriented faculty at UWM, Pashaie works on hybrid instrumentation to study brain-blood communication. He received a federal grant in 2015 to develop technology to help researchers understand how information processing and blood flow are intertwined. Learning details of such processes is the first step to understanding the circuitry of diseases such as Alzheimer’s or atherosclerosis.
Pashaie is a collaborative researcher who has initiated research projects with other UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 departments as well as UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin. His collaborative projects with local industry include development of a new generation of multiphoton microscopy systems and building high-throughput DNA sequencing instrumentation.
Justin Williams, Vilas Distinguished Achievement professor at UW-Madison, notes the high regard in the field for Pashaie’s research program and calls him “the consummate academician, thinking about big problems with deep intellectual rigor,” and admires his “very ‘can-do’ attitude.”
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Pashaie has published 26 papers in high-quality journals of bioengineering and bio-optics, including Nature Communications, Nature Neuroscience, and the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism.
Chia Vang, Associate Professor, History
Chia Youyee Vang is a leading historical scholar on the Hmong diaspora, especially in the Midwestern and U.S. context. Her early research explored the region near her home and led to her 2008 book, Hmong in Minnesota. Her 2010 book, Hmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora, which explores a broader population, is highly acclaimed. Hmong Studies Journal editor Mark Pfeifer calls the book “a seminal monograph within Hmong American studies and the most comprehensive account to date of contemporary Hmong American history within any academic work.”
Former research collaborator Monica Trieu, an assistant professor at Purdue University, writes that Vang “taught me that one could simultaneously be a productive academic, while also giving back to the community,” and admires “the genuine care and commitment that she possesses for her research subjects/community.”
A Hmong American who arrived in the United States from Laos in 1980 at age 9, Vang joined UWM in 2006 as an instructor in the UWM Department of History while finishing her doctorate. She joined the faculty in 2006 and earned tenure in 2011.
Dazhong Zhao, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Dazhong (Dave) Zhao studies plant development—specifically microRNAs, an abundant but fairly recently discovered class of small RNAs that regulate gene expression. Zhao is exploring the roles microRNAs play in plant cell determination and, more recently, the hormonal signaling that stimulates plant reproduction.
“Monumental” is how Keiko Torii, distinguished professor of biology at the University of Washington, describes Zhao’s 2008 article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
His recent work on hormonal signaling and plant reproduction “will have broad impact, not only among people who study plants, but also on how these mechanisms operate in animals, including humans,” said R. David Heathcote, chair of UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页’s Biological Sciences Department.
Zhao also conducts applied research, evidenced by his 2016 Catalyst Grant from the Bradley Foundation, whose awards support work in areas at UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 deemed to have strong commercialization potential. The project’s goal is to create switchgrass that can turn its fertility on or off, helping in the production of biomass without posing a risk to natural crops.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Zhao was the 2007 Milwaukee recipient of the Shaw Scientist Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
Jason Puskar, Associate Professor, English
It didn’t take long for Jason Puskar to make an impression at UWM. Among some 300 applicants for an assistant professorship in English in 2005, “He stood out from the beginning as simply the best,” wrote Jane Gallop, distinguished professor of English and chair of the search committee. “His was hands-down the best writing sample of the sixty we read.”
His first book, Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance, published by Stanford University Press in 2012, explores how the effects of chance, accidents, and the upheavals of modern life in the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries were represented in realist American fiction. Puskar argues that literature at this time actively produced chance by categorizing injuries and losses as blameless accidents, and that doing so helped Americans develop new forms of social solidarity.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Of his forthcoming book, which explores the technology of the push button in modern American culture, Gallop wrote, “I was pretty much blown away by its originality, scholarly ambition, and sheer brilliance. The first book was very good; the second will be phenomenal.”
Work on his first book was supported by a Research Growth Initiative grant, his second by a 2014-2015 fellowship at the Center for 21st Century Studies.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页He is also a popular choice with students. Last spring he chaired four dissertation committees, served on seven others and chaired two graduate-level project committees.
Rafael Rodriguez Sevilla, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Rodríguez Sevilla has achieved national and international prominence for his work on the evolution of behavior, specifically sexual selection and speciation in insects.
His department chair, Professor R. David Heathcote, says Rodríguez Sevilla’s work is “changing the way evolutionary biologists think about population divergence and the process of speciation.” He has adapted Doppler-laser vibrometry—a technique for detecting vibrations on surfaces—to measure in detail the vibrational signals of various kinds of male insects, and how females interact with them.
Rodríguez Sevilla’s work has also revealed that social and rearing environments can influence the expression of insect genotypes.
Michael Greenfield, now a professor at Université François Rabelais de Tours, directed Rodriguez Sevilla’s dissertation, a National Science Foundation-funded project that he finished in 2002 at the University of Kansas.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页“Without question, he is the most intellectually gifted of the 14 graduate students that I have trained over the years—the one most destined for a successful, long-term career in academia,” Greenfield wrote. “I have followed his progress and new directions, which I might describe as meteoric in the past few years.”
