We are excited to announce the Summer 2017 SURF Awards!
The first Senior Excellence in Research Awards Colloquium will be held Friday, May 12, from 4-6pm in the Kenwood IRC 1130. This event will feature fifteen minute presentations from our four recipients of the 2016-17 Senior Excellence in Research Award, as follows (and in this order):
Lianna Hawi, “Muscle Activity during Geared and Manual Wheelchair Mobility,” mentored by Brooke Slavens, Biomedical Engineering.
Marijam Frahmand, “Associations between Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and Hippocampus-Dependent Memory and Learning in Healthy, Middle-Aged Adults,” mentored by Ira Driscoll, Psychology.
Christopher Spiewak, “Robotics-Based Assistive Device for Hand Rehabilitation,” mentored by Mohammad H. Rahman, Mechanical Engineering.
Anne Barlas, “Metal Coated Porous Material for Phosphorous Removal from Water,” mentored by Marcia Silva, Freshwater Science.
The students will be presenting outcomes from the research projects they have been involved with during this academic year. Coffee and dessert will be served.
UWM undergraduate Bella Biwer from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning is one of the winners of the 19th Annual International 2017 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence. Winners were announced on April 19th by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the BERKELEY UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE (www.berkeleyprize.org). Through two distinct competitions – the Essay Competition; and the Travel Fellowship Competition – the international BERKELEY PRIZE competition encourages undergraduate architecture students worldwide to go into their communities for the purpose of thinking and writing about issues central to the understanding of the social art of architecture. The 2017 BERKELEY PRIZE focused on the topic: “ARCHITECTURE REVEALS COMMUNITIES” 125 undergraduate architecture students from 30 countries were participants in responding to this year’s Question: In your city, how do individual communities demonstrate their presence through the buildings designed to serve that group’s social and cultural needs and endeavors? Bella’s essay was entitled, “The Architecture of Place: Amaranth Bakery and Café,” and received Third Place in the competition.
Undergraduate student Jonathan Lee is a coauthor on this article in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory: Kwapis, J.L., Jarome, T.J., Lee, J.L., Gilmartin, M.R. & Helmstetter, F.J. (2014) “Extinguishing Trace Fear Engages the Retrosplenial Cortex rather than the Amygdala.” Neurobiology of Learning & Memory,113:41-54. Check out other recent articles on our Publications page.
Engineering senior Lianna Hawi contributed to Jahanian, Omid, Alyssa J. Schnorenberg, Lianna Hawi, and Brooke A. Slavens, “Upper Extremity Joint Dynamics and Electromyography (EMG) during Standard and Geared Manual Wheelchair Propulsion,” presented at American Society of Biomechanics 2015. There is a link on our Publications page.
Senior Biomedical Sciences student Julia Alba received an Undergraduate Research Travel award to present results of a project focused on assessing Spina Bifida anthropometric measurements at the Spina Bifida Third World Congress in San Diego in March. Julia is advised by Michele Polfuss, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.
Senior Mechanical Engineering student Andrew Thompson received an Undergraduate Research Travel award to present a paper on the optimization of magnetostrictive cellulose nanofibral composites at the 2017 Advancements in Fiber Polymer Composites Symposium in Madison in May. Andrew’s work is advised by Electrical Engineering Professor Chiu Tai Law.
Senior Journalism student Amanda Becker received an Undergraduate Research Travel award to present her paper about the role of poetry at presidential inaugurations at the Central States Communication Association’s Undergraduate Honors Conference in Minneapolis in March.
Fred Helmstetter (Psychology) sent over this recent publication that included undergraduate Jonathan Lee as a co-author: Kwapis, J.L., Jarome, T.J., Lee, J.L. & Helmstetter, F.J., “The Retrosplenial Cortex Is Involved in the Formation of Memory for Context and Trace Fear Conditioning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 123 (2015):110-116.
We are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Awards!