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Hungry for bugs

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When Gene DeFoliart had his brainstorm in 1974, not even he thought it would be an easy sell. As a professor at UW-Madison, DeFoliart was focusing on how insects spread viral disease. Now, he was captivated by an opposite proposition: using insects to foster human health — using them, to be specific, as food. Nobody had to tell DeFoliart that Americans were squeamish about insects, but as he delved into the idea, he learned that insects were being eaten in many remote corners of the world. Related: UN recommends eating more bugs.

Top Stories

Blank speaks to Faculty Senate about future of UW

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Chancellor Rebecca Blank on Monday spoke to the Faculty Senate about critical issues facing UW–Madison, including the need to ensure financial stability at an institutional level, improve relations with legislators, and shrink the pay gap with our peers.

Homecoming parade to attract thousands, close streets

A crowd of 10,000 is expected and several major downtown streets will be closed Friday, Oct. 11, for the annual UW Homecoming Parade presented by Lowe’s. Floats will make their way from the 600 block of Wisconsin Avenue to West Gilman Street to the 500 and 600 blocks of State Street starting at 6 p.m. Related: Wear red on Friday.

Distinguished Lectures

The Morgridge Institute for Research Bioethics Program invites you to free lectures on Monday, Oct. 14, exploring current challenges in genetics patent law and global collaboration on stem cell research.

Around Campus

Q&A: Livny says collaboration supports Higgs science

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UW's Miron Livny helped create the computing technologies and infrastructure to store and process the data produced in the search for the Higgs boson, whose namesake shares the Nobel Prize in Physics awarded this week. Livny weighs in on the news from Geneva and the impact of the Higgs quest on global collaboration.

Grodsky challenges the definition of grade inflation

Over the years some educators and news stories have lamented “grade inflation.” They argue that grade point averages keep rising even while schools demand less from students than ever before. But Eric Grodsky, who is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, cautions that this is a misperception.

Outside UW

New grant program to encourage statewide outreach

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A new grant program designed to advance the Wisconsin Idea by fostering public engagement by university faculty, staff and students, is accepting applications. The Office of University Relations is launching the Statewide Outreach Incentive Grant Program.

Researcher taps entrepreneur to test the market

Photo: Doug Weibel

The QuickChip sounded like a killer idea: a gadget about one inch square that could, in just 15 minutes, identify bacteria, fungi, and viruses at a patient's bedside. Doug Weibel was developing such a device — but instead of plunging ahead, he hired an "entrepreneur-in-residence" to figure out whether and where a market existed.

Inside Info

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Throughout the month of October, the campus community can learn tips and get products to manage the security of work and personal computers. Get the free help you need from DoIT to avoid viruses, phishing scams and stolen credentials.


From the Archives: Homecoming 1964

Some UW traditions never fall out of fashion, especially those associated with Homecoming. Take a walk back through time to the sights and sounds of 1964 in the Found in the Archives! blog


Hawkins named director of Chancellor’s Scholars

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A familiar face will lead the Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs. Gloria Hawkins, assistant dean for multicultural affairs in the School of Medicine and Public Health since 1994, will move from the west end of campus to an office in Bascom Hall.


Author of ‘Kids, Sports and Concussions’ speaking tonight

Concussion expert and author William P. Meehan III will be giving a free public talk at 6 p.m. at Union South. Related: Read an On Wisconsin Magazine profile of UW grad Ann McKee, who featured prominently in Tuesday's Frontline special "League of Denial."

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