Graduate degree bolsters clinician’s research into preventing blindness

The technology for an eye specialist to review a picture of a patient’s eye taken miles away to screen for eye disease has been around for decades. Yet, less than half of Wisconsin adults with diabetes, who are particularly vulnerable to vision-threatening diseases, get annual eye screenings. Yao Liu, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been working to increase access to this technology.

Revival of Ojibwe Winter Games an opportunity for community-university collaboration

Friendship is the first word that comes to Wayne Minogiizhig Valliere’s mind when asked about a partnership between UW–Madison and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

“It’s a really good collaboration between the university and our students,” said Valliere, an Ojibwe language and culture instructor, and former artist-in-residence at UW–Madison.

The partnership he’s talking about includes a series of projects with the Lac du Flambeau public schools: bringing back the traditional Ojibwe Winter Games, building birchbark canoes, and inspiring similar projects across the state.

UW to fund science journalism fellowship for graduate student

The AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows program has trained hundreds of scientists in the craft of clear science communication, and alumni have gone on to become leading researchers, science journalists and policymakers. For the program’s 45th year in the summer of 2019, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will support a graduate student from the university who is accepted to the program.

Graduate students gain valuable networking, presentation opportunities at fall conferences

Attending conferences has a number of benefits for graduate students, from networking opportunities, to experience presenting research, to being inspired by new ideas. These testimonials from current graduate students illustrate what they gained from attending conferences in their fields this semester.

Reimagining computer science education

When Adalbert Gerald Soosai Raj came to UW–Madison for a master’s degree in Computer Sciences, he was surprised by the number of questions in the classroom. Why, he wondered, was it so different than his native India, where conversations were one-way and students rarely asked questions? The possibilities Soosai Raj is exploring to that end promise new directions for computer science education.

Hmong PhD alum reflects on research, family pride

Pao Vue’s interest in animals and nature began at a young age, eventually leading him to UW–Madison.

As his career goals evolved – taking shape in environmental science and conservation – they set Vue on a journey that has made him one of the first Hmong Americans to receive a PhD in his field.

Fellowship connects STEM graduate students to public service with $500k NSF grant

A new initiative at UW–Madison will take an innovative approach to scientific training for graduate students by providing opportunities to incorporate long-term community engagement projects into their scientific areas of interest. The Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE), part of the Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching, has been awarded nearly $500,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Innovations in Graduate Education program.