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In the rocks

Photo: Rock going into X-ray machine

No one has to tell this patient to stay still. The picture of cooperation, it is ready for its close-up. The photographer is a professor of radiology at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research, and through an unusual but wholly logical partnership with the UW-Madison Geology Museum, he is allowing researchers to see inside rocks that have kept their secrets hidden for eons. Revealing a fossil in solid sandstone by hand would have been a year’s worth of tedious work, says one student. But as seen in this video, high-tech imaging accomplishes the feat in mere seconds.

Top Stories

Campus Nepali community asks for help after earthquake

Photo: Nepal earthquake damage

The Nepal Student Association is holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday night and requesting help from the UW-Madison community to support earthquake relief efforts. The association suggests that donations be made to Sarvodaya USA, a nonprofit with ties to both UW-Madison and Nepal.

Chancellor reaffirms UW position on JanSport

Photo: Wisconsin sweatshirt

Chancellor Rebecca Blank is reaffirming her decision not to sever ties with JanSport, which makes licensed UW apparel. Critics of the company have argued that it should be compelled to join in an accord created after a factory in Bangladesh, which was not making UW gear, collapsed in 2013.  

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Around Campus

Gatekeeper has advice on record keeping

Photo: File cabinet

Where can you find the most records on campus? Not an obscure Guinness Book of World Records entry, an athletic record, or even an old vinyl. Peg Eusch is the gatekeeper behind the UW-Madison Records Management Program. Eusch has some advice about the importance of good record keeping.

2015 Wisconsin Science Festival seeks proposals

Photo: Child looking into microscope

Planning for the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival, to be held Oct. 22-25 in Madison and around Wisconsin, is actively underway. Festival organizers are seeking programming proposals from universities, colleges, nonprofits and K-12 schools. The theme of the festival will be “Made in Wisconsin."

Outside UW

Fund supports companion animal health projects

Photo: Companion cat

Faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine will launch 12 new research projects aimed at improving animal health care thanks to grants from the school’s Companion Animal Fund. Projects will include a new glaucoma treatment for cats, exploring novel therapies for cancer in dogs, and more.

Inside Info

Heartburn or GERD? Let the doctor decide

Illustration: Male digestive tract

In a given year, as many as 60 percent of people in the United States will experience some symptoms associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. A doctor can determine whether your heartburn is a fleeting bother or a sign of a bigger problem, says UW Health's Sumona Saha.


Morgridge, UW select three postdoctoral fellows

Photo: Discovery Building

Three scientists have been selected for the inaugural Morgridge Institute for Research Postdoctoral Fellows program, designed to prepare promising young scientists for a changing research landscape. Fellows in the program will have research mentors from both Morgridge and the UW.

Invitation: Spring Open House

A campus event celebrates the Coordinated Leadership Initiative (CLI), Thursday, April 30, from
2 – 4 p.m., at the Discovery Building.


How to add Office 365 to your iPhone

Illustration: Screenshot of Office365 installation

More than two-thirds of the UW-Madison campus has completed its transition to Office 365 for email and calendar. If you’re looking to add Office 365 functionality to your iPhone, DoIT has a brief video tutorial that will guide you in a real-time installation process. Or check out the step-by-step written instructions.


Two honored for excellence in undergraduate mentoring

Photo: Walt Goodman

Walter Goodman (left) and Autumn Sabo have been selected to receive 2015 Awards for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities. The awards highlight the important role mentors play in fostering students’ intellectual, personal and professional growth.

UW System P.B. Poorman award nominations sought

Photo: P.B. Poorman

The Division of Student Life is seeking nominations for UW-Madison’s recipient of the P.B. Poorman Award. The award will recognize a faculty, academic or classified staff member, or registered student, for advocacy, research, teaching or service on behalf of the LGBTQ communities.

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