Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

March 2016


New WARF director will bring expertise, connections to tech sectors

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is best known for its work around global health and development, education, and energy, but it’s also home to the equivalent of a venture capital fund that invests in emerging biotechnology and health companies.

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Wisconsin producing new ways for students to learn career skills beyond classroom

A bill that emerged from the Wisconsin Legislature’s closing surge will allow the state’s education agency to award small grants to high school robotics teams, with the money used to pay for kits, supplies, contest fees, and the like.

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Let’s roll out a ‘welcome mat’ to firms that acquire Wisconsin companies

Political finger pointing has been renewed in the debate over “who lost Oscar Mayer,” with legislative Democrats and Mayor Paul Soglin faulting the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and legislative Republicans asking why local officials weren’t in the loop.

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Best way to control college debt costs: Speed time to graduate

Wisconsin lawmakers are debating a mixed bag of bills aimed at curbing how much debt college students shoulder once they graduate, a worthy bipartisan cause as the Legislature wraps up its work for this session.

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Why basic research matters at Wisconsin’s colleges and universities

There are 115 universities in the United States that can lay claim to an “R1” rating from the national organization that ranks research institutions, and Wisconsin is now home to two of them — the UW–Madison and the UW–Milwaukee, which joined the elite Research Level 1 list in February.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.



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