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Tiny 3-D models may yield big insights into ovarian cancer

With a unique approach that draws on 3-D printing technologies, a team of University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers is developing new tools for understanding how ovarian cancer develops in women.
About 1.5 percent of American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but most of them will not be diagnosed until late in the disease’s progression — after the cancer has spread […]

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Fast, stretchy circuits could yield new wave of wearable electronics

Photo: Stretchable, wearable circuit
Fabricated in interlocking segments like a 3-D puzzle, the new integrated circuits could be used in wearable electronics that adhere to the skin like temporary tattoos. Because the circuits increase wireless speed, these systems could allow health care staff to monitor patients […]

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Researchers forge primitive human leukemia cells in lab

Rogue stem cells are at the root of all leukemias.
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a family of cancers that affect blood and bone marrow, is treatable in many instances. But the therapies used to keep the cancer in check have no effect on the primitive stem cells, also known as leukemia stem cells, that cause the disease in the first place […]

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Creating pathways: connecting American Indian students to health professions


We are Healers is an initiative to encourage more American Indian students to pursue careers in health care.
In the past three years, the number of applications from American Indian students to the School of Medicine and Public Health has exploded, increasing by 250 percent. This increase coincides with the creation of the UW-Native American Center for […]

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Embrace the chaos: Predictable ecosystems may be more fragile

Photo: Steve Carpenter standing in lake
Holding strands of loose native pondweed that floated to the surface, Center for Limnology Director Steve Carpenter is pictured in Lake Mendota just offshore of the UW-Madison campus in 2009.
Photo: Jeff Miller
When it comes to using our natural resources, human beings want to know what we’re going to get. We expect clean […]

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$10 million gift expands faculty and research to help youth flourish

Photo: Dottie and Bob King
With a $10 million gift from 1958 UW-Madison alumna Dorothy “Dottie” Jones King and her husband, Robert “Bob” Eliot King, the university will be able to recruit new interdisciplinary faculty that focus on children and well-being to the UW’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the School of Education.
Psychological well-being remains one of […]

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Faculty Senate reviews draft tenure proposal

The Faculty Senate on Monday held the first reading on a draft proposal for tenure protections, crafted to respond to recent legislative changes.
The proposal is expected to come to a vote at the next Faculty Senate meeting on Nov. 2. Faculty members may offer amendments to the policy proposal at the Nov. 2 meeting. The tenure policy would also need […]

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Period to sign up or change employee benefits begins

Photo: Employee Benefits and Resource Fair
Faculty and staff talk to and collect information from representatives of nearly 50 university offices and benefit providers during the annual Employee Benefits and Resource Fair in 2011.
Photo: Jeff Miller
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WARF draws top inventors, entrepreneurs for fall discussion series

To cap its 90th anniversary celebration, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is hosting a four-part discussion series exploring the cycle of innovation.
WARF is the nonprofit foundation that patents and commercializes campus inventions. Established in 1925, it advances groundbreaking research and graduate education through regular financial, intellectual and legal support to UW–Madison researchers.
The lectures will focus on the four pillars […]

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Grants offered for showing UW’s value to state

Grants of up to $500 are available to faculty and staff who have projects or initiatives that create awareness of the value UW-Madison provides to the state of Wisconsin.
The Office of University Relations is seeking applicants for the Statewide Outreach Incentive Grant Program. The program provides funding to new and existing education and outreach programs and projects targeted to Wisconsin […]

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Ancestors of land plants were wired to make the leap to shore

Photo: Liverwort plants
Liverwort plants, pictured here with moss and a fern, are an ancient lienage of land plant. Fossils suggest they may have been some of the first plants to colonize land 450 million years ago.
Photo courtesy of Jean-Michel Ane lab
When the algal ancestor of modern land plants made the transition from aquatic environments to an inhospitable […]

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Ancient rocks record first evidence for photosynthesis that made oxygen

A new study shows that iron-bearing rocks that formed at the ocean floor 3.2 billion years ago carry unmistakable evidence of oxygen. The only logical source for that oxygen is the earliest known example of photosynthesis by living organisms, say University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscientists.
Photo: Clark Johnson
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“Rock from 3.4 billion years ago showed that the ocean contained […]

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Nobel Recipient Campbell Earned Master’s, Doctorate at UW-Madison

