Faculty/staff news

  • Student fellowships will benefit communities across Wisconsin April 28, 2015 Launching a community market in Cross Plains. Using Shakespeare to inspire young writers in Green Bay. Teaching the value of conservation and green space in Hudson and Kenosha.
  • Photo: Tom Neeson Bigger bang for your buck: Restoring fish habitat by removing barriers April 28, 2015 A few years ago, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology created the first map of all the road crossings and dams blocking the tributary rivers that feed the five Great Lakes. These tributaries serve as migratory highways, providing fish like walleye and lake sturgeon access to headwater breeding grounds.
  • Photo: Nepali earthquake damage Campus Nepali community asks for help after earthquake April 28, 2015 In response to Nepal’s most devastating earthquake in 81 years, the Nepal Student Association is holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday night and requesting help from the UW-Madison community to support relief efforts.
  • Photo: P.B. Poorman Nominations sought for UW System P.B. Poorman Award April 28, 2015 The Division of Student Life is seeking nominations for UW-Madison’s recipient of the UW System P.B. Poorman Award.
  • Photo: People looking into microscopes 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival seeks proposals April 28, 2015 Planning for the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival, to be held Oct. 22-25 in Madison and around Wisconsin, is actively underway.
  • Chancellor Blank message on Nepal earthquake April 26, 2015
  • Photo: Phil Barak with jars Business will implement new phosphorus recycling process in Midwest April 24, 2015 A University of Wisconsin-Madison startup is helping Midwest cities remove pollutants from wastewater through a new process that will benefit local farmers, too.
  • Photo: Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma Compact UV lasers could identify substances from a distance April 24, 2015 For soldiers in the field, the ability to identify an object or substance based on how it responds to light could mean the difference between life and death. They could, for example, determine from a safe distance if an approaching person or vehicle is carrying an explosive device or dangerous biological agent.
  • Map: Yahara River Watershed Changes in land use, climate and agriculture undermine efforts to clean up Madison lakes April 23, 2015 Efforts to clean up the Madison lakes are being hampered by more asphalt, row crops and intense rainstorms and higher manure concentrations on the landscape, according to a new study from the Water Sustainability and Climate project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo: Empty vial for blood sample In Sierra Leone, a chance to learn from Ebola April 23, 2015 When Yoshihiro Kawaoka and members of his research team first arrived in Sierra Leone in December 2014, the consistent wail of ambulance sirens was a frightening reminder that the Ebola virus was there, too.
  • Photo: Engraving of Shakespeare UW-Madison offering Shakespeare MOOC April 23, 2015 On April 26, on the heels of William Shakespeare’s birthday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will launch its third free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of 2015, “Shakespeare in Community,” to an audience of more than 12,700 enrolled participants.
  • Photo: Presenter talking to students Technology, film underscore 17th annual Undergraduate Symposium April 22, 2015 The lights dimmed in Union South’s Marquee Theater Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t for a feature-length movie screening. This year’s Undergraduate Symposium, the annual showcase event for undergraduate research, was the first to feature film shorts as part of its lineup of presentations.
  • Photo: Jenny Saffran UW-Madison expert on infant learning elected to American Academy April 22, 2015 Jenny Saffran, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of psychology and an expert on how infants learn, is among leaders in academia, business, public affairs and the arts elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, it was announced today (April 22, 2015).
  • Photo: John Wisconsin contributions helped Hubble Space Telescope soar April 21, 2015 It was “the flea on the tail of the dog.” Roughly 30 years ago, that was how University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomy Professor Robert C. Bless described the High Speed Photometer (HSP), a detector then under development at UW-Madison for the soon-to-be-launched Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Photo: Robert Lavigna UW launches new performance management policy and program April 21, 2015 As part of the new HR Design structure (and as described in the HR Design Strategic Plan), the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is rolling out a new performance management policy and best practices program. Implementation will begin in July 2015, and full compliance is expected across campus by July 2016.
  • Photo: Albee Messing Messing named director of Waisman Center April 21, 2015 Albee Messing, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of comparative biosciences and an international leader in research on Alexander disease, has been named director of the Waisman Center, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden announced April 14.
  • WARF grants to showcase innovation April 21, 2015 As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is funding up to five projects that best fete UW–Madison’s legacy of innovation.
  • Photo: Paula Niedenthal Deep national history of immigration predicts wide cultural comfort displaying emotion April 20, 2015 People who live in countries built on centuries of migration from a wide range of other countries are more emotionally expressive than people in more insular cultures, according to research led by University of Wisconsin–Madison psychology Professor Paula Niedenthal.
  • Photo: Suman Banerjee ‘My Earth’ energy-tracking app encourages sustainable behaviors April 20, 2015 For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more accessible.
  • Photo: Chemical phase map Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future April 20, 2015 In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.