It has always been a challenge to describe the Waisman Center on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. This is due in part to the very nature of the research conducted at the facility, which claims as its mission “the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases through the life span.”
The Friends of the Waisman Center Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in the Waisman Center’s Ziemann Suite to celebrate the previous year’s achievements. Waisman Center Director Marsha Mailick, PhD, began the program with an overview of activities and accomplishments that occurred throughout 2012-2013 and discussed future plans for the center’s 40th anniversary. Friend’s board members, staff, students and families of the Waisman Center attended the event to honor the recipients of this year’s student fellowships and awards.
It was during a recess of a U.S. Senate committee hearing in Washington, D.C., in March 2011 when David Egan cracked up Al Franken. Egan was there to testify in front of the committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Franken, of course, is the comedian turned U.S. senator from Minnesota and a member of the committee.
Finding workers who improve the bottom line is the goal of any successful business. However, too often workers with disabilities get overlooked. In Wisconsin, the employment rate is 70% for working-age persons without disabilities, while only 37% of people with disabilities are on the job. In other related employment measures for these workers, Wisconsin is in the bottom half of states.
During the sort of tense situation that makes palms sweat and voices quaver, children and young adults are typically awash in cortisol, a stress hormone that sounds an alarm and prepares the body for fight-or-flight responses to danger.
When David Ward returned to UW-Madison as its interim chancellor in 2011, he took over after an acrimonious attempt to create a public authority to govern UW-Madison failed in the state Legislature and then-Chancellor Biddy Martin left for Amherst College.
Few studies of autism prevalence have been conducted in low- and middle-income countries. Freely available screening and diagnostic tools could help address this disparity
Every couple struggles with maintaining intimacy, and kids always add stress. But few people—including the parents themselves—understand the unique effect raising an autistic child can have on a union.
Many scientists use animals to model human diseases. Mice can be obese or display symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Rats get Alzheimer’s and diabetes. But animal models are seldom perfect, and so scientists are looking at a relatively new type of stem cell, called the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS cell), that can be grown into specialized cells that become useful models for human disease.