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  • Photo: Section of asphalt resting on two cylindrical samples in lab UW center teams up with five states to address asphalt issues Aug. 22, 2014 More than 80 percent of major roads in the United States are still surfaced with asphaltic mixtures - and the liquid asphalt, a byproduct of oil refining, remains a bit of a chemical mess, an inconsistent, complex mix of hydrocarbons. So to understand how different kinds of asphalt will hold up under the weight of vehicles and the punishment of the elements, road engineers must use physical methods, from ovens to hydraulic testing devices, to inflict stress and extreme temperatures upon the mixtures.
  • Photo: Cross Regents approve biennial budget proposal Aug. 21, 2014 The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today approved the 2015-17 biennial budget proposal at a meeting at UW–Oshkosh.
  • UW-Madison chosen for federally funded cloud computing research Aug. 21, 2014 Cloud computing, which allows users of technology to tap into remote, shared infrastructure and services, is a major facet of today’s world. Whether or not we realize it, countless aspects of our daily lives — from social media to drug discovery — are now enabled by cloud computing. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been chosen to be part of a National Science Foundation-funded project called CloudLab — a joint effort of university and industry teams for the development of cloud infrastructure and fostering the high-level research that it supports.
  • Helping communities prepare for climate change Aug. 21, 2014 Over the last several decades, Wisconsin has seen an increase in extreme weather and variability, and these conditions are likely to become more common in the years ahead. Scientists in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR) project a sharp rise in average annual temperatures in coming decades – somewhere between 4 and 9 degrees Fahrenheit – spawning more frequent and intense storms, droughts and heat waves. These trends will challenge cities throughout the state.
  • Crime Alert: MPD investigating sexual assault Aug. 21, 2014
  • Photo: Closeup of sectioned winter squash UW field days will focus on the flavor of organic vegetables Aug. 20, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison plant scientists intend to employ some highly sophisticated instruments to evaluate new varieties of organic vegetables: the palates of the people who produce or prepare them for discerning customers.
  • Photo: Walter Block University spinoff aims to hit the mark precisely with brain-scanning tool Aug. 20, 2014 As brain surgeons test new procedures and drugs to treat conditions ranging from psychiatric disorders to brain cancer, accuracy is becoming an ever-greater issue.
  • Photo: Meeting of Classified Staff Congress in Bascom Hall Historic first meeting for Classified Staff Congress Aug. 19, 2014 History was made Monday as representatives of the first-ever Classified Staff Congress met for the first time in Bascom Hall.
  • Photo: Martin Cadwallader at table being interviewed After 13 years, Cadwallader steps down from top research post Aug. 19, 2014 In 1990, when first appointed as an associate dean in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School, geographer Martin Cadwallader had no idea what was over the horizon. Twenty-four years later, after rising through the leadership ranks and serving for 13 years as dean of the Graduate School and vice chancellor for research, Cadwallader prepares to step down from one of the university’s most critical posts. At the end of August he willreturn to the faculty and a cherished role as teacher and scholar.
  • Photo: 'Green roof' at Signe Skott Cooper Hall New, innovative School of Nursing building opening for fall semester Aug. 19, 2014 Signe Skott Cooper Hall isn’t just a new building. It’s a place where students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Nursing will learn using the latest technology.
  • Ken Cameron Herbarium director receives award for telling the story of plants Aug. 19, 2014 Ken Cameron, director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, received the Peter Raven Award from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists Aug. 5. Cameron, also a professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a world expert on the orchid family.
  • Photo: Volker Radeloff No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land Aug. 18, 2014 As climate change alters habitats for birds and bees and everything in between, so too does the way humans decide to use land. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Aarhus University in Denmark have, for the first time, found a way to determine the potential combined impacts of both climate and land-use change on plants, animals and ecosystems across the country.
  • Photo: foot on coordination-retraining device Grants fund UW technology projects on the road to commercialization Aug. 15, 2014 An exercise machine that helps stroke victims walk. An advanced technology for assessing the progress of prostate cancer. A faster process for making neural stem cells to investigate new treatments for injury and disease. A cheaper, more beautiful LED light bulb. A game to teach meditation. These projects, and a dozen more, are beneficiaries of the first round of awards by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Discovery to Product, or D2P, program, which began operating in March.
  • Event to spotlight 25th anniversary of Act 31, American Indian curriculum Aug. 15, 2014 Educators and a range of stakeholders from across the state are gathering in Madison on Tuesday, Aug. 19 for an event dedicated to celebrating the 25th anniversary of Wisconsin Act 31.
  • Workshop at UW Glass Lab sparks imagination of area middle school girls Aug. 14, 2014 When asked to share her thoughts about a recent art course hosted on the UW-Madison campus, a big smile came to the face of Lala Rivera. “There is only one word to say about this,” says Rivera, who will be entering sixth grade at Madison’s Sherman Middle School. “Awesome!”
  • Photo: Thomas Givnish New analysis links tree height to climate Aug. 14, 2014 What limits the height of trees? Is it the fraction of their photosynthetic energy they devote to productive new leaves? Or is it their ability to hoist water hundreds of feet into the air, supplying the green, solar-powered sugar factories in those leaves?
  • Scientists find potential new target for prostate cancer treatment Aug. 13, 2014 A recent study conducted at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine has identified a molecular mechanism that enables prostate cancer cells to produce hormones that promote aggressive tumor growth, a finding that could lead to better treatments for the disease.
  • SLIDE SHOW: Terrace Downtime Aug. 12, 2014 Now, this is more like it. Shaking off responsibilities and welcoming the extended daylight of summer, people made their way to the Memorial Union Terrace during many recent evenings, eager to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this beloved campus spot.
  • Two faculty members named Steenbock Professors Aug. 12, 2014 University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members Jin-Yi Cai and Robert Hamers have been named Steenbock Professors.
  • Research Fall Competition aims to set standard for research excellence Aug. 12, 2014 UW–Madison researchers are being encouraged to apply for competitive funding through the Fall Competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE).