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Closet treasures

Photo: Photomultiplier

While cleaning out Sterling Hall cabinets that hadn’t been opened in decades, UW Space Place Director Jim Lattis and colleagues in the Astronomy Department struck historical gold: a collection of old photodiode and photomultiplier tubes, like the one above, dating to the earliest days of photoelectric astronomy. The university is donating 20 of the vintage photo detectors to the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection of astronomical instruments. View the slideshow for more photos and descriptions of the collection.

Top Stories

Employees hear effects of proposed cuts at first forum

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A standing room-only crowd of more than 350 employees packed the auditorium at the Health Sciences Learning Center late Wednesday night to hear information on how proposed state budget cuts would impact UW–Madison. Related: The second forum this afternoon will be streamed live.

Professor’s moving message seeks lawmakers’ support

Photo: John Hall

In an open letter to members of the state Assembly, military history professor and Wisconsin native John Hall speaks movingly about the value of a college degree and the importance of the UW System. Hall argues for a well-rounded education that prepares students to work, but also to lead.

Native Plants from Friends of the Arboretum

Order native plant mixes, shrubs, trees, full and half-flats of singles species now through March 27.  Download an order form.

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Around Campus

Grad School reorganization report posted online

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As the UW-Madison Graduate School continues to restructure in response to changes on campus, in higher education and in how research is supported nationally, a committee charged with collecting information from faculty, staff and student stakeholders has posted its report.

Researchers flip the switch on pluripotent stem cells

Photo: Microscopic image of stem cells

UW researchers recently unveiled two mechanisms that increase the efficiency of reprogramming differentiated cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. The latter are increasingly important for drug discovery trials, regenerative medicine experiments and personalized cancer treatments.

Help #SweetScientists name celebratory ice cream

Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren

As candy and ice cream researchers, food science Ph.D. students Amy DeJong and Maya Warren are in a good position to develop a celebratory ice cream in honor of their victory on “The Amazing Race.” But they’re stumped on a name, so they’re asking fans to share name and flavor suggestions.

UW botanist harnesses the grid to illuminate crop growth

Photo: Cornfield

Professor Edgar Spalding is addressing a major gap in what we know about crop development. With the power and automation provided by campus resources, Spalding can quantify the complex process of corn growth from seed to seedling, which could further the study of corn phenotypes.

Outside UW

CARDS engage community in academic research

Photo: Researcher talking to community member

With diverse, nonacademic backgrounds, the Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategy (CARDS) are providing feedback to researchers on how to better engage study participants, especially those from underrepresented communities. In 2014, 30 researchers utilized the service.

Inside Info

Tips to deal with your teen’s disaster area

Photo: Teenager's messy bedroom

It may be tempting to blame your teen’s messy bedroom on laziness, but it's worth considering other reasons, says Human Ecology Professor Stephen Small. Hectic schedules and a longing for independence can also be factors, and Small offers tips for dealing with the result.  

Buzz

Al Jazeera features UW’s high-tech effort to stop hackers

Photo: Person sitting in front of multiple computer monitors

UW-Madison is featured in an Al Jazeera America video report on “Tracking cyber criminals: One school's high-tech effort to stop hackers.” Campus information security chief Robert Turner tells the network what the university is doing to prevent attacks and stay one step ahead of the threat.

In the Media

Vaccination movement undermined by its own success

Photo: Person holding vaccination needle

Law and bioethics Professor Alta Charo tells the Wisconsin Radio Network that the vaccination movement has been undermined by its own success. Now that measles is rare, she says, people have forgotten how sick children can get from it and fear the vaccine more than the disease.

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