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  • Photo: Professor Tom Reps, graduate students Jason Breck and David Bingham Brown, and Professor Ben Liblit New research project funded by Department of Defense will enable faster, better coding Jan. 16, 2015 Pliny, a new research project for writing more error-free, secure code, is being funded by a four-year, $11 million grant recently announced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense. UW-Madison computer scientists will collaborate with their counterparts at Rice University in Houston (which will lead the project), the University of Texas at Austin, and the company GrammaTech.
  • Photo: Erin Arango-Escalante UW-Madison language learning resource preparing to support bilingual preschoolers nationwide Jan. 16, 2015 Preschool teachers who work with bilingual or multilingual children in five states across the country, and as many as 13 additional states, soon will begin using new learning tools and receiving specialized training developed and provided by WIDA, an international nonprofit specializing in English and Spanish language development based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo: Lake Mendota algae Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 ‘planetary boundaries,’ according to researchers Jan. 15, 2015 An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.” Civilization has crossed four of nine so-called planetary boundaries as the result of human activity, according to a report published today in Science by the 18-member research team. Among them is Steve Carpenter, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology and the only U.S.-based researcher on the study.
  • Photo: Xiaojun Tan UW-Madison scientists find how many cancers may evade treatment Jan. 15, 2015 Xiaojun Tan, a graduate student in Richard A. Anderson’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, made an unexpected observation while studying the locations inside cells where the epidermal growth factor receptor, EGFR, can be found. His subsequent investigation revealed how cancer was evading treatment drugs: by sneaking through the cellular back door.
  • Photo: Go Big Read books being distributed at Chancellor's Convocation Go Big Read seeks books focused on inequality in America Jan. 15, 2015 For the 2015-16 year, the selection committee for Go Big Read, UW-Madison's common-reading program, is seeking a book that addresses this theme of inequality in America. Both fiction and nonfiction titles are encouraged for submission by students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
  • Photo: Sam Gellman Chemical dial controls attraction between water-repelling molecules Jan. 14, 2015 Abbott, Gellman and a group of University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have provided new insights on hydrophobic interactions within complex systems. In a study published today in the journal Nature, the researchers show how the nearby presence of polar (water-attracted, or hydrophilic) substances can change the way the nonpolar hydrophobic groups want to stick to each other.
  • Carbon nanotube finding could lead to flexible electronics with longer battery life Jan. 14, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a significant leap toward creating higher-performance electronics with improved battery life — and the ability to flex and stretch. Led by materials science Associate Professor Michael Arnold and Professor Padma Gopalan, the team has reported the highest-performing carbon nanotube transistors ever demonstrated. In addition to paving the way for improved consumer electronics, this technology could also have specific uses in industrial and military applications.
  • King Holiday keynote speaker depicted in film 'Selma' will bring timely message Jan. 14, 2015 King Holiday keynote speaker depicted in film "Selma" will bring timely message
  • Photo: Susan Fischer UW-Madison students take less debt than national average Jan. 13, 2015 The percentage of undergraduates at UW-Madison who use student loans and the amount they borrow rose slightly from last year but remain below national averages, according to a report from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Photo: LaMar Campbell in football uniform After the game ends, UW-Madison helps athletes return to the classroom Jan. 13, 2015 The last time LaMar "Soup" Campbell sat in a University of Wisconsin-Madison classroom, Bill Clinton was president. Melvin Gordon had just turned 5 years old.
  • Photo: Sara Goldrick-Rab Obama’s free community college plan sounds familiar to UW professor Jan. 9, 2015 President Barack Obama unveiled a new proposal on Thursday to provide two years of free community college tuition to students who maintain good grades.
  • Photo: Doug Maynard Infamous study of humanity’s ‘dark side’ may actually show how to keep it at bay Jan. 9, 2015 In 1961, with memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremburg still fresh, psychologist Stanley Milgram undertook a series of now infamous experiments on obedience and reprehensible behavior.
  • Recent sightings: Below zero Jan. 8, 2015
  • Photo: Ph.D. student Sarah Guillot conducts research on new battery materials UW grant program seeds promising ideas, like safer batteries Jan. 8, 2015 State Economic Engagement & Development (SEED) grants are administered by the Office of Industrial Partnerships to support research that interests a researcher and a spinoff he or she founded. During fiscal year 2015, its first year, SEED started disbursing $700,000 to five laboratories. The next round of grants is budgeted at $625,000, and applications are due Feb. 15.
  • Sarah Soon, left, a University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate from Singapore and member of Badger Volunteers, reviews a math exercise with sixth grader Chaya Miller during an after-school tutoring program at Velma Hamilton Middle School in Madison, Wi Carnegie Foundation recognizes UW-Madison for community engagement Jan. 7, 2015 The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.
  • Photo: BioHouse students In its first year, BioHouse brings opportunity for students in science Jan. 6, 2015 BioHouse is the newest of 10 UW–Madison residential learning communities — clusters of students in residence halls who choose to live with others active in a common interest area — three of which are designed for students interested in science. Focused on biological sciences, BioHouse — in partnership with WISCIENCE and University Housing — opened in fall 2014 with 66 residents.
  • Deer account for almost half of long-term forest change, study finds Jan. 2, 2015 A study released this week has linked at least 40 percent of species changes in the forests of northern Wisconsin and Michigan over the past 60 years to the eating habits of white-tailed deer.
  • UW researchers will study Oregon School District flu cases Dec. 29, 2014
  • Photo: Yuna Kim developing games at PerBlue Games a winning industry for firms with UW ties Dec. 29, 2014 Two local video game startups, PerBlue and Filament Games, have ties to UW-Madison.
  • Photo: Natalie Rudolph Rudolph honored as Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Dec. 26, 2014 A University of Wisconsin-Madison polymer engineer has received the 2015 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Natalie Rudolph, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is among 11 recipients who will receive the award in 2015.