For the Record
Call for proposals for DoIT technology support
The Division of Information Technology is offering Engage “Adaptation” Awards. These awards will provide $800 and up to 10 hours of instructional technology support through DoIT Academic Technology to help instructors integrate podcasting into their teaching efforts. To apply, call 262-5667 or e-mail email@example.com by Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Call for proposals for teaching, learning colloquium
Proposals are being accepted for the 2006 Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which takes place in Madison on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2. The theme of the seventh annual colloquium is “Evidence, Impact and Momentum.” Proposals for papers, panels, posters and roundtables are welcome and must be received electronically no later than Thursday, Dec. 1. The colloquium is sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Office of Professional and Instructional Development of the UW System, and the UW System’s Leadership Site for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. For more information about the proposals and the colloquium, visit http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/CASTL/highered/colloquium.htm.
Teaching and learning symposium call for proposals
Proposals from faculty, staff and teaching assistants will be accepted for a teaching and learning symposium on campus on Wednesday and Thursday, May 17 and 18. The eighth annual Teaching and Learning Symposium brings together people who teach and support learning at UW–Madison to explore strategies for enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.
This year’s theme, “Reconsidering Learning Styles and Strategies,” highlights the importance of identifying and understanding variation in the way people learn. Scholars and practitioners have identified aspects of how people take in, process, integrate and make sense of information. The conference will explore how to help students develop new skills, enhance their creativity and to integrate learning across these experiences.
Proposals for presentations should explore how variations in learning styles affect strategies for teaching and learning in or out of the classroom. Examples of possible topics include current research, student assessment, links between cultural or social group differences and learning styles, barriers of addressing diverse learning styles, helping students evaluate and develop strategies for expanding their own learning, addressing diverse learning styles through technology, and designing classrooms and informal learning spaces. Sessions will be 60-90 minutes in length. To submit a proposal, complete the online form at http://fpm-www2.fpm.wisc.edu/ohrd/teachinglearning/teachinglearningprop.htm.
A resource room will be open during the symposium for sharing information about programs that support teaching and learning. To request a resource table or for more information, contact Laurie Mayberry at 262-5246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Nonrepresented Classified Staff Professional Development Grants
All permanent UW–Madison non-represented classified staff with a 50 percent or more appointment can compete for professional development grants for conferences, training or other professional development activities that occur between Jan. 1, and June 30. Proposals should focus on training and/or retraining to improve the staff member’s effectiveness.
Sponsored and administered by the Council for Non-represented Classified Staff, the program’s objectives are individual professional development, improved program quality, improved institutional effectiveness and design for diversity.
Half of the funding for individual projects comes from the staff member’s department. Applications must be submitted to department chairs or directors for approval and forwarded to the dean/director’s office in sufficient time to send them to Classified Human Resources, Room 228, Peterson Building, by Monday, Nov. 7.
Application instructions can be found at http://www.cncs.wisc.edu or by contacting Classified Human Resources at 262-3233.
Call for proposals for public employee awards
The innovative ideas of public workers who help make their agencies run more efficiently can win $500 awards in a competition administered by the Department of Political Science.
The Lloyd D. Gladfelter Awards are designed to honor public employees whose suggestions for improvement or inventive programs at the federal, state, county or local level have the most merit.
Employees can apply for the award electronically at http://www.polisci.wisc.edu/alumni/gladfelter.php. The deadline for application is Tuesday, Nov. 15. Elected officials are not eligible for the awards. Applications must include a description of the idea, including its rationale, ways in which it is expected to improve government, possible costs and potential savings.
Seeking women for breast cancer prevention study
The University of Wisconsin is enrolling postmenopausal women at increased risk for breast cancer in a new clinical trial evaluating the role of an aromatase inhibitor in the prevention of the disease. Coordinated by the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group with the support of Pfizer Inc. and in cooperation with women’s health and cancer centers in the United States, Canada and Spain, the ExCel research study will follow more than 4,500 women over a five-year period.
The study will examine the potential benefit of exemestane in postmenopausal women, 35 years of age or older, who have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Risk factors include age, family history, age at first menstrual period and age at time of first child’s birth.
For more information about the study, contact Lori Wollet at 287-2856 or visit http://www.excelstudy.com.
Employers can apply for student employee technical training
Campus employers who currently employ students in information technology can send qualified students to the Division of Information Technology’s Student Technical Training in January 2006. STT provides two weeks of intensive technical training in Web design, Jan. 5-13, or core IT support skills, Jan. 3-13. Students must be able to participate each day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 21. To apply, students must submit their resume to Don Fleischman at email@example.com. Selected candidates will be interviewed.
Additional training sessions are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, go to http://stt.doit.wisc.edu.
Analyze swim strokes at UW Sports Medicine
UW Health Sports Medicine Aquatic Center offers a swim stroke analysis for swimmers looking to fine tune their stroke mechanics, efficiency and overall skill. Under and above water video footage paired with analysis by an American Swimming Coaches Association certified coach and NCAA national champion team member provides a comprehensive view that few other facilities can offer. For information on stroke analysis, lessons, master’s swimming and beginning swimming classes call 263-7936, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, stop by 621 Science Drive or visit http://www.uwsportsmedicine.org.