UW-L Centers and Institutes

Center for Death Education and Bioethics
The Center for Death Education and Bioethics (CDEB) is a resource center for academic materials concerned with the issue of death, dying, and bereavement in contemporary society. CDEB sponsors Illness, Crisis & Loss, a quarterly peer reviewed journal published by Sage Periodicals. CDEB also makes available brochures on grief and loss.

Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity
The Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity conducts a variety of quality physical activity/education programs serving children, youth, and adults with a wide array of disabilities.  Modified instruction in specific physical activities is provided to persons who may not be able to safely or successfully participate in programs available in the general community.

Emerging Technology Center in Pharmaceutical Development
The Emerging Technology Center in Pharmaceutical Development is an interdisciplinary community of UW-L scientists and scholars whose primary purpose is to engage in the discovery and development of new drug molecules and medicines that may be used to treat clinically significant human diseases and save lives.

English as a Second Language Institute
The English as a Second Language Institute helps non-native speakers of English improve their English language skills by offering courses in speaking, listening, reading, writing, U.S. culture, current events, pronunciation and study skills. The classes are designed primarily for students who need to improve their English skills for studying at a university.

Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory is an educational and research facility with state-of-the-art equipment that makes it possible to study a wide variety of research topics for master theses and faculty research. The facility provides the opportunity for hands-on experience needed to move on to internships and professional career positions in the fields of exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, sports medicine, fitness management and related fields.

Institute of Biomolecular Sciences
The Institute for Biomolecular Sciences fosters regional education, communication and research collaborations in the biomolecular sciences. The institute enhances educational opportunities in the biomolecular sciences, expands opportunities for biomolecular sciences communication and research, facilitates recruitment and retention of talented students to the biomolecular sciences, attracts talented biomolecular scientists to the region, increases extramural funding for the biomolecular sciences and increases the visibility of biomolecular sciences.

Institute for Innovation in Undergraduate Research and Learning
This Institute for Innovation in Undergraduate Research and Learning develops, fosters and supports innovations that use digital technology to enhance undergraduate teaching, learning and research in the UW System and simplifies the storage, retrieval and sharing of digital content for teaching. Typical projects involve students working with faculty to develop and share teaching and learning materials.

Institute for Latino/a and Latin American Studies
The Institute for Latino/a and Latin American Studies provides courses dealing with Latin America at UW-L. The institute promotes an understanding of Latin America, facilitates contact among professors with Latin American specialities, seeks to respond to students, community groups, and presents speakers and other programs.

Institute for Professional Studies in Education
The Institute for Professional Studies in Education houses the Master of Education- Professional Development (ME-PD) Learning Community program. The program is off-campus and is based on a learning-in-community, constructivist philosophy. The program is designed for certified teachers as well as professionals from other fields seeking to meet desired professional advancement goals or graduate students wishing to pursue a master’s degree for other career goals.

La Crosse Institute for Movement Science
The La Crosse Institute for Movement Sciences is a partnership between Western Technical College, Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse, Franciscan Skemp Health Care, and Gundersen Lutheran Hospital. The institute serves as a formal mechanism to bring together as a cohesive group all interested faculty and clinicians with expertise in this discipline. The institute increases collaboration within the campus and strengthens partnerships with health care, government, and other academic institutions in the region and nation.

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center provides education about the science of archaeology and the ancient cultures of the upper Mississippi River Valley to the general public, teachers, undergraduate students, and precollegiate students. The center conducts research and exploration of archaeological sites and artifacts and  preserve archaeological artifacts of ancient cultures which flourished within the upper Mississippi Valley. The center also provides a regional center to promote an understanding of the prior inhabitants of the upper Mississippi Valley region.

River Studies Center
River Studies Center is a non-curricular unit focusing on research and informational programs pertinent to the Upper Mississippi River and its related resources. The center has extensive interdisciplinary partnerships with several state and federal agencies and with other universities, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the National Park Service, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Research by center faculty addresses resource issues and environmental problems of pressing regional and national concern, such as environmental pollutants and contaminants that have caused widespread degradation of our aquatic resources.

Small Business Development Center
Working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Small Business Development Center provides business advising services, business education programs and information resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the 7 Rivers Region. The center is affiliated with UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration and its service area includes: Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.

Statistical Consulting Center
The Statistical Consulting Center provides advice and assistance in areas of sampling, experimental design, data modeling and analysis as well as interpretation and written communication of results for projects that require statistical methods. The center is housed in the Mathematics Department.