Rodríguez Sevilla has attracted more than $1.2 million in research funding. He has published 55 journal articles—33 as lead author—and is associate editor of the journal Evolution, published by the Society for the Study of Evolution.
Xavier Siemens, Associate Professor, Physics
When Siemens joined the UWM faculty in 2007, he was already a premier researcher in gravitational-wave astronomy—a reputation earned from postdoctoral work at UWM, as well as Caltech and other institutions.
Siemens is a leader in the search for gravitational waves, whose existence is predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. These faint, low-frequency waves carry information on the motions of objects in the universe, and their detection and analysis will allow scientists to observe further back into the history of the universe than ever before.
With Siemens’ novel incorporation of radio astronomy data into the quest, gravitational waves may soon be detected indirectly—as tiny fluctuations in the steady frequency of radio waves from spinning neutron stars. The promise of this idea has spawned the National Science Foundation’s new North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav)—one of only 10 NSF Physics Frontiers Centers nationwide. With this five-year, $16 million grant, Siemens leads a team of more than 20 researchers from 11 institutions.
Siemens also contributes extensively to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory Scientific Collaboration, a group of more than 900 scientists worldwide dedicated to the detection and analysis of gravitational waves—and the largest, most ambitious project ever funded by the NSF.
Siemens has published more than 150 papers, which have been cited more than 7,000 times. He has attracted more than $42 million in research grants—$34 million as principal investigator—including continuous funding from the NSF since 2008.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Alexander Arnold has assumed a key role in UWM’s mission of discovering new medicines for human disease.
His discoveries on ligand-receptor interactions set the groundwork for novel drug development in the area of vitamin D, thyroid hormone, and androgen signaling, to name a few.
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This is not only essential to his own research, but also for supporting the work of other researchers. “Alexander has developed, equipped, and staffed a laboratory with broad expertise to perform in vitro pre-clinical assays and evaluate biological specimens from test animals. This capability is a core resource for my laboratory and many other investigators within the MIDD,” said nominator and UWM Distinguished Professor James Cook.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Arnold is currently involved in grants from the National Institutes of Health that total more than $5.3 million. His research has led to several patent applications, and two awarded patents, one of which was already licensed to the Boston biotechnology company KeraFAST Inc.
S. Scott Graham
Assistant Professor, English
Can an English professor lay the foundation for restoring public trust in a federal agency and encouraging the many stakeholders involved in crafting national health care policy to play nice?
S. Scott Graham just might. The ambitious assistant professor of technical and professional writing has been credited for bringing new energy to the UWM English Department since he arrived in 2012 and founded the Scientific and Medical Communications Laboratory (SAMComm).Graham explores the effective and ethical uses of communication at the often volatile intersections of science and public policy, such as the interfaces among pharmaceutical companies, the Food and Drug Administration and public advocacy groups.
Rather than try to tease just quantitative data from these snarled webs of communication, Graham developed an innovative, qualitative data analysis server at SAMComm to document financial conflicts on federal pharmaceuticals policy.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页In addition to national recognition, Graham is also attracting federal funding. English colleague Dave Clark writes that Graham’s funding so far–$300,000–and the nearly $1 million more in current proposals “promise to help the entire Professional and Technical Writing Program revise how it thinks about the potential of grant funding.”
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Emily Latch’s research uses molecular genetic tools and statistical genetic methods to understand how ecological processes influence formation of new species and hybridization of existing species.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Her work is highly regarded by national and international researchers in her discipline. In 2013, her published work received a total of 94 citations.
“Dr. Latch’s papers demonstrate an integration of methods and ideas across molecular genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, and wildlife management that is extremely valuable to all of these fields, but too rarely demonstrated by others who have more narrow expertise or interests,” says nominator Robert Lacy, a leader in the field of conservation genetics who has joint research appointments at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Brookfield Zoo.
Sara Oyler-McCance of the U.S. Geological Survey calls Latch “an emerging leader in wildlife genomics,” who can convey complicated molecular concepts in a way that is understandable to a lay audience.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页“Emily is particularly well-known for using genetic techniques to address questions in wildlife management. She has documented the impacts of reintroductions of wildlife species by looking at hybridization, gene flow, and social structure, and has provided much insight into management strategies.”
Assistant Professor Zilber School of Public Health
The research of Todd Miller focuses on algal blooms and the toxins they produce and release into the fresh- water environment, a potential threat to human health.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Miller is the leader of an international coalition of 20 scientists in 14 nations who collaborate to understand water eutrophication and algal toxin production.
With a background that encompasses micro- biology, genomics and analytical chemistry, he is well positioned to take a leading role in under- standing the nature of those problems and addressing their remediation.
“I do not know anyone else quite like him in terms of scientific breadth,” says nominator and UWM Distinguished Professor David Petering.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Miller also has linked his work to the greater community by partnering with the national Children’s Environmental Health Science Core Center and the City of Milwaukee Health Department on water quality issues.
In addition to these accomplishments, Miller has been wildly successful at attracting grants. In only three years, he has garnered just under $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Not only is it extremely difficult to obtain top-tier funding on the first try, but also Miller as earned these while the Zilber School was just launched.
Associate Professor, Art & Design
Nathaniel Stern’s work bridges multiple disciplines, merging new with traditional media, installation with inter- active art, and the maker community with entrepreneurial endeavors.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页He shows a sustained commitment to contemporary art practice, a vast conceptual and technical expertise, and diverse experiences as a scholar and art practitioner.
“His scholarly and creative research thoughtfully and seamlessly integrate to analyze digital media in a manner rarely seen in academics with a hybrid practice,” says one of his nominators.
It’s one reason he is sought after by multiple disciplines at UWM to teach a variety of research- intensive courses, be it the graduate seminars in Art and Design, senior seminars in Global Studies, Product Realization in Engineering, Entrepreneurship Experience in Business. As co-founder of UWM’s Student Startup Challenge, Stern inspires students to turn their ideas into companies.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页“What distinguishes these pieces, and indeed all of Stern’s work,” says another nominator, “is a playful and rigorous collision of computational and digital media with more traditional media forms, whether prints, photographs or sculpture.”
This approach has earned him international acclaim. His project “Tweets in Space” garnered a huge buzz while still in its fundraising phase, with stories about the project appearing in Scientific American, National Geographic and Forbes.
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Luca Ferrero is a recognized leader in the philosophy of action, a broad field that explores aspects of human action and decision-making, including intention and intentional action, the ontology of action, motivation, free will, and social action.
The work of philosophers of action often overlaps with that of non-philosophers including jurists, neuroscientists, and psychologists. Ferrero studies how the nature of intentional action changes over time, and how such actions influence personal identity.
Michael E. Bratman, professor of philosophy at Stanford University and eminent thinker in the philosophy of action, has cited four publications that best represent Ferrero’s work. “Taken together,” he writes, “these essays constitute an extended and insightful investigation into the relations between time and our rational, autonomous agency. I know of no other younger scholar of philosophy who has made such progress on these basic issues.”
Recognition for his work include a 2005 Stanford Humanities Fellowship, selection for a 2011 NEH Summer Seminar on 20th Century American Philosophy at Princeton University, and numerous UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 distinctions, including two fellowship offers from the Center for 21st Century Studies, two Graduate School Research Committee Awards, and three Arts and Humanities Research Travel Awards. In addition, his 2008 essay “Action” tops the “Popular Essays” list on the Web site philosophyofaction.com.
Associate Professor, History
Ben Johnson’s areas of research include three somewhat overlapping yet distinct fields: the history of the American West, the broader history of the North American borderlands, and environmental history.
His first two award-winning books, Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans, and Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place, explore racial strife on the U.S.-Mexico border. Johnson is now working on a history of the conservation movement in the Progressive Era, a time that popularized the idea that wilderness is spiritually renewing and an essential part of the national landscape.
Stephen Aron, professor and chair of the UCLA Institute for the Study of the American West, writes that Johnson’s achievements in Revolution in Texas go “well beyond the usual for a first book,” and that it “stands, in fact, as a primer for how to write borderlands history.” Aron further writes that Johnson’s scholarship is “shaping the direction of multiple fields and inspiring other scholars to do the same.”
Among other achievements are a 2013-’14 NEH Faculty Fellowship for his project, “A History of the American Conservation Movement” and a faculty appointment in the 2013 NEH大奖娱乐官方网站主页 Summer Institutes for schoolteachers.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Krista Lisdahl is advancing our understanding of how chronic drug use effects the brains of adolescents and young adults. With a unique, multidisciplinary approach integrating molecular genetics, brain structure and function, and behavior, her lab aims to better understand the cognitive consequences of a chronic pot habit in the developing brain, and whether physical exercise can reduce or even prevent the damage, or decrease drug abuse.
The research also seeks more information about the process of connectivity in the maturing brain and the role of physical activity in that process.
Described by a department colleague as “truly cutting-edge work,” Lisdahl’s research has garnered several national awards, perhaps most notably the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
Lisdahl has published 30 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has eight more under review or in progress. Seven of her publications have come since her arrival at UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 in 2011. Lisdahl has 59 papers or posters presented at conferences and 11 invited lectures at research institutions around the country. Her research has been funded by more than $2 million from the National Institutes of Health.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Why is a smile perceived as happy, while a scowl is considered threatening? Christine Larson’s work on emotion has demonstrated that understanding the effects of visual signals of threat and happiness can be reduced to fundamental properties, such as their geometry.
Using two important techniques to explore the emotion-brain connection—neuroimaging and psycho-physiology—Larson has discovered that certain shapes influence neural circuits in the brain that are involved in emotional processing.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页With more than $1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, Larson also probes the regulation of emotions, with a focus on clarifying its role in depression and anxiety disorders.
“Chris sets herself apart from psychologists who do neuroimaging and psycho-physiology by being one of the few scientists in the world who does both,” according to one nominator.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Her work has been recognized by various publications and with several awards, including the K-award from N I H, given specifically to promising scientists wishing to acquire training in new areas of their disciplines. This will allow Larson to add molecular genetic techniques to her neurobiological investigations of emotional regulation.
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A richly detailed narrative style has earned her praise as a rising star in urban history and mirrors her exhaustive, engaging research approach. From neighborhood block parties to university laboratories, she strives for complete, balanced, accurate storytelling. As a humanities professor writing the book, Is Graduate School Really for You?, Seligman devoted additional time to researching and reporting on the experience of graduate students in laboratory sciences.
She continues to keep her research close to home as lead organizer and editor of the upcoming Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. For this collaboration between UWM and Marquette, Seligman helped secure RGI funding and negotiated key production contracts. She simultaneously contributed to other encyclopedias, directed the Urban Studies program and taught entry-level through doctoral students of history. It’s working, say colleagues, who note that Seligman has attracted “legions of graduate students” to UWM.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Xiaohua Peng has developed a novel platform for anticancer drugs that can specifically kill cancer cells while reducing the potential for toxicity to normal cells. The work could lead to cancer treatments with far fewer harsh side effects.
“Her independent research has shown creativity, courage to try new ideas and the ability to integrate novel concepts across scientific disciplines,” says one nominator.
A founding faculty member of UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页‘s Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery, Peng’s research has attracted international attention. Her work was featured in a news report published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London. She has presented her work at National Institutes of Health workshops and at the Gordon Research Conference, considered the premier global scientific conference for leading investigators in the field.
Peng’s goal is to connect basic science discovery to improved patient care. Her work at UWM has led to two patent applications, a key step in the transfer of technology from the lab to use in oncology practice.
In May, she received the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist Award, which, in addition to providing $200,000 in support of her work, recognizes the importance, impact and potential of her contributions to cancer research.
Na Jin Seo
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Na Jin Seo has produced biomechanical models that explain the need and potential for new hand-strength and function assessment tools in medical clinics. Currently, clinics measure hand strength and function with grip and pinch gauges that do not capture the subtle effects of neurological impairment nor take friction into account.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页“She is one of the most productive investigators in the field of hand biomechanics and rehabilitation,” says one nominator.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research awarded Seo the Distinguished Fellowship Award for her research to develop innovative assistive devices for people with disabilities. Her research on how strokes affect hand functioning has appeared in both journals and non-journal publications, including Science Daily and Rehab Management magazine.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Seo has been exceptional in mentoring students in research, procuring extramural training fellowships for them from organizations such as the American Society of Biomechanics and the American Heart Association. Her graduate students took first, second and third places at this year’s Larry Hause Student Poster Competition held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Under her mentorship, 12 undergraduates have produced national and international conference publications.
Seo also participates in local stroke support groups, encouraging stroke survivors to become involved in community events and university research.
Margaret L. Fraiser
Assistant Professor, Geosciences
Margaret Fraiser’s work focuses on understanding how simple marine organisms adapted to, recovered from and evolved after the worst mass extinction of life in Earth’s history 252 million years ago.
The work is particularly significant because it is helping to unravel how ancient life forms responded to dramatic climate change and drastically elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Fraiser is quickly becoming a world expert on this topic.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Working with six other colleagues from China, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., Fraiser has helped form a large international collaborative of scientists who study patterns from the mass extinction biotic recoveries in various environmental settings and climate zones.
She also was asked to be a special guest editor for Global and Planetary Change大奖娱乐官方网站主页, connecting her work to the quest to understand how Earth’s organisms will respond to climate change today and in the future.
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Peter Geissinger’s record of accomplishment during the last 12 years at UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 is impressive. In addition to securing $2.25 million in funding, he has published 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and five book chapters. He has also transferred his research into a productive collaboration with local industry.
Advanced Chemical Systems, a Milwaukee-based company that develops water treatment technologies, has signed an option to license Geissinger’s optical-fiber sensor technology, which has been supported by the Bradley Foundation.
His novel research has also resulted in two patents—one issued and one pending. Geissinger recently completed a prestigious Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
“Peter’s research is truly ‘cross-cutting’ in that, while educated in physics, his work is not only within the discipline of physical chemistry, but also encompasses analytical, biochemical and environmental research,” says one nominator.
As an example, one of his doctoral students recently won “best poster” award at an annual meeting attended mostly by geologists, biologists and civil engineers. “To have the research of a physical chemistry group so well-recognized at this meeting is quite remarkable,” says a nominator.
Rebecca D. Klaper
Associate Professor, Freshwater Sciences
Rebecca Klaper has clearly established herself as an expert on the biological effects of nanoparticles and emerging contaminants on aquatic organisms. She was one of the first researchers to identify the characteristics of nanomaterials that may cause toxicity in water.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页In addition, she has conducted many studies gauging the effects of environmental exposure to trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in fish, including some of the first studies on how exposure to Prozac adversely affects fish reproductive behavior. Using genomics, she determines which genes in fish are “turned on” or “turned off” in controlling such behavior.