William C. Campbell, a master’s and doctoral graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was awarded a share of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, it was announced today.
Campbell was given half the prize along with Satoshi Omura for their work leading to the discovery of the drug avermectin, derivatives of which played an important role in dramatically lowering […]

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Seven UW-Madison women honored as 2015 Outstanding Women of Color

Lillian Tong promotes efforts of access and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because she believes in it. As she puts it, “The reward is internal.”
When she was honored as one of the university’s Outstanding Women of Color in 2014, it showed that the university noticed and valued the passionate work that sometimes seemed like an addition to her “real […]

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Enrollment proposal to address workforce needs

At a time when the number of Wisconsin’s high school graduates has declined, a proposal geared toward growing the number of top students ready to enter the state’s workforce is being forwarded to the UW System Board of Regents.
By accelerating its recruitment of top Wisconsin high school students, continuing to guarantee the enrollment of at least 3,500 Wisconsin high school […]

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Meet the Class of 2019

This fall, UW-Madison welcomed 6,270 new freshmen, with 3,617 coming from Wisconsin.
African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or southeast Asian-American students make up 10 percent of the 2015 freshman class. The new class includes 15.4 percent first-generation college students.
Total enrollment for fall 2015 at UW–Madison is 43,405, up slightly from 43,189 in 2014. Undergraduate enrollment is also up slightly in 2015, increasing […]

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Interactive website developer succeeds by excelling in information architecture

Photo: Adam Simcock
In Earthling Interactive, Adam Simcock has expanded a company that originally focused on soil and crop information systems to produce software for nursing homes and a wide range of other businesses.
Photo courtesy of Earthling Interactive
Earthling Interactive of Madison does produce websites, but calling the 16-year-old firm a “website developer” is like comparing a Boeing 777 […]

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Giant Pumpkin Regatta set for Oct. 10 at Memorial Union

Photo: Student paddling in giant pumpkin
A student paddling back to shore after the 2008 Great Pumpkin Regatta. This year’s event, organized by two horticulture professors and the Hoofer Sailing Club, will take place Oct. 10 on Lake Mendota at the Memorial Union Terrace.
Photo: Bryce Richter
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Campus dining spots going receipt-free

Photo: Cash register
Receipts will be provided at University Housing and Wisconsin Union dining locations only if a customer requests one or for certain transactions, such as credit card sales.
Photo: iStock
If you’ve eaten at a campus dining center recently, something may have been missing from your order — but perhaps you didn’t even notice.
Beginning this semester, University Housing’s […]

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Carbine takes the lead: Former downtown Madison exec to direct Alumni Park

Mary Carbine has forged her career by building up Madison’s cultural venues and downtown destinations. She’ll take charge of a new venue when she becomes managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Alumni Park.
Carbine will assume leadership of the park project Oct. 12. For the last decade, she’s served as executive director of Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID), which […]

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WARF annual grant reaches all areas of campus

“WARF exists to benefit UW–Madison. We support campus competitiveness through our investments of time, expertise and funds. ”
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Leon Varjian, teacher and legendary UW-Madison prankster, dies

Photo: Leon Varjian
In August, Leon Varjian returned to campus to help with preparations for the annual “Fill the Hill” fundraiser on Oct. 16, which was inspired by the Pail and Shovel Party’s famous Bascom Hill flamingo prank.
Photo: Dan Treuter
Leon Varjian earned fewer credits in six years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison than most students earn in a […]

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Class of 1965 to reunite at UW-Madison

Nostalgia and campus memories will blend with new Badger stories and visions of the future when alumni from the Class of 1965 celebrate their 50-year reunion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
More than 200 alumni are expected for the reunion weekend, Oct. 1-4, hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Upon their arrival, classmates will get a firsthand look at what their […]

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Tiny is beautiful: SonoPlot makes a viable business from the invisible

Photo: Brad Larson
Brad Larson is president of SonoPlot, a Middleton manufacturer of high-precision instruments that print ultrafine lines and dots as small as 5 microns across. Larson cofounded the company after earning master’s and doctoral degrees in the materials science lab of Max Lagally at UW-Madison.
Photo: David Tenenbaum
A University of Wisconsin-Madison spinoff that was spawned during an […]

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Tickets available Oct. 1 for Shakhashiri’s science show

