Faculty/staff news

  • Facebook Study shows role of media in sharing life events July 24, 2014 To share is human. And the means to share personal news — good and bad — have exploded over the last decade, particularly social media and texting. But until now, all research about what is known as "social sharing," or the act of telling others about the important events in our lives, has been restricted to face-to-face interactions.
  • Mouse intestine New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut July 24, 2014 A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.
  • Dairyland Initiative outreach Grant generates increased access, network training to Dairyland Initiative July 23, 2014 The Dairyland Initiative - a UW School of Veterinary Medicine outreach program that works with farmers to optimize cow comfort, health and milk production - has received a renewal grant of $50,000 from the Dean Foods Foundation. The grant will allow the initiative to continue providing free access to its web-based resources for dairy farmers across the country and create a network of trained, certified consultants for planning and facilitating new welfare-friendly designs.
  • Archaeology at Trempealeau Town meets gown to explore Wisconsin’s Trempealeau mounds July 23, 2014 Why did migrants from Cahokia, the large mound city near St. Louis, move to the present-day village of Trempealeau in western Wisconsin to build flat-topped mounds about 1,000 years ago? That question has intrigued Danielle Benden, senior curator in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology, for more than a decade.
  • Paul M. DeLuca Jr. After more than four decades, DeLuca to retire July 22, 2014 For most of Paul M. DeLuca Jr.’s life, fall has signaled the beginning of a new school year. But not this fall. After more than four decades on campus, DeLuca will retire as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs on Aug. 4.
  • Carla Pugh Eight honored by UW–Madison as Outstanding Women of Color July 22, 2014 Eight winners of the 2014-15 Outstanding Women of Color awards, who are heavily involved in the campus as well as the Madison community through their work toward research and civic enrichment, have been announced by UW–Madison.
  • Waste containment site UW researchers create safe, resistant material to store waste July 18, 2014 Storing industrial waste has never been a pretty job, and it's getting harder.
  • Photo: emergency responders Campus practices for emergency it hopes never comes July 17, 2014 As part of a full-scale campus emergency-response exercise, members of the UW-Madison Police Department, Madison Fire and Police Departments, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and other regional agencies respond to mock reports of a simulated bomb incident with wounded victims during a running event at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • Photo: Frederic March Play Circle Something old, something new: Wisconsin Union Theater gets a makeover while maintaining historic feel July 16, 2014 Renowned. Renewed. Restored. Those three words sum up the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater. While it won’t host its first official performance until Aug. 22-23 with “Kiss Me Kate,” a sneak peek inside reveals the building itself is quite the showstopper.
  • Photo: Aaron Olver Olver to lead University Research Park July 16, 2014 Aaron Olver, a former secretary of the state Department of Commerce and head of Madison’s economic development division, has been hired as managing director of University Research Park (URP).
  • Photo: Asian 'crazy worm' Hungry, invasive ‘crazy worm’ makes first appearance in Wisconsin July 15, 2014 Wisconsin's newest invasive species has done its best to stay underground, but the voracious, numerous and mysterious Asian crazy worm has emerged for the first time in the state on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo: Bored cylinders in an open engine block are pictured at the Caterpillar Engine Lab Best-ever efficiency points to clean, green gas-diesel engine July 15, 2014 The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts and cables. You might think that the engine resembles a patient in intensive care, but in this case, the patient is not sick. Instead, the elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion — significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.
  • Campus switchover to new IT network completed July 15, 2014 The University of Wisconsin–Madison has transitioned to a new high-speed advanced research and education Internet network.
  • Photo: Susan Horwitz Computer scientist and devoted educator Susan B. Horwitz dies July 15, 2014 Professor of Computer Sciences Susan B. Horwitz, a devoted educator and researcher noted for service to her discipline on both the university and national levels, died June 11 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Horwitz, who was 59, had been battling stomach cancer.
  • Photo: Susan Yacke UW-Madison ranks 4th for public administration research July 14, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is ranked fourth worldwide for public administration research in a new study published by the Journal of Public Affairs Education.
  • Photo: Igor Slukvin Wisconsin scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood July 14, 2014 The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing today (July 14, 2014) in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood.
  • University Health Services selects new prevention director July 11, 2014 Jeanette Kowalik has been named the new director of prevention services and campus health initiatives at University Health Services (UHS), the student health clinic of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo: Famers market Project to evaluate how farmers markets benefit communities July 9, 2014 A new project in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Farmer's Market Coalition will analyze the impact of farmers markets in communities.
  • Photo: Miron Livny Madison-based SWAMP, Secure Decisions partner to enhance software security July 9, 2014 Secure Decisions, a leading provider of assessment tools to enhance software security, is partnering with the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) to build a powerful and publicly accessible resource to improve the software that drives everyday life.
  • Photo: Aniruddha A. Upadhye Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research July 8, 2014 Biofuels researchers are increasingly thinking about how the energy market is changing, which challenges them to balance the basic science of new fuels with a more holistic view of the most commercially viable ways to produce them. So when a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers began looking at how to make jet fuel from biomass, they also strived to create a "techno-economic" framework that would illuminate the entire biofuels field.