Klaper is a sought-after resource on environmental toxicology for numerous governmental agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences panel on the health and safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials.
She also enthusiastically promotes science to the public. She was producer of the 2008 documentary film “Inland Seas: Understanding and Protecting the Waters of the Great Lakes.” In 2009 she was recognized by Milwaukee Magazine as one of 36 “new leaders under 40 who will change Milwaukee.”
Assistant Professor, Physics
Marius Schmidt has made important contributions in the relatively new field of time-resolved crystallography, a technique that allows him to image proteins as their atomic structure changes during biochemical reactions.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Using this X-ray diffraction technique, Schmidt can image an ensemble of molecules in five dimensions—three spatial dimensions and time. By adding and varying temperature, he can see all the changes in the protein as they happen, obtaining a comprehensive view of how it carries out essential functions.
This research could lead to a rational design of optical switches that could be used in biophysical research.
Replicating the work of proteins also is an important aspect of new drug discovery. Schmidt received an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2010, the most prestigious grant for younger researchers given by the National Science Foundation.
“This is a competitive field in which Schmidt has excelled,” says one of his nominators. Says another: “With his connections, his world-class experimental experience and his analysis methods, he is poised to make high-impact research in this new direction.”
Andrea C. Westlund
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Andrea Westlund is acknowledged by peers as much for her original contributions to moral philosophy as she is for her deeply relevant subject matter and everyday eloquence.
“Her ideas are developing in new directions and it is absolutely clear that not only is her current work outstanding, but her best work is yet to come,” writes one colleague.
Westlund’s work on companion love and forgiveness—in “tightly argued, systematic, zero-fluff” writing—inspires particular praise. She does not proffer marital advice, nor does she make value-laden suggestions about those grievances that deserve forgiveness, or those that do not. Acknowledging the complexity of human relationships, she offers morality as a window through which to look at those near us and consider our response to them.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页In her own words, forgiveness “expresses moral faith in an offender, understood as readiness to interpret the offender as worthy of one’s love and goodwill even though the underlying realities are indeterminate.”
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Westlund’s philosophy, adds another nominator, is the kind that lingers on after the book has been closed or the page has been turned. “Her work is never just an intellectual exercise. It is the sort of work that a reader can come away from personally changed.”
Jolien D. Creighton
Associate Professor, Physics
Jolien Creighton is one of a new breed of gravitational physicists who works at the interface of theory and experiment.
Detecting gravitational waves—ripples in space-time caused by violent movement of massive objects in space—is among the most challenging scientific endeavors of the century.
Finding evidence for gravitational waves requires the observation of a change in the distance between two mirrors on a detector that is smaller than a proton! It requires physicists like Creighton to extract a signal that is deeply buried in “noise,” a task that Creighton accomplishes using algorithms.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页His research brings together a deep understanding of theoretical gravitational physics with a superb technical mastery of data analysis and statistical methodologies in a unique way. For example, he developed methods for detecting weak, short bursts of gravitational radiation from sources that cannot be accurately modeled theoretically or numerically.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页“The most recent talk I heard by Jolien was entitled something like, ‘Searches for gravitational waves from bursts, compact binaries and ringdowns,'” says Barry Barish, Linde Professor of Physics Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology. “This title alone demonstrates the breadth of his in-depth work because the three topics have very different challenges and opportunities and Jolien has been central to all three.”
His high stature in gravitational physics also is reflected in the funding he has received from the National Science Foundation, which includes well over $2 million in grants as principal investigator.
Jennifer A. Jordan
Associate Professor, Sociology
Jennifer Jordan has distinguished herself as an outstanding scholar for her work in the areas of collective memory and the sociology of food. She has maintained a remarkable pace of research since attaining tenure in 2006.In her first book, Structures of Memory, she explores why certain places in the urban landscape of Berlin—and, by extension, other places such as Oklahoma City—become marked as significant in our collective memory, while others fade.
“Her writings demonstrate a highly detailed and meticulous style of qualitative research,” says one nominator.
Now she has “made the turn” from the research of her dissertation, which resulted in the highly praised book, and created a whole new research direction. Her work on the cultural meanings of heirloom produce and heritage livestock links memory, location, status and taste.”
Her attention to contexts of locale and space is one of Jennifer’s singular contributions to studies of collective memory,” says one nominator.
Not only has the draft of her second book, Edible Memory, already generated interest from one of the most prestigious presses in sociology, but Jordan also has garnered much coverage in the general media.
She also has been extraordinarily successful in generating external funding for research that is typically un- or underfunded. In her time at UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页, she has received funding from no less than five different external sources, including the Austrian Science Fund, the Austrian equivalent of the National Science Foundation in the U.S.
Lindsay J. McHenry
Assistant Professor, Geosciences
Much of Lindsay McHenry’s work has been focused at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, one of the world’s most famous paleo-anthropological locations, and is helping to unravel questions of early human evolution.
