Time-to-degree improves again, setting record

Undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are taking less time to complete their degrees, setting a record on a key measure of student success. The average time-to-degree for 2018-19 bachelor’s degree recipients was 3.96 elapsed calendar years, the lowest since the university began actively tracking the measure in the 1980s and the first time the number has dropped below four years, according to the university’s Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research.

Sriram Boothalingam, PhD – Slide of the Week

The auditory brainstem reflex tag-team: panel A is a schematic of the neural connections between two brainstem auditory reflexes, the medial olivocochlear (MOCR) and the middle ear muscle (MEMR) reflex. While we know that the two reflexes work in tandem and at slightly different frequencies and input sound levels, how the activity of one reflex influences the other is poorly understood.

Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD – Slide of the Week

To identify mechanisms that lead to neurodevelopmental differences in Down syndrome, we used induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) generated from individuals with Down syndrome and differentiated them into progenitors of the cerebral cortex. The progenitors were analyzed by RNA Seq at Day 17 in culture when cells have acquired their positional phenotype.