New national research and training hub at UW-Madison could transform medicine

A national research initiative announced today will place the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the forefront of a revolution in imaging fostered by cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography – technologies that can illuminate life at the atomic scale.

The National Institutes of Health will provide $22.7 million over six years to create a national research and training hub at UW-Madison that will give scientists across the country access to this game-changing technology.

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM for short) is a method used to make images of biological molecules that are flash-frozen to capture them in their native state. No dyes or other alterations are needed to view the structures, which gives scientists a highly accurate picture of true biological function. Scientists can peer into the very surfaces where drugs and proteins interact, where diseases occur, and where viruses orchestrate their attacks. Cryo-EM has the

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Virtua Education Set to Transform Households Across the Nation

Research on COVID-related school closures from March 2020 onward suggests that students could be a half to a full year behind academically when the new school year begins—a challenge called the “COVID Slide” that is likely to be compounded by continued school closures.

To counter this trend, Virtua Education combines artificial intelligence (AI) with the latest advances in learning science and neuroscience to develop personalized learning pathways in reading, math and science that’s easy to use for students and parents. The AI engine constantly adapts based on the learner’s focus, difficulty levels, and pace of learning, among other factors.  The platform boasts over 2,700 micro-lessons and a rich variety of other assets, including unlimited access to 25,000 age-appropriate eBooks including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series,The Lord of the Rings Series, Garfield, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Berenstain Bears, audiobooks, magazine subscriptions including National Geographic Kids,

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