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Photo: Still frame of cows from TV commercial

Television audiences are getting an inkling of some of the groundbreaking research going on at UW-Madison in a series of "Boundless Together" commercials running during Badger football games. This weekend, the third in a series of four spots debuted, posing two intriguing questions: "A herd that can prevent world hunger?" and "Stopping the next pandemic before it starts?" The curious viewer is then directed to the website with the answers.

Top Stories

150 respond to call for innovative research proposals

Photo: David Watkins and Holly Kolar

UW–Madison’s latest research initiative — UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative — has received an overwhelming response from researchers eager to jump-start their innovative projects. About 150 letters of intent have been sent to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.  

Next campus master plan open house tonight

Photo: Student walking on Observatory Hill

An open house on the Campus Master Plan will be held tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Health Sciences Learning Center. Planning staff will present draft alternatives focusing on six areas of campus, concentrating less on buildings and more on landscape architecture and outdoor spaces. Questions and comments will follow.  

David L. DeMets Lectures in Health and Quantitative Investigation

Biostatistics & Medical Informatics inaugural event featuring Thomas Fleming, Ph.D. Thurs., Nov. 12, 3:30-4:45 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 13, noon.

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Around Campus

Go Big Read inspires business students to create art

Photo: Student's justice poster

Students in a Wisconsin School of Business class brought art, law, politics and business together in a project inspired by this year's Go Big Read topic. They worked in small groups at Wheelhouse Studios in the Memorial Union, carrying on a longtime tradition of poster making as an instrument of social change.

Last MOOC of the year deals with climate change

Photo: Earth from space

“Climate Change Policy and Public Health,” the sixth and final Massive Open Online Course offered by UW-Madison this year, launches Nov. 9. The course will be taught by Jonathan Patz, and will explore policies in such areas as renewable energy, sustainable food systems and urban design.

Odyssey Project adds programming for kids

Photo: Odyssey class members

The Odyssey Project has added a new initiative called Odyssey Junior for the children and grandchildren of adult participants. The young learners engage in writing and art exercises that allow the generations to share an educational experience. A Halloween-themed benefit is scheduled for Thursday.

Campus Initiatives

Electronic Lab Notebooks catching on across campus

Photo: Fingers typing on computer keyboard

Last year, UW-Madison researchers gained a new option for storing and organizing experimental data, notes and procedures: the Electronic Lab Notebook system. Nearly 100 labs across campus have begun to use it, reporting many benefits in sharing information, remote access and improved record keeping.

Inside Info

Webcast panelists to discuss workplace distractions

Photo: Man at computer distracted by cellphone

According to one estimate, distractions at work cost the business community $650 billion in total losses every year. Is mindfulness the answer? Richard Davidson of the UW's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and other panelists will explain how to cultivate well-being at work and beyond in a webcast Nov. 6.

Milestones

Two faculty elected to National Academy of Medicine

Photo: Anna Huttenlocher

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has chosen two prominent UW medical school researchers as new members. Anna Huttenlocher (left) and Ned Kalin will provide expert scientific advice to the nation that will help shape policies, inform public opinion and advance the field of medicine.

Jacobs wins Fulbright to teach in India

Photo: Harvey Jacobs

Harvey Jacobs spent his summer teaching a specialty course in land policy — in India. Jacobs is one of about 1,100 faculty and professionals to travel abroad in 2015-16 through a Fulbright Specialist U.S. Scholar Program grant. He taught at the National Law School of India University.

In the Media

University represented on social innovators list

Photo: People holding M list signs

You might recognize many of the names and faces on Madison Magazine's "The M List 2015: Social Innovation." UW-Madison faculty, staff and alumni are well repre-sented on the list, whose members the magazine found at "the intersection of creativity and passion."

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