Faculty/staff news

  • Although risk is low, UW-Madison exercises Ebola preparedness Oct. 23, 2014 With the first cases of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., questions have arisen regarding the risk to the campus community and the preparedness of the university should an event occur. For the past four months, UW-Madison and University Health Services (UHS) officials have actively planned for the possibility of an Ebola case on campus and monitored university international travel, while keeping in mind the diverse needs of the campus community.
  • Recent sightings: Major decisions Oct. 23, 2014 On Oct. 21, 2014, undergraduates attend the UW Majors Fair, held in Varsity Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where they could interact with advisors, staff and current students of over 100 UW departments and majors. The info fair allows students to research a variety of possible majors in a short amount of time and ask questions about upcoming courses and career options. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)
  • Partners in Giving maximizes impact of charitable gifts Oct. 23, 2014 The theme of this year’s Partners in Giving campaign, “Many Causes. One Community. Your Choice,” emphasizes the collective impact of thousands of charitable donations – and the freedom to pick the causes that matter most to you.
  • Photo: PJ Liesch Wisconsin’s new ‘bug guy,’ insect detective arrives on campus Oct. 23, 2014 His favorite insect is one he has actually never seen alive in the wild. It lives on snowfields and glaciers in the American West, aptly named an ice crawler. But PJ Liesch, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new “bug guy,” continues to search for it. “I’ve been out West looking for them a couple of times and haven’t had any luck, so they’re kind of one I have on my bucket list, just to see one of those out in the wild,” says Liesch. The insect specialist officially took over as manager of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab this summer.
  • Statewide outreach projects eligible for grants Oct. 23, 2014 Grants up to $500 are available to faculty, staff and students who have ideas for creating awareness of the value the UW-Madison provides to the state of Wisconsin.
  • Photo: Meredith McGlone Meredith McGlone to head UW–Madison news and media relations Oct. 23, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison has hired an experienced newspaper editor with deep ties to Wisconsin as its new director of news and media relations.
  • Photo: Teresa Adams UW-Madison to launch new transportation workforce center Oct. 22, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is launching a new center aimed at bolstering the Midwest transportation industry by providing training and opportunities for more people to pursue careers in transportation.
  • UW to serve as national hub for mentor training as part of diversity consortium Oct. 22, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison will serve as a national hub for research mentor and mentee training for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) recently announced by NIH as part of a national Diversity Program Consortium. The NIH will award the Diversity Program Consortium nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.
  • Photo: Commencement at Camp Randall Spring commencement to remain at Camp Randall in 2015 Oct. 22, 2014 On a beautiful Saturday last May, 6,000 undergraduates and master’s students celebrated their graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a crowd estimated at over 44,000 family members and friends at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • Photo: Downtown Madison isthmus When the isthmus is an island: Madison’s hottest, and coldest, spots Oct. 21, 2014 In a new study published this month in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers highlight the urban heat island effect in Madison: The city’s concentrated asphalt, brick and concrete lead to higher temperatures than its nonurban surroundings.
  • Photo: Clear implantable medical sensor See-through sensors open new window into the brain Oct. 20, 2014 Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology, which has applications in fields ranging from neuroscience to cardiac care and even contact lenses, in the Oct. 20 issue of the online journal Nature Communications.
  • Photo: Francis Halzen UW physicist receives American Ingenuity Award for IceCube effort Oct. 17, 2014 Francis Halzen, the University of Wisconsin-Madison physicist who was the driving force behind the giant neutrino telescope known as IceCube at the South Pole, has been named a winner of the 2014 American Ingenuity Award.
  • Photo: Trisha Andrew UW-Madison chemist named Packard Fellow Oct. 16, 2014 Trisha Andrew, a University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of chemistry, is one of 18 early career scientists from around the country named a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering. The award includes a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue research and is given in recognition of the potential significance of scholarship and innovation from the nation’s most promising young scientists and engineers.
  • Photo: Robert Mathieu with students WCER: Five decades of improving teaching and learning Oct. 16, 2014 One of the first centers of its kind, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is preparing to celebrate 50 years of educational policy research and initiatives.
  • Photo: Birds gather at bird feeder Climate change alters cast of winter birds Oct. 16, 2014 Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate. Writing this week in the journal Global Change Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison wildlife biologists Benjamin Zuckerberg and Karine Princé document that once rare wintering bird species are now commonplace in the American Northeast.
  • Nominations invited for enrollment management post Oct. 16, 2014 A national search is underway to fill the position of vice provost for enrollment management, and members of the campus community are encouraged to submit nominations.
  • To practice mindfulness, start by counting your breaths Oct. 15, 2014 It's as simple as breathing in and breathing out.
  • Great Lakes to support UW initiatives to increase number of STEM graduates Oct. 14, 2014 Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates has committed $7.2 million to assist two University of Wisconsin-Madison initiatives in helping disadvantaged students complete degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pursue careers in these in-demand fields.
  • Photo: Wisconsin Science Festival Highlights start early in four-day Wisconsin Science Festival Oct. 14, 2014 You name it, and the fourth annual Wisconsin Science Festival has it all — dance, star-gazing, fossils, art, museum and stage shows — spread over four days and venues in 25 Wisconsin cities. While the curious of all ages are immersed in hands-on exploration, and visitors marvel at the research underway and specimens on display around campus and the state, several of the festival’s marquee events may be of interest to faculty and staff on campus. The festival runs from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 16-19.
  • Committee offers recommendations on new budget model Oct. 14, 2014 A committee reviewing the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s internal budget process is recommending a new model that would establish transparent, objective metrics to drive resource allocation decisions in the areas of instruction and research.