How grad students developed a toxicology class taught thousands of miles away

There are plenty of teaching opportunities on a large campus like UW–Madison, but one group of grad students has expanded their reach across continents with a newly developed course. Graduate students in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program developed a core curriculum in toxicology, designed for students with varying levels of chemistry knowledge, that recently completed its first run at the University of Sierra Leone.

Symposium to celebrate 10 years of the Bouchet Society at UW–Madison

The UW–Madison chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society is turning 10 this year, marking the first decade of the scholarly network’s presence on campus. To celebrate, the chapter will host a symposium Nov. 15 featuring a keynote speaker, poster sessions, and a reception. Events are free and open to members of the campus community and the public.

Disclosure process helps grad students bring inventions to market

Graduate students don’t always start their studies with the goal of becoming an inventor. But the numbers show a different outcome: over half of UW–Madison invention disclosures to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation include at least one graduate student who has conducted research on the project.

Grad student develops a family tree for corn varieties in North America

When plant breeders develop a new line of crops, plant variety protections allow that breeder to keep the rights to it. Plant varieties, many of which are created by private seed companies, are protected this way for 20 years before their genetic information becomes publicly available. As of May 2019, the genetic information for 460 varieties of corn alone are available this way. “The material is quite elite still,” said graduate student Mike White. “Even though it’s 20 years old it is a large source of elite germplasm for companies to use and improve on.”

Bouchet Society 10th Anniversary Symposium

Join us in celebration of the Bouchet Society’s decade at UW–Madison at the 10th Anniversary Symposium on Nov. 15, 2019. The society’s mission is to recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

PhD student promotes peacebuilding through theater and drama

When PhD student Vincent Ogoti finished writing his play, A Shadow in the Sun, he approached his former professors at the University of Nairobi in Kenya hoping to publish his work. Through this, the university’s theatre group found out about Ogoti’s play and decided to bring it to the stage. The University of Nairobi Traveling Theatre performed A Shadow in the Sun in August.

Public humanities project to bring cultural center to camp for veterans and first responders

Now in its third year, nonprofit Wisconsin Hero Outdoors has partnered with Lakewood WWV Camp in Lake Geneva to create a cultural retreat that gives the veteran and first responder community a space of their own. Graduate student Nick Harnish, a Public Humanities Scholar with the UW–Madison Center for the Humanities, is leading a project to renovate a lighthouse at the camp, turning it into a cultural center.

Award encouraging PhD students to communicate research to the public grows

The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) Award for Communicating PhD Research to the Public offers awards to doctoral candidates who submit a PhD thesis chapter that describes their research to non-science audiences. With additional funding from the Graduate School, all PhD students in the biological and physical sciences will be eligible to receive the award beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.

Medical Physics graduate students ride for cancer research

Through their research, graduate students in the Department of Medical Physics work toward improving cancer treatments, fine-tuning the amount of radiation therapy delivered to patients, designing ways to make treatment even more precise, and collaborating with other researchers across campus. In September, the students will tackle the problem of cancer from another angle: helping fund cancer research by participating in The Ride. “We do these rides and then the money comes straight back to some [of our] close colleagues. It’s really impactful,” said graduate student Reed Kolany.