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The business of stem cells

Photo: specialist looking at cells under mircoscope

Developing a new drug takes enormous amounts of time, money and skill, but the bar is even higher for a promising stem-cell therapy. Waisman Biomanufacturing aims to ease the research and development of biological products and drugs, and the facility is now deeply engaged in the business of stem cells. Developing drugs and stem cells is expensive, and streamlining research and development benefits both the university and Wisconsin's strong biotech industry, says Director Derek Hei.

Top Stories

Blank outreach tour swings west

Chancellor Rebecca Blank continued her statewide outreach tour this week by visiting western Wisconsin, with stops in La Crosse and Eau Claire. Related video: Blank spent Wednesday morning touring Gundersen Health System's new expansion, as reported by WXOW-TV.

Video: Campus diversity moving ‘forward together’

UW-Madison is seeking input from the campus community about diversity in all its forms. Diversity leaders Patrick Sims, Ruby Paredes and co-chairs of the campus Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee discuss ways to take part in upcoming dialogues on diversity and inclusion. Related: Diversity forum is Monday and Tuesday.

Telfer to serve as interim UW System president

UW-Whitewater Chancellor Richard Telfer has agreed to serve as interim UW System president following the departure of President Kevin Reilly at year’s end. Telfer’s interim appointment will begin on Jan. 1 and will extend until the new UW System president steps into the leadership post.

The Wisconsin Book Festival

Over the next four days, the festival will host more than 50 community events for all ages incorporating literature, film, art, and performance.

Around Campus

Target of animal research protesters to speak

Photo: Dario Ringach

Dario Ringach, who became a target of animal rights groups while working with non-human primates in his UCLA lab, will deliver a lecture, “The Ethical Dilemma of Animal Research,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Madison Public Library as part of the UW's Forum on Animal Research Ethics.

Classified staff committee ballots coming soon

Photo: Vote button

Classified staff members will soon receive ballots in the mail for UW-Madison’s first-ever Classified Staff Executive Committee. The goal is to provide shared governance opportunities for classified staff similar to those for academic staff and faculty. Ninety-two candidates are running for nine seats.

Inside Info

Blank’s Slate: Playing the college rankings game

Photo: Bascom Hall

The “rankings game” is regularly denounced by college presidents who validly claim that it’s hard to rank a diverse set of colleges and universities on a single linear scale, writes Chancellor Rebecca Blank in a recent blog post. But in a competitive environment, she says, UW can't afford to ignore them.

Buzz

Tickled pink: Flamingos return to Bascom Hill

As part of the "Fill the Hill" event, 427 UW alumni and friends made gifts to the university on Wednesday in support of the Share the Wonderful annual campaign. For each gift, flamingos were placed along Bascom Hill, until it was completely filled with UW's favorite bird.

In Memoriam

Ilona Kombrink memorial concert planned for Oct. 20

Photo: Ilona Kombrink

A memorial concert and celebration of former voice professor Ilona Kombrink’s life will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20. Kombrink died Aug. 9 at age 80. After a distinguished operatic and concert career, Kombrink arrived at UW-Madison in 1967 and was known as an extraordinary singer, teacher and performer.

Events

Children’s lit historian helps mark book center’s 50th

Photo: Leonard Marcus

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) on campus is holding a 50th anniversary celebration tonight, with a 7:30 p.m. lecture by children's literature historian Leonard Marcus. The CCBC has also put out several "50 books about" lists, which are bibliographies of recommended books in a range of topic areas.

Forum asks if income-based loan repayment is good

Photo: student loan application

Income-based repayment plans are promoted as protection from escalating student loan debt. But do IBRs really protect students, and what are the potential downsides? WISCAPE tackles the issue at noon today in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building.

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