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Cover of the Winter 2008 issue


VOL. 34, NO. 2





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UW-Madison No. 2 in U.S. research
Across all academic fields, the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted more than $900 million worth of research in fiscal year 2006, according to new statistics released by the National Science Foundation. With science and engineering research expenditures totaling $832 million, UW-Madison has claimed the No. 2 spot, climbing from No. 3 in the country and surpassing the combined campuses of the University of Michigan, which held the No. 2 spot in fiscal year 2005.

College of Engineering faculty among the most productive researchers in the nation

College of Engineering faculty are among the most productive in the nation, according to the 2007 Chronicle of Higher Education Research University Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. The index compiles overall institutional rankings for 164,843 faculty at 375 PhD-granting universities. The productivity of each faculty member is measured, although the data are aggregated before being published. Faculty members can be judged on as many as five factors (books published, journal publications, citations of journal articles, federal-grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards), depending on the most important variables in the given discipline. For each, Academic Analytics assigns a weight to each variable. The following COE disciplines ranked in the top 10: chemical engineering, 3; civil engineering, 5; engineering mechanics, 5; environmental engineering, 9; geological and mining engineering, 2; industrial engineering, 2; materials engineering, 2; nuclear engineering, 2.

University group receives nearly $1M for undergrad mentoring

Katherine (Trina)  McMahon
Joel Pedersen

Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Trina McMahon and Soil Sciences and CEE Associate Professor Joel Pedersen are among a group of UW-Madison researchers who received nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation. Through the Undergraduate Research and Mentoring program, the researchers hope to directly prepare a more diverse population of students to obtain graduate education in emerging, interdisciplinary areas of biological sciences research. The group will recruit diverse program participants and build a multiyear graduate-prep program that prepares students to perform interdisciplinary research in the biological sciences and matches them with trained faculty mentors.

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