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Industrial Engineer magazine featured Professor Vicki Bier's homeland security research in its story, "Building a Better Bulwark: New tools help delineate the best response to worst-case scenario." Bier, who uses game theory to study optimal ways to allocate resources in terrorism-prevention efforts, says that much like a chess player anticipating moves and countermoves three turns ahead, homeland security agencies need to anticipate a range of potential responses by an adversary or risk wasting valuable resources.

The Wisconsin Technology Network ( ran a story December 8 about Trace Research and Development Center technology that makes new automated postal kiosks accessible to people with various disabilities. The kiosks, which enable users to conduct many postal transactions by themselves, include a keypad that is easier to use for both people with poor vision and those who lack fine motor skills. The kiosks also include a headphone jack and are accessible to people in wheelchairs.

The January 28 Chicago Tribune quoted Professor Mike Smith in the story, "Look out below," about falling ice and its ramifications. In the story, Smith briefly discusses human factors engineering principles as they apply to warning signs about falling ice. "Signs have been around a long time," Smith says. "But human factors engineering asks: 'What should the sign say? Will it have an influence on behavior? How do you go about getting the right words?'"

The January issue of RFID News & Solutions (Reed Business) features the UW E-Business Consortium RFID Industry Workgroup. The efforts of this group to resolve the technical and business issues of RFID implementation have the potential to deliver new value to customers, and offer a response to lower-priced offshore competition, says the article.

A February 2005 story that appeared on highlights a collaboration between Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care and Professor Patti Brennan. Funded by a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the researchers will involve both visiting nurses and patients in designing a website that patients with congestive heart failure can use to manage their condition. Nursing Matters, a Madison-based publication, also published a story about the grant.

Professor Rajan Suri co-authored the cover story, "Filling the Gap: Rethinking Supply Management in the Age of Global Sourcing and Lean," in the February 2005 issue of APICS: The Performance Advantage, the monthly magazine of the American Production and Inventory Control Society. The article outlines comprehensive strategies developed jointly by John Deere and the UW-Madison Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) for supply management in a new, lean, global manufacturing environment.

A story in the spring issue of SWE — the magazine of the Society of Women Engineers — quotes Professor Gregg Vanderheiden. The story "People's needs, technology's power," highlights rehabilitation research that seeks to solve real-world problems experienced by people with disabilities.

An April 15 New York Times story, "For women in sciences, slow progress in academia," quoted Professor Jo Handelsman who co-directs the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute based in the College of Engineering.

Professor David Gustafson, pictured on the cover of the May issue of Industrial Engineer, was one of three industrial engineers profiled inthe article, "Engineers who make a difference: Tipping our hat to people who improve the world."

The UW E-Business Consortium's benchmark study of 12 popular desktop search tools was reported in more than 10 online news outlets, most notably Search Engine Watch.


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