1. Marquette is part of consortium receiving $20 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $20 million grant to a consortium of eight Milwaukee institutions, including Marquette University, to create a Milwaukee research metropolis in which academic and health care organizations share resources and staff to advance biomedical research, patient care and education. 

The goal of the five-year funding, awarded through the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards program, is to create a borderless, complementary and synergistic biomedical research enterprise in the Milwaukee region that will accelerate the translation of research discoveries into new and improved medical treatments.

“The CTSA grant will facilitate the continued development of an infrastructure that fosters collaborative research among the institutions of higher education and health care organizations in the Milwaukee area,” Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said. “Marquette is pleased to be part of the collaboration that includes sharing equipment and laboratories, joint faculty appointments and the support and training of young clinical investigators in order to advance patient care within our community and beyond.”

A $720,000 award from the Medical College’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin program has already funded 17 collaborative research studies currently underway, including five involving Marquette researchers

The NIH’s National Center for Research Resources awarded a perfect score to the Milwaukee consortium’s grant proposal, which is considered to be a national model for multi-institutional collaboration. The Medical College of Wisconsin will coordinate the grant, which will be administered by a new academic entity recognized by all partner institutions: the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.

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2. Haggerty Museum hosting events for Theodore Czebotar exhibit

The Haggerty Museum of Art will host two gallery walk-throughs and an author visit next week in conjunction with the museum’s Theodore Czebotar Paintings from the Olympic Peninsula exhibit, which runs through Aug. 15.

• Pati Hamilton, niece of the artist, will conduct a gallery walk-through at noon Tuesday, July 27.

• Emile Mathis, owner of Mathis Gallery, will conduct a gallery-walk through at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. A reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. will precede the walk-through.

• Author Tim McNulty will present “Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula: Stories from the Land,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. The presentation is based on McNulty’s book, Olympic National Park: A Natural History, and will include some short readings from the book.  
The programs are free and open to the public. For information, contact Lynne Shumow, curator of community education and community outreach, at 8-5915.

The exhibition showcases works by Theodore Czebotar, a native or Racine, Wis., from the 1940s through the 60s. Czebotar traveled annually to northwestern Washington State, where he painted and filled sketchbooks of the Olympic Peninsula, an area largely unexplored at the time.

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3. Season tickets on sale for Performing Arts' 2010-11 theatre season

Season theatre subscriptions for the Department of Performing Arts' 2010-11 mainstage season are now on sale at the Helfaer Theatre Box Office.

The four-performance season opens Sept. 23 and runs through May 1. Performances include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Laramie Project and The Lion in Winter.

For more information or to order tickets, call the box office at 8-7505. Single performance tickets will go on sale in September.

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4. CPS holding program about accelerated degree options

The College of Professional Studies will host an information session Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy 414. The session will cover accelerated undergraduate degrees in organization and leadership, professional communication, criminology and law studies, as well as the application and admission processes and financial aid options. Register at 8-3153.

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5. Rec Center’s fitness center/weight room closed for renovations

The Helfaer Recreation Center’s Cardio Fitness Center/Weight Room is closed beginning today, July 19, through Monday, Aug. 23, for renovations.

Lower-level cardio courts, pool, gym and tennis courts will be unaffected by the construction and will remain open. Rec Center members will also be given access to the Rec Plex during the renovation.

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6. Take shelter during severe weather

Members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.

A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.

For more information, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.

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