Faculty

Spotlights

Bob Landick, a professor of biochemistry and bacteriology, was elected this year to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the academy honors American leaders in science, art, business, and humanities. Other members elected this year include former president Barack Obama and actor Tom Hanks. Congratulations Dr. Landick! (https://news.wisc.edu/three-from-uw-madison-elected-to-american-academy-...)

Tom Brunold, professor of Chemistry, was recently honored with the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. This award has been given out since 1953 to honor top educators at UW-Madison. Congratulations Dr. Brunold on this outstanding achievement! (https://news.wisc.edu/distinguished-teaching-awards-2018/)

Gail Robertson, professor of neuroscience, who studies how excitable cells of the heart and brain produce coordinated electrical activity was recently honored with a Kellet mid-career award.  The award was created to provide support and encouragement to faculty who are 7 to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position and comes with $75,000 that may be spent over five years. The award is named for William R. Kellett, a former president of the WARF board of trustees and retired president of Kimberly-Clark Corp. Dr. Robertson's research led to the development of drug safety tests used worldwide to reduce the risk for life-threatening cardiac side effects. Additionally, Dr. Robertson has had teaching and leadership roles in medical education for 25 years and is co-founder of the UW-Madison’s Master of Science in Biotechnology Program. Congratulations Dr. Robertson! (https://research.wisc.edu/uncategorized/2018/03/15/faculty-recognized-wi...)

 

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...

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...