Milestones

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Libraries’ Van Gemert announces retirement

Sep 19, 2017
Photo: Ed Van Gemert

Edward Van Gemert, vice provost for libraries and university librarian, will retire in May 2018. Next year he will mark 36 years of continuous employment with the General Library System. Van Gemert started as a student assistant in Memorial Library in 1971.

Donohue will be interim head of energy institute

Sep 12, 2017
Photo: Tim Donohue

Tim Donohue, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, will serve as interim director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute. WEI supports researchers with expertise in electricity systems, transportation and fuels, bio-based products, sustainability and the societal impacts of energy.

Waisman Biomanufacturing has new managing director

Sep 5, 2017
Photo: Carl Ross

Carl Ross has been selected to serve as managing director of Waisman Biomanufacturing following more than a year as its interim director. Its mission is to help UW scientists and others translate scientific discoveries into early-stage clinical trials.

Toronto professor to lead genomics center

Aug 29, 2017
Photo: Stephen Meyn

Stephen Meyn, professor of molecular genetics and pediatrics at the University of Toronto, will be the first director of the UW Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine. A new building will be constructed to house the center, which will employ more than 100.

Law professor honored for cancer care advocacy

Aug 29, 2017
Photo: Meg Gaines

Martha (Meg) Gaines has won the 2017 Ellen Stovall Award for Patient-Centered Cancer Care for championing individual patients’ rights through the Center for Patient Partnerships, which is transforming cancer care daily for scores of patients and families.

Presenter of chemistry shows wins national award

Aug 22, 2017
Photo: Bassam Shakhashiri conducting experiment

Bassam Shakhashiri is the recipient of the 2018 Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. He may be best known for his presentations — such as “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri” — that delight adults and children.

Vosters named director of student-athlete recruitment

Aug 15, 2017
Photo: Kat Vosters

Katherine Vosters will become the UW’s new director of student-athlete recruitment. Vosters has spent eight years working with the UW men’s basketball team, serving as director of basketball operations for the last three seasons. She is a UW-Madison graduate.

Berquam looks back on 10 years

Aug 8, 2017
Photo: Lori Berquam

From painting her hair pink to welcoming students to campus, dressing up as a wizard to strengthening inclusivity, Lori Berquam’s past 10 years as dean of students have been about making Madison a place for all students. She is proud to say the UW has “a big heart.”

Biondi departs D2P to grow his cider venture

Aug 8, 2017
Photo: John Biondi

After three years of helping UW inventors become entrepreneurs, John Biondi is leaving his position as director of Discovery to Product (D2P) on Aug. 31 to concentrate on his own business. With apple season right around the corner, he is sure to be busy.

Sociologist Hauser to lead national society

Jul 18, 2017
Photo: Robert Hauser

Emeritus Professor Robert Hauser has been chosen as executive officer of the American Philosophical Society. Hauser led the landmark Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which has followed the Wisconsin high school class of 1957 to study the course of life and aging.

Charleston gets UW-Whitewater diversity post

Jul 18, 2017
Photo: LaVar J. Charleston

UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston has been named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at UW-Whitewater. Charleston currently serves as assistant director of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).

Sperling feted for advancing women in legal field

Jul 11, 2017
Photo: Carrie Sperling

Professor and Associate Dean Carrie Sperling has received the 2017 Women in the Law award, presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal. The award is given annually to women lawyers who have achieved excellence in their careers and who have influenced other women to pursue legal careers.

Kelly to lead landscape architects group

Jul 11, 2017
Photo: Shawn Kelly

Shawn T. Kelly has been chosen president-elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Kelly, who has a landscape architecture business in Williams Bay, has taught here for 21 years. He created and manages the UW-Madison Center for Sustainable Design.

Sibert wins national chemistry honor

Jul 11, 2017
Photo: Ned Sibert

Chemistry Professor Ned Sibert is one of 65 newly selected American Chemical Society fellows. Sibert is an expert in theoretical chemistry, which — unlike experimental chemistry — uses math and computational tools to study and make predictions about chemical systems and their properties.

Research station director has herd instinct

Jun 27, 2017
Photo: Mike Peters

Mike Peters has been named director of UW-Madison’s Agricultural Research Station network. Peters majored in dairy science here, and was student manager of the Dairy Cattle Center — residing in the barn’s second-floor living quarters for three years.

Society of American Historians honors Cronon

Jun 20, 2017
Photo: William Cronon

The Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for distinguished writing in American history of enduring public significance has been presented to UW environmental historian Bill Cronon, citing his “unparalleled commitment to public discourse and academic freedom.” Related video: Cronon’s memorable message.

Education fellows to examine critical research areas

Jun 20, 2017
Photo: Education Building

The National Academy of Education announced the recipients of the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs on May 25, and no institution is home to more winners this year than UW-Madison’s School of Education. Four faculty members will each receive $70,000.

Strand, leader in serving nontraditional students, retires

Jun 13, 2017
Photo: Judith Strand

Returning adults and other nontraditional students have broader access to UW–Madison today, thanks to the tireless work of Judith Strand. Following 40 years at three universities, Strand retired this month from her post as associate dean in the Division of Continuing Studies.

Kutzbach honored as collaborative scientist

Jun 6, 2017
Photo: John Kutzbach receiving award

John Kutzbach has been awarded China’s highest scientific honor for foreigners for 30 years of collaboration advancing American and Chinese climate science. Kutzbach uses models of Earth’s climate to both better understand previous climates and more accurately predict future ones.

For the record, Peg Eusch is retiring

Jun 6, 2017
Photo: Peg Eusch

After nearly a decade as the gatekeeper for the Records Management Program at UW-Madison, Certified Records Manager Peg Eusch is retiring. Eusch is the person charged with ensuring the employees of UW-Madison understand proper records creation, management and retention.