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  • Manos Mavrikakis Water’s reaction with metal oxides opens doors for researchers Aug. 8, 2014 A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world’s most common substances interact. In a paper published recently in the journal Nature Communications, Manos Mavrikakis, professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his collaborators report fundamental discoveries about how water reacts with metal oxides
  • Photo: Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory McKenna to retire from Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Aug. 8, 2014 They say blood is thicker than water. So much so, that even the volume of water in all of Madison's lakes is still too thin for Thomas McKenna, director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL). After seven years in the role, he is officially retiring from the lab and moving to Massachusetts to be closer to his grown daughters.
  • Photo: Students donating school supplies at State Fair UW-Madison breaks record for collecting school supplies at state fair Aug. 7, 2014 Going back to school after summer vacation can be rough. It's even harder for students who don't have the necessary school supplies.
  • Photo: Hiroshi Maeda Fundamental plant chemicals trace back to bacteria Aug. 7, 2014 A fundamental chemical pathway that all plants use to create an essential amino acid needed by all animals to make proteins has now been traced to two groups of ancient bacteria. The pathway is also known for making hundreds of chemicals, including a compound that makes wood strong and the pigments that make red wine red.
  • Photo: Three SCE students Summer Collegiate Experience eases students into UW Aug. 6, 2014 Around the office, it's referred to as "The Foundation." For outsiders, it's known as the Summer Collegiate Experience, or SCE.
  • Population Health Institute offers Wisconsin data on Affordable Care Act Aug. 6, 2014 Data on Wisconsin’s experience with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its reform of the Medicaid and BadgerCare program are now easier to understand through a new chartpack released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, in partnership with the Covering Kids and Families program within the UW’s School of Human Ecology.
  • Recycling Movers encouraged to donate and recycle to reduce waste and mess Aug. 6, 2014 As the mid-August downtown leases turn over, overflowing dumpsters and buried curbs contain many items that can be reused or recycled. In an effort to reduce landfill waste and increase community benefit, the UW–Madison WE CONSERVE program and Office of Sustainability are partnering with the City of Madison, Goodwill Industries, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and student organization REthink Wisconsin to collect and donate reusable items.
  • Photo: Students in lecture hall UW-Madison continues trend of large entering class from Wisconsin Aug. 6, 2014 The University of Wisconsin–Madison will likely welcome its second largest class of Wisconsin-resident freshmen since 2005 this fall, with enrollment of state residents expected to be near 3,700.
  • American Family Insurance deepens partnership with latest gift to Wisconsin School of Business Aug. 5, 2014 American Family Insurance has gifted $675,000 to the Wisconsin School of Business.
  • Photo: Sarah Mangelsdorf gesturing Mangelsdorf looks forward to listening, leading Aug. 5, 2014 Sarah Mangelsdorf has been told about “Jump Around.” She’s enjoyed time on the Terrace for cheese curds and a view of Lake Mendota. And she’s run to Picnic Point a few times. “I consider myself doing an ethnography,” Mangelsdorf says. “You really can’t come in from the outside and have a vision for a place you don’t yet truly understand.”
  • Photo: Madison Metro bus Bus passes and transportation permits on sale online Aug. 5, 2014 Online sales of employee bus passes and transportation permits for the 2014-15 academic year has begun at the Transportation Services website.
  • Photo: Classified staff election ballots being counted Turnout for first-ever classified congressional election surpasses expectations Aug. 5, 2014 The results are in from the first-ever classified staff congressional election. Voting took place July 7 through July 21.
  • Tim Donohue Mining bacterial blueprints yields novel process for creation of fuel and chemical compounds Aug. 4, 2014 A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified the genes and enzymes that create a promising compound — the 19 carbon furan-containing fatty acid (19Fu-FA). The compound has a variety of potential uses as a biological alternative for compounds currently derived from fossil fuels.
  • INFOS imaging equipment Research team warns against overlooking Great Lakes’ currents Aug. 4, 2014 The history of the Great Lakes is one of people who underestimate their destructive power, often with tragic results. From two massive waves that smashed into Chicago’s harbors in 1954 to a rip current that drowned a young swimmer in Port Washington, Wisconsin, in 2012, Lake Michigan and its neighbors have a track record of catching people off guard with dangerous currents.
  • Photo: students with paddleboard Pre-college programs open doors for leadership roles Aug. 4, 2014 Whether their connections were social, academic or professional, former participants in UW-Madison's summer residence programs through University Housing say the camps were essential for creating future opportunities.
  • Photo: Sara Souther Drilling in the dark: Biological impacts of fracking still largely unknown Aug. 1, 2014 As production of shale gas soars, the industry's effects on nature and wildlife remain largely unexplored, according to a study by a group of conservation biologists published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on August 1.
  • Photo: Rooftop greenhouse at Aldo Leopold Residence Hall UW-Madison’s newest residence hall achieves LEED Gold July 31, 2014 Leopold Residence Hall, which opened in August 2013, has achieved LEED Gold certification for its design and operation.
  • UW Population Health Institute awarded $12 million to build culture of health July 30, 2014 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced it will continue to fund the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) to rank and provide guidance for improving the health of America’s counties from Florida to Alaska.
  • Recent sightings: Walk work July 30, 2014 Construction workers erect a concrete form as they build a new base and retention wall for a raised pedestrian crosswalk at North Park Street leading to Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 30, 2014.
  • PEOPLE members PEOPLE high school students celebrate completing pre-college program July 29, 2014 Scholars from one of the most successful long-term diversity pipelines to higher education in the nation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence), will be recognized for their accomplishments at an annual banquet on Friday, Aug 1., at noon.