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Pascale  Carayon

Pascale Carayon (14K JPG)

The Medical Group Management Association, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association have asked Professor Pascale Carayon to join the expert panel for their Ambulatory Patient Safety Assessment Project. Carayon will also participate in the steering committee of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Research Coordinating Center.

In other news, for a minimum of five years beginning January 1, 2005, Carayon will hold the title "Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality." Established in 1993 with an endowment from Procter & Gamble and a number of its employees who are UW-Madison alumni, the award recognizes tenured faculty for teaching total quality and productivity improvement concepts. Recipients receive an annual stipend that they use to fulfill their charge of encouraging education in total quality.

David H. Gustafson

David H. Gustafson (20K JPG)

The UW-Madison Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research, directed by Professor David Gustafson, will guide an effort to translate the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS) module "Living with Breast Cancer" into Spanish and disseminate it to Wisconsin's rapidly growing Hispanic population. The project will be funded through the Ira & Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The Baldwin grants are intended to advance the Wisconsin Idea through innovative initiatives and to create new partnerships that benefit communities.

In addition, thirteen community-based addiction treatment organizations located throughout the country will participate in the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment, a unique collaboration to improve access to and retention in addiction treatment programs. Led by Gustafson, the effort will teach the organizations how to improve their day-to-day practices, and more effectively address their clients' individual needs.

The collaboration is a partnership between the UW-Madison-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative Paths to Recovery; the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention (STAR) program; and a number of independent addiction treatment organizations.

Michael J. Smith

Michael J. Smith (33K JPG)

Professor Michael Smith has been named the Duane H. & Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor in Engineering for his demonstrated excellence in teaching. Smith is a scholar in human factors and socio-technical systems and his work has made a major impact in education and the workplace. He has supervised 32 doctoral students and is revered as a teacher, having won the Polygon Outstanding Instructor award in his department 15 times since 1987.

Rajan  Suri

Rajan Suri (10K JPG)

Members of Alpha Pi Mu, an organization that recognizes industrial and systems engineering students who show exceptional academic interests and abilities, have named Professor Rajan Suri the 2005 Professor of the Year. The award recognizes Suri for his excellence in teaching, as well as his interest in and interaction with students.

Gregg C. Vanderheiden

Gregg C. Vanderheiden (18K JPG)

With approximately $210,000 in funding, the Trace Research and Development Center, led by Professor Gregg Vanderheiden, has joined Battelle, HumanWare, and the National Federation of the Blind in designing a new digital playback machine for talking books. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) commissioned the new lightweight, portable and easy-to-use machine for readers of all ages and abilities. The device will employ tactile features, color differences and large-print labels to accommodate users with various vision levels.

David R. Zimmerman

David R. Zimmerman (14K JPG)

Professor David Zimmerman is among researchers from 26 countries who have developed a new standardized suite of instruments that care providers can use to track patient health and plan additional care regardless of the patient's country or care setting. These comprehensive computerized questionnaires evaluate everything from patient cognition and communication to nutritional status and skin health. Zimmerman and UW-Madison Associate Researcher Lorraine Roberts helped review existing instruments and determine which questions could apply to all care settings and which questions would be setting-specific.


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