Please do spread the word as the opportunity may arise! The summer has been most quiet in this respect!
Our quiet zone continues through the holiday weekend! Between donations through GoFundMe and donations direct to the UW Foundation, we are still (and only) $5000 short of our goal, so please continue to spread the word about this via whatever social media you use. If you have contacts within civic organizations, please spread the word through those channels as well!
We are in a quiet zone it seems, and I have been spending my work days in our half-underground laboratory for the most park, making it difficult to beat the drums! Please continue to spread the word via social media!
A number of people in Tennessee organized a fund-raising walk and have donated the proceeds directly to the target charity. Thank you for your efforts!
We are still short of our goal, and things have slowed down with the summer! Please spread the word about this campaign via whatever social media you have at your disposal, and to whatever civic organizations with which you may be involved!
We have passed the halfway mark, and then some! Please continue to spread the word about this campaign via whatever social media to which you have access, and via whatever civic organizations with which you may have affiliation!
We had a surge in donation over the weekend, probably in connection with a fund-raising "walk" that family and friend organized in Tennessee. As a consequence, we have passed the half-way mark!
We are less than $500 away from the half-way mark!
The support continues to trickle in as we near the half-way mark! A group of friends in Tennessee is organizing a fund-raising walk. Let us all wish them luck!
Money continues to trickle in, some from overseas! We got one donation from a UW Engineering alumni couple in India! Keep spreading the word!
Thanks to all who continue to donate! Please keep spreading the word!
The inbound trickle of support continues! Keep spreading the word!
Dear Folks: We continue our crawl to our goal, and have broken the $10,000 mark! News comes of a run/walk-a-thon fund raiser being held in Tennessee on May 3! Please continue to promote Craig's campaign any way you can (within the law ;-) ).
We continue our creep toward our goal!
More support is coming in! I ask all, especially newcomers to this effort, to be sure to "share" and "like" (or the equivalent) via whatever social media you use! Thank you.
Easter is bearing down on us already, though one might not think so given the snow falling in Madison, WI, today! We continue at a plateau! Please continue to share this page, especially with "new" circles of contacts!
Another individual steps forward! Thank you, Robert! If any of you reading this have social media contacts in civic organizations, please spread the word through them! Thanks!
Well, we are still on a plateau! Let's keep spreading the word to a larger circle!
I search for ways to get off our plateau! If you or someone you know belongs to civic or benevolent organizations (Elks, Rotary, Exchange, etc.), please give some thought as to extending this projects social media reach through those channels. Thanks!
We are truly at a plateau, with $15-16k to go, and the last donation through this channel over two weeks ago! If anyone has any ideas as to how to spread the word for this further, please let me know!
After a recent rally, we are at a plateau again! Please share this via your social media contacts, especially if you have not done so previously! Thanks!
OK, we are DEFINITELY past the 1/3 mark now!
Well, we seem to have hit a plateau! As I consider how to reach out to different populations to continue the drive to our eventual goal, please give thought as to other circles we may reach via social media!
Oops! One donation that had pushed us past the 1/3 mark turned out to have been intended for a different fund! We have rectified that error, and that is why we are now slightly *below* the 1/3 mark. Please keep spreading the word about this effort!
Happy New Year, and merry 10th day of Christmas to all! We have passed the 1/3 mark! Keep spreading the word!
Attention donors! You may be able to effectively multiply your donation by "sharing" and "liking" (or equivalent) this page on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