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Wednesday July 07, 2010

Area StudiesCenter for South Asia hosts orientation for teachers on Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad

CSA Lalita du Perron teaching Hindi 101 at the Pre-Departure Orientation in Madison.

The Center for South Asia continued for the second year to provide training and orientation for 15 teachers traveling to India this summer in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program.

The center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and with the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) in New Delhi, provided practical and educational information.

The teachers arrived in Madison for two days jam-packed with lectures, practical information and Q&A sessions, cultural events, and meals in a variety of South Asian restaurants before departing for New Delhi, India. 

The Pre-Departure Program included a South Indian vocal recital by Vanitha Suresh, a meeting local children's author Kashmira Sheth and a display of rare textiles and miniatures by Maya Lea and Drew Stevens in the Chazen Museum of Art.

CSA2 Kirin Narayan telling Indian stories.

The teachers also learned a few basic phrases in Hindi from the Center for South Asia Associate Director Lalita du Perron, and listened to some of the best speakers at UW-Madison.

Dr. Mitra Sharafi spoke about Indian history in a highly accessible manner and Dr. Aseema Sinha spoke engagingly on "India: A revolution of Rising Expectations" and Dr Kirin Narayan told a variety of Indian stories.

The Pre-Departure Orientation was organized by Rachel Weiss, Mike Kruse and Matt Sebranek of the Center for South Asia, and attended by UW-Madison alumnus Adam Grotsky, USIEF Director, and USIEF Senior Program officer Girish Kaul.

The Center for South Asia Director Dr. J. Mark Kenoyer gave the welcoming address.

Area StudiesCenter for South Asia celebrates 50th Anniversary (1960-2010)

Asia The UW-Madison Center for South Asia celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a banner on Ingraham Hall on campus

The launching of Sputnik I in 1957 led to the federal government's most significant participation in modern foreign language and area studies research and training in history – the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of 1958.

The first NDEA grant to expand language and area studies in the UW-Madison Department of Indian Studies was acquired in 1960. With this grant, the UW-Madison South Asia Area Center (later renamed the Center for South Asia) was established.

The Center for South Asia is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year at UW-Madison.

The center, an affiliated  National Resource Center (NRC) Program, conducts a broad range of activities that include instruction, outreach, scholarly research, maintenance of library resources, and teacher training.

Collectively, these activities represent a programmatic effort that focuses on particular regions of the world and the relevant issues connected to those regions, and they constitute a national capacity in modern foreign language training and area and international studies.

UW-Madison actually has the largest number of NRCs in the country:

A number of celebratory activities are planned for later in the year, some to coincide with the Annual Conference on South Asia in
October 2010.

For more information, please email Lalita du Perron at 608-262-3209 or

Social SciencesProtecting the most vulnerable: UW teams up with state on child maltreatment prevention

The recent release of a report on child maltreatment prevention is the product of a long-term collaboration between researchers and graduate students at UW-Madison.

The research team is a collaborative effort among UW–Madison Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and the School of Social Work (SSW) with child welfare specialists at the Children's Trust Fund of the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and the State Department of Children and Families.

The report, What It Will Take: Investing in Wisconsin’s Future by Keeping Kids Safe Today, follows the fall 2009 release of Child Maltreatment Prevention: Toward an Evidence-Based Approach, which provides a review of the latest research on what approaches work best for children and families.

SSW doctoral student Katie Maguire Jack, lead author of What It Will Take, worked with Professor Kristen Shook Slack, SSW and IRP, and SSW graduate student Leah M. Gjertson on Child Maltreatment Prevention.

Slack notes, "Together, these reports along with a series of briefs on child maltreatment prevention on the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Web site, should generate a lot of discussion about child maltreatment prevention efforts around the state and help local agencies to use their limited resources to the best effect for Wisconsin children and their families."

Wednesday June 16, 2010

AnnouncementsLast News & Notes Issue of the season is up

Rainbow A rainbow over King Street in downtown Madison in June.

Welcome to the last L&S News & Notes of the season!

It's summer in Madison — many of our students have gone home, away to internships and jobs. Similarly, many of our faculty are participating in summer research or teaching courses.

Read the full June Issue and find out what happened in the College of Letters & Science during the last weeks of the semester.

News & Notes will be on a short hiatus until September. There will be no monthly e-newsletter until our "Welcome Back" Issue in fall.

The blog will still be up and running so please continue sending your news to

This has been a great year and I've really enjoyed reading about the many accomplishments and successes across the College of Letters & Science. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.

Enjoy your summer,
- Dean Gary Sandefur

Social SciencesStudents take third in national advertising competition

A team of UW-Madison students took third place in the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition June 11 in Orlando, Fla.

The students were recognized for the strategic communications campaign they developed for State Farm Insurance, which provided the case study for this year's contest: create a strategy to get young adults to purchase car and renter's insurance. A group of 21 UW students developed the campaign as part of their senior-level capstone class in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

The group took the regional title at a competition in Minneapolis in late April, and a team of presenters competed against 18 other schools last week at the American Advertising Federation's annual conference in Orlando. The federation is the premier professional organization for the advertising and strategic communications industry, and the competition is part of its student outreach programs.

The competing teams represented the top teams from regional districts around the country, says Debra Pierce, faculty associate in the strategic communications area of the journalism school. Some 150 colleges and universities had competed at the regional level.

Chapman University of Orange, Calif., won first place in the national contest, while Texas State University-San Marcos took second place and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln took fourth place.

As part of the insurance case study, the UW students created an integrated communication campaign following four months of qualitative and quantitative research and communications strategy development.

The campaign included a media plan — complete with authentic television, radio, outdoor, print and Internet ads — and a 32-page, full-color casebook that described their recommendations. Their work was showcased in a 20-minute presentation to a panel of State Farm Insurance executives and representatives, as well as an audience of students and advertising professionals from all around the country.

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Area StudiesSummer program offers intensive study of Baltic area languages

BALSSI The Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) 2010: June 14-August 6 at UW-Madison.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an international leader in foreign languages, offering instruction in more than 80 modern and ancient languages, from Akan-Twi to Zulu.

The campus also houses 11 area-studies centers, the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages and the National African Language Resource Center.

Students can put those language courses to the test with a study-abroad experience; they are available on every continent of the world except Antarctica.

This summer, students from across the United States will come to Madison for eight weeks of intensive study of the languages of the Baltic countries: Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian.

The program, the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), is sponsored by a consortium of 12 U.S. universities.

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News via UW Communications 

Biological & Physical SciencesBless honored with James E. Newcomb Award

Diane Dr. Diane Bless

At the annual meeting of the American Laryngological Association, Diane M. Bless, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, was given the James E. Newcomb Award. 

The award is given annually to a Fellow of the Association as a mark of recognition and esteem for outstanding contributions and accomplishments to the Art and Science of Laryngology.

Bless is Professor Emeritus in Communicative Disorders and Surgery-Otolaryngology.

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