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Two University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health faculty members are among 10 UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award winners.


The School of Medicine and Public Health recipients are:


Roseanne ClarkRoseanne Clark, associate professor of psychiatry, Van Hise Outreach Award


Roseanne Clark has taught a variety of courses since coming to UW-Madison in 1987 and made a strong impact through outreach.


Ned Kalin, chair of the Department of Psychiatry, points to Clark's co-founding and development of the UW Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program. It was the first such program in Wisconsin and was among a handful of them in the U.S.


"Dr. Clark's research, service and advocacy revolve around the mental health needs of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens and their parents," said Kalin.


"Her broad interests have one primary and common thread in that all are in response to the increasing number of at risk children, particularly in the past 20 years during a time when science, more than ever, has supported the critical windows of development for the young child's brain," Kalin said.


Clark has appreciated the chance to create learning opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students and to work with colleagues in the community on academic-community program development partnerships.


Her teaching and learning philosophy is first and foremost to start with where the learner is - "to be respectful and interested in what is going to be meaningful to them, where is their felt need to learn more, and what are they curious about? How can I engage and motivate that curiosity and wish to learn and discover?"


The certificate program exemplifies the Wisconsin Idea by using effective adult learning strategies to support the translation of evidence-based research into practice.


Clinical psychologist Kathleen Hipke wrote that Clark helped her become aware of the desperate need to increase Wisconsin's capacity to affect the emotional well being and development of infants and children.


"She demonstrates qualities such as curiosity and respectful listening that she encourages her students and peers to practice their work with children and families," Hipke said.


Clark said she can't remember a time when she wasn't interested in learning and teaching.


"When I took a position at the University of Wisconsin, I felt thrilled and emboldened by being on the faculty of an institution of higher learning that uniquely values engaged learning, service and scholarship, academic/community research partnerships and outreach education, all endorsed and encouraged by the Wisconsin Idea."


Robert FillingameRobert H. Fillingame, professor and chair, biomolecular chemistry, School of Medicine and Public Health, Chancellor's Award


Students call him "Dr. Bob," and look forward to his classroom serenades.


Christine Seibert, associate dean at the School of Medicine and Public Health, points to a unique aspect of  Robert Fillingame's teaching for which he is well-known - mixing music and his biomolecular chemistry.


"His never-to-be-forgotten tune "Glucose, Glucose," to the tune of the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar," ripe with biochemical lessons, is just one example of his unique ability to connect with students in an appealing way," Seibert said.


Fillingame has taught at the university for 35 years. He was an assistant professor of physiological chemistry from 1975-1986, and an associate professor from 1980-86. He has taught biomolecular chemistry since 1986 and has been the department chair since 2002.


"Dr. Bob, as his students call him, has been the unparalleled leader in the transformation of all of our department's service teaching courses, from offerings that have been perceived as "so-so" to very highly praised courses," the late Paul Bertics, professor and vice chair of biomolecular chemistry, said in his nomination.


Bertics said that perhaps Fillingame's most enduring impact has been the Biomolecular Chemistry 704 course required of first-year medical students.


"He has done a phenomenal job in what has proved to be a continual reorganization and enhancement of the course, and he has continually performed in an extraordinary fashion with respect to his own teaching," wrote Bertics.


Fillingame's research program is focuses on bioenergetics and he exudes enthusiasm in the classroom.


He has developed a variety of memorable demonstrations, stories and songs that help students understand and then remember many of the concepts and ideas that he is teaching.


Medical student Allison Aul wrote that she was impressed with how approachable Fillingame was and how he genuinely seemed to want to help students gain a thorough understanding of the material.


Professor Patricia Kiley wrote, "The emphasis Dr. Fillingame places on understanding the material provides students with the tools to be lifelong learners, enabling them to assimilate new information within the rapidly changing field of medical research."


Seibert added that Fillingame has made a lasting impression on thousands of physician graduates and on his colleagues at the school.

Date Published: 03/13/2012

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Two Faculty Members Among Distinguished Teaching Award Winners

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