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Zika virus

David H. O'Connor

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Associate Director, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

Mosquitoes may be transmitting Zika virus in Florida — a first within the continental United States. Multiple UW-Madison experts, many featured in a new video about the university's Zika research efforts, can discuss the virus. Matthew Aliota and Jorge Osorio are part of the team that first identified Zika in Colombia and are part of ongoing efforts to monitor and thwart spread of the virus in that country, as well as monitor mosquitoes in Wisconsin. Osorio and David O'Connor lead a research team with Aliota, Tom Friedrich, Ted Golos and others now investigating everything from immune responses to Zika infection to the birth defects associated with the virus. Katie Antony, clinical assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine can also talk about the risks of Zika virus to pregnant women and developing fetuses. Kristen Bernard studies mosquitoes and infectious disease and can discuss monitoring for the virus in Wisconsin.

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Laura Albert McLay

Associate professor, industrial and systems engineering

Laura Albert McLay, an expert on mathematical modeling and analytics, can comment on the odds of winning the $422 million Powerball. It is the eighth largest in the game's history and the 11th-biggest lottery prize ever in the United States.

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Verizon buying Yahoo

Hart E. Posen

Associate professor, management and human resources, School of Business

Hart Posen, an expert on business strategy, can comment on Verizon's $4.8 billion deal to buy Yahoo's core business. Verizon could combine data from AOL and Yahoo users in addition to its more than 100 million wireless customers to help advertisers target users based on online behavior and preferences.


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