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Innovation Awards Go To Biochemist, Micro-Engineer At UW

Innovation Awards Go To Biochemist, Micro-Engineer At UW

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have received the prestigious National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award.

Douglas Weibel, an assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical engineering, studies how bacteria make the cell wall that separates them from the environment and electrical and computer engineering associate professor Hongrui Jiang plans to use the $1.5 million, five-year award to research self-focusing contact lenses to correct vision in aging adults.

Bacteria rebuild their cell walls during reproduction and as they grow, said Weibel, who has pioneered methods to measure the wall's stiffness. 

To learn about the genes and proteins involved in building the cell wall, Weibel has assembled a library of mutant bacteria and plans to test them, one by one, to see how each mutation affects the cell wall's stiffness. 

Madison VA Hospital Nationally Recognized For Quality Care

Madison VA Hospital Nationally Recognized For Quality Care

 

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison was named one of the nation's 405 top performers by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital earned the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The Madison VA Hospital was among 20 VA facilities in the nation and one of only seven Wisconsin hospitals to earn the top performer distinction.

UW Ranked Among Top 100 Employers By Working Mother Magazine

UW Ranked Among Top 100 Employers By Working Mother Magazine

 

University of Wisocnsin Hospital and Clinics has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year as one of the 100 Best Companies in the U.S. for working parents by Working Mother magazine. 

The publication gave the hospital high marks for a number of initiatives that benefit working parents, such as advancement opportunities, flexible scheduling, staff and managerial education and development, in-home or center-based adult, child and elder backup care, employee wellness programs and tuition reimbursements.

According to Janice Bultema, the hospital's senior vice president of human resources, UW Health has focused on creating an environment that allows employees to be successful.

New Study Will Explore Impact Of Exercise On Pulmonary Hypertension

New Study Will Explore Impact Of Exercise On Pulmonary Hypertension

A goal of a new study on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will be to help pulmonary hypertension patients determine the proper amount of excercise that is best for them.

For sufferers of pulmonary arterial hypertension, maintaining healthy heart function isn't as simple as going for a jog every morning. Patients need to do all they can to slow damage to their heart, and exercise can potentially improve their quality of life, but too much exertion can also be dangerous.

A University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineer and colleagues hope to clear up that uncertainty thanks to a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Naomi Chesler, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at UW-Madison, will investigate the relationships between small artery narrowing, large artery stiffening and their interactions with the right side of the heart in patients with PAH.

Jefferson County 4H To Raise Money For American Family Children's Museum

Jefferson County 4H To Raise Money For American Family Children's Museum

Members of the Jefferson County 4-H Horse and Pony project will use their hands for greater service as they attempt to raise $5,000 for the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.

Project members and certified leaders will be collecting pledges as they Ride for Kids Who Can’t event on Monday, Aug. 29 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Fair Park.

This is our first ever ride-a-thon and we’re hoping the community will support our kids in their efforts, said Sue Zimmerman, event coordinator.

Zimmerman said JCHP will match whatever the kids raise, up to $5,000.

Sponsors can either pledge a per-lap or a flat amount. Pledges will be collected after the ride.

If you would like to contribute to the fundraiser, but don’t know a member of the Jefferson County Horse and Pony project, call Sue Zimmerman at 920-723-9465 to make your pledge.

Officials Warn Of Bedbugs As Students Move Into Apartments

Monday is move-in day in downtown Madison, but as University of Wisconsin-Madison students move into their new apartments, health officials are concerned about the spread of bedbugs.

While Dylan Anderson moved out of his old downtown apartment, he was on the lookout for any promising items that other movers had left behind on the curb.

"I've thought about grabbing a couple things," Anderson said.

"I found some glassware," said Kayla Liederbach, who's moving in a few blocks away. "I had a purse, but I put it back because I heard about the bedbugs."

Bedbug cases are on the rise in Madison, and the mass moving happening downtown is the perfect storm for spreading them, health officials said.

In downtown there is street after street of discarded couches, mattresses and furniture, all of which make good homes for bedbugs.

UW Carbone Cancer Center To Host Fundraising Walk

UW Carbone Cancer Center To Host Fundraising Walk

The UW Carbone Cancer Center on Saturday, August 6, 2011 for the first annual, "Walk Away From Cancer," a three-mile walk through the beautiful University of Wisconsin grounds.

Cancer touches all of our lives. Help make a difference by raising additional funds to support cancer research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

The individual raising the most money will raise a pair of coach certificates valid for travel in the continental United States on AirTran Airways.

Registration is $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the race.

The walk will continue rain or shine, please be prepared for the weather.