UW-Madison human ecology students will have a new dean for the fall semester.

UW officials announced last week that University of Arizona professor and director Soyeon Shim has been selected as the new dean of the School of Human Ecology.

Shim started as a faculty member at Arizona in 1990 and served as director of the university's Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences and as an associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

She earned a doctorate in human ecology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and holds master's and bachelor's degrees in human ecology from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

A 14-member search committee nominated Shim and two other candidates as finalists for the position. Shim was chosen from the finalists by interim Chancellor David Ward and Provost Paul DeLuca.

Shim will begin the new job on Aug. 27 and will make $235,000.

Research grants announced

Nearly $600,000 in grants will be doled out to combined research teams from UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.

It was announced last week that 12 teams of researchers would receive grants from a program designed to promote collaboration between researchers at Wisconsin's two largest universities.

The Intercampus Research Incentive grants, totaling around $50,000 each for one year, are funded by donors to the universities.

The 12 recipients were chosen from a group of 60 proposals. The projects were selected by a joint committee of faculty and administrators from both universities.

Some of the projects chosen included development of a hand sensory prosthesis for stroke survivors, understanding and forecasting meteotsunamis in the Great Lakes, and research for a reinforced antibiotic loaded bone cement.