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August 6, 2020

Dear readers: 

With the COVID-19 pandemic strengthening in much of Wisconsin, some people may wonder: Does wearing a mask when you’re around people help me or them? The science behind that question is an unequivocal “yes, both.” The Tech Council board of directors voted unanimously this week on that topic. Please read our news release and full resolution.

Solid science, economic reasons behind COVID-19 masks, Tech Council votes

Also, please read my “Inside Wisconsin” column on why rural broadband is more important than ever.

Inside Wisconsin: COVID-19 crisis throws into focus the problems of rural broadband


Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Thanks for reading and please find more timely information below.

Tom Still, president

The Tech Council is part of a statewide group that is tracking the progress of “The Endless Frontier Act,” which is a bipartisan federal bill aimed at dramatically boosting research and development assets in the United States.

Related to the federal proposal is a two-part webinar series on how Midwest assets can help to drive a national recovery. 

“Shaping the Endless Frontier: How the Midwest Can Spark the U.S. Economy”  is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Michael Best Strategies and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Part One: Why Midwest Assets Are Vital for Growth / 11 a.m. Central, Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The event features: John Austin of the Brookings Institution, Ruben Anthony of the Urban League of Greater Madison, Erik Iverson of WARF and moderator Tom Still of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Part Two: What will The Endless Frontier Act do? / 11 a.m. Central, Wednesday, Sept. 16. 

This will feature two of the bill’s lead sponsors, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., among others. 

Register herel



  • Channel3000: UW-System prepared to test 350,000 students for COVID-19 during fall semester
  • UW's Jonathan Temte on status of a coronavirus vaccine and how it will be distributed
  • The Washington Post: A coronavirus vaccine won’t change the world right away
  • Axios: Coronavirus testing still can't keep up with demand
  • Release: BPC 'People's Choice' award winner AGent+ certified for its SARS-coV-2 cleaner
  • CNN: Novavax Phase 1 data shows coronavirus vaccine is safe and elicits an immune response
  • The New York Times: Scientists worry about political influence over coronavirus vaccine project
  • Axios: Birx: U.S. has entered new phase of coronavirus pandemic
  • SciTechDaily: Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine robustly protects non-human primates
  • NBC: When can we expect a safe, reliable vaccine? Here's where the science stands
  • AP News: Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount
  • New York Times: The COVID drug wars that pitted doctor vs. doctor


  • Axios: Top CEOs have loud message for Congress
  • CNET: How soon might the next stimulus check get to you - possible IRS payment dates
  • LinkedIn: Healing America’s pandemic economy: Harvard’s Raj Chetty on rebuilding, retraining and recovering
  • Business Insider: Nearly one third of people that have gone back to work after being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic have lost their jobs again, study finds
  • CNBC: Clorox names Linda Rendle as its next CEO, bringing the number of Fortune 500 women leaders to a record 38
  • Business Insider: We're working longer hours during the pandemic, but spending less time in meetings
  • BizWomen: Talia Barrales: From undocumented immigrant to an all-Latina law firm
  • Market Watch: Bye, boomer: the coming cull of workers over 50
  • UpNorthNews: Meat company fired over 20 workers for demanding COVID protections, activists say
  • CNET: The IRS could send your second stimulus check sooner than you think
  • AP News: Inside Big Tech: Pulling back the curtain with 'hot' email
  • New York Times: Businesses thought they were covered for the pandemic. Insurers say no
  • NPR: Census cuts all counting efforts short by a month
  • ABC: Sorry, boomers: Millennials and younger are new U.S. majority


  • NBC: Depression and anxiety are spiking in America because of COVID
  • The New Yorker: America’s coronavirus endurance test: Thinking in terms of years, not months
  • Business Insider: Meet the VC making massive bets on the future of health and wellness startups as the ongoing pandemic enhances opportunities for home-based technologies
  • Post Crescent: These Wisconsinites survived COVID-19, but 'recovery' hasn't meant a return to normal
  • Madison365: Kingsley Gobourne making an impact in diversity, equity and inclusion at Meriter-Unity Point
  • The Atlantic: Telemedicine has resurrected the house call
  • Thrive Global: Cultivating hope in our lives: It’s the one thing that can help us build resilience


  • UW-Madison: Seeding tech growth in Wisconsin’s fertile ground
  • Fast Company: These sisters invented a better way to diagnose concussions by tracking eye movement
  • CNBC: CES, the biggest U.S. tech show of the year, will be digital-only in 2021
  • Your Story: COVID-19: Why entrepreneurs should invest in building a brand, and not chase sales?
  • Release: Creative Destruction Lab announces a new program focused on transforming society's ability to manage risk
  • Daily Mail: Meet Cold Stone Creamery's [Wisconsin] resident ice cream scientist
  • TitletownTech: Ag-Tech startup, Fork Farms, brings sustainable food movement to TitletownTech
  • EMS1: Mayo Clinic launches advanced care-at-home model
  • CNET: Google partners with ADT on security for smart home
  • Release: Colleen Merrill promoted to associate state director in Wisconsin SBDC Network


  • NPR: Big-money investors gear up for a trillion-dollar bet on farmland
  • Upside: [Podcast] Dave Sachse: Investing in venture funds and startups as a family office
  • What is venture capital and how to know if VC funding is a good idea for your startup
  • Medium: Heartland Ventures: A different approach to venture capital
  • BizTimes Milwaukee: Sift Medical raises nearly $745,000
  • Benzinga: Quiver Quant, and its young UW-Madison grad founders, are changing accessibility to alternative data
  • Business Insider: How investors in $10 billion UiPath spotted an emerging European software decacorn


  • WISN: UW campuses get $32 million for student coronavirus testing
  • The New York Times: COVID tests and quarantines: Colleges brace for an uncertain fall
  • UW's Jonathan Temte on status of a coronavirus vaccine and how it will be distributed
  • WKOW: New program in Madison offers Professional Aeronautics Certificate
  • There and back again: UW-Madison alumnus leads second Mars rover mission
  • AP: Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge
  • Release: UW System schools collaborate on green-energy study
  • Verona holds in-person summer school, providing test run for fall
  • NPR: What are parents doing for childcare? Here are 3 options (with trade-offs)

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

Learning and Talent Development at UW-Madison will be offering the Women and Leadership 31 Days of Learning through the entire month of August 2020

NVNG Investment Advisors is presenting Venture Capital throughout the Midwest on Wednesday, August 26

SBDC presents Food Finance Institute Boot Camp with Tera Johnson on August 26, 27

Wisconsin Health News feature: Exact Sciences’ Kevin Conroy discusses what missed screenings and delayed care throughout the pandemic could mean for the future of cancer care on Thursday, August 13

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

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