McHenry is a geologist who uses geochemical analysis and correlation of volcanic ashes to help archaeologists at Olduvai accurately date finds at excavation sites.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页These artifacts are buried in a complex succession of sedimentary and highly altered volcanic strata, rather than in neat, chronological layers. That has prevented researchers from identifying the first appearance of some of the various fossils and stone-tool technologies.
McHenry is involved in fieldwork in at least three other sites near Olduvai, demonstrating the interest of many project leaders in counting on her expertise, says one nominator. “It is not an exaggeration to state that Dr. McHenry is becoming a key researcher on the study of quaternary geology in East Africa.”
Because of the importance of Olduvai and the charged political climate, it is extremely difficult to obtain funding and permits to work in the gorge. But McHenry has managed to navigate these difficult waters and secure substantial funding.
As a result, she advanced this summer from being a participant on various field teams working within the gorge to being a lead principal investigator and team leader in charge of an international group.
Her research in altered volcanic ash in archaeological contexts has also led McHenry to a new line of inquiry. She has discovered that her methods are relevant to the study of the history of water on Mars.
Abdolhosein “Adel” Nasiri
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Adel Nasiri’s research is focused on wind energy, particularly energy-efficient electronics and wind turbines, as well as the effective use of energy storage systems. His work addresses the need to integrate renewable energy systems with conventional power sources without major disruptions.
In the past five years, he has demonstrated great potential to achieve distinction in the field through his scholarship, well-funded research activities and broad collaboration, especially with local industry, which provides some of his funding.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页“Dr. Nasiri is a scholar with a strong record of research accomplishments that can have significant impacts in solving our energy crisis,” says one nominator. “Moreover, he plays a crucial role in connecting with local companies owing to the synergy of his research with the industrial base in Wisconsin.”
Since joining the faculty in 2005, Nasiri has acquired two patents, and a third is pending. He has achieved an impressive level of funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, and has developed collaborative research relationships with other UWM schools and departments and other institutions in Milwaukee.
His large team of 11 graduate students demonstrates his success in building a research program in power electronics and renewable energy in only a brief period.”
大奖娱乐官方网站主页The record of external funding shows that he is gaining recognition for his creativity and innovations,” says a nominator. “His professional activities are commensurate with a ‘rising star’ in his field.”
Scott J. Adams
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Scott Adams specializes in the economics of health policy, the labor market for older workers, and the effect of living-wage ordinances—popular local laws that set wages that companies doing business with the government must pay to their employees.
Adams has become a national expert on these policies, showing how they have affected employment and the distribution of income.
He is a skilled and creative researcher, whose studies have generated substantial interest from the popular media, including the Washington Post, USA Today and The Economist.
He also is highly sought-after by policymakers. A clear indication of the regard with which his work is held in the profession was his selection last academic year as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
The nine appointees to this post are chosen by the best economists from a handful of leading departments. Adams is the first from UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 to be named to this position.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Erica Bornstein’s research on humanitarianism in India, begun after her arrival at UWM in 2004, is at the forefront of the emerging field of comparative studies of humanitarianism. Her work encompasses philanthropy, charity, humanitarianism, nongovernmental organizations, political anthropology and the anthropology of religion.
Her 2003 book, The Spirit of Development: Protestant NGOs, Morality, and Economics in Zimbabwe, has been adopted for courses in at least 15 universities, including Stanford and the London School of Economics.
In 2006-07, Bornstein was one of six resident scholars at the School of Advanced Research on the Human Experience in New Mexico. In 2008 she co-organized an advanced seminar at the school that produced the forthcoming volume Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism Between Ethics and Politics.
James Ferguson, chair of the Anthropology Department at Stanford University, wrote that Bornstein “combines an extraordinarily acute, critical intelligence with exceptional imagination, creativity and intellectual curiosity,” adding that her dissertation was “one of the most exciting and original that I have seen.”
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Michael Liston has distinguished himself among philosophers of science and mathematics with his deep knowledge of the disciplines’ actual history. He has compiled an impressive record of research in the philosophies of science, mathematics and language, and has also written on the philosophy of logic and philosophical naturalism.
Liston is currently writing a book on philosopher, physicist and historian Pierre Duhem, an important figure of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Liston’s research on Duhem’s philosophy of science was funded by a 2006 UWM Research Growth Initiative<sup® (RGI大奖娱乐官方网站主页) award, and subsequently by the National Science Foundation in 2007, a rare accomplishment among philosophers.
Arnold Koslow, philosophy professor at City University of New York, calls many of Liston’s papers “philosophical gems so worthy, and filled with interesting arguments and evaluations that they will repay continued study.”
Liston has also been a fellow at the Center for 21st Century Studies and received two UWM Sabbatical awards and a Graduate School Research Committee Award.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jorg Woehl’s research expertise lies in the imaging and manipulation of single nanoscale objects.
