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Brenner’s better way

Photo: Katie Brenner in lab

Doubts about their ability to become pregnant affect many women, and solving that problem is the basic business plan for BluDiagnostics. Although the startup company was born in the UW-Madison Biochemistry Department, co-founder Katie Brenner says the idea came directly from her own difficulty with conception. Her patent-pending breakthrough: a new, simpler way women can measure their hormone levels without cumbersome, and sometimes inaccurate, blood or urine tests.

Top Stories

Learn@UW/D2L outage resolved

Photo: Students in Wendt Library

After a lengthy outage, Learn@UW/D2L service was restored at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday. Instructors were advised of the outage on Wednesday night, along with the potential need for flexibility with students who were unable to use the service to complete assignments or meet deadlines.

Smoke-free policy update covers e-cigarettes

Photo: No smoking sign

The UW-Madison smoke-free policy has been updated to include electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes. These devices are already prohibited by many campus units but the current policy is silent on their use, and students and employees have requested clarification.

Go Big Read selects ‘Evicted’ for 2016-17

Photo: Matthew Desmond

It’s the story of eight Milwaukee families faced with losing their homes. It’s also a powerful analysis of a little-known epidemic affecting people living in poverty. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” the best-selling book by UW alumnus Matthew Desmond, is the 2016-17 selection for Go Big Read.

Crossroads of Ideas: Provoking Democracy

Join Caroline Levine, chair of the English department, for a discussion on why we need the arts now more than ever. Tues., May 3, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

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Around Campus

$10 million gift given to Chancellor’s Scholars Program

Photo: Bascom Hall

Anonymous donors have committed $10 million to support the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program. The program was established in 1984 to increase educational opportunities for academically talented, underrepresented ethnic minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduates.

Volunteers needed during residence halls move-out

Photo: Volunteer taking apart futon

As more than 7,400 students prepare to move out of the University Residence Halls, volunteers are needed from May 7-14 to help residents and their families say goodbye sustainably to items they no longer need. The goal is to reduce the amount of material that ends up in landfills as a result of move-out.

Waisman team advances fragile X research

Photo: Xinyu Zhao

Xinyu Zhao, a researcher who studies fragile X, the most common genetic intellectual disability, has used an experimental drug to reverse — in mice — damage from the mutation that causes the syndrome. Zhao and colleagues at the Waisman Center have de-tailed new steps in the complex chain reaction.

Campus Initiatives

Open house celebrates leadership development

Photo: Student in human ecology class

In its five years on campus, the Coordinated Leadership Initiative has positively impacted curriculum, student organizations and employee engagement. CLI will host a Spring Open House to celebrate leadership development across campus on Wednesday, May 4 at the Discovery Building.

Buzz

The ‘old’ MyUW is going away in May

Computer keyboard

The time has come to say goodbye to the old MyUW. You will no longer be able to access the old version as of May 24. Since launching the new MyUW in December 2014, usage numbers have risen dramatically. Campus members are now accessing MyUW through the new site over 90 percent of the time.  

In the Media

Early ‘citizen scientists’ tracked ice changes

Photo: Woodcut print of Lake Suwa

National Geographic reports on UW-Madison research about records dating back to the 1400s in which merchants and monks on opposite sides of the world took note of the freeze and thaw dates of local bodies of water. The data provide evidence that global warming accelerated after the Industrial Revolution.

Events

Breakfast on the Farm this Sunday at Stock Pavilion

Photo: Stock Pavilion

The 21st annual Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) Breakfast on the Farm will take place this coming Sunday, May 1. The family-friendly event will be at the UW Stock Pavillion. In addition to a farm-style breakfast, the event features live entertainment, a petting zoo and educational exhibits.

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