Celebrating faculty and staff special achievements

Posted on January 6, 2017
Facutly and staff photos to look like playing cards of Wendy Huddleston, Priya Nambisan, Timothy Patrick, Jake Luo, Michelle Rimer, Brooke Slavens. Shelley Lund, Barbara Pauloski, Carol Seery.

Top row (L to R): Wendy Huddleston, Priya Nambisan, Timothy Patrick, Jake Luo, Michelle Rimer, Brooke Slavens. Bottom row (L to R): Shelley Lund, Barbara Pauloski, Carol Seery

The College of Health Sciences is proud of the many achievements of its faculty and staff. Over the past few months they have been active in securing research grants, making presentations, doing interviews and connecting with the community. Here is a sampling:

Associate Professor Wendy Huddleston, PhD, PT, in the Department of Kinesiology Integrative Health Care & Performance (IHCP) Unit, has been awarded multiple research funding from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Program via the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

She received $14,000 for the project, “Cortical structure and function as possible mediators of performance on an attention task: A pilot study.” The second project is “Interaction of attention -Mediated visual and motor processes within the dorsal attention pathway,” and was funded for $9,600.


Associate Professor and Chair Priya Nambisan, PhD, Department of Health Informatics and Administration, was featured on the WUWM radio show, UWM Today. She talked about the increasing number of people using social media as a major source for communicating about health concerns. Hear the interview.


Department of Health Informatics & Administration faculty, Associate Professor Tim Patrick, PhD and Assistant Professor Jake Luo, PhD, received $15,000 in funding from the University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana for their project, “Interdisciplinary workshops of Big Data in healthcare outcome and workflow for early career researchers.”

With this project, the College joins the prestigious Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH), a growing network of partnerships investing in data and data sciences to address Big Data challenges for society and science. The Midwest Big Data Hub is supported by the National Science Foundation.


Clinical Assistant Professor Michelle Rimer, MS, MPH, RD, in the Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP) Unit and with the Nutritional Sciences Program, has been actively connecting with the community on topics of interest in nutrition.

As part of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF), she planned and orchestrated in Madison, Wis. the 10th Annual Dialogue LIVE! “Why Can’t Stressed Moms Relax?”

She also did a series of nutrition-related TV interviews as part of “Mom’s Everyday Minute” on NBC Channel 15 in Madison, Wis.

And she spoke at the Maternal and Child Health Annual Health Summit in November 2016 in Oshkosh, Wis. to the tobacco learning community on reducing second hand smoke exposure to children.


Associate Professor Brooke Slavens, PhD, with the Department of Occupational Science and Technology, was recently featured on Milwaukee’s CBS Channel 58.

Slavens, who is the director of the College’s Mobility Lab, studies how people move with wheelchairs in an effort to reduce injuries. She’s also helping develop a geared wheelchair that — similar to a multi-speed bike — could reduce strain on inclines and in other areas where injuries are most likely to happen.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was well represented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Philadelphia on Nov 16-19, 2016.

Associate Professors Shelley K. Lund, PhD, CCC-SLP, Barbara R. Pauloski, PhD, CCC-SLP and Carol Hubbard Seery, PhD, CCC-SLP (Department Chair), made presentations of their research. Current students, as well as recent alumni Peter Kao, Kay Ryder and Heather Salvo, also participated.