A research project led by Professor Patricia Flatley Brennan will involve residents of Dodge and Jefferson counties in a study to help chart the direction of how the World Wide Web can be used in the home and community to improve health.
The Dodge/Jefferson Healthier Community Partnership studies how people gather, store and communicate health information in their homes and in the community.
The project's goal is to develop a model information technology system that includes health information people need and efficient, easy ways to access that information.
Brennan also was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the three groups within the National Academies of Science.
Professor Pascale Carayon recently received funding for a three-year project, called "Healthy and Productive Organizations in Construction," from the Center to Protect Worker Rights.
She will collaborate with Professor Michael Smith, and Civil and Environmental Engineering Professors Jeffrey Russell and Awad Hanna.
She also received $660,000 for a three-year project funded by the NSF-IT Work Force Program.
The project is titled "Paths to Retention and Turnover in the IT Work force: Understanding the Relationships Between Gender, Minority Status, Job and Organizational Factors."
Assistant Professor Dariusz Ceglarek received the 2001 Best Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design Engineering Division.
Ceglarek's paper was selected from 64 papers presented in the area of design for manufacturing during the 2001 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The title of the paper was "Modeling Variation Propagation of Multi-Station Assembly Systems with Compliant Parts" (co-authored with Jaime Camelio, PhD student, and Jack Hu, University of Michigan).
Ceglarek also has been named chair of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), while Assistant Industrial Engineering Professor Harriet Black Nembhard is a council member.
QSR's purpose is to encourage discussion and interaction among those interested in quality, statistics and reliability research in the manufacturing and service industries.
A $487,000 grant from the Markle Foundation will add support to Professor David Gustafson's digital divide pilot project.
Through the three-year project, Gustafson, Journalism Professor Robert Hawkins, and Life Sciences Communication Professor Suzanne Pingree hope to determine whether it is cost-effective to deliver breast-cancer support via the Internet to underserved urban and rural patients in Wisconsin and Detroit.
UW-Madison researcher Fiona McTavish is directing the project, with Bill Stengle of the Midwest Cancer Information Service Network (CIS) and Karen Julesberg of the North Central CIS playing key roles.
The group will use the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS) to provide the support.
Partners in the project are the Madison and Detroit cancer information services, part of the National Cancer Institute, which also provides funding.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently selected Assistant Professor Ben-Tzion Karsh to serve on a special emphasis panel. As a member of the panel, Karsh will evaluate applications to AHRQ's grant program, "Patient Safety Research Dissemination and Education." The AHRQ, formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, quality, cost, use and access. Karsh also has been elected for a two-year appointment as chair of the Medical Systems and Rehab Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. The society's members conduct human factors research on a diverse array of medical systems and rehabilitation problems.
Karsh is a co-principal investigator on a recently awarded four-year grant funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
The study, "Wisconsin Dairy Traumatic Occupational Injury Intervention," will assess the efficacy of several interventions aimed at reducing the incidence of traumatic occupational injuries to dairy farmers, and study factors that discriminate between adopters of the innovations and non-adopters.
Karsh will work with Larry Chapman and Gunnar Josefsson, both from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.
Assistant Professor Harriet Nembhard has received a two-year, $140,000 NSF grant to perform research on new methods for quality engineering.
The project's goal is to develop statistical models to efficiently monitor and adjust dynamic systems.
Nembhard has also received $22,000 from Springs Window Fashions Division, Inc. to help support application of the research.
Professor Robert Radwin has been appointed to the Committee on Human Factors for the National Research Council (NRC). The standing committee advises the NRC and its sponsors on research needed to expand the scientific and technical bases for human-machine design. It also provides new perspectives on theoretical and methodological issues concerning the relationship of humans to technology and the environment and identifies critical issues in the design, test, evaluation, and use of new human-centered technologies.
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