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Building a better engine

Photo: Mechanical engineering professors Sage Kokjohn, left, and Rolf Reitz

Rolf Reitz’s mechanical engineering team has built the world’s most efficient internal combustion engine right here at UW-Madison. And it’s not just sitting in a lab — it’s now being road tested in a 2009 Saturn hybrid. The technology could be used in a wide range of engines for automobiles, locomotives, generators and even ships. “It’s amazing that a bunch of students could do this and make it work,” says Reitz. “I worked for six years at GM, and hundreds of engineers would be needed for a project like this.”

Top Stories

Emergency exercise to affect campus Thursday

Photo: UWPD High Res Patch

UWPD will lead a full-scale exercise on campus Thursday, July 17. More than 400 people are expected to participate in this real-life simulation of an emergency at Camp Randall Stadium. The 1400 block of Monroe Street (Randall to Regent) will be closed to traffic for most of the day.

Campus welcomes grandparents, grandchildren

Photo: grandmother and grandson at computer

Grandparents University is back for a 14th year, welcoming grandparents and grandchildren to experience the joy of learning together. Presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, GPU engages more than 450 grandparents and more than 900 future alumni over three weeks.

Third Thursdays on The Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, July 17th from 4-7pm, join us for complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and live music on The Pyle Center’s lakeside rooftop terrace.

Around Campus

Students to begin migrating to Office365

Photo: laptop computer

Starting July 23, small groups of students will receive email invitations to move to the Office 365 email and calendar system. Only those students who are not UW employees and whose use of WiscMail and WiscCal match certain criteria will be able to move initially.

Big Ten alumni and development pros meeting here

Photo: Discovery building Town Center

All 14 Big Ten institutions will be represented at UW-Madison this week for the 2014 Big Ten Alumni Relations & Development Conference. The conference reflects trends of a shared focus on advancement and new thinking about alumni engagement, cultivation, and the role of alumni in the life of the university.

Scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood

Photo: stem cell blood cells

The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. The discovery is reported by a group led by stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin. The method developed by Slukvin’s group was shown to produce blood cells in abundance.

Campus Initiatives

Campus switchover to new IT network completed

Illustration: networked computers

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has transitioned to a new high-speed advanced research and education Internet network. The new network replaces WiscNet, the nonprofit consortium that provided connectivity to all UW campuses for more than two decades.

Inside Info

Goin’ fishin’? There’s an app for that

Fish app

Here's a convenient, non-messy way to carry 174 Wisconsin fish in your pocket: It's a free smartphone application created by the UW Sea Grant Institute that helps to identify fish species, without a wi-fi connection. The app identifies fish by name and appearance.

Noon @ the Niche

How does aging affect metabolism and adipose tissue? Hear the latest findings from the gerontology lab of Rozalyn Anderson. Wed. July 16, Discovery Building.


Video: This Time-Lapse Tuesday will melt your heart

Graphic: Time-Lapse Tuesdays

Ever wish you could race through the long line for Babcock ice cream? Well today, you can, courtesy of Time-Lapse Tuesday. But there's one catch: You'll have to lap it up just as fast, or else ...


Tluczek receives nursing’s highest honor

Photo: Audrey Tluczek

Audrey Tluczek has been selected by the American Academy of Nursing as one of its Class of 2014 fellows — considered the highest honor in the nursing profession. Tluczek focuses her research on ways to improve the process of translating genomic research to clinical practice.

UHS selects new prevention director

UHS logo

Jeanette Kowalik has been named director of prevention services and campus health initiatives at University Health Services. Kowalik will lead initiatives on issues such as high-risk alcohol use, sexual assault, wellness, and campus mental health.  

In Memoriam

Horwitz championed women, minorities in comp sci

Photo: Susan Horwitz

Professor of Computer Sciences Susan B. Horwitz, a devoted educator and researcher noted for service to her discipline on both the university and national levels, died June 11. Horwitz championed the encouragement of students who might otherwise overlook opportunities in computing.


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