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Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.

2013 recipients

Dr. James HoelzleDr. James Hoelzle
Assistant professor of psychology

Dr. James Hoelzle, assistant professor of psychology, studies how neuropsychological and personality instruments operate, primarily focusing on mild traumatic brain injuries and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder since they are the most frequent diagnostic conditions evaluated by neuropsychologists. His current research covers a broad scope: from how neuropsychological testing data correlates with anatomical brain connectivity in veterans to better assessment tools for diagnosing adult ADHD to identifying ways individuals inaccurately self-report symptoms in clinical settings.

“It’s worthwhile to consider the validity of tests, the manner in which
data can be integrated with clinical theories and the degree to which the
assessment process improves long-term patient outcomes,” Hoelzle says.

He hopes his research will increase the validity of assessment instruments
and ultimately improve clinical outcomes for patients.

Dr. Krassimira HristovaDr. Krassimira Hristova
Assistant professor of biological sciences

Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences, applies emerging trends in molecular and environmental microbiology to help understand
and prevent the spread of contaminants. Her recent work focuses on methyl tertiary butyl, a gasoline
additive that is one of the leading groundwater
contaminants in the country.

“By better understanding the enzyme pathways and genetic regulation
of the contaminant biodegradation, we can help develop more efficient
bioremediation technologies for the cleanup of gasoline spills,” Hristova says.

She is currently researching the toxic effects of human exposure to metal
nanooxides, with the goal of engineering less toxic nanomaterials that reduce
contamination of human cells, in addition to analyzing the spread of antibiotic
resistance in the environment by anthropogenic — deriving from human —
activities. Both studies have enormous potential to improve the health and
safety of people around the world. 

Dr. Chung Hoon Lee<Dr. Chung Hoon Lee
Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

During his sabbatical, Dr. Chung Hoon Lee, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, hopes to develop a device that will allow suspension of a single molecule — or nanostructure — for study, and to develop new methods for the detection, identification and manipulation of single molecules based on a wide range of optical, electrical, mechanical and chemical interactions.

“To date, investigations of the properties of single molecules have
been limited to methods that utilize only one of several possibly physical
phenomena,” says Lee. “This research has the potential for a deeper understanding
of single molecule behavior.”

An expert in nanotechnology, Lee is leading the charge to develop a new
nanotechnology lab in Engineering Hall, which will enhance the College of
Engineering’s research and expertise in the area of smart sensor systems.

Dr. Sameena MullaDr. Sameena Mulla
Assistant professor of social and cultural sciences

Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will soon begin collecting data as one of two investigators on a National Science Foundation-funded study of sexual assault trials, which will involve ethnographic research of forensic evidence used at sexual assault trials
in the Milwaukee County Court System.

“Victims of sexual assault are additionally burdened by the traumatic
demands of making a police report and participating in the investigative and
prosecutorial processes, often referred to as secondary victimization, which is
what my research focuses on,” Mulla says.

During her sabbatical, Mulla plans to attend court trials every week for a
nine-month period to analyze more than 30 sexual assault cases. Her research
will mark a first for the field: there have not been any field-based studies of
the process of sexual assault trials that analyze more than two entire cases.



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