Prior to coming to UWM in 2004, Woehl had already built a reputation in his field—near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM), which uses a subwavelength light source as a scanning probe.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页He is one of the few people in the world with this expertise and has built an extremely sophisticated experimental laboratory focusing on NSOM imaging. The equipment he has built is so precise that it can obtain information on a single molecule.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页He also is investigating nano-positioning methods for molecules on surfaces, such as proteins in biological membranes. If successful, such methods would provide new avenues for probing molecular function and present new potential applications.
Woehl has filed three patent applications related to his research on methods for fabricating novel optical fiber tips from photonic crystal fibers. He also has translated his initial experimental successes into both publications and funding since his arrival at UWM.
Lei “Leslie” Ying
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Lei Ying’s work revolves around improving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, which currently are too slow to be effective for use on parts of the body that move, such as the heart.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Ying’s work has opened up a new research direction for developing algorithms that will achieve the highest imaging speed possible.
She is one of the first researchers to investigate the application of a math theory called “compressing sensing” to MRI, and she is leading the field. Compressed sensing would enable MRIs to produce real-time pictures of internal human organs without sacrificing the quality of the image. It could potentially improve diagnoses of many diseases.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Ying’s achievements have recently been recognized by the National Science Foundation with a prestigious Early CAREER Award.
She holds two U.S. patents through the UWM Research Foundation and will soon have a third. In addition, Ying has established collaborations with other institutions and industries, and with other departments at UWM.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
The research of mechanical engineer Junhong Chen includes unique production of nanoparticles for advanced technology devices and development of nanoscale gas and biological sensors.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Using plasma—partially ionized gases—Chen’s lab produces nanocrystals with precise size, form, structure, and composition, and on various surfaces.
The miniaturized gas sensors under development in his lab, which rapidly identify trace amount of gases/vapors or their mixtures, are important in such areas as environmental monitoring, medical diagnosis, food processing, and control of other industrial processes. Chen’s UWM Research Foundation Catalyst Grant is funding development of a nanoscale gas sensor that combines and improves upon two existing sensor technologies.
Chen’s graduate advisor at the University of Minnesota, Jane Davidson, writes that “he is one of the leading young scientists in the U.S. and has the intellect and drive to become one of the future superstars.”
Other funding for Chen’s research since 2004 includes a Research Growth Initiative® award, five grants from the National Science foundation, and grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, Xerox Corporation, and Miller Electric Manufacturing in Appleton.
Assistant Professor, Geosciences
Dyanna Czeck studies how rocks deform under stresses caused by tectonic motions. Such research is important for understanding how and where rocks may fault—break catastrophically—or flow—deform gradually—in tectonically active areas.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Her specific areas of study include the three-dimensional flow processes, mineral alignment, and strain in deformed rocks.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Czeck’s work is remarkable for the wide range of research techniques she employs. In addition to traditional geologic field mapping and geophysical surveys, she uses electron microscopy, material flow studies, and GIS technologies.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Czeck is a widely traveled researcher, having done fieldwork in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico, Utah, Canada, Scotland, and Spain.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页UW-Madison structural geologist Basil Tikoff writes of Czeck, “Her integration of field geology, quantitative analysis, and geophysical methods has had a major impact” on knowledge of lateral-motion faults, adding that “It is a pleasure to work with someone as intellectually alive as Dyanna.”
In addition to a 2005 grant from the National Science Foundation, Czeck received a 2003 UWM Research Committee Award and a 2006 Research Growth Initiative® award.
Associate Professor, Physics
Understanding unconventional superconductivity, and other phenomena involving strong interactions between electrons, is considered the Holy Grail of condensed matter physics. Such research has helped produce many electronic devices we use today—devices that are faster, greener, cheaper, and smarter.
Prasenjit Guptasarma and his colleagues have carried out pioneering work in superconductivity and magnetism, now published in many influential research journals such as Nature大奖娱乐官方网站主页. In 2005, Guptasarma won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award. Today, he continues to attract a substantial level of extramural funding.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页To probe fundamental interactions, physicists use single crystals and study them in extreme environments such as very low temperature and high magnetic field.”
He ranks among the most promising young experimental physicists in this country today,” says Arun Bansil, program manager in the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. “He is already among the best crystal growers in the world.”
He also is well-known for the how often other scientists cite his published work in their own research. More than 1,500 publication citations places Guptasarma in the top 5 percent of associate professors in condensed matter physics, says Marshall Onellion, professor of physics at UW-Madison.
Associate Professor, Physics
Daniel Agterberg’s basic research is helping explain how superconductors work. They’re already revolutionizing the power, cell-phone, and magnetic imaging industries, but Agterberg is helping to overcome obstacles that could allow superconductors to help create a new type of faster, quantum computer.
How some materials are able to conduct electricity with zero resistance has long been a mystery to scientists, and Agterberg’s bold predictions have helped overturn long-standing beliefs and resolved some important questions.
Professor Manfred Sigrist, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, writes that “Daniel is a highly gifted and original researcher with the rare talent to connect experiments and theoretical concepts in a very physical and intuitive way.”
