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Making Research Work

Making Research Work is a blog produced by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The blog keeps the UW-Madison research community posted about efforts to support the research enterprise on campus.

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Progress made toward treatment for rare, fatal neurological disease

After more than a decade of work, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Waisman Center reported promising results in the lab and in animal models that could set the stage for developing a treatment for Alexander disease, a rare and usually fatal neurological disease with no known cure. “For the first time, we have a reasonable chance to develop an effective treatment for Alexander disease,” says Albee Messing, a study co-author, professor of comparative biosciences and director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Finding that piece of research equipment just got easier

On June 20, the Directory of Resources for Researchers opened its virtual doors and in less than three months, the directory has grown to include more than 650 resources and services, with more being added all the time.

Supporting Our Graduate Students is Key to UW-Madison’s Research Success

With a new semester underway, it is worth pausing a moment to think about the importance of research at UW-Madison for our students and for the future of research. Participating in research is a hallmark of graduate education. UW-Madison’s graduate research ranges from scientific work in laboratories and the field, to archival scholarship, to technical and ...

Saving Time for UW-Madison Grant Awardees by Helping Us Meet Public Access Requirements

Making Research Work Saving Time for UW-Madison Grant Awardees by Helping Us Meet Public Access Requirements We all bemoan the fact that the research community at UW-Madison and elsewhere is facing an enormous burden of compliance. Nevertheless, I have good news to share about a way to reduce one aspect of the burden of research compliance — ...

Reversing the Trend: Five Strategies to Improve UW-Madison’s Ranking in Research Expenditures

  As we all know, last November UW-Madison fell out of the top five universities in research expenditures, according to the NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey. UW-Madison had been ranked in the top five every year since the survey was established, nearly 45 years ago. The news was very disappointing but not altogether a surprise. For ...

Debut of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education blog

It was just over 100 years ago when UW-Madison affirmed the importance of research on campus by providing, for the first time, stipulated sums for research ($10,000 in 1914-15 and $15,000 in 1915-16). Today, UW-Madison research expenditures total $1 billion, annually, and we continue to affirm our role as one of the nation’s leading public ...