Research at UW : University of Wisconsin–Madison

August 10, 2020

Call for 2020 Fall Research Competition proposals -- requests must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 11

UW–Madison faculty and staff recipients of Fall Research Competition awards say they are thankful for the funding to help them acquire the resources they need. But perhaps most important, they say, is the student support they are able to provide thanks to the funding.

Campus Workplace Safety Policy including COVID-19 Positive or Close Contact Procedures

This policy provides direction for UW–Madison’s implementation of interim workplace policies, procedures and expectations for all university faculty, staff and other campus community members in response to ongoing exigent circumstances impacting the UW–Madison due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waisman Biomanufacturing partners with Heat Biologics to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine

Waisman Biomanufacturing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is partnering with Heat Biologics to produce a COVID-19 vaccine for phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials. Phase 1 trials could begin in early 2021 and UW–Madison may be a trial site.

Leadership During the Pandemic: States with Women Governors Had Fewer COVID-19 Deaths

In addition, there was a significant interaction between governor gender and issuance of an early stay-at-home order: states with women governors who issued an early stay-at-home order had fewer COVID-19 deaths compared to states with men governors who issued the same order.

Groundwater Research Funding Available

Up to $400,000 for fiscal year 2022 will be available for research into groundwater management, quantity and quality through the State of Wisconsin Joint Solicitation for Groundwater Research and Monitoring effort. Apply by 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center announces a call for Developmental Project proposals on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

The purpose of this call is to allow an investigator to develop preliminary data sufficient to provide the basis for independently funded research. Letter of intent is due September 3.

Grassland conservation and what it means for bioenergy

Grasslands are a vital but shrinking ecosystem in the U.S., and conversion to cropland is a leading driver of this change. In a commentary published online in Land Use Policy, “Protecting our prairies: Research and policy actions for conserving America’s grasslands,” Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) researcher Tyler Lark highlights immediate opportunities to help protect these natural ecosystems and improve agricultural sustainability in the U.S.

Discovery yields road map to oxygenated hydrocarbon production

A team of GLBRC collaborators at the UW–Madison have described a pathway for furan fatty acid production in bacteria and other cells.

Running toward Renewal: New study links physical activity with cognitive health

Research has shown voluntary running is an activity most commonly associated with the reversal of negative impacts of aging and neurodegeneration, but little is understood about why that is.

Expert guides how to bring inclusion and diversity to work

“I’m acknowledged for who I am, and I’m supported to do my best and to contribute at my best. That is the culture that we want to strive for,” Binnu Palta Hill, the associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the Wisconsin School of Business, said.

With NASA award, PhD student seeks answers to life’s biggest questions

“Realizing that you can turn these existential questions that everyone asks themselves into a scientific career was really exciting,” said Lena Vincent, a PhD student in David Baum’s lab at UW–Madison. “I haven’t really looked back since.”

Research Core Revitalization Program funds upgrades to shared resources on campus

The Research Core Revitalization Program has funded 17 projects that will strengthen campus research core capacities by supporting the upgrade, replacement or duplication of heavily used shared research resources.
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