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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.

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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.

IceCube at the South Pole

IceCube: Antarctic neutrino detector to get $37 million upgrade

IceCube, the Antarctic neutrino detector that in July of 2018 helped unravel one of the oldest riddles in physics and astronomy — the origin of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays — is getting an upgrade. This month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) approved $23 million in funding to expand the detector and its scientific capabilities. Seven new strings of optical modules will be added to the 86 existing strings, adding more than 700 new, enhanced optical modules to the 5,160 sensors already embedded in the ice beneath the geographic South Pole.

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.

Researchers Develop Plant-Based, Eco-Friendly Method to Produce Tylenol

Acetaminophen—the active ingredient in many Americans’ go-to pain reliever, Tylenol—typically stems from a surprising source: coal tar, a viscous liquid produced when oxygen-deprived coal is subjected to high heat. But a new method developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) offers an environmentally friendly alternative to this fossil fuel-heavy process, drawing on a natural compound derived from plant material to synthesize the popular medication.

Two professors honored with Shaw Scientist Awards to support innovative research

University of Wisconsin–Madison assistant professor of neuroscience Darcie Moore and assistant professor of human oncology Zachary Morris are recipients of 2019 Shaw Scientist Awards from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

UW–Madison and WARF again rank high in patents

A survey of the world’s top universities placed the University of Wisconsin–Madison as the seventh-greatest source of U.S. patents. The ranking, by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association, attests to UW–Madison’s continued success in the granting of “utility” patents for inventions in a broad range of fields, says Norman Drinkwater, interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

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Waisman Center Launches New Fund to Advance Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Genomics Research

The fund, named the Mailick and Messing Interdisciplinary Research Fund, honors former center directors, Marsha Mailick, PhD (2001-2014) and Albee Messing, VMD, PhD (2014-2018). Their commitment to interdisciplinary research on intellectual and developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases laid the groundwork for the Functional Genetics/Genomics of Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Diseases cluster, one of the first six clusters selected by the campus cluster hire program for funding.

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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.