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Population Health Sciences PhD Student, John Uelmen, has been Honored with a 2017 Wisconsin Without Borders Award

Johnny Uelmen, an MS student in Epidemiology, received a Community-Based Research Award from Wisconsin Without Borders (WWB), a UW-Madison alliance and award program that recognizes globally-engaged interdisciplinary scholarship and fosters excellence by networking through joint learning activities. WWB draws on the history and values of the Wisconsin Idea and the many remarkable partnerships that UW-Madison faculty and students have initiated, both in Wisconsin and around the world.

Johnny worked with the citizens of Ban Koke Wat Moo, Thailand, to better understand the status of Dengue virus in the country. His short-term goal was to establish a level of trust and mutual respect with the local citizens and to better understand daily activities, food preparation, religion, social interaction, and more. All of these factors play critical roles in the transmission of Dengue. He found it crucial to understand how the local culture deals with larger issues to be respectful in battling the epidemic. He will build off this cultural understanding in order to conduct a year of research on Dengue virus in Thailand.

Wisconsin Without Borders will honor all winners at a ceremony on Monday, May 8, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in Room 159 Education Building. The ceremony is open to the entire campus community.

WWB is a partnership between the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Global Health Institute, and the International Division.