大奖娱乐官方网站主页Agterberg attracted a nearly quarter-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, an impressive feat in the competitive field of superconductivity.
Agterberg is primary or contributing author of 50 articles since 1993 and has been invited to give 20 conference presentations and 21 seminars and colloquia. He has also received two UWM Research Committee Awards and funding for a 2006 Research Growth Initiative® proposal.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
With previous success in industry, Jian Chen has hit the ground running at UWM. Since arriving in August 2005, the materials chemist has focused his group’s research on fundamental understanding of organic nanomaterials and their applications in alternative energies, smart materials, and biomedical materials and devices.
After nearly five years of research and development at nanotech company Zyvex Corporation, Chen has established a state-of-the-art nanomaterials laboratory at UWM and collaborated with researchers from the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the WATER Institute.
At UWM Chen has generated over $910,000 in external funds from the National Science Foundation and Environmental Protection Agency, and has received Research Growth Initiative®大奖娱乐官方网站主页 funding in each year of the program, as well as a 2007 MiTAG award.
Kristene Surerus, Chair of the UWM Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, praises Chen’s “multidisciplinary approach and wide-ranging collaborations with physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers,” and writes that “Jian has excelled both in an industrial setting and in academia.”
Chen holds seven patents, and has filed three provisional patents since coming to UWM.
Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
After just two years at UWM, Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong has established one of the best research funding records at the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Gong is developing microcellular bio-based polymer nanocomposites with the goal of improving the performance of plastics made from renewable resources. She also is making new polymers suitable for human tissue regeneration and drug delivery. In addition, she is developing novel polymer nanocomposites with unique actuation capabilities. She is author or co-author of 70 technical papers on a wide range of topics, Gong’s research has attracted over $1.2 million extramural funding from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, including an NSF CAREER award, the most prestigious award for junior faculty members. She also is a principal investigator for three UWM Research Growth Initiative® grants.
Lih-Sheng Turng, co-director of the UW-Madison Polymer Engineering Center, writes, “Every major research university would like to have Professor Gong in light of her research accomplishments and fund-raising record. . . which are incredible, to say the least.”
Thomas Hubka is widely recognized for his studies of vernacular architecture, which refers to common, everyday buildings indigenous to a specific time or place.
He is best-known for his research on 18th century wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe. In the words of UWM大奖娱乐官方网站主页 Architecture Department Chair Brian Wishne, this work “single-handedly restored the history and significance of the architecture of Polish wooden synagogues from the lost Jewish-built culture and communities of Eastern Europe.”
Culminating in the 2003 book, Resplendent Synagogue, this work led to Hubka’s lifetime achievement award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum in 2004.
His 1984 book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn—also recognized by the Vernacular Architecture Forum—was described by a reviewer as “one of the standard works on regional farmsteads in America.”
Other areas of his research include imagery in the design process, New England farm architecture, vernacular architecture theory, and the architecture of H.H. Richardson.
大奖娱乐官方网站主页He is currently investigating American popular housing of the 19th and 20th centuries, including case studies of working-class housing in major U.S. cities.
Patrick Brady, Physics
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Rina Ghose, Geography
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Krishna Pillai, Mechanical Engineering
Paul Brewer, Journalism and Mass Communication
Gil Indig, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Paul Lyman, Physics
Gabrielle Pinter, Mathematical Sciences
Anthony Azenabor, Health Sciences
Kyoung Ae Cho, Visual Arts
Lian Li, Physics
Thomas Malaby, Anthropology
Mark Netzloff, English
Graham Moran, Chemistry
Lisa Samuels, English
Kyle Swanson, Mathematical Sciences
Yehua Dennis Wei, Geography
Vladislav Yakovlev, Physics
Fred Helmstetter, Psychology
Carol Hirschmugl, Physics
Eun-Ok Im, Health Maintenance
Zhong-Ren Peng, Urban Planning
Ryo Amano, Mechanical Engineering
Carla Bagnoli, Philosophy
Keith Corzine, EE & Computer Science
Bettina Arnold, Anthropology
Tien-Chien Jen, Mechanical Engineering
Jeffrey Karron, Biological Sciences
Mark Schwartz, Geography
Stephen Forst, Bio Sci
Peter Haddawy, Electrical Engineering & Comp Sci
David Pritchard, Mass Comm
Ann Snyder, Health Sciences
Martha Carlin, History
Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, Physics
Mark McBride, Bio Sci
Rhea Steinpreis, Psychology
Bruce Allen, Physics
Fred Anapol, Anthropology
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Leslie Schulz, Health Sciences
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Craig Sandgren, Bio Sci
Kristene Surerus, Chemistry
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Patricia Mellencamp, Art History
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Neil Oldridge, Health Sciences
Dilano Saldin, Physics
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Mohsen Bahmani, Economics
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Brian Tonner, Physics
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John Buntin, Bio Sci
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J. Patrick Gray, Anthropology
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William Wainwright, Philosophy
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Moises Levy, Physics
Will Rayms, Bus Admin
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John Friedman, Physics
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