Bees, climate change and Amish children: What do these UW projects have in common?

June 14, 2018 GMT

Studies of bees, climate change and Amish children are among the eight projects out of 70 receiving grants from one of UW-Madison’s largest endowments.

The annual Baldwin grant awards up to $120,000 for each researcher or team to study a subject for up to three years that will “help the university contribute knowledge and resources across the state,” according to a university announcement Tuesday.

A committee appointed by the provost to serve on the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment selected the projects this spring. All UW-Madison faculty, staff and students were eligible to apply.


The eight grants total $820,000, according to Eden Inoway-Ronnie, chief of staff for the office of the provost and the Baldwin endowment coordinator.

The project selections are:

Advancing Climate Science Education, Inquiry, and Literacy Across Rural Wisconsin Communities

: A three-year project will advance climate science education and literacy in economically disadvantaged rural Wisconsin communities — Michael Notaro, associate director, Center for Climatic Research, and Rosalyn Pertzborn, director, Office of Space Science Education.

Development and Implementation of Rapid Genetic Test to Improve Health Outcomes in Wisconsin Plain Newborns

: A three-year project designed to develop a new approach in early diagnosis of genetic disorders in Amish and Old Order Mennonite (collectively referred to as Plain) children of Wisconsin — Christine Seroogy, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Mei Baker, professor, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Engaging Families as Care Partners in Community Nursing Homes

: The two-year project aims to improve the quality of care in nursing homes by collaborating with staff, residents and families to form a sustainable nursing home network — Tonya Roberts, assistant professor, School of Nursing, and Elizabeth Cox, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics.

Lawyers in the Doctor’s Office: Partnering to Address Health-Harming Legal Needs

: The two-year project will place UW law and pre-law students in local health clinics to explore how the health care setting can offer patients a safe space to address legal problems that affect health outcomes — Jill Jacklitz, director of education, Center for Patient Partnerships, and Sarah Davis, clinical associate professor of law and associate director of the Center for Patient Partnerships.


Peers Empowering Peers

: A one-year program that is designed to train peer health promoters who will work with African-American families to lead healthy lifestyles — Eva Vivian, professor, School of Pharmacy, and Sandra Millon-Underwood, professor, UW–Milwaukee.

Preserving and Advancing Seed Sovereignty and Crop Genetic Diversity for Native American Tribes in Wisconsin

: The two-year project aims to create culturally appropriate resources related to genetic diversity in crop varieties for native tribal communities — Irwin Goldman, professor and chairman, Department of Horticulture, and Claire Luby, research associate, Department of Horticulture.

Show Me the Bees! Engaging Growers with Citizen Science to Improve Management of Crop Pollinators

: The three-year project aims to collect data on honey bee farms and to develop improved models for growers to make better pollination management decisions. The project was spurred by an increase in cost and decline in supply of commercial honey bee rental hives — Claudio Gratton, professor, Department of Entomology, and Hannah Gaines Day, assistant scientist, Department of Entomology.

UniverCity Year Across Wisconsin

: The UniverCity Year program connects UW’s resources with local communities to craft solutions to complex issues such as housing, health and transportation. This will be a continuation of what is expected to be a three-year partnership — Gavin Luter, UniverCity Alliance director, and Kelly Rupp, associate administrative program specialist, Nelson Institute.