Ana Bormann has a hunch that the already long list of benefits of yoga could include one more — helping deaf adults avoid disastrous falls.
The UW–Madison junior and kinesiology major plans to test a group of deaf adults before and after they complete an eight-week yoga program adapted for them and targeted to address balance.
Bormann’s research project was one of many honored earlier this month at the annual Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards Ceremony. In total, the accomplishments of more than 150 students were highlighted at the event.
In addition to Bormann, four other students with the School of Education also were recognized.
Many of the awards provide students with funds to conduct research projects independently or in collaboration with faculty. Other awards recognize impressive academic achievement or community service. Eleven recipients and finalists of nationally competitive scholarships also were acknowledged.
The winning research topics range from sanitation in archaic Greek households to evolutionary change in guppies to Muhammad Ali’s influence on hip-hop.
Bormann, of Bartlett, Illinois, won a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship to pursue her yoga-related project under the guidance of Kristen Pickett, an assistant professor of occupational therapy with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. Many individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing experience balance problems because the body’s hearing and balance systems are connected inside the inner ear, Bormann said. These balance difficulties can affect many aspects of daily life, such as dressing, bathing and cooking, and lead to serious falls that compromise the person’s long-term health, she said.
Other awards include the Holstrom Environmental Scholarship, the Sophomore Research Fellowship, and the Herfurth and Kubly Award for Initiative and Efficiency.
In addition to Bormann, the students from the School of Education being recognized included:
• Eliza Godfrey, a psychology major, received a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship to work with Edward Hubbard, a School of Education faculty member with the Department of Educational Psychology, on a project titled, “Investigations into the Relationship of Arithmetic Sense and Pedagogical Content Knowledge.”
• Ashley Prudhom, an elementary education major, received a Sophomore Research Fellowship to work with Brad Brown, a School of Education faculty member with the Department of Educational Psychology, on a project titled, “Parent and Peer Influences on Middle Adolescents’ Social Media Use.”
• Shelby Kahr, an art major, received a University Book Store Award for Academic Excellence for an independent study project she completed with Art Department faculty member Lynda Barry.
• Lyndsay Lewis, a dance and psychology major, received a University Book Store Award for Academic Excellence for an independent study project she completed with Dance Department faculty member Kate Corby.
Meanwhile, Houa Lee, who will be receiving a degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education, received a 2017 Meyerhoff Excellence Award for Leadership, Service and Scholarship during a campus ceremony on May 5.
A full list of award recipients from across UW-Madison can be found here.