University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 28, 2012

Summer Research Students Welcomed to Department

Last week marked the start of Surgery’s Summer Research Program. This year, 18 medical students and 5 minority high school students will be mentored in basic science, clinical and outcomes research projects. The medical student program is supported by two departmental training grants from the NIH (Herb Chen’s T35 and Diane Bless’s T32) as well as funding from the SMPH Shapiro program.

This is also the inaugural summer for the Department’s Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students. This program, funded by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation (Herb Chen, PI) will expose minority high school students to clinical research and careers in academic medicine and surgery through a 6-week internship with mentorship by medical students and surgeons.


Josh Mezrich was awarded a one-year, $40,000 grant entitled “Environmental toxicants aggravate asthma through the aryl hydrocarbon receptor” from the American Lung Association. Congratulations!

Matt Hoffman, a predoctoral student mentored by Jack Jiang, has been awarded an F31 entitled, “Adjustable balloon implant for medialization thyroplasty.” It will cover his stipend for 1 year.

Three Department of Surgery abstracts were presented at the Discovery Challenge at Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on May 23, 2012. Work was presented by Yi Si, a postdoctoral researcher mentored by Bo Liu, Rebecca S. Bartlett, a graduate student mentored by Susan Thibeault and Shakti Goel, a postdoctoral researcher mentored by K. Craig Kent.

Honors and Awards

Muggs Helin was the 2012 recipient of the Founders Award at the recent annual meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association. APSNA created this award in 1999 to honor the vision of its founding members and to recognize one individual’s significant contribution to the advancement of the care of pediatric surgical patients. Well-deserved!

Sarah Schaefer won 1st place at the 7th Annual Nursing Research Poster Fair held at the HSLC on April 25th for her work titled “Optimizing Website Hits by Partnering with a Healthcare System.” The work was done with Anna Bargren, Becky Sippel, and Herb Chen.

Clinical News and Innovation

The Voice and Swallow Clinics under the leadership of Susan Thibeault is now the Official Voice Team for the American Players Theatre. Thirty actors, the executive director and voice coaches attended a Vocal Health Seminar featuring lectures from several SLPs and Seth Dailey on May 12. The actors underwent videostroboscopy as a baseline measure of their vocal health. The UW Voice team will provide vocal care throughout the season as necessary.