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March 2014:
Friday 3/7 nomination deadline for 2013-2014 research recognition awards
Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Awards and the UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards
February 2014:
Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training
Apply to C21 by March 14; 2 dissertators and 2 faculty to receive funding from a Mellon Foundation grant.
December 2013:
Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers
A four-session program. Dates: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14.
November 2013:
Program Code Look-up Tool for Sponsored Program Expenses
To ensure the accuracy and consistency of reporting.

Research News and Announcements

February 24, 2014

Record number of concurrent NSF CAREER awards at UWM

Nine UWM researchers are currently funded by Early CAREER grants, the premier National Science Foundation research award program for younger researchers. That’s the most concurrent CAREER awards ever at UWM, and the number will reach ten for the month of July 2014.

2013 and 2000 were the only times that four new awards began in the same year. Of the 23 CAREER grants UWM has attracted since its first grant in 1996, 10 have been awarded to the Department of Physics, five to Mechancial Engineering, four to Computer Science, three to Electrical Engineering, and one to Biological Sciences.

CAREER Awards at UWM
Project Title Start Date Principal Investigator
Yuan, Chris Environmental Sustainability of Next Generation Lithium Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles 7/1/2014
Erb, Dawn The Early Stages of Galaxy Evolution 9/1/2013
Chang, Philip The Physics and Cosmology of TeV Blazars 8/1/2013
Li, Ying Integrated CO2 Capture and Catalytic Conversion to Solar Fuels Using Hybrid Multifunctional Materials 8/1/2013
Mafi, Arash Novel Nonlinear and Quantum Multimode Optical Fiber and Waveguide Devices 6/1/2013
Anchordoqui, Luis Particle Phenomenology at the LHC Era 10/1/2011
Siemens, Xavier Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Training a New Generation of Gravitational Wave Astronomers 11/1/2010
Schmidt, Marius Experiencing the 5th Dimension, cis/trans and Z/E Isomerizations in Biomolecules 3/1/2010
D'souza, Roshan Towards Interactive Simulation of Giga-Scale Agent-Based Models on Graphics Processing Units 8/16/2009
Schnitzer, Stefan Explaining the Distribution and Dominance of Lianas and Tree Species - A Test of the Dry Season Advantage Hypothesis 8/1/2009
Ying, Leslie (Lei) Compressed Sensing Magnetic Resonance Imaging 8/1/2009
Gong, Shaoqin 'Sarah' Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Biobased/Biodegradable Polymers 3/1/2007
Dumitrescu, Adrian Algorithmic issues in geometric network optimization, binary space partitions, and metamorphic systems 5/1/2005
Guptasarma, Prasenjit Probing the Nature of Coupled Ground States in Single Crystals of Magnetoelectric Perovskite Oxides 3/1/2005
Pillai, Krishna Modeling the Unsaturated Flow During Fiber Wetting in the Manufacture of Composite Materials 6/1/2004
Li, Lian Atomic Processes in Low Temperature Molecular Beam Epitaxy of Diluted Magnetic III/V Compound Semiconductors 1/1/2001
Boyland, John Analysis Techniques for Evolution of Modular Software 6/1/2000
Yakovlev, Vladislav Frontiers of nonlinear optics: interdisciplinary approach to research and education 3/1/2000
Hirschmugl, Carol Nanoscale Structure and Low Energy Dynamics at Aqueous-Oxide Interfaces 2/15/2000
Lyman, Paul Novel Growth of Advanced Dielectric Materials 2/1/2000
Munson, Ethan Representations, Tools, and Services for the Complete Integration of Software Development Documents 4/15/1998
McRoy, Susan Integrating Multiple Knowledge Sources for Robust Human-Machine Communication 6/1/1997
Law, Chiu-Tai Nonlinear Propagation of Optical Vortex Solitons 7/1/1996

 

January 9, 2014

Research Recognition Awards call for nomination

From Mark Harris, Interim Vice Provost for Research

The UWM Office of Research is pleased to solicit nominations for the 2014 UWM Research Recognition Awards, previously administered by the Graduate School. This year we will present the Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Awards, for junior faculty, and the UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards, for full professors.

We encourage departments/programs to nominate a faculty member for an award. In addition to honoring outstanding researchers, these awards recognize our collective commitment to academic research and to UWM's research mission.

Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Awards

Generously funded by the UWM Foundation in 2014 for the 35th consecutive year, these awards recognize and encourage junior UWM faculty who have shown the potential to achieve distinction in their academic disciplines through research, scholarship, creative activity, and the dissemination of knowledge.

Eligibility

These awards are not intended to recognize established faculty members who already have achieved distinction in their disciplines. Restrictions include:

  • Open to assistant and associate professors. Full professors or individuals holding the title of Distinguished Professor are ineligible.
  • Previous awardees are ineligible.
  • One individual may be nominated from a single department or program.
Nomination

The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination from a dean, department chair, or multidisciplinary program director; two letters of support; and an up-to-date vitae. You may secure letters of support from UWM faculty members or from colleagues outside UWM. If you wish to submit or quote from confidential letters written for another purpose, you must first secure the permission of the author(s).

Note: To expedite last-minute nominations, authors of support letters may e-mail them directly to the Office of Research at the address below. for insertion into nomination packets.

Selection

The Committee of UWM Distinguished Professors will review the nominations and make recommendations to the interim vice provost for research for the final selections. Each awardee will receive $1,500 cash.

Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Awards Web site: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/research/spectrum/foundation-research-awards/.

UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards

2014 marks the sixth annual UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards competition. These awards recognize researchers who have a long history of significant contributions to their fields of research.

Eligibility
  • Unlike the Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Awards, which recognize assistant and associate professors, the Senior Faculty Awards are open to full professors. UWM Distinguished Professors are not eligible.
  • Previous awardees are ineligible.
  • One individual may be nominated from a single department or program.
Nomination

The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination from a dean, department chair, or multidisciplinary program director; two letters of support; and an up-to-date vitae. You may secure letters of support from UWM faculty members or from colleagues outside UWM. If you wish to submit or quote from confidential letters written for another purpose, you must first secure the permission of the author(s).

Note: To expedite last-minute nominations, authors of support letters may e-mail them directly to the Office of Research at the address below. for insertion into nomination packets.

Selection

The Committee of UWM Distinguished Professors will review the nominations and make recommendations to the interim vice provost for research for the final selections. Each awardee will receive $2,000 cash.

UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards Web site: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/research/spectrum/senior-faculty-awards/.

Nomination deadline

All nomination materials for both awards must be sent by e-mail to Peter Hansen (peterh@uwm.edu) no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. Be sure the name of the award appears in the subject line of the message.

Awardees will be honored at the UWM Awards Ceremony in October 2014.

June 10, 2013

UW Libraries Research Fellows: Proposals due July 31

From Johannes Britz, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The University Library Committee is seeking applications for the University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows, an initiative that gives select UWM faculty and researchers access to special online resources at UW-Madison Libraries that are unavailable through UWM Libraries.

Those selected as University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows will be granted one-year or six-month access. Members of last year’s cohort may reapply for consideration; renewal is not automatic.

Those selected as University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows will be granted one-year or six-month access. Members of last year’s cohort may reapply for consideration; renewal is not automatic.

To apply, complete the online Proposal for Participation, identifying which UW-Madison electronic resources you want to use. Make sure you check UWM holdings before listing them. If you need assistance, please ask a librarian at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/ask/ or call (414) 229-4659.

Selection of participants will be based on the need for resources unique to the UW-Madison Libraries and critical for identified research focus. Preference may be given to those faculty who are working toward tenure or indefinite status. Proposal submissions deadline is July 31, 2013. Questions regarding the program may be sent electronically to libadmin@uwm.edu.

May 20, 2013

Graduate School Pilot Program for Acquisition and Development of Research Infrastructure

Congratulations to the winners of the pilot program, established to enhance the campus research infrastructure through acquisition of individual equipment, systems of related equipment, and major research instrumentation.

Intramural pilot

Julie Bowles, Deaprtment of Geosciences
Room-sized Magnetostatic Shield for Paleomagnetism, Rock Magnetism and Environmental Magnetism Studies

Benjamin Church, Materials Science & Engingeering

  • X-Ray Diffractometer for the Advanced Analysis Facility
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer for Thermo-Mechanical Studies of Advanced Materials

James Cook, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Acquisition of a Multi-User Mass Spectrometer as a Core Capability for Chemistry Research, Drug Discovery, and Chemistry Education

Val Klump, Freshwater Sciences

  • New Trace Analysis Capabilities for Environmental Research: High Resolution Inductively
  • New Shipboard Scientific and Navigational Instrumentation for the R/V Neeskay

Carol Mitchell, Biomedical Sciences
Ultrasound Core Imaging Laboratory Development

Adel Nasiri, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
UWM Microgrid System

Marvin Schofield, Physics
Acquisition of a Liquid and Gas Environment Stage and High Temperature Biasing Holder

Jon Welstead, Music
Audio and Video Recording Equipment, Musical Interface Sensors, and Audio Lab Computer and Media Capture Systems

Extramural pilot

Frankie Flood, Art & Design
Design/Prototyping/Digital Fabrication Camp Utilizing Objet 260 Connex 3D Printer

Prasenjit Guptasarma, Physics
Advanced X-ray Diffraction Facilities for Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical, and Materials Research in Milwaukee

May 16, 2013

2013 Graduate School Research Recognition Awards

Eight UWM faculty are recipients of this year's research recognition awards administered by the Graduate School.

Graduate School/UWM Foundation Awards

These awards honor UWM faculty members who have significant academic achievements and show exceptional promise in research and creative activities early in their careers.

Luca Ferrero
Philosophy

Benjamin Johnson
History

Krista Lisdahl
Psychology

UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards

Presented by the UWM Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Graduate School, these awards recognize researchers who have a long history of significant contributions to their fields of research.

Fred Helmstetter
Psychology

James Peoples
Economics

Robin Pickering-Iazzi
Italian

Research in the Humanities Award

This biannual prize honors a UWM faculty member who has written a recent monograph or other scholarly work recognized for its substantive contributions to humanistic thought.

Tanya Tiffany, Art History
Diego Velázquez’s Early Paintings and the Culture of Seventeenth-Century Seville (2012)

Barrett Kalter, English
Modern Antiques: The Material Past in England (2011)

May 6, 2013

Social Science Analytics using SAS®

From the Office of the Provost

The Provost's Office and the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW) are co-hosting the first "Social Science Analytics using SAS®" event on August 29-30, 2013. The program features presentations on Big Data in Social Science, Data Mining using SAS Enterprise Miner, and UWM's new Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analysis using SAS®. Additionally, hands-on workshops and presentations on Data Visualization using SAS/GRAPH and ODS, Mixed Models, Data Simulation with SAS, Introduction to SAS/IML, and Statistical Analysis using JMP will be offered to students, academic staff and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Attendance is free! More information coming soon.

February 5, 2013

Award calls for nomination

From David Yu, Interim Dean of the Graduate School

We are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2013 Graduate School research recognition awards. This year we will present awards in three categories: the Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Awards, for junior faculty; UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards, for full professors; and the biannual Research in the Humanities Award for authors of a monograph or other scholarly work in humanistic studies published during the past two years.

We encourage UWM Deans, Department Chairs, and Multidisciplinary Program Directors to consider nominating a member of their department/program for an award. In addition to honoring outstanding researchers, these awards recognize our collective commitment to academic research and to UWM's research mission.

Nomination submissions

All nomination materials (except the copy of the monograph for the Research in the Humanities Award) must be sent by e-mail to Peter Hansen (peterh@uwm.edu) in the Graduate School no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013. Be sure the name of the award appears in the subject line of the message. Humanities award monographs must be sent to Peter Hansen in Mitchell 243 by the same deadline.

Awardees will be honored at the UWM Awards Ceremony in October 2013.

Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Awards

Generously funded by the UWM Foundation in 2013 for the 34th consecutive year, these awards recognize and encourage junior UWM faculty who have shown the potential to achieve distinction in their academic disciplines through research, scholarship, creative activity, and the dissemination of knowledge.

Eligibility
  • Open to assistant and associate professors.
  • Previous research awardees are ineligible.
  • Full professors or individuals holding the title of Distinguished Professor are ineligible.
  • One individual may be nominated from a single department or program.
Nomination

The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination, two letters of support, and an updated vitae. You may secure letters of support from UWM faculty members or from colleagues outside UWM. If you wish to submit or quote from confidential letters written for another purpose, you must first secure the permission of the author(s).

Selection

It is anticipated that four awards will be given. The Committee of UWM Distinguished Professors will review the nominations and make recommendations to the dean of the Graduate School for the final selections. Each awardee will receive $1,500 cash.

UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards

2013 marks the fifth annual UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards competition. These awards recognize researchers who have a long history of significant contributions to their fields of research.

Eligibility
  • Open to all full professors.
  • UWM Distinguished Professors are not eligible.
  • One individual may be nominated from a single department or program.
Nomination

The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination, two letters of support, and an updated vitae. You may secure letters of support from UWM faculty members or from colleagues outside UWM. If you wish to submit or quote from confidential letters written for another purpose, you must first secure the permission of the author(s).

Selection

It is anticipated that three awards will be given. The Committee of UWM Distinguished Professors will review the nominations and make recommendations to the dean of the Graduate School for the final selections. Each awardee will receive $2,000 cash.

Research in the Humanities Award

The biannual Research in the Humanities Award recognizes a publication that serves as testimony to the author's comprehensive grasp of the subject(s) of inquiry and research and, in turn, outstanding scholarship. The faculty member will have demonstrated outstanding research in the Humanities and will have made substantive contributions to humanistic thought through a monograph or other scholarly work published during the two years prior to the award year.

In each odd-numbered year, the Graduate School solicits nominations of Humanities faculty for the award.

Eligibility
  • Faculty members in the Departments of Africology, Art History, Comparative Literature, English, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, History, Philosophy, and Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Author of monograph published during the two years prior to the award year (2011 or 2012).
  • One individual may be nominated from a single department or program.
Nomination

The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination, two letters of support, and an updated vitae. You may secure letters of support from UWM faculty members or from colleagues outside UWM. If you wish to submit or quote from confidential letters written for another purpose, you must first secure the permission of the author(s).

Selection

The Dean of the Graduate School, the Chair of the Divisional Committee of the Arts and Humanities, and the Associate Dean of Humanities in L&S will compose the Selection Committee.

The faculty member selected for the Research in the Humanities Award will receive a $1,500 prize from an account at the UWM Foundation established for this award by former Graduate School Associate Dean for Research Robert A. Jones and his spouse, Mary B. Jones.

November 12, 2012

UWM professor named to working group to revise International Classification of Diseases

Douglas Woods

UWM Professor of Psychology Douglas Woods has been appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an advisor in the revision of the International Classification of Diseases, the worldwide standard diagnostic tool for classify disorders and diseases.

Woods, who established the Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania Clinic on the UWM campus, will be serving on the Working Group on the Classification of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.

Woods' clinic is recognized for its emphasis on non-pharmacological treatments for children with tic disorders and other body-focused repetitive behavior problems. His research has been funded by over $1.5 million in grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the 27 U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The working groups will meet at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The 11th revision—the first since 1990—is expected to be complete in 2015.

Woods is also Associate Dean for Social Sciences, Education and Business in the Graduate School.

According to WHO, the ICD is used to classify diseases and other health problems recorded on documents including death certificates and health records. In addition to providing diagnostic information for clinical, epidemiological, and quality purposes, these records also provide the basis for the compilation of national mortality and morbidity statistics by WHO member states. It is used for reimbursement and resource allocation decision-making by countries.

November 5, 2012

Wisconsin Research Fellows Call for Submissions

November 26 deadline

From Johannes Britz, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

This is an initiative which the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL) launched two years ago in support of the UWS growth agenda which benefits our faculty and researchers by expanding access to UW-Madison Libraries' online resources.

The University Library Committee is seeking applications for the CUWL initiative which is available to a limited number of faculty and research staff across the UW System for up to 12 months. Fifty UWM faculty and research staff will be selected to participate in the third year of this program as University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows. This is a call for proposals from faculty and research staff who need access to UW-Madison online resources in order to advance their research agendas. If you were part of last year's cohort, you may reapply for consideration since renewal is not automatic.

Individual faculty and researchers may submit proposals by completing the application form in the link below identifying which UW-Madison electronic resources currently unavailable through UWM the applicant is likely to use. Make sure you check UWM holdings before listing them. If you need assistance please ask a librarian at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/ask/ or call (414) 229-4659. Selection of participants will be based on the need for those resources unique to the UW-Madison Libraries and critical for identified research focus; preference may be given to those faculty who are working toward tenure or indefinite status.

  Application form

Deadline for proposal submissions is November 26, 2012 using the online form. Questions regarding the program may be sent electronically to libadmin@uwm.edu.

A gateway to specific UW Madison and UW Milwaukee access to their electronic collections is found on the application form.

We will notify the selected fellows by December 31, 2012. The names of selected UWM Fellows will be forwarded to Madison Libraries which will provide each fellow with a NetID and password, both necessary for access to licensed materials. We anticipate access to resources will be available to the Fellows by January.

The Review Taskforce, appointed by the Provost, is led by Ewa Barczyk, Director of Libraries, and consists of faculty on the University Libraries Committee (ULC).

October 4, 2012

UWM–FEMA Partnership Summit Nov. 15

Current Emergency Management Challenges and Areas of Interest

Memo to UWM deans from Stan Stojkovic, Dean and Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

I have attached a document that highlights the research questions and possible school and college partnership opportunities with FEMA. What is listed is the tip of the iceberg. You will see all schools and colleges are mentioned as potential partners across FEMA goals. Please share this document with your faculty, staff, and, students. The goal is to get them to register for the FEMA/UWM summit to share ideas and begin conversations on developing partnerships with FEMA.

The summit is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, from 8:30 to 4:30 on the fourth floor of the Gold Meir Library. Participants do not have to attend the entire summit; instead, they can attend the sessions and breakout meetings that interest them. They can register at www.hbsswceh.uwm.edu (scoll down to the fourth yellow box). The summit is free and includes lunch.

June 10, 2012

2012 research recognition award recipients

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Awards and UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards.

Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Awards

First awarded in 1979, the annual Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Awards recognize and encourage UWM assistant and associate professors who have shown the potential to achieve distinction in their academic disciplines through scholarship, creative activity, and the dissemination of knowledge.

  • Christine Larson, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Xiaohua Peng, Assistant. Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Amanda Seligman, Associate Professor, History
  • Na Jin Seo, Assistant. Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards

Since 2009, the UWM Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Graduate School, have presented the UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards, designed to recognize researchers who have a long history of significant contributions to their field of research.

  • Martha Carlin, Professor, History
  • Kathleen Dolan, Professor, Political Science
  • Hugo Lopez, Professor, Materials Engineering

April 9, 2012

UWM to partner with UW-Madison on use & development of PI Financial Tool

From David Yu, Interim Dean of the Graduate School

The Graduate School has come to a partnership agreement with UW-Madison for the use and future development of the PI Financial Tool, a Web-based tool designed to assist faculty and other campus researchers in managing the financial aspects of their funded research projects.

Once logged in, researchers will be presented with a list of all the sponsored projects for which they are the PI or Co-PI. From there they can customize the view according to their needs, adjust their project budgets up or down, and record future spending plans. The figures in the PI Tool are refreshed from campus data sources with each login; however the tool itself is separate from this data, so the PI is free to experiment and customize without worrying about actually affecting those sources.

The PI Financial Tool was initially developed with input from faculty contributors and financial specialists at UW-Madison. It will be introduced at UWM in the Fall of this year.

March 22, 2012

Graduate School names two new UWM Distinguished Professors

The committee of UWM Distinguished Professors has added two to its membership, Chukuka Enwemeka—dean of the College of Heath Sciences and professor in the Department of Kinesiology—and Ehsanolah Soofi, professor in the Lubar School of Business.

Enwemeka (pictured left), appointed CHS dean in 2009, is an authority in the area of photo-engineering of tissue repair process with visible and near infrared light and lasers. He has authored more than 85 research papers, monographs, and book chapters, and has presented more than 300 papers, seminars, symposia and workshops nationally and internationally.

Soofi (pictured right) specializes in statistical analysis for business decisions. Topics of his research include developing models based on partial information, measures of loss and gain of information, measuring levels of uncertainty in decision-making situations, measures of importance of various factors in statistical models, and methods for emphasizing or de-emphasizing attributes to match competitors.


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