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Hyperpiano

Photo: Christopher Taylor playing piano

He calls his patented invention the "hyperpiano." UW-Madison pianist Christopher Taylor will debut his much-anticipated new electronic double-keyboard instrument Oct. 28. Built in the Fab Lab of the Morgridge Institute for Research, it is actually three instruments: two of them ordinary concert grands, the third a special console Taylor designed himself — all connect-ed by sensors, wires and several thousand lines of computer code. The mechanism feels nearly normal for the performer but offers sonic possibilities that are unique. Related: Morgridge Institute background story and video about Taylor.

Top Stories

Chancellor Blank previews budget outlook, advocacy

Photo: Rebecca Blank

After cuts in five of the last six budgets, it's time for Wisconsin to reinvest in higher education, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says. "We know Wisconsin has many needs and challenges in all parts of its budget. We can be part of the solution,” Blank told a campus forum Wednesday.

Wisconsin Science Festival events announced

Photo: Boy looking into stoplight lens

From arcade games to storytelling to stargaz-ing, the 2016 Wisconsin Science Festival will feature something for everyone — including storytelling and a science arcade night — across 200-plus events Oct. 20-23. Now in its sixth year, the festival continues to grow, with activities spanning 34 cities and towns.

Around Campus

Elvey departing, Tennessen named interim FP&M director

Photo: Bill Elvey

Bill Elvey, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management, will be leaving his position here in early October to become senior vice president of Children’s Health System of Texas. Margaret Tennessen will serve as interim associate vice chancellor. Related: FP&M Open House

WARF provides financial support for grad students

Photo: Jaye Gardiner

When Jaye Gardiner began graduate school at UW-Madison, there was one thing she didn’t have to worry about: financial support. Gardiner came here with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) — part of $12 million WARF provides for graduate students.  

Tickets available Oct. 3 for ‘Evicted’ author event

Photo: Matthew Desmond

Go Big Read authors become celebrities on campus and their keynotes are highly popular. To address high demand, the Matthew Desmond event Nov. 1 will require free tickets. Desmond is the author of the GBR selection “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” Tickets will be available Oct. 3.

Campus Initiatives

Officials to study campus IT governance

Photo: Mike Lehman

UW-Madison is launching a study of information technology governance and structure on campus in an effort to guide decision making on IT priorities and be more effective. The effort will be led by Mike Lehman, a former UW interim vice chancellor and executive with Sun Microsystems.

Inside Info

Watch language when talking about weight

Photo: Feet on a scale

About 30 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. are now overweight or obese. The American Academy of Pediatrics just released new guidelines to prevent both obesity and eating disorders in America’s youth. Among the recommendations: ditch diets, make family mealtime a priority, and watch your words.

Introducing...

New faculty focus: David Ronis

Photo: David Ronis

Assistant professor and Karen K. Bishop Director of University Opera David Ronis was a freelance performer in opera, concert, theater and TV commercials for 25 years. He can tell you the latest trends in opera, and explain what it means to "Park & Bark!"

Free $200 Dell Gift Card at the DoIT Tech Store

Buy a Dell PC $699.99+ and get a $200 Dell Promo eGift Card, good for the thousands of items on Dell.com!

Milestones

Bier wins award for decision analysis

Photo: Vicki Bier

Industrial and systems engineering Professor Vicki Bier has earned the nation's highest honor in the field of decision analysis. The award recognizes Bier’s analytical mind and practical mindset, and her rigorous answers to problems such as counterterrorism and nuclear safety.  

Events

Symposium will highlight postdocs’ work

Photo: Lynn Allen-Hoffman

All students, postdocs, faculty and staff are welcome at the inaugural UW-Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Sept. 20. The event will showcase research by four outstanding postdocs and feature keynote speaker B. Lynn Allen-Hoffmann, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine.

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