University of Wisconsin-Madison: New online tool creates a searchable database of UW–Madison research and scholarship

University of Wisconsin-Madison: New online tool creates a searchable database of UW–Madison research and scholarship . “Over the last three years, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have authored more than 21,400 articles, presented at nearly 1,500 conferences, earned almost 500 patents and generated nearly $2 billion in grant funding. These are among just some of the activities now captured in a new campus tool called Research at UW–Madison, a searchable website to identify research and research projects, foster research collaborations, and highlight the achievements of UW–Madison scholars.” Easy to explore. Loved the word clouds.

Wisconin State Journal: UW-Madison sued for allegedly hiding critical comments from its social media accounts

Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison sued for allegedly hiding critical comments from its social media accounts. “AUW-Madison alumna alleges that the university scrubbed her critical comments about the university’s animal research practices from its social media accounts in a violation of her First Amendment rights. The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued UW-Madison last week on behalf of the former student, Madeline Krasno, who previously worked in a university research lab as an undergraduate animal caretaker.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW researchers develop tool to equitably distribute limited vaccines

University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW researchers develop tool to equitably distribute limited vaccines. “The demand for COVID-19 vaccines continues to outpace supply, forcing public health officials to decide who should be first in line for a shot, even among those in the same pool of eligible vaccine recipients. To assist these efforts, researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health have developed a tool that incorporates a person’s age and socioeconomic status to prioritize vaccine distribution among people who otherwise share similar risks due to their jobs. The tool helps identify those who are at greater risk of severe complications or death from COVID-19.”

Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison moves to all-online classes amid growing COVID-19 case count

Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison moves to all-online classes amid growing COVID-19 case count. “UW-Madison is moving all classes online and quarantining students in two of its largest dorms for at least the next two weeks, the most significant step by the university to curb a COVID-19 outbreak that has surpassed 1,000 infections in mere days. The announcement on Wednesday came as little surprise to the campus community, many of whom expected the university to pivot to all-online in the face of uncontrolled virus spread and criticized administrators for their ‘Smart Restart’ reopening plan throughout the summer.”

Madison .com: UW launches public COVID test database, hires 35 contact tracers

Madison .com: UW launches public COVID test database, hires 35 contact tracers. “The University of Wisconsin-Madison is now publicly tracking COVID-19 test results daily on a new website, as it begins welcoming students back to campus and prepares for in-person instruction. The COVID-19 dashboard, launched Wednesday, includes data on both total and positive tests, as well as percentages of positive tests among both students and employees. It will be updated daily at 2 p.m.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research looks at how Snapchat filters affect self-image

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research looks at how Snapchat filters affect self-image. “While observing heavy use of selfie apps such as Snapchat, graduate student Amy Niu found herself wondering about the effects that virtual makeovers have on college-age females. Apps such as Snapchat and others offer users photographic filters that change their look. In China, where Niu is originally from, apps similar to this are used even more heavily than they are in the United States.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: New online tools to instruct and assess English learners with significant cognitive disabilities

University of Wisconsin-Madison: New online tools to instruct and assess English learners with significant cognitive disabilities. “Now, due to work by a team of education professionals and researchers — and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education — groundbreaking instructional materials and guides are available to help educators understand alternate English language development and assessment for students who have diverse needs related to language and disability. The comprehensive series of nearly 30 reports, briefs, tools, presentations and other resources is available online and by mail at no charge.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Antibiotic resistance across Wisconsin revealed by new maps

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Antibiotic resistance across Wisconsin revealed by new maps. “… a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy and the State Cartographer’s Office have developed a prototype system that maps out trends in antibiotic resistance across Wisconsin. They drew inspiration from easy-to-read weather maps and consulted with doctors to develop the tool, which provides guidance at a glance of the likelihood a pathogen will respond to a particular drug.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Tool Links Health Care Organizations, Public To Improve The Health Of Wisconsinites

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Tool Links Health Care Organizations, Public To Improve The Health Of Wisconsinites. “The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has updated and improved its online tool to help communities, organizations, and individuals easily assess and share health-related work in their local communities. The site, Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin, shows how local health departments and nonprofit hospitals work with each other and with other community organizations and members to assess local health needs and target priorities for action.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: NEH grant to reunite radio history

University of Wisconsin-Madison: NEH grant to reunite radio history. “The $217,000 grant will fund the creation of a comprehensive online collection of early educational public radio content from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. The forerunner of CPB and its arms, NPR and PBS, the NAEB served as the primary organizer, developer, and distributor for noncommercial broadcast production and analysis between 1925 and 1981. These broadcasts, mostly stemming from university- and public school-run radio stations, provide an in-depth look at the engagements and events of American history, as they were broadcast to and received by the general public in the 20th century. They document educational, political and cultural events as diverse as the national census, atomic energy, American labor, religion, United States history, agricultural engineering, mathematics and foreign relations.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Campus museums recreate ‘cabinet of natural history’ digitally

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Campus museums recreate ‘cabinet of natural history’ digitally. “A new UW2020 initiative will centralize the databases of the university’s five natural history museums, which have separated over the decades to specialize and accommodate growing collections. The 1.3-million-specimen Wisconsin State Herbarium will coordinate with the zoology, geology, entomology and anthropology museums to merge records in a way that allows researchers to study the full scope of natural artifacts in one central location. This digital cabinet of natural history will link the museums’ combined 9 million-plus specimens that span all seven continents, the moon and Mars.”

U of Wisconsin-Madison: American voices from the past live again, as DARE recordings available online

University of Wisconsin-Madison: American voices from the past live again, as DARE recordings available online. This is about regional English, not about saying no to drugs. “Between 1965 and 1970, DARE Fieldworkers talked with nearly 3,000 people in 1,002 communities, large and small, across the United States. Their responses to the DARE Questionnaire formed a basis for the entries in the six-volume Dictionary of American Regional English (1985-2013) and Digital DARE (2013)…. Now the recordings, more than 1,800 of them, are freely available online, hosted by the University of Wisconsin’s Digital Collections Center.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Internet Atlas maps the physical internet to enhance security

Launched in early April, I just now heard about it. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Internet Atlas maps the physical internet to enhance security. “Despite the internet-dependent nature of our world, a thorough understanding of the internet’s physical makeup has only recently emerged, thanks to painstaking work by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers and their collaborators. Professor of Computer Sciences Paul Barford, Ph.D. candidate Ramakrishnan (Ram) Durairajan and colleagues have developed Internet Atlas, the first detailed map of the internet’s structure worldwide.”

New Digital Archive About 1984 Chemical Leak in Bhopal, India

There’s a new digital archive coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Bhopal: Law, Accidents and Disasters in India” “According to Marc Galanter, UW professor emeritus of law and South Asian studies, more than 20,000 people died and hundreds of thousands more were injured as a result of the 1984 chemical leak that took place in Bhopal, India. … Now, thanks to gifts amounting to $30,000, Galanter’s extensive collection of legal documents and news clippings relating to the American and Indian litigation has been digitized and housed at UW Law Library. The searchable archive contains more than 3,600 items and is expected to grow.”