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Digitizing the Middle Ages

Photo: Detail from the Cotton Map

Martin Foys is careening through a thousand years of history on his desktop computer. As he pulls up the 11th century Cotton Map, he’s plunged into the medieval past. A quick click on a city in southern Europe reveals scholarly transcriptions, translations and links, opening a virtual world of discovery thanks to a digital environment pioneered by Foys and now residing at UW-Madison. “It’s an old-school scholarly enter-prise but with radical technological advancements," he says.

Top Stories

Two from UW contribute to gene editing report

Photo: R. Alta Charo

A new report suggests how to handle rapid advances in human genome-editing tech-nology as it applies to human health and disease. Two UW-Madison experts served on the international committee that compiled the report: Alta Charo (left) and Dietram Scheu-fele. Related: New York Times coverage.

Campaigning and lobbying: What’s allowed?

With a new administration and Congress in Washington and the budget process underway in Madison, employees are reminded to consult campus and UW System guidelines on political campaign activity and lobbying. Only certain campus officials are authorized to make lobbying contacts on behalf of the university.

Rethinking Empire in the Twentieth Century

Japanese history professor Louise Young investigates imperial Japan in the 20th century. Focus on the Humanities, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.

Around Campus

Corporate innovation center opens in Fluno

Photo: Sandra Bradley

Corporate executives have a new way to develop the skills and tools they need to thrive in today’s fast-paced business world at the newly opened Center for Corporate Inno-vation in the Fluno Center. Sandra Bradley, former research director of the Internet of Things Lab on campus, is the center's director.

Forward Motion features Zika fight, and more

Screen grab: Forward Motion logo

Friday night at 11, Forward Motion takes a look at how the UW is leading the charge against the Zika virus. Also on the Big Ten Network program: a closer look at how cool science images benefit learning; how UW-Madison is working to protect farmers' hearing; and the secret life of plants.

Visiting scholar will study asthma management

Photo: Luo Dan

The School of Nursing recently welcomed Luo Dan, a visiting scholar from Wuhan University in China, who will spend the next year researching strategies for adolescent asthma management. Luo hopes to develop an app geared toward parents of young children exhibiting asthma symptoms.

Outside UW

Pound for pound, hammer is healthier

Photo: Grad student Oguz Akkas using hammer

For craftspeople such as carpenters or roofers, years of hammering can take their toll, resulting in painful injury. UW–Madison industrial engineers recently helped Fiskars test how effective its new shock-absorbing hammer is at helping users avoid overuse injuries.

Don’t miss Shadowland

Shadowland combines multimedia, projected shadow play, and front-of-screen choreography in a wild evening of storytelling that is uniquely Pilobolus. Tickets

Buzz

Program to improve design of computer user experience

Photo: Two men at a computer

User experience design is the process of making information systems more people-friendly. To make the field more accessible to a wide range of professionals, who are increasingly in demand, UW–Madison will launch the User Experience Design Capstone Certificate — or “Mad UX” — in fall 2017.

Milestones

Rau wins award to study STEM learning

Photo: Martina Rau

Martina Rau recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how adaptive educational technologies can improve students' learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Adap-tive technologies, such as online tutoring sys-tems, are designed to individualize instruction.

In the Media

Urban medicine program serves Milwaukee

Photo: Dr. Alonzo Jalan

WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee profiles a member of the School of Medicine and Public Health's TRIUMPH program. TRIUMPH sends medical students into underserved urban areas. "It's more than just learning medicine for these students. Triumph trains doctors to serve and engage in the urban community."

Events

Faculty of Color Reception will be next Thursday

Photo: Marah Curtis talking to Dereck Barr at 2015 Faculty of Color Reception

UW-Madison will continue the tradition of welcoming new, and honoring recently promoted, faculty of color at this year’s Annual Faculty of Color Reception on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center. The public and campus community are invited to this free event.

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