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‘The miracle of milk’

Photo: Laura Hernandez

Laura Hernandez's milking mentor thought it was pretty funny when Hernandez, city girl that she was, tried milking a cow for the first time. She's come a long way since then. As a UW-Madison dairy scientist, she has studied the lactation process — first in bovines and, eventually, in humans. Her own exper-ience as a mother "made me even more of an advocate for helping women after they give birth. That’s where my biggest interest is: The mother’s ability to deal with lactation and to do so healthily for herself while also taking care of her baby.”

Top Stories

UW mourns loss of student struck by car

Photo: Wenxin Huai

A graduate student who died Saturday in a pedestrian-vehicle collision near campus is being remembered as a stellar student and a cherished classmate and friend. Wenxin “Wendy” Huai, 24, of Beijing, was to receive her master’s degree in economics next month.

UW2020 awards bolster research, infrastructure

Photo: Man with tablet computer by cow

Funding for research projects that range from advancing wireless communications to developing a virtual dairy farm brain that will simulate actual farm management, are among the 21 proposals recently selected for UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative awards.

Around Campus

Symposium showcases gamut of student research

Photo: Chetachukwu Agwoeme

The 2017 Undergraduate Symposium, dubbed “a celebration of undergraduate research,” showcased student research talent from across the campus. A record 683 students took part this 19th year, representing 496 projects. Of those, most were presented as either poster displays or talks.

Cancer researcher wins in ‘lightning round’

Photo: Melissa Skala

Achieving in 250 words what can typically take 250 pages, Melissa Skala won a cancer research competition in which attendees at a conference pair up with a colleague on a $250,000 grant proposal within 24 hours. Skala hopes her award will help move pancreatic cancer research in a new direction.

Next generation researchers take top WARF honors

Photo: WARF building

An approach for improving insulin secretion in mutant animals, more industry-relevant conditions for engineering studies and an in-depth look at protein folding have won 2017 Discovery Challenge Awards from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

App links low-income people to services

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Health Links is a smartphone app developed by students to connect low-income people with resources such as food pantries, shelters and health centers. The app helps prioritize trips, minimize travel time and confirm business hours. People without cellphones can access the information at public libraries.

Outside UW

WCER teams up with local schools

Graphic: UW crest

A new partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the UW's Wisconsin Center for Education Research seeks to combine the expertise of educators and university researchers to address challenges facing local schools and produce relevant and cutting-edge policy research.  

Campus Initiatives

Study of job titles, pay and benefits progresses

Photo: Bascom Hall

The Title and Total Compensation Study (TTC) launched in late February. The study planning team has been working with project consultant Mercer to develop a detailed project plan and communication strategy. Here are the answers to some common questions about the study.

Inside Info

Cold symptoms may not be what they seem

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Does your child seem to get a cold around this time of year, every year? Maybe it's not a cold at all. Sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion and other common cold symptoms are similar to those of seasonal allergies. UW Health of-fers some tips, and debunks one popular myth.


Robock Lecture to address food security

Photo: Rosamond Naylor

Food security remains a critical — and often overlooked — issue across the country and around the globe. Stanford University's Roz Naylor will address it in a lecture tomorrow night at 7. Her talk is “Bridging the Divide Between Food Security and Nutrition Security: Can a world of 9 billion be well fed?"

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