WID Launches a New Web Experience

The work being done at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery does not end in the lab or with research publications, and it goes beyond the science and engineering that happens in the Discovery Building every day. WID is more than a collection of researchers — it is a collaborative community committed to inclusivity, outreach efforts, and dialogue with the campus and state.

Those commitments have been renewed in 2017 under Director Jo Handelsman. WID’s evolution includes generation of three new hubs — the Data Science Hub, the Multi-Omics Hub, and the Illuminating Discovery Hub — that will connect researchers across campus and beyond with WID’s resources and expertise. In the coming months and years, additional hubs will form as WID continues to position itself as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research at UW—Madison.

=”WID’s dynamic website provides a glimpse inside the institute
Reflecting WID’s structural changes, bold mission and vision, and nimble approach to problem-solving is a newly redesigned web experience for the institute. WID’s audience is broad, from campus investigators and prospective graduate students to community members and high school students learning about research. The new wid.wisc.edu provides a window into the work happening every day at WID, highlighting the integrative hubs, WID’s areas of particular strength and expertise, stories about exciting discoveries, and the people behind those discoveries.

The new site — much like WID itself — is deeply interconnected, providing a roadmap through WID’s research portfolio, collections of projects and publications, and directory of faculty, staff, and students. Satellite hub sites are portals for researchers across campus to identify collaborators, coalesce around problems, and share resources.

The new face of WID, which also includes a new suite of logos and graphics, is indicative of WID’s future, which will continue to nurture existing strengths while building strong links to the campus and state. The site is an early step in shaping that future, but importantly, it is designed to reflect WID’s values, priorities, and culture as the institute’s forward progress keeps it on the leading edge of science and society.

WID has created an environment that is open, collegial, and respectful, and a scientific culture that is keen on challenging the conventions that keep good ideas from becoming scientific revolutions. Join us in pushing the boundaries of disciplines.

– Jo Handelsman

Nolan Lendved