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UW researcher calls cyberattack attempts 'shocking'

UW researcher calls cyberattack attempts 'shocking'

The number of cyberattack at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is shocking, even to its top researchers.

UW's Associate Dean for Research Policy Bill Mellon said hackers are trying to break into the school's computer system anywhere from 90,000 to 100,000 times a day.

"I mean, I never realized, I guess, that it would be that kind of magnitude," said Mellon.

At one of the country's top research facilities, there's a lot to protect. To not compromise data, Mellon wouldn't detail what scientists are working on, only saying their work could modernize agriculture, medicine and satellite systems.

The attacks against that work are sophisticated, but so is the security to stop it.

"Ninety-five [to] 99 percent of those attacks are stopped by good firewalls, by good intrusion protection and good intrusion prevention systems that say, 'Hey, this is an attack, I'm going to stop it at a perimeter,'" said Nick Davis with UW Information Technology.

Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets

Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets

 A new tool meant to get kids going arrives on four wheels.

The Madison School & Community Recreation department’s FIT2GO Van carries with it activities like hula hoops, a large-scale building block set, ball-tunneling game and more. MSCR, a branch under the Madison Metropolitan School District, offers many recreation programs for all ages.

The van was out Friday afternoon at Leopold Elementary, getting kids moving and having fun.

Kids jumped through hula hoops, built with large-scale blocks and made a ball tunnel course at the launch celebration from 1:30 p.m. on the Leopold playground on Post Road.

MSCR Executive Director Lucy Chaffin said the FIT2GO van takes fitness and movement to neighborhoods in Madison that need a more active approach to youth programming.

“MSCR sees the FIT2GO van as an excellent tool in fighting the national obesity crisis and getting kids in Madison more active”, Chaffin said.

Pick Six: J.J. Watt

Pick Six: J.J. Watt

Former Badger and current NFL star J.J. Watt comes from a football family.

His brother, Derek, is the starting fullback on the Wisconsin football team, and his younger brother T.J. will be a freshman with the Badgers this fall.

J.J. said he has fond memories growing up, going on family cruises and enjoying his Mom's chocolate chip pancakes.

Learn more about J.J. and the Watt family by viewing our "Pick Six" feature.

Catch up on other "Pick Six" athletes:

Pick Six: Get to know Mark Johnson

Pick Six: Get to know Derek Watt

Pick Six: Get to know Ethan Hemer

Andersen spends time coaching kids

Andersen spends time coaching kids

New Badger coach Gary Andersen spent Saturday giving back to the community by teaching area kids the game of football.

Andersen and his staff hosted a one-day youth football camp at McClain Center in Madison.

“It’s my favorite camp, to be around little kids,” Andersen said. “They’re so full of life and energy and excitement.”

Kindergartners through eighth graders were welcome to participate in drills and rotate through skill stations, have lunch with and take photos with the coach.

Education fund to focus on traditional subjects, plus arts

The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools will focus its efforts for the foreseeable future on the achievement gap and STEAM education, according to Executive Director Stephanie Hayden.

"We just felt that it was true to our mission and our vision for all schools to be successful, and so we knew the achievement gap had to be part of our focus moving forward," she said.

STEAM refers to the traditional STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- but  includes the arts.

PTO presidents consider education challenges

PTO presidents consider education challenges

Although the school board elections are over, education-related issues still weigh on parents’ minds.

For Suzanne Swift, the president of Franklin-Randall Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization, the issues are the same as they have always been, despite certain ones being used by candidates to "hang their hats on.”

School board debates keeping Spanish immersion at Chavez Elementary

School board debates keeping Spanish immersion at Chavez Elementary

Parents still had questions as they filed out of the March 4 Madison School Board committee meeting held in the Doyle Administration Building’s McDaniels Auditorium.

The topic before the Student Achievement and Performance Monitoring Committee was whether to continue the Dual Language Immersion program at Chavez Elementary School. One of the committee’s concerns was the program’s lack of native Spanish-speaking students.

DLI programs ideally have a 50-50 split of native Spanish- and English-speaking students, interim Superintendent Jane Belmore told News 3 and Channel3000.com on Jan. 31.