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The accidental conductor

Photo: Kyle Knox conducting

At age 23, Kyle Knox won the position of assistant principal clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Then, three years later, one neuron at a time, it all started to unravel. Today, Knox is a promising young conductor, a graduate student at UW-Madison who recently made his Madison Opera debut. This is the story of how he overcame a life-changing obstacle to become the "accidental conductor." (Photo by Jacob Stockinger/The Well-Tempered Ear blog)

Top Stories

Team generates master heart cells in mice

Photo: Timothy Kamp

By genetically reprogramming the most common type of cell in the connective tissue of mammals, researchers led by Timothy Kamp have generated master heart cells in mice. If replicated in human cells, the feat could one day fuel drug discovery and the raw material for treating diseased hearts.

Sexual assault task force’s ideas being implemented

Photo: UW crest

UW-Madison is taking an "all of the above" approach to addressing sexual violence among students, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. University and student leaders detailed how a combination of new and existing initiatives through multiple channels can shift campus attitudes.

The Cultural Costs of Terrorism: Palmyra and Beyond

UW faculty discuss the terrorist occupation of Palmyra and consider the cultural consequences of modern terrorism. Thurs., Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.

Around Campus

George Washington Carver collection found on campus

Photo: George Washington Carver

At least 25 specimens of fungi that infect plants, collected by George Washington Carver more than a century ago, were discovered last week in the Wisconsin State Herbarium in Birge Hall. The herbarium’s reputation for excellence may have induced Carver to send his samples to Madison.

What does the Wisconsin Idea mean to students?

Photo: Student video winner speaking into radio microphone

Chancellor Rebecca Blank challenged students to create a 90-second video showing how they’re living the Wisconsin Idea. The prize: tickets to a men's basketball game. Madhuvanthi Sridhar, Kai Brito, Vidushi Saxena and Tanisha Sabhaney of WSUM Radio had the right idea.

Governor Walker appoints 3 new UW regents

Van Hise Hall

Governor Walker on Friday announced the appointments of Tracey Klein, Bryan Steil and Lisa Erickson to the UW System Board of Regents. The appointments are two citizen members and one nontraditional student member. Klein and Steil are attorneys; Erickson is a student at UW-River Falls.


Morgridge hires cancer-fighting imaging expert

Photo: Melissa Skala

Melissa Skala would be happy to chat about some of the whiz-bang features of her medical imaging technology, but she’d much rather talk about the problems those technologies attack. Skala’s research focuses on cancer detection and treatment, and her expertise is giving clinicians powerful new tools for the fight.

Farewell Open House

Join colleagues March 4, at a farewell open house honoring departing Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell.


Even close-range relationships thrive on texting

Photo: Catalina Toma

Texting can make the heart grow fonder. That is just one of the findings of the latest research from Catalina Toma. Results show that even couples who live close to one another rely heavily on mobile media to manage their dating relationships. And that can be a good thing, the assistant comm arts professor says.


Rob Howard is new DesignLab director

Photo: Rob Howard

Rob Howard has been chosen as the new director of DesignLab, a digital media design consultancy service for students located in the College Library Computer & Media Center. DesignLab helps students with class assignments, independent projects, professional development and more.

In Memoriam

Paul Bredeson’s work focused on school leadership

Photo: Paul Bredeson

Paul Bredeson, an alumnus who spent more than two decades on the School of Education faculty, died Feb. 9. Among his research projects, Bredeson worked in six urban high schools to examine the ways principals and teachers work together to improve learning, especially in marginalized students.

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