Spotlights

Dr. Laura Kiessling and Dr. Paul Ahlquist were recipients of this years Hilldale Awards from UW-Madison.  The Hilldale award recognizes outstanding faculty who excel and contribute in the areas of research, teaching and service at the university.  The recipients this year were honored at a faculty senate meeting in April.  Dr. Kiessling received the Physical Sciences division award and Dr. Ahlquist received the Biological Sciences division award.  Congratulations to Dr. Kiessling and Dr. Ahlquist, and thank you for your outstanding contributions to UW-Madison!
- See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-recognizes-hilldale-award-winners/#sthas...

Biophysics trainer Dr. Randy Goldsmith was awarded a 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award.  The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation sponsors the award that seeks to recognize faculty members who excel in both teaching and research and are in the first five years of their careers.  Dr. Goldsmith's research group studies the behavior of individual molecules during chemical reactions which will enable insights on issues such as developing more environmentally friendly catalysts for chemical reactions, learning about human diseases and developing effective materials for solar cells. Dr. Goldsmith is also a committed teacher in the classromm as he recently taught a graduate level class on single molecule microscopes and an honors general chemistry course that emphasized alternatuve energy.  The award comes with $75,000 of unrestricted research funding for Dr. Goldsmith.  Congratulations!
- See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/chemistry-professor-honored-for-early-career-teachi...

Congratulations are in order for Rishi Trivedi and Josh Larson who recently defended their theses and graduated from UW-Madison.  Rishi defended his thesis on May 5th titled "Biomechanics in Microbial Systems" and Josh defended his thesis a few days later on May 8th titled "The Spliceosome E Complex Fine-Tunes 5' Splice Site Interactions." Best of luck in your future endeavors Rishi and Josh!

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist Program has awarded Biophysics trainer Dr. Ophelia Venturelli the Shaw Scientist Award this year.  Dr. Venturelli will receive a $200,000 grant to further her research into understanding how diverse networks of human gut microorganisms communicate to be able to function collectively as a community.  For more than 30 years, the Shaw Scientist Program has supported innovative early career investigators and the funding is discretionary, so it can be used in a way that achieve the greatest impact in the recipient's field. Venturelli says. "The Shaw Scientist Award will allow us to explore new research directions, including high-risk experiments, that will be used to attract external funding and for publications." Congratulations Dr. Venturelli!
- See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-biochemist-wins-shaw-scientist-award/#st...

Matthew Stilwell, Biophysics graduate student in the laboratory of Doug Weibel, and collaborator Mengyi Cao (Bacteriology) were recently announced as winners of the WARF Discovery Challenge. This competition aims to promote cross-disciplinary research and provides students an opportunity to seek new collaborators. Matthew and Mengyi's project "A Microfluidic Device for Tracking Bacteria-Animal Symbioses" demonstrated the need for cross-discipline collaboration while displaying innovation.