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  • Photo: James Thomson UW-Madison team developing ‘tissue chip’ to screen neurological toxins Sept. 23, 2014 A multidisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research is creating a faster, more affordable way to screen for neural toxins, helping flag chemicals that may harm human development.
  • Graphic: File folders with arrow pointing toward laptop computer Electronic Lab Notebooks now available Sept. 23, 2014 Researchers have long relied on the venerable and trusted paper lab notebook for keeping an orderly record of research data, notes and experimental procedures. Soon, researchers on the UW-Madison campus will have a new option to store and organize these activities in the form of Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) software services under a new UW contract with LabArchives.
  • Photo: Students singing 'Varsity' in Kohl Center Wisconsin residents well-represented in freshman class Sept. 23, 2014 The freshman class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the third largest in school history, with 6,264 students, and features the second largest number of Wisconsin residents in the past 13 years.
  • Campus reminded of guidelines for political activity Sept. 23, 2014 As political activity intensifies in the weeks before the fall election, members of the UW–Madison campus community are encouraged to participate in the political process by voicing their opinions on state and national issues. Students, staff and faculty are reminded, however, of campus and UW System policies regarding what constitutes an appropriate space for political activity.
  • Jeff Mahlum Alumnus finds passion for patient advocacy after accident Sept. 23, 2014 When Jeff Mahlum suffered a spinal cord injury during a diving accident in 2011 that left him paralyzed from the chest down, he had the unfortunate opportunity to learn how confusing and daunting the health care system can be. Having graduated with a major in biology from the UW in 2013, Mahlum decided to use the gap year between undergraduate and medical school to learn more about how he could understand the needs of his future patients. Mahlum, who’s now enrolled at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discovered patient advocacy and the Center for Patient Partnerships.
  • Badger family Recent sightings: Parents' Weekend Sept. 22, 2014 Campus hosted the annual Parents’ Weekend from Sept. 19-21, formally introducing parents to the staples of campus life. The events included luncheons, photo ops, information sessions, faculty presentations and more.
  • UW-Madison begins issuing voter ID to students Sept. 22, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison students will be able to get a free voter ID card right on campus beginning today.
  • Photo: Jonathan Patz Actions on climate change bring better health, study says Sept. 22, 2014 The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Ultrasound Ultrasound enhancement provides clarity to damaged tendons, ligaments Sept. 19, 2014 Ultrasound is a safe, affordable and noninvasive way to see internal structures, including the developing fetus. Ultrasound can also “see” other soft tissue — including tendons, which attach muscles to bone, and ligaments, which attach bone to bone. Ray Vanderby, a professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is commercializing an ultrasound method to analyze the condition of soft tissue.
  • Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren Badger duo experiences an amazing summer on ‘The Amazing Race’ Sept. 19, 2014 Amy DeJong and Maya Warren had a truly epic summer, but they can't tell you about it.
  • Photo: Brandon Barton Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance Sept. 19, 2014 Bent and tossed by the wind, a field of soybean plants presents a challenge for an Asian lady beetle on the hunt for aphids. But what if the air - and the soybeans - were still?
  • Researchers study role of cultural diversity awareness in biomedical mentoring Sept. 18, 2014 The nation needs a more diverse biomedical workforce. To help advance that goal, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers will assess whether cultural-diversity training of research mentors makes a positive difference for those they are mentoring in biomedical research.
  • Helen Blackwell Researchers study vital 'on/off switches' that control when bacteria turn deadly Sept. 18, 2014 No matter how many times it’s demonstrated, it’s still hard to envision bacteria as social, communicating creatures. But by using a signaling system called “quorum sensing,” these single-celled organisms radically alter their behavior to suit their population. Helen Blackwell, a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been making artificial compounds that mimic the natural quorum-sensing signals, including some that block a natural signal from binding to its protein target.
  • Photo: Person in PET scanner Down syndrome helps researchers understand Alzheimer’s disease Sept. 18, 2014 The link between a protein typically associated with Alzheimer's disease and its impact on memory and cognition may not be as clear as once thought, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Waisman Center. The findings are revealing more information about the earliest stages of the neurodegenerative disease.
  • School of Music poster Focus on festivals: School of Music’s new approach invites more interaction Sept. 18, 2014 Breaking with tradition, the UW-Madison School of Music will present an array of music festivals this year, rather than individual guest artists scattered throughout the fall and spring semesters. Festivals include one devoted entirely to brass music, scheduled for Oct. 8-13; a jazz festival in early December; and two featuring music of contemporary composers: Cecilia McDowall (Feb. 19-23) and George Crumb (March 22-23).
  • Photo: Wendy Crone Crone set to guide Graduate School into new era Sept. 18, 2014 This past week, Interim Dean Wendy Crone took time to answer a few questions about the mission and priorities of the Graduate School in its new configuration.
  • Excavation exposes Roman imperial outpost at its bitter end Sept. 17, 2014 Like Pompeii, the ancient ruins of Zeugma, a frontier city of the Roman Empire on the banks of the Euphrates River in what is now modern Turkey, stood frozen in time.
  • Photo: Women's Philanthropy Council members singing 'Varsity' Women’s Philanthropy Council marks 25th anniversary at UW-Madison Sept. 17, 2014 For a quarter century, Wisconsin women have played a leading role in the women's philanthropy movement. These pioneering women will be joined by national leaders and faculty experts in Madison this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the Women's Philanthropy Council, supported by the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
  • Photo: Gretchen Rubin Give happy: Gretchen Rubin says philanthropy can spur a cycle of happiness Sept. 17, 2014 If you’re happy and you know it, do something good for someone else. If you’re not happy and you want to get there, do the same.
  • Seasonal flu shots available soon for UW students, employees Sept. 17, 2014 Flu season will soon be upon us and every year, UW-Madison sees its share of influenza. University Health Services (UHS) strongly recommends that all students, faculty and staff get their flu shot. It's the single best protection against the flu.