Photo: Mike Leckrone, Santa Claus, Bassam Shakhashiri
Bassam Shakhashiri (right) teaches UW Band director Mike Leckrone and Santa Claus how to make glass ornaments during last year’s edition of “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri.”
Photo courtesy of Bassam Shakhashiri
There’s only one place that you can find Bucky Badger, Mike Leckrone, and Santa Claus himself […]

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After helping thousands learn how to afford college, Susan Fischer to retire

Susan Fischer has helped countless UW–Madison students navigate the complicated student financial aid system over the last three decades. One could say that thousands of degree holders would not have achieved their higher education goals without her and her team of dedicated colleagues.
Photo: Susan Fischer
Susan Fischer
So it may seem surprising that the woman who has dedicated most […]

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Heat waves hit heat islands hardest

Photo: Aerial view of UW-Madison campus
This heavily paved central campus area of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is characteristic of urban heat islands, in which densely built parts of a city retain heat more than their nonurban surroundings.
Photo: Jeff Miller
Extreme summers like that of 2012 — which saw record temperatures in cities across the U.S. — may be […]

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Campus IT service disruption updates

At approximately 11:15 a.m. Saturday an outage interrupted power to several campus buildings, including DoIT’s Dayton Street Data Center.
While power has been restored to all campus buildings, the outage affected network services. Many of those services — such as campus email,  Learn@UW — remain unavailable. Technicians are at work at the Data Center, and expect to restore service by early Sunday morning.
For updates, follow DoIT’s […]

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$28 million to support art education: Chazens pledge pieces from personal collection

Photo: Jerome and Simona Chazen
Donors Jerome and Simona Chazen study “Monument,” a sculpture by Spanish artist Joan Miro, on display in a third-floor gallery at the Chazen Museum of Art during a 2011 open house for the campus community for the museum’s expansion.
Photo: Jeff Miller
A decade ago, distinguished University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni Jerome and Simona Chazen made […]

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About the Chazen Museum of Art

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‘Garage Physics’ is a makerspace for undergraduate brainstorms

Photo: Duncan Carlsmith and Josh Cherek
Duncan Carlsmith (left) discusses an advanced search engine with Josh Cherek, the student who developed it, at the Garage Physics makerspace. The twin copper pipes in the foreground replicate an 1851 experiment that Albert Einstein cited as one foundation for his special theory of relativity.
Photo: David Tenenbaum
To physics professor Duncan Carlsmith, a […]

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Designed defects in liquid crystals can guide construction of nanomaterials

Imperfections running through liquid crystals can be used as miniscule tubing, channeling molecules into specific positions to form new materials and nanoscale structures, according to engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The discovery could have applications in fields as diverse as electronics and medicine.
“By controlling the geometry of the system, we can send these channels from any one point to […]

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Software piggybacks on electronic medical records, saves clinician time

Many people assume that electronic medical records would simplify doctoring, helping medical staff retrieve symptoms, diagnoses and prescriptions at computer speed. But Jonathan Baran, a Madison entrepreneur who began developing medical automation software while a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says providers often don’t see the promised efficiencies.
By 2010, Baran realized that this simple disconnect was a gap […]

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UW-Madison to legislators: Don’t ban important fetal tissue research

Proposed legislation in Wisconsin will have a devastating impact on the ability of researchers to create lifesaving treatments for patients, Robert Golden, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, told members of a Wisconsin Senate committee in a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 22.
“This is not just the opinion of John (John Raymond, president and CEO […]

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Pharmacy garden exhibits the roots, shoots and leaves of medicine

Photo: Black cohosh
Black cohosh is under investigation for relieving symptoms of menopause. The plant’s roots and rhizomes have been used for a wide range of purposes in traditional medicine, including sore throat, fatigue, malaria and rheumatism.
Photo: David Tenenbaum
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The garden of traditional medicinal plants at the entrance of Rennebohm Hall on the University of […]

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Time to get your annual flu shot — clinics start next week

Each year, influenza strikes many faculty, staff and students, causing them to miss up to five days of work and class. To limit the effects of the flu on the campus community, University Health Services (UHS) is coordinating employee flu shot clinics around campus beginning Sept. 29.
UW-Madison supports the CDC recommendation that individuals older than six months receive an annual […]

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UW System makes changes in travel program

Effective Oct. 5, the UW System will implement a new travel program rate structure and policies.
The changes relate to meals and incidental expenses, lodging, vehicle usage, miscellaneous travel-related expenses, and general travel provisions. The new policies and protocols apply to all university-funded or university-sponsored travel, regardless of funding source or traveler affiliation (e.g., employees, guests, consultants, students). The Board of […]

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Online course brings legendary Professor George Mosse to a new audience

George Mosse was one of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s iconic professors: a pioneering historian with a gift for connecting the past to the present. Mosse was an authority on Nazism who himself fled the Nazi regime, writing influential works on fascism like “The Crisis of German Ideology” and “The Nationalization of the Masses.” Students flocked to his UW classes from […]

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Heavy-duty neutron accelerators paint promising future for UW-Madison spinoff

Photo: Ross Radel in lab
Ross Radel, president of Phoenix Nuclear Labs, explains a prototype of a negative hydrogen ion source. Developed with funding from the Department of Energy, the device has sparked interest in the semiconductor industry.
Photo: David Tenenbaum
A Madison manufacturer of the world’s most powerful commercial neutron generators is awaiting final regulatory approval for its first […]

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WARF board speaks out on proposed fetal tissue ban

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Q&A on tenure protection proposal

An ad hoc committee of faculty members charged with recommending policies to continue strong tenure protections in response to legislative changes made in the 2015-17 state budget has released a report with recommendations.
The committee’s report was approved Monday by the University Committee. The Faculty Senate is expected to have a first reading of the proposal at its meeting on Oct. […]

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UW-Madison launches fifth MOOC of 2015, focused on forests and humans

Photo: Students in Amazon forest
Catherine Woodward’s students overlook the Amazon forest canopy and watch the sunset. Woodward will be teaching Massive Open Online Course called “Forests and Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar.”
Photo: Nick Hill
A Midwestern autumn is a colorful one and a visual reminder that there is something special about the trees and forests of Wisconsin […]

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Stem cell-derived ‘organoids’ help predict neural toxicity

Photo: Microscopic image of nuclei and neurons
Confocal microscopy image illustrating long-range organization for neurons (green) and nuclei (blue) within a developing neural construct.
Photo: Michael Schwartz
A new system developed by scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison may provide a faster, cheaper and more biologically relevant way to screen drugs and chemicals that […]

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UW-Madison uses new survey data to enhance efforts against sexual assault

Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shared the results today of a campus survey that is being used to enhance ongoing efforts toward preventing and responding to sexual assault and misconduct.
“Sexual assault concerns me deeply, not just as the leader of this university, but as the mother of a college sophomore,” says Chancellor Rebecca M. Blank. “I want to state […]

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Computer Sciences Job Fair connects students with local tech scene

Photo: Students working at computers
Growth in the local information technology sector is good news for both UW-Madison students seeking jobs and companies aiming to hire skilled IT workers.
Photo: Department of Computer Sciences
Madison’s information technology sector is growing rapidly. Just last year, Forbes ranked the area fifth on its list of cities with the fastest-growing tech industries and […]

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Experts help Green Bay establish new island chain to benefit shipping and wildlife


Photo: Island chain in Green Bay
Two views of the restored island chain in Green Bay. Above is the western shore and wetlands known as Peter’s Marsh. Below is the road leading to the restoration work. Photos: Gary Fewless and Bud Harris.
A partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the shipping industry and other organizations to […]

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UW experts: Census Bureau’s annual ‘poverty numbers’ provide good news

The new “poverty numbers” from the U.S. Census Bureau reflect some good news for the nation’s antipoverty efforts, according to UW-Madison experts.
The bureau released its annual survey results on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for 2014 on Sept. 16. The good news is found in the Census Bureau’s alternative poverty measure, the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), according to Timothy […]

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Major commitment to elevate UW-Madison undergraduate engineering education

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The Grainger Fund for Undergraduate Education will help give College of Engineering undergraduate students an unparalleled environment that will position them for success, not only academically, but in their future careers.
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On any university campus, the sidewalks are teeming with students carrying backpacks filled with the books they’ll need for […]

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UW–Madison to open Federal Statistical Research Data Center

Interdisciplinary research with the potential to inform policymaking will receive a huge boost Sept. 21 with the dedication of a new University of Wisconsin-Madison Federal Statistical Research Data Center, or FSRDC, on the UW campus.
The data enclave, the only such facility in the state, is a branch location of an existing FSRDC at the University of Minnesota, making Wisconsin part […]

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UW authors critique community-university partnerships in UNESCO report

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