University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Service Grants Awarded

2018 Research Service Grant Awards

No Research Service Grants were submitted.

2017 Research Service Grant Awards

Lori Lopez, Department of Communcation Arts; Digital Hmong: Gendered Dynamics in Hmong American New Media Cultures is an ethnography of Hmong American media production and consumption that specifically investigates the way that digital media cultures reflect and shape changing power dynamics for Hmong American women. It theorizes the way that Hmong Americans are building stronger communities through culturally specific new media practices, and how that reflects the place of women of color within feminist discourses around technology.

Andrea Ruppar, Department of Rehabilitation & Special Education; More than 98% of students with significant disabilities are excluded from general education contexts. How Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams identify and use supplementary aids and services when making placement decisions for students with significant disabilities is unknown. The IEPs of 100 students with significant disabilities from Kansas and Wisconsin will be examined to understand the relationship between the teams’ consideration and selection of supplementary aids and services and students’ inclusion in general education classes.

2016 Research Service Grant Awards

Nicole Nelson, Department of History of Science. Mouse models for human disorders are a ubiquitous feature of biomedical research today, but little is known about how these experiments shape perceptions of human health and illness. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in an animal behavior genetics laboratory, this project examines how working with mice shapes the way that scientists understand human psychiatric disorders, and how these experiences impact the way they frame their research for broader public consumption.

2015 Research Service Grant Awards

One 2015 Research Service Grant has been approved for funding.

Daniel Lisowski, Department of Theatre and Drama. My goal is to produce a scholarly, professional, and educational research database that can be used by the Theatre Technology community-at-large. Current, there is no single source to search industry journals or other publications for reference information on Theatre Technology topics. This project will index source documents to facilitate research advances in and the practice of Theatre Technology.

2014 Research Service Grant Awards

Two 2014 Research Service Grants have been approved for funding.

Laura Hernandez, Dairy Science; Periparturient subclinical and clinical hypocalcemia affects 25% of primiparous and 50% of multiparous dairy cows. Recently, our laboratory has demonstrated the role of increasing serotonin levels in rodents during the transition from pregnancy to lactation improves hypocalcemia. The objective of this proposal is to determine if increasing serotonin concentrations in dairy cattle during the transition from pregnancy to lactation will reduce incidences of hypocalcemia through administration of intravenous 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan during this time period.

Jenell Johnson, Communication Arts; On Behalf of Life widens the discursive location of bioethics from the elite to the common and ultimately seeks to redefine bioethics as a public practice. Drawing on bioethics discourse from experts as well as nonexperts, the project explores the construction of what it calls the biopublic sphere: a discursive site in which people discuss the ethics of science and medicine and ultimately speak on behalf of life itself.

2013 Research Service Grant Awards

Three 2013 Research Service Grants have been approved for funding.

Karma Chavez, Communication Arts; This project attends to memories of AIDS and the work of AIDS activists in regard to immigrants. I am proposing to conduct research in AIDS activist archives in three cities (Chicago, San Francisco and New York) in order to provide a richer account of the diversity of AIDS activism at the start of th e pandemic that addresses the unique coalitions built and the rhetorical strategies enacted on behalf of and in alliance with immigrant communities.

Sumona Saha, Department of Medicine; Despite training guidelines, striking deficiencies have been found in teaching and training in women’s gastrointestinal health issues. Overcoming many of the barriers to training requires costly and time-intensive change. Scenario-based electronic learning (SBeL) addresses many of the limitations of teaching through direct patient care while keeping the learner engaged. This proposal uses SBeL to teach women’s gastrointestinal health issues and tests the effectiveness and usability of this form of teaching compared to a standard curriculum.

Ellen Samuels, Gender & Women’s Studies/English; My second book project, "Double Meanings: Representing Conjoined Twins," analyzes cultural representations of conjoined twins in literature, film, media, and popular culture. Double Meanings asks what representations of conjoinment can tell us about the workings of power in different cultural settings, especially as conjoinment intersects with more familiar identities of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

2012 Research Service Grant Awards

One 2012 Research Service Grant has been approved for funding.

Christopher Walker, Dance; I seek to investigate concepts of indigineity and its role in contemporary dance development in the African Diaspora. I will focus my investigation in Jamaica, Trinidad and Brooklyn, New York, and create an evening-length work that investigates the "Encultured body knowledge vs. embodied knowledge of culture.” These works will be created and presented both in the Caribbean and in North America.

2011 Research Service Grant Awards

One 2011 Research Service Grant was approved for funding.

Catherine Auger, Psychology; While progesterone is considered a female hormone, our data indicate that progesterone can also act within the male brain to regulate social memory. We will test if progesterone epigenetically controls the expression neuropeptide vasopressin to alter social memory in male rodents.

2010 Research Service Grant Awards

There were no Research Service Grants approved for funding.

2009 Research Service Grant Awards

Two 2009 Research Service Grants were approved for funding.

Nancy Mithlo, Art History; I will curate the exhibit “Rendezvoused” at the 2009 Venice Biennale with the University of Venice’s Department of Postcolonial Literature and serve as a main speaker at the International Conference on the Arts in Society (Venice, July 28-31) with publication in the International Journal of the Arts in Society.

Douglas B. Weibel, Biochemistry; One of the most fundamental unanswered questions in biology is how the intracellular organization of cells is established, maintained, and replicated. I am studying how physical processes-based on the geometrically-confined, phase separation of lipids in the inner membrane-may play a role in the localization of proteins within bacterial cells.

2008 Research Service Grant Awards

Three 2008 Research Service Grants were approved for funding.

Preeti Chopra, Languages & Cultures of Asia; A Joint Enterprise: Philanthropy and the Creation of Colonial Bombay, 1854-1918. This project concentrates on the role of the City’s native elite in the construction of colonial Bombay to argue that it was built jointly by the colonial rulers, the Indian, and European elite to serve their interests, and was also the location of new social practices such as philanthropy.

Leila Harris, Geography; Research on emergent water governance will be conducted to advance progress towards a book manuscript to be published in 2010. The research will involve comparative treatment of ongoing shifts related to democratization, co- modification, and privatization of water management across contexts, with specific focus on several key institutions and case studies.

Teshnik Yoon, Chemistry; The interaction between a drug and its specific biological target is mediated through a series of oxygen- and nitrogen-containing “functional groups” with particular spatial orientations. We are developing new methods for the rapid construction of well-defined nitrogen- and oxygen-rich molecules.