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  • Sun, July 03, 2022 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Consider registering for a special program, offered in partnership with Wisconsin Health Literacy and Sharing Active Independent Lives—SAIL. Toolkit for Caregivers: Strategies for Communicating with Health Care Providers and Your Loved One is a free 60-minute workshop designed to assist participants to learn communication and support strategies that improve health care and caregiving for older adults.

    In this interactive workshop, you will learn:

    • Strategies to improve medication management and safety
    • Communication strategies to make the most of doctor's appointments
    • Plain language strategies to improve communication with your loved one
    • Special considerations for those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    Friday, July 15, 1:00 p.m., Nakoma/Westmorland Room, Oakwood Retirement Community, University Woods

    To register: email or call 608-230-4321 by 7/8/22

  • Mon, April 04, 2022 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Researchers from the UW Departments of Radiology and Medical Physics are collaborating on a research study to develop a new type of noninvasive imaging system based on a new form of ultrasound imaging—normal and shear strain imaging that uses sound waves to image blood vessels in the neck (carotid artery). Your participation in this research study may benefit other people in the future by helping us learn more about early detection of vulnerable carotid plaque and artery stiffness. Participation in this study is voluntary and will be performed at the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR).


    Adults 18 years or older. The research study will enroll 280 adult volunteers, with approximately 40 volunteers in each age decade.


    If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete up to 2 research visits lasting about 2 hours and will include:

    • Ultrasound imaging of your carotid artery lasting approximately 90 minutes
    • Fasting blood test (a separate visit may be completed within 1 week of the US imaging session and will last approximately 30 minutes)
    • Measurements of your blood pressure

    $100 compensation for your time

    If you are interested in learning more about our research, please contact the study team at This research has been approved by the University of Wisconsin IRB under the direction of Dr. Tomy Varghese. Additionally, please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you know who may be interested!

  • Mon, February 14, 2022 8:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Nasia Safdar is leading a study to learn more about how the influenza virus evolves from year to year and assess people’s immunity to influenza strains. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has requested that we conduct a study assessing people’s immunity to influenza in a nationwide study.

    The SAFE Study is seeking participants of all ages to complete either a one-time blood draw and survey or enroll into a multi-year study with 2 blood draws per year for three years. Compensation up to $210 may be available for full study participation.

    If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact

  • Thu, January 27, 2022 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The mandate on campus is extended through March 1 in compliance with Dane County mandate.

  • Wed, January 26, 2022 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A lecture by Professor Wan-Ju Li  is scheduled to discuss stem cell cartilage therapy to hopefully be used to replace hip and knee surgery.  The seminar is scheduled for Monday, January 31 at 2 PM is at Oakwood West Art Center. 

    Everybody is welcome, masks are required.  Attendees need to enter Oakwood West at the main door at Heritage and sign-in.

  • Wed, January 12, 2022 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The requirement that masks be worn indoors in UW–Madison buildings has been extended through March 1.   Campus leaders are monitoring the public health situation as plans continue to offer in-person instruction, events and other activities beginning Jan. 25. Continue to monitor for the latest information.

  • Tue, October 19, 2021 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Popular used book sale is set to return

    The Friends of UW–Madison Libraries’ biannual used book sale was disrupted by the emergence of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. The fall 2020 and spring 2021 sales followed suit. But this fall, the book sale is back — with more volunteers, more browsing space, and more books at Memorial Library Oct. 20–23.

  • Fri, September 03, 2021 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University Roundtable is returning in Fall 2021.  Each Roundtable event begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends by 1:00 p.m. The registration cost for each event is $15 and includes lunch. Please note that there will be some changes to the program as of this fall. Updated information can be found at .

    If you’ve attended Roundtable luncheons in the past, some things may look a little different this year as we navigate changes resulting from COVID-19. For our October event, seating will be arranged lecture-style and lunch will be boxed and provided to-go. We hope this is a temporary change, and we will make decisions about future events as the semester progresses. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding and will keep you updated.

    Here is this semester's program:

    • Wednesday, October 20*

    Reckoning with Our History: The UW-Madison Public History Project with Kacie Lucchini Butcher   

    Registration Deadline: October 12

    Registration Link:

    • Wednesday, November 17

    French Horn + Electronics = ?  with Dan Grabois

    Registration Deadline: November 9

    Registration Link:

    • Wednesday, December 15

    The Changing Communication Ecology and the Future of Democracy in Wisconsin with Mike Wagner

    Registration Deadline: December 7

    Registration Link:

    Further information can be found at

  • Tue, August 24, 2021 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The La Follette School is thrilled to host David Brooks of The New York Times on Wednesday, October 27. Brooks will speak at 7 p.m. CDT in Shannon Hall of the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

    A best-selling author, Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since September 2003. He also is an analyst on PBS NewsHour, NPR's All Things Considered, and NBC's Meet the Press. His fifth book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, was published in April 2019.

    In 2018, he joined the Aspen Institute to spearhead the Weave project, aimed at bridging the differences that divide Americans and seeking out a compelling common ground. He also teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Brooks received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Chicago, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He also is on the Board of Advisors for the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

    Brooks' visit is made possible by the La Follette School's Kohl Initiative, which was launched in May 2019 with a $10 million gift from former US Sen. Herb Kohl.

    Brooks also is serving as UW-Madison's Fall 2021 Public Affairs Journalist in Residence, a joint effort of University Communications, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the La Follette School, with support from the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

    Click here for link to announcement and registration details:

  • Wed, August 18, 2021 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UW-Madison is recruiting COVID-19 testers who can bring their talent and enthusiasm to helping keep our campus safe this fall semester. The Health Technician – COVID Testing position works under the supervision of a testing site lead to assist with the collection of samples for COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 testing will be done through self-administered nasal swabs. 

    Duties include explaining how to perform the test, observing employees and students who are self-administering the test, and coaching on proper testing techniques. This position requires wearing personal protective equipment and standing for long periods of time. Required training will be provided. The hours of work are Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, with a one-hour lunch break. 

    To apply, visit Please share this posting with anyone who might be interested.

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