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What the genes mean

Illustration: Person with DNA forming eyeglasses

The expanding ability to decipher human DNA has made genetic testing widely available. But it takes a pro to translate the information. Genetic counselors trained at UW-Madison, such as Casey Reiser, who went on to lead the UW program, learn how to compassionately break potentially life-changing news to a patient and talk about their options. As the field of genetics has become a legitimate part of medicine’s toolbox, genetic counselors are invaluable in helping others understand this emerging knowledge.

Top Stories

Blank’s Slate: Who is a scientist?

Photo: Rebecca Blank

At a Faculty Senate meeting, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said the vice chancellor for research and graduate education should work with scientists across campus. One of the members responded that the VC “needs to serve all faculty, not just scientists” — which raises the question: Who is a "scientist?"

School supply donations pour in at state fair

Photo: Volunteer collecting school supplies

Backpacks, markers, notebooks, you name it — school supply donations poured in during UW-Madison Day at the State Fair. Nearly 150 bags of supplies were collected, along with more than $10,000 — all of which will benefit Milwaukee schools. Related video: Sights and sounds from Bucky's big day.

Community Diaper Drive

The UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Midwifery  are coordinating a Community Diaper Drive to provide diapers for children in need in Dane County. More.

Around Campus

Movers encouraged to donate and recycle

Photo: Donation bin

As the mid-August downtown leases turn over, overflowing dumpsters and buried curbs are common. UW–Madison is again hosting "Donate and Take" sites where people can drop off usable goods or browse the donations for wanted items — and you don't need to be a student to partake.

Fall Competition provides funding for researchers

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UW–Madison researchers are being encouraged to apply for competitive funding through the Fall Competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE). Through the competition, the vice chancellor’s office aims to set high standards for research excellence.

Business students profit from computer simulation

Photo: Instructor with students at computers

Hunched over computers, students in a Grainger Hall computer lab gather in small groups, each team managing its own mock cereal company. They have to make smart, quick decisions; time is of the essence. During one class period, 30 “days” go by as each group aims to make the largest profit.

Outside UW

UW-Madison in the Northwoods: Trout Lake Station

Photo: Trout Lake Station scientist leading boat tour

The first of August was a gorgeous day in northern Wisconsin. It was the perfect day for Trout Lake Station's 4th annual open house. The Northwoods outpost of the UW-Madison Center for Limnology welcomed its neighbors for a day dedicated to learning more about its research.

Inside Info

Caffeine powder packs more than an energy punch

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An Ohio teen mysteriously dies just days away from his high school graduation. One month later, the coroner finds the cause of death: caffeine overdose. This caffeine powder was bought online and is totally legal. UW Health's Paula Cody explains the startling hazards.


Two faculty members named Steenbock Professors

Photo: Harry Steenbock

Jin-Yi Cai and Robert Hamers have been named Steenbock Professors. Endowed by Evelyn Steenbock in honor of her husband, biochemist Harry Steenbock, Steenbock Professorships provide 10 years of financial support for the recipients' research programs.

DCS recognizes employees’ dedication

Photo: Office of the Division of Continuing Studies

The Division of Continuing Studies started the Recognition and Awards program to foster a positive, high performing and engaging work environment, and to recognize employees for outstanding dedication to DCS's core values. Meet the 2014 winners.

In the Media

Inside Higher Ed looks at modularity of MOOCs

Illustration: computer key with the word learn on it

Inside Higher Ed reports on UW-Madison's next round of MOOCs and the concept of modularity, in which "instead of reassembling a face-to-face course, lecture by lecture, institutions are urging faculty members creating online courses ... to split coursework into modules."


Michael Ward’s works on display at Ebling Library

Photo: Detail from Ebling Library art exhibit

The world of transplanted New York artist Michael Ward begins with black and white and ends with color — lots of color. Ward has been classified as having Cerebral Palsy but sees this as a challenge and not a disability. His works are on display at the Ebling Library.

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