Stories indexed under: The Wisconsin Idea

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  • 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: 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.
  • Pecatonica without the ‘P’: Project cuts phosphorus levels in river Dec. 23, 2014 Conservation experts and farmers alike are rather pleased with the news out of southwestern Wisconsin. A seven-year pilot project in the 12,000-acre Pleasant Valley subwatershed of the Pecatonica River has helped to reduce the amount of phosphorus and sediment entering the river after major storms by more than a third.
  • Photo: David Gagnon Partnership builds creative digital technology in Wisconsin classrooms Dec. 15, 2014 Through a new partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a group of UW-Madison experts will team up with K-12 teachers and students throughout the state to develop educational apps and games.
  • Open-source tools will benefit military and Wisconsin vehicle makers Dec. 3, 2014 Dan Negrut, a University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor of mechanical engineering, has received a $1.8 million grant from the Army to harness the power of supercomputers to set up a simulation software infrastructure and allow both military and civilian vehicle makers to better understand — and predict — how vehicles will respond to deformable terrain, such as sand, mud or riverbeds.
  • Collaboration yields new methods to treat tumors with antennas Nov. 7, 2014 A conversation with a University of Wisconsin-Madison neurosurgeon prompted two engineering researchers to challenge a commonly held idea about tumor ablation, and as a result, they're now working to commercialize a new technology that could yield less invasive radiation therapies for cancer patients.
  • Statewide outreach projects eligible for grants Oct. 23, 2014 Grants up to $500 are available to faculty, staff and students who have ideas for creating awareness of the value the UW-Madison provides to the state of Wisconsin.
  • Photo: University Club Max Kade Institute finds new home in University Club Oct. 23, 2014 After 31 years in the historic Keystone House, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies has moved to a new home in the heart of campus: the University Club.
  • UW to expand research into advanced, economically viable bioproducts Oct. 13, 2014 Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota and Argonne National Laboratory will explore ways to produce renewable plastic precursors and other substances from biomass with a recently announced $3.3 million grant from the United States Department of Energy.
  • Photo: Pamela Kreeger With NIH New Innovator Award, engineer to study how ovarian cancer spreads Oct. 6, 2014 With approximately 22,000 diagnoses annually in the United States, ovarian cancer isn't among the most commonly occurring cancers. Yet, the mortality rate for women who have ovarian cancer hovers above 60 percent.
  • Photo: Satellite image of Hurricane Igor, taken by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, September 13, 2010 CIMSS Tropical Cyclones Group to receive AMS Special Award Oct. 3, 2014 The Tropical Cyclones Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) has been selected for an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Special Award.
  • Rebecca Blank Census Bureau Research Data Center to be established at UW–Madison Sept. 9, 2014 The potential for interdisciplinary research is about to expand considerably throughout the state of Wisconsin, thanks to Census Bureau approval for construction of a branch Research Data Center, or RDC, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.
  • Badger Volunteers Badger Volunteers fall registration opens Sept. 3, 2014 UW-Madison students are being invited to register for the largest volunteer program on campus. Badger Volunteers, a program through the UW’s Morgridge Center for Public Service, is designed to foster deeper connections between students and community partners by establishing a consistent, semester-long relationship.
  • 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.
  • 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!”
  • Verona Clinic’s '2020' challenge encourages healthy lifestyles Aug. 12, 2014 A community health initiative recently piloted at the UW Health Verona Clinic has helped patients there eat better, exercise more, and live healthier lives.
  • Photo: Trout Lake Station scientist leading boat tour Science in the Northwoods: Trout Lake Station open house Aug. 8, 2014 The first of August was a gorgeous day in northern Wisconsin: temperatures were in the mid-70s, the waters of Trout Lake were remarkably calm and clear, and the mosquitoes, for the first time this summer, were nowhere to be found. It was the perfect day for Trout Lake Station's 4th annual open house.
  • 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.
  • 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.