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Decoding diabetes

Photo: Alan Attie

You take a bite of supper, and the black-box machinery of metabolism hums into life, transforming food into fuel and building materials. But for an alarming and ever-increasing number of people, the machinery breaks down. The diagnosis? Diabetes. Alan Attie, a CALS professor of biochemistry, has been peering into the black box for two decades now. He need not look far to replenish his motivation. His own mother suffers from diabetes, and she used to quiz him weekly about when he would cure her. “The painful answer,” he says, “is that translation of basic research into cures takes a long time.”

Top Stories

Campus reacts to shooting, underlying issues

Photo: Protestors in front of Bascom Hall

The fatal shooting by Madison police of 19-year-old Tony Robinson Friday is leading to calls for renewed action on social justice on the UW-Madison campus. Yesterday, about 200 members of the campus community, most of them students, gathered for a march on the State Capitol honoring Robinson.  

Graduate programs ranked highly by U.S. News

Photo: Aerial view of Bascom Hill

UW-Madison graduate programs are ranked among the nation’s best in the 2016 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. “We are proud that our programs are once again being recognized for their excellence,” says Graduate School Interim Dean Wendy Crone.

Academic Staff Assembly calls for further budget study

State Capitol

The Academic Staff Assembly on Monday called for more study on a proposed public authority for the UW System and greater flexibility in the timing and amount of state budget cuts. It also approved a resolution to continue supporting shared governance. Related: Board of Regents states its position.

C4 Public lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Asif Ghazanfar: Evolving Human Communication Through Cooperation, Wed., March 11, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Bailey named director of UW Carbone Cancer Center

Photo: Howard Bailey

Howard Bailey has been named director of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. A professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and Public Health, Bailey is a medical oncologist who specializes in gynecologic and soft-tissue cancers and cancer prevention.

Red lager wins CALS student brewing contest

Photo: Beer taps at Union Terrace

Spring is on the way, and so is a new student-designed beer that will be sold on the Union Terrace. The beer — a red lager that will be called “Inaugural Red” — was selected this past Thursday during a competition held in food science Professor Jim Steele’s fermented foods and beverages laboratory class.

Arboretum recruits volunteer restoration team leaders

Photo: Arboretum work team

Restoration team leaders are an essential corps of land care volunteers at the Arboretum. They teach and supervise other volunteers at weekly restoration work parties. Applications are due by March 16; training begins later this month. Leaders are expected to make a two-year commitment.

Campus Initiatives

Nominations for administrative award due next week

UW banner

Nominees are being sought for a campus award that recognizes exceptional performance and improvements in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration. Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 18.

Explore Science
at UW-Madison

Be a part of UW Science Expeditions, a three-day open house, March 20-22. Experience science spectaculars, open houses, guided tours and exploration stations.


Teaching assistants honored for excellence

Photo: Award ribbon

The contributions of UW-Madison's more than 2,000 TAs in the classroom, lab, studio and field are essential to the university’s education mission. Each year the Graduate School administers awards for exceptional teaching by graduate students. Fourteen are being honored this year.

Nine professors win Kellett Mid-Career Awards

Graphic: WARF logo

Nine members of the faculty have won Kellett Mid-Career Awards. The Kellett awards recognize outstanding faculty seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Supported by WARF, the award provides $60,000 in research funding to faculty members at a critical stage of their careers.


UWPD offers severe weather spotter training

Photo: Tornado over Manitoba

The UWPD Emergency Management Unit is hosting a severe weather spotter class April 9 at the School of Nursing. Topics will include the types of severe weather that impact Wisconsin, how to spot dangerous weather formations, how to report your findings, and how to stay safe while weather spotting.

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