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Three faculty, staff honored by national organizations

September 26, 2013

Two University of Wisconsin-Stout faculty members and one staff member have been recognized by national organizations.

They are Jen Grant, associate professor of biology; John Lui, director of the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute; and Stephen Nold, professor of biology.

Jen GrantJen Grant

Grant has been named a NeXXT Scholars Program Fellow. The program matches faculty mentors with undergraduate female scholars, international and American, with strong Muslim roots who are seeking undergraduate degrees in STEM fields from U.S. schools.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

NeXXT is administered by the U.S. State Department and New York Academy of Sciences. It was founded in 2011 under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Grant applied to be a mentor and was chosen from a national pool of candidates.

"Scholars gain access to leadership, internship and research opportunities to build the skills and confidence needed to become the next leaders, problem-solvers and innovators of communities in the U.S. and abroad," the State Department said.

The double X in the program name symbolizes women's X chromosomes.

John LuiJohn Lui

John Lui received the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association Service Award at the National Rehabilitation Association annual training conference in Brooklyn, N.Y. The award is presented annually to a VEWAA member who has made a significant contribution to the organization. VEWAA represents the interests and needs of human service professionals who work with people in support of training, employment and education.

Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute is a leading teaching rehabilitation facility. It provides research, training and clinical services such as assistive technology, evaluation, transition and employment services for individuals with disabilities.

SVRI's uniqueness lies in its applied learning function for undergraduate and graduate students and practitioners around the world.

Stephen NoldStephen Nold


Nold is one of five biologists named to lead the Biology Scholars Program Research Residency, a program administered by the American Society of Microbiology and the National Science Foundation.

Nold and the other biologists will guide scholars through the residency, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute in July 2014 in Washington, D.C.

The national leadership initiative aims to improve undergraduate biology education based on evidence of student learning. The program has helped 190 scholars create and disseminate examples of scholarship in teaching biology.

In 2010-11 Nold was a scholar in the program. The other four Research Residency leaders for 2013-14 also are program alumni.

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