Eight projects and 10 seed projects show the range of how UW–Madison faculty, staff and students can collaborate with community members to co-create and share knowledge and solutions that will benefit and enrich the lives of the people of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.
The projects range from probing the origins of the universe, to examining the negative effects of poverty on adolescent academic success, to developing a new type of anti-tumor vaccine that can be used to treat cancer.
Seventeen professors were named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, nine professors received Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards; and six professors received Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Awards.
The project will collect oral histories and information, particularly regarding the lived experiences of Black and Native students, to create the new curricula.
A team of researchers led by University of Wisconsin–Madison mechanical engineer Christian Franck is working on better ways to detect concussions and better protective equipment to prevent them.
The Wisconsin Land-Grant System Partnership for Advancing Native Education Pathways seeks to advance the academic achievement and pursuit of STEM interests of Native American students by integrating Indigenous knowledge and methods.
The funding is aimed at attracting a diverse pool of students and faculty leaders and to create the Grainger Dean of the College of Engineering endowment.
These resources allow the university to support many investigators at once by maintaining and upgrading high-end instrumentation that would be cost-prohibitive for any single lab.
The emerging field of data science is the study, development or application of methods that reveal new insights from data. The successful projects will further research ranging from third-wave artificial intelligence to student entrepreneurship.