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Search moves forward for vice chancellor for research and graduate education

A 15-member search-and-screen committee, chaired by Professor of Biomedical Engineering Bill Murphy, will conduct a nationwide search.

Cancer cells under microscope credit PIXABAY

UW2020 marks four years with Round 6 call for proposals — abstracts due Oct. 15

Applications for funding of high-risk, high-impact research proposals through UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative are now being accepted. The goal is to support collaborative, multidisciplinary and transformative research. Awards range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Retirements lead to changes in research leadership posts

Nora Cate Schaeffer, professor of sociology, and Amy Wendt, professor of electrical and computer engineering, are joining the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education as divisional interim associate vice chancellors for research. Schaeffer, interim associate vice chancellor for research in the social sciences, replaces Jan Greenberg, professor of social work, who is retiring after a 30-year tenure at Madison.

Ackerman to become interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education

On Aug. 19, 2019, Norman Drinkwater will retire from his post as the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education. Steve Ackerman, who has served as UW–Madison’s associate vice chancellor for research in the physical sciences since 2012, will assume the interim position.

Sensor from Antarctic observatory IceCube joins Smithsonian collection

Headquartered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, IceCube uses thousands of these sensors embedded in a cubic kilometer of ice underneath the South Pole to track neutrinos, invisible subatomic particles that traverse space at nearly the speed of light. The sensors, called digital optical modules, or DOMs, detect the flash of blue light created when a neutrino crashes into a molecule of ice.

Valerie Stull showing someone insect images

Social Problems Initiative projects selected

Five projects, on topics ranging from farm-raised crickets as a sustainable food source to decreasing sedentary behavior in older adults, have been chosen for funding as part of the UW–Madison Contemporary Social Problems Initiative.

Student studying

Faculty receive WARF, Kellett, Romnes awards

Thirty-two members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty have been awarded 2019-20 faculty fellowships. The awardees span the four divisions — arts and humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and biological sciences — on campus.

Chris Bradfield named director of the Biotechnology Center

Bradfield, a UW-Madison Professor of Oncology, had been serving as the center's interim director since August 2018. He reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The Biotechnology Center was founded in 1984 by McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research emeritus faculty member Richard Burgess, who also served as director for its first 12 years.

Andy Petersen at Waisman stem cell lab

New gene editing tool drives stem cell services and discovery

At just two-and-a-half years old, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Human Stem Cell Gene Editing Service is already contemplating expansion. The increased demand has tracked the growth of research projects on campus using a new gene editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9

autonomous space-based astronomical observatory

Celebrating the anniversary of the first general purpose astronomical observatory in space

In December 1968 — 50 years ago this month — the world’s first autonomous space-based astronomical observatory, OAO-2, helped set the stage for a new era of astronomy. Its payload included seven telescopes from UW–Madison.