Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg (WI UCEDD/LEND) Receives Staff Excellence Award

April 28, 2011

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Linda Tuchman Ginsberg, PhD, Outreach Program Manager in the Waisman Center UCEDD, is among ten UW-Madison professionals honored with 2011 Academic Staff Excellence Awards. The awards recognize achievements in leadership,public service, research, training, and overall excellence. Tuchman-Ginsberg received the Robert and Caroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach.

Tuchman-Ginsberg has made it her mission to use her position on the academic staff to strengthen the state's communities by helping young children, including those with disabilities, and their families through early intervention, care and education, mental health, parental education and family support.

As director of early childhood professional development within the Waisman Center, where she's worked since 1982, Tuchman-Ginsberg has been involved in providing direct service to children, teaching, training and being part of early intervention research and evaluation.

"Her work is a clear example that demonstrates how a single member of the academic staff can contribute in meaningful ways to assist the university to meet its public service and outreach missions," says Marsha Mailick Seltzer, director of the Waisman Center.

She recently developed a continuing education certificate program in infant, early childhood and family mental health to increase the professional capacity to reduce the number of at-risk children in Wisconsin.

"Linda is the epitome of the Wisconsin Idea in that her efforts are creating… ongoing enhancements in the cultural and social life of the state," say fellows in the certificate program.

All awards carry a stipend. Winners will be recognized by the Academic Staff Assembly on April 11 and will attend a reception with Chancellor Biddy Martin.

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