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Research and Sponsored Programs Director to retire after 20 years of service to UW–Madison

Kim Moreland, associate vice chancellor for research and director of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP), recently announced that she is retiring after 20 years of service to the UW–Madison and even longer as a part of the national research administrator community. Her last day in the office is April 26 and Mark Sweet, RSP director for grant and contract services, will be interim RSP director.

March 1: SMPH Collaborate an event series for investigators, researchers and learners

Members of the campus research community are invited to attend SMPH Collaborate on March 1 from 3-5 p.m. in Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) Room 1335. The event will feature presentations on cutting-edge research and innovation happening in the school and a social hour. Registration is strongly encouraged.

In Regents address, Chancellor Mnookin unveils bold new initiatives to innovate for the public good, address global challenges

The University of Wisconsin—Madison will build on its 175 years of excellence with several bold new initiatives designed to address global challenges, notably artificial intelligence and environmental sustainability.

Feb. 29 Crossroads of Ideas: LEAPing Forward: How Wisconsin is shaping the future of materials science

Katherine Rice, applications lab manager at CAMECA Instruments, will share an introduction to this technology; some of the fun applications of Local electrode atom probe (LEAP), which is a novel analysis technique combining both 3D imaging and precise atomic-scale chemical composition measurements; and the way UW–Madison and Wisconsin played a pivotal role.

Campus partners host March 13 workshop – NSF SBIR/STTR: Intensive Proposal Preparation

An free, day-long session will be offered at the Memorial Union on the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, with a focus on National Science Foundation (NSF) program specifics. NSF offers $200M+ annually to expand research and work towards commercializing novel ideas. The workshop is for researchers (faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate students or at startups).

Meet SSEC’s Sparcy Squirrel

SPARCY Squirrel is the mascot of the SPARC atmospheric research trailer, a portable laboratory on wheels equipped with several atmospheric observing instruments. The SPARC trailer is led by scientists and engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center, and travels across the continental United States measuring weather and various atmospheric phenomena.

UW-Madison Global Health Institute’s Global Health Webinar is Feb. 20

The Tuesday Webinar series continues 9 a.m. Feb. 20, with the topic: Global Health Grant Trends. This impactful webinar will discuss the current trends with global health grants and gain insights from two grant experts.

New UW–Madison study shows people who fail to quit smoking should immediately try again

Tanya Schlam, an assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, is the lead author of the study. Schlam says the findings are an important step toward helping more people successfully kick an unwanted and unhealthy habit.

Falling Walls Wisconsin! Pitch your innovative idea to positively impact science and society

Falling Walls Wisconsin! Named in honor of the fall of the Berlin Wall, is an international competition that asks early-career researchers and innovators, “Which wall will your research break?” The winner of Falling Walls Wisconsin earns a trip to Berlin for the finals in November. Applications are due Feb 29 and the event will be held on April 5.

Three Minute Thesis highlights graduate students’ research on Feb. 16

Eleven UW–Madison graduate students will compete as the audience and a panel of judges weighs competitors’ skill in audience engagement, communication to non-specialists, and overall comprehension and content of their research presentation. The student competing on Feb. 16 come from different disciplines across campus, representing areas including STEM programs and design studies.