University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 20, 2013

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At the recent 2013 annual meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), Michael Bentz was elected Vice President for 2013-14, progressing to President in 2015-16. The AAPS is Plastic Surgery’s equivalent of the American Surgical Association. At the meeting, Delora Mount was appointed to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and Timothy King gave an elegant research presentation as a final report of his appointment as the 2011-2013 AAPS Academic Scholar. Congratulations to Dr. Bentz on this major honor.


Jon Odorico was selected as the 2013 recipient of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Collaborative Scientist Grant. The grant, “Determining the alloimmune response to human iPS cell-derived pancreatic beta cells,” is for $100,000 direct costs over two years. He will collaborate with Will Burlingham.

Ankush (Ash) Gosain was awarded the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Foundation grant for the 2013-2014 year. This competitive grant for $25K is awarded to two pediatric surgeons annually from the APSA foundation. He will be expected to present the results of his research at the 2014 annual meeting. As one of last year’s awardees, Peter Nichol presented his research at this year’s meeting.

Girma Tefera was notified that he received a Spring 2013 Morgridge Match Grant by the Morgridge Center for Public Service for his proposal, “Improving Food Security in Southern Ethiopia: An Integrated and Culturally-Adapted Agriculture, Health and Nutrition Program,” in the amount of $48,200 over two years. Dr. Tefera credits Heidi Busse, Researcher, for her leadership in this project. Also, as part of the 2013 Ethiopia Global Health Field Course: “Biodiversity, Health, and Food Security in Sidama, Ethiopia,” Heidi will lead a group of six undergraduate students in Ethiopia. Dr. Tefera will meet the group in Addis on May 25, 2013.


On May 19, 2013, Bing Rikkers received the inaugural Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award at the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Foundation’s 54th Annual Meeting in Orlando. The award, created to honor Dr. Rikkers, will help the SSAT achieve its ongoing mission of research and education in the treatment of digestive disease and annually honor an outstanding surgical clinician and mentor.

Kathy Brewer, Director of the UW Audiology Clinic, was interviewed for an article on hearing loss in Madison Magazine. Check it out here. And, if you are having trouble hearing, make an appointment with UW Audiology. They do outstanding work.

Katie Tollefson and Jenna White received a campus Professional Development Award to attend the National Meeting of the Society of Human Resource Management in Chicago from June 16-19, 2013. The award, made by the Council for Nonrepresented Classified Staff, supports outstanding UW staff and requires submission of a competitive application. Congratulations!