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Julie Whitaker (Social Sciences, seen in the photo at the center, back row) led a group of students and colleagues on an immersion program at the U.S./Mexican border in March. Part of the ‘Bridging Borders’ class, the experience seeks to develop deeper knowledge of the complexities of life at the border and migration from Latin America to the U.S. The trip is organized and facilitated by BorderLinks, a non-profit organization, whose leaders have built strong connections over the past 25 years to experts in border policy and practices and human rights.
Nick Spina (Social Sciences) took five students to the 2017 Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Annual Conference in Milwaukee. Alissa Haskins, Jacob Huntoon, and Max Waring presented papers. Haskins’ “Playing by the Same Rules: Perceptions of Female Navy Officers” won a cash prize for best paper.
Melanie Herzog (Art) served as a member of the curatorial team that selected art from the UW-Madison’s Waisman Center collection for the book Drawn to Art: Works by People with Developmental Disabilities. These works of art will be featured in an exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art, opening in May 2018.
Ashley Byock (English) organized and presented the panel “Disrupting Nationalist Narrative Boundaries to Re-Present Black Women’s Experiences” at the National Women’s Studies Association meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Pat Simms (English) successfully re-launched the student newspaper, On the Edge, as a print edition in the Fall of 2017, after several years of a web-only product. Starting from scratch, two co-editors and English majors (Shanzeh Ahmad ’18 and Alex Thomas ‘18) were helped to organize a staff, assign stories, and compose an 8-page edition of the paper, which was distributed to faculty, staff, and students. The print edition was distributed five times in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Chris Dunham (Theatre Arts) produced the original Scenic Design for the regional premiere of the musical “Tuck Everlasting,” produced by Children’s Theatre of Madison.
Kirsten Brown (Education) received a $1,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation to participate in a Research Methods Disability Workshop, held in May at the University of Rhode Island.
James Goll (Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics) presented “Teaching Chemistry using Popular Media” at the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.
Belkis Cerrato (Social Science) co-authored “Effects of New Grocery Store Development on Inner-City Neighborhood Residential Prices” in the April 2017 Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. In March 2017 she presented research into the determinants of childhood obesity in Mexico at the Midwest Economics Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. In June she participated in a mentoring program sponsored by the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession in San Diego.
Shad Wenzlaff (Art, Director for Student Research) travelled with four students to the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Oklahoma. The students presented their Ebben- and Summer Research Program- funded research. This marks the fifth consecutive year Mr. Wenzlaff has facilitated our students’ presentations at this prestigious conference.
Sayeeda Mamoon (Foreign Language) presented her paper “Kinky Beasts: Styling Pets and Playthings in À rebours” at the 43rd Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth Century French Studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Steven Davis (Social Science) celebrated the launch of his book In Defense of Public Lands: The Case Against Privatization and Transfer, published in May (and ahead of schedule) by Temple University Press.
Rachel Poulsen (English) presented her paper “Reading the Island Princess Through Ecological Time” at the national annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society in Milwaukee.
Denis Collins (Business) is looking forward to the publication of the second edition of Business Ethics: Best Practices for Designing and Managing Ethical Organizations in 2019.
Peter Burke & Sara Jimenez Soffa
Peter Burke and Sara Jimenez Soffa (Education) recently co-authored Elements of Inquiry: Research and Methods for a Quality Dissertation.