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The art of science

Photo: Microscopic image of lactose crystals floating in oil

Images are central to conducting and communicating science. Pictures from satellites, telescopes, cameras, microscopes and other imaging technologies open windows into new parts of our world every day. And they are often as artistic as they are instructive. To recognize the visual and exploratory value of scientific imagery, the 7th annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best images from members of the UW–Madison community. Related video: A look behind the scenes at the people who created last year's winning images, and how they did it.  

Top Stories

UW appeals for reversal of immigration order

Graphic: UW crest

Chancellor Rebecca Blank is joining in a national call for a halt to the federal order against the entry of people from certain countries into the U.S. "These actions affect real people – researchers, scholars, students, and staff – who are essential to our goals of providing a world-class education," Blank says.

Monsanto donation creates crop innovation center

Photo: Potted soybean plants

A $10 million commercial biotech plant laboratory in Middleton will soon become part of UW-Madison. The facility, a labyrinth of greenhouses and laboratories where some of plant biotechnology’s first critical steps were taken, will become the hub of the new Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center.

Graduate assistant stipend to increase

Photo: Teaching assistant helping student

University officials have approved a 3.5 percent increase in the TA-standard and PA stipends for graduate student assistants. About 1,600 graduate students who hold teaching assistant-standard appointments and 600 with project assistantships will benefit. Department budgets will be boosted to fund the raise.

Activate Your Classroom

Back by demand, Active Learning in the Classroom sessions on 2/14, 2/21 and 2/28 help facilitate deeper learning for students.

Around Campus

Musk personally checks out Badgerloop pod

Photo: Elon Musk in Badgerloop pod

UW–Madison students won an innovation award in a worldwide SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition Sunday. The brainchild of Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, the Hyperloop is a futuristic high-speed transportation system. The students built their Badgerloop pod spe-cifically so the 6-foot-2 Musk could fit inside.

Grant will fund insect-borne disease center

Photo: Deer ticks

A $10 million grant to a consortium of Mid-western universities, including UW-Madison, will establish a new research and training program to stem the spread of disease carried by ticks and mosquitoes. Improving public health response to diseases like Zika, West Nile and Lyme disease is one of its main goals.

SOAR advising moves to College Library

Photo: Helen C. White Hall

Thousands of new students make their way to UW–Madison each summer, preparing for their first semester on campus. Now, they will be introduced to the wealth of campus resources in one of the very buildings they will likely spend a great deal of time in: College Library, aka "Helen C."

Outside UW

Potato industry commits $5 million

Photo: Potatoes in a trench

Wisconsin’s potato industry has had a decades-long partnership with UW-Madison researchers, one that has helped place us among the top three potato-producing states. Now, growers have made a commitment to raise $5 million over the next 10 years to support the university’s program.  

Campus Initiatives

New career center up and running in Ingraham

Photo: Rebecca Blank cutting ceremonial ribbon

The new Career Exploration Center was formally opened Monday in Ingraham Hall. Chancellor Rebecca Blank was there to cut the ribbon. She says the center will augment other campus services that help students answer the question they've been hearing since childhood: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Inside Info

A good workout doesn’t require a gym

Photo: Man doing sit-ups in living room

Think you need to join a gym to get a good workout? UW Health sports performance specialist Alison Regal disagrees. Regal, who works with athletes of all ages and abilities in a state-of-the-art performance center, says you can get a complete workout at home, even if your time, space and equipment are limited.

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