Please Note: By Zoom or YouTube stream only on May 18: “Back On Two Feet: Restoring Ambulation with Lower Limb Prosthetics”

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Hi WN@TL Fans,

A quick note tonight with an important update:

This week’s WN@TL on Wednesday May 18 will be offered by zoom only, or by watching the zoom live feed at the WN@TL YouTube channel.

Due to my positive test Sunday for Covid, combined with a shortage of student staff at the Biotech Center (students tend to go home for a few weeks after finals), we will not be gathering in the Auditorium.

Please plan to tune in to Amy Paulios’s talk by zoom or by the YouTube live feed starting at 7pm CT on May 18.

You can register for the zoom at go.wisc,edu/240r59, or you can go to and search for Wednesday Nite @ The Lab and click on the live feed.

Please share this change-of-venue update with your friends and network. 


When I was very young my Dad told a story of one his great uncles who got diabetes later in life, and the resulting poor circulation progressed so badly in his toes and feet that eventually one of his legs was amputated.  The image of the possibility of losing a limb stayed with me.  When my Dad came down with Type II diabetes in his late 50’s the specter of my father losing a foot or worse was, alas, not the farthest thing from my mind.  Luckily, Dad dodged that sequela. 

About the same time (the mid 1980’s), my friend moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to do a post-doc. He joined a brand-new mega-size health club, which happened to be frequented by Bob Kerrey, the governor. One day my friend and I were playing raquetball at the club when the governor was also there.  As some of you may remember, he was a former Navy Seal and a Medal of Honor recipient who had lost the lower part of one leg in Vietnam, but there he was, competing wearing his prosthesis.

Whether one loses a leg from disease, war wounds or peacetime injury, the hope of a chance once again to walk and to run, to dance and to play, is a gift of advances in prosthetics and other mobility devices, a gift made possible by those who design and build them, and by those who tailor & fit them to the recipients, who bring the grit to match the gift. 


On May 18 Amy Paulios of UW Health Orthotics & Prosthetics will speak on “Back On Two Feet: Restoring Ambulation with Lower Limb Prosthetics.”   Note:  by Zoom or YouTube live only.  


Description:  Most people now recognize the abilities of those who wear lower limb prosthetics from stories you’ve read about wounded Veterans or from news about Paraolympians.  What you might not realize is just how many amputees are thriving within your own community.  Amy Paulios is a Certified Prosthetist working at UW Health to help restore mobility to those who experience limb loss.  She will share her experience as a certified prosthetist and describe the field of prosthetics and share stories of fitting patients with prosthetic limbs to help them reach their rehabilitation goals.

Bio: Amy is an American Board Certified Prosthetist at UW Health. She graduated from Luther College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and then attended graduate school at Northwestern University where she earned her Certificate of Prosthetics. Amy completed her prosthetics residency at Northern Prosthetics and Orthopedic Inc. in Rockford, Illinois. She practiced for several years in Rockford before joining Prosthetic Laboratories of Rochester Inc. in Madison, where she practiced for 12 years. Amy is an active volunteer for the American Board for Certification of Orthotics and Prosthetics where she is an ABC Exam Team member and Prosthetics CPM Examiner. She is a frequent guest lecturer for the UW-Madison and UW-La Crosse Doctoral Physical and Occupational Therapy Programs as well as Blackhawk and Southwest Technical Colleges’ Physical Therapy Assistant Programs.

Amy practices prosthetics at the UW Health Outpatient Orthotics Prosthetics Clinic in Middleton, The East Side Hospital in Madison, and attends Amputee Clinics at UW Middleton Rehabilitation as well as VA Madison.  She has extensive experience in lower-limb prosthetics including congenital and pediatrics fittings. In addition to helping restore the highest level of function for her patients, Amy is passionate about education and advocacy within the health care network to support those affected by limb loss.

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UW Health Orthotics and Prosthetics information

The Amputee Coalition is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss.   

The American Board of Certification of Orthotics and Prosthetics is the national certifying and accrediting body for orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions since 1948. How do you enter the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics?  What does the education route look like?




On May 25 Amy Gilman, director of the Chazen Museum of Art, will speak on “COVID & The Museum:  How Arts Institutions Are Re-Emerging in a Post-Pandemic World.”

 Description: Dr. Amy Gilman, director of the Chazen Museum of Art, will share insights about the museum’s progress over the last 5 years, and how the COVID-19 pandemic caused a shift in priorities for the institution. Prior to the pandemic, the Chazen was deeply embedded in a period of growth. After focusing on staff restructuring and financial sustainability for the first two years of her directorship, Gilman had begun to pivot the museum towards being a radically inclusive and accessible space. 

Like many arts institutions, however, the Chazen suffered set-backs as a result of the pandemic and was forced to reassess its priorities going forward. Dr. Gilman will share how the museum pivoted during this difficult time, and found new and meaningful ways to support its partners on campus. Additionally, Dr. Gilman will discuss current events in the field, especially the call for art museums to address social justice issues in their communities and how the Chazen is taking part in the movement. Dr. Gilman will share information on upcoming exhibitions and programs, and their connection to the Chazen’s broader strategic goals going forward.

Bio: Dr. Amy Gilman joined the Chazen Museum of Art in September 2017. As director of the Chazen, she oversees all administrative, financial, and curatorial duties for the museum. Since her arrival, Gilman has stewarded a new museum website, replaced unpaid internships with paid ones, and re-imagined the museum’s lobby and store as a coffee shop and gathering place for both museum visitors and whole community. 

During COVID and an unusual academic year, Gilman initiated the development of flexible, adaptable, virtual curricula for use by faculty, connecting the museum’s permanent collection with course themes of resilience and surviving trauma, and art and activism. Gilman is a progressive leader in the field, and an advocate for the role of the university art museum on campus and in the community. 

Prior to the Chazen, Gilman spent 12 years at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio where she served as deputy director, assistant director for collections and exhibitions, and curator of modern and contemporary art. Gilman is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute. She earned her doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Columbia College in Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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