Nicole Nelson, an assistant professor in the College of Letters & Science's Department of the History of Science, is this year's recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Research-Service Grant.
The program was initiated to recognize the service contributions that untenured faculty members, especially women and members of minority groups, are asked to make to the university. Such service promotes the university's interest in having a broad range of perspectives represented on important committees. It also helps increase the involvement of non-tenured faculty in university governance.
Under this program, assistant professors and instructors who are in the first five years of tenure-track service at UW-Madison are eligible for summer salary (2/9ths of the academic year salary or equivalent) to pursue worthy research projects.
Nelson, who joined UW-Madison in 2014, studies the history of the recent life sciences. In particular, she examines the way genetic understandings of human diseases and disorders are investigated, materialized, and circulated in different institutional and sociocultural settings.