UW touts study showing salary averages for graduates

MADISON — University of Wisconsin graduates earn a median salary of about $49,000 one year after graduating, and those from Wisconsin are about six times more likely to remain in the state than those who come to the school from elsewhere, a school-funded study released Sunday showed.The analysis was the first of its kind done by the University of Wisconsin System's Office of Policy Analysis and Research.

Cats with no symptoms spread COVID-19 to other cats in UW lab test

MADISON -- Cats can spread the new coronavirus to other cats without any of them ever having symptoms, a lab experiment suggests.Scientists who led the work, reported on Wednesday, May 13, say it shows the need for more research into whether the virus can spread from people to cats to people again.Health experts have downplayed that possibility.

UW working on protocols for students' return in fall

MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin System leaders are working on safety protocols that could enable students to return to campus if the coronavirus pandemic stretches into fall, system President Ray Cross told regents Thursday.Cross told the regents during a teleconference that system leaders want to be able to test all faculty, staff and students — a task he called “monumental.” They also want to be able to trace student contacts, create a way to isolate and quarantine the sick as well as infected people who aren't showing symptoms.Leaders also want to be able to identify public spaces where people could meet safely and provide protective gear to faculty and students.“We will be back in session in fall,” Cross said. “How we deliver that, it won't be normal.

1st COVID-19 patient at UW Hospital treated with plasma from recovered patient

MADISON -- A COVID-19 patient at University Hospital has received the first transfusion of plasma donated from a local patient who has since recovered from the disease.UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) are part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program -- a nationwide effort to study whether giving plasma from people who survived COVID-19 to patients who are seriously ill with the disease can help shorten the duration or severity of their illness.Convalescent plasma therapy has been studied previously in other respiratory infections, including the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza virus pandemic, the 2003 SARS-CoV-1 epidemic, and the 2012 MERS-CoV epidemic.

Coronavirus outbreak could affect UW's fall semester; summer term online only

MADISON — University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross cautioned Thursday, April 2 that the coronavirus outbreak that has already led to the suspension of all in-person spring classes could also force changes to the fall semester, which is scheduled to begin in August.Cross, in addressing the university's Board of Regents, said UW was working on various scenarios based on rapidly changing conditions.