Friday Features - Oct. 3, 2014

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Friday Features
October 3, 2014

Student News

Students present research at national conference

University of Wisconsin-Platteville seniors James Waldschmidt, Kayla Kohlmeier, Melissa Weilnau, James Kivel Jr., and Ashley Martin presented their research at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology conference in San Diego, Calif.  earlier this year.

ASBMB is a National Organization that hosts this conference that is attended by scientists, educators, vendors, undergraduate and gradute students from all over the world. Assistant Dean for faculty/ staff for the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Dr. Chanaka Mendis, sent two groups of students to this conference.

One of their projects was aimed at better understanding the effects of septic shock inducing lipopolysaccharide and to develop a rapid diagnostic method to fight the effects of LPS.

The group started to investigate the effect of two drugs that inhibited two specific signal pathway inter-connectors.  To determine the effect of the drugs, they investigated the changes to a known gene and protein expression patterns that were specific for LPS induction.

The students are hoping to gain some knowledge regarding complex interactions of multiple signal transduction pathways that are induced by LPS, as well as information that will lead to an explanation for how to reduce the deadly effect of LPS.

Campus News

School of Education to highlight scholarship recipients

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education will host a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, to honor student scholarship recipients. Registration is at 5:30 p.m., followed by a social at 6 p.m. and program at 6:30 p.m.

The School of Education will award 66 scholarships to 42 students. Those in the audience who have established scholarships or donated to them will also be recognized.

This annual reception is an opportunity to acknowledge the generosity of donors whose gifts make it possible for the School of Education to recognize student dedication and talent. The financial assistance donors provide enables many students to pursue their studies at the university.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Throop, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville, will welcome everyone. Dr. Rea Kirk, professor of education at UW-Platteville, will present the School of Education scholarships.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Events planned for International Education Week

This year the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad office will be celebrating International Education Week Oct. 13 –17. The week’s activities include the Education Abroad Fair, a presentation of living and teaching in Peru and Scotland by Dr. Mike Momot and Dr. Bob Schmitt, an international soccer match and a Chinese cooking workshop.

There will be an Education Abroad Fair set up from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. located in the University Rooms in the Markee Pioneer Student Center. The fair will have many booths with information and pictures. There will be Education Abroad alumni at the fair representing the countries they studied in as well as representatives from certain programs and universities. At UW-Platteville there are more than 400 Education Abroad programs in over 200 areas of study over 50 countries.

Each day of International Education Week there will be an opportunity to vote for photos in Heritage Hall of the Pioneer Student Center. The photos showcase the highlights of the experiences had by students who have studied abroad in the last year. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in International Education Week and attend the numerous workshops, sessions and presentations.

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