Professors or programs from three University of Wisconsin System campuses — La Crosse, Parkside and Madison — were chosen recently as winners of the annual Regents Teaching Excellence Awards.

The awards, in their 21st year, were chosen by a panel of four System regents and come with a stipend of $5,000. More on the winners:

The biology department at UW-La Crosse was chosen for developing different teaching strategies to reach a broad base of undergraduate and graduate students. The department “has developed a model of collaborative teaching to improve student learning at every level,” according to the Regents’ award, and has secured extensive funding for student research, including 53 outside research grants or contracts totaling more than $7.5 million in the last five years.

Peggy James, an associate professor at UW-Parkside, was chosen for her work since 1988 establishing international partnerships and programs in foreign countries and for reviving the university’s honors program. A former director of the school’s international studies office, she has led student service learning tours to Chiapas, Mexico, and initiated a partnership with the Amawtay Wasi, the Intercultural University of the Indigenous Nationalities and Peoples of Ecuador.

Christopher Coe, a professor at UW-Madison, was chosen for his work teaching generations of students about psychology, including his “Animal Behavior — The Primates” course, which has filled to its limit of 350 students every year since 1985. Coe, who is also director of the Harlow Primate Laboratory, is recognized as one of the formative founding fathers of psychoneuroimmunology, according to the System, and in 2001 was given the Norman Cousins award, the premier honor in his field.

The awards will be presented at the Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee in June.

MATC health care center to open in fall

A working health care clinic will open at Madison Area Technical College next fall to students and employees of the college, with public access planned for 2014, according to a new partnership announced between MATC and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.

The 4,200-square-foot facility will be in the college’s new three-story Health Education Center, which is largely complete and will start hosting classes next fall. The clinic will have eight exam rooms and eventually serve 9,000 patients a year. It was made possible by a $1.25 million commitment by Group Health Cooperative.

  • Reporter, Wisconsin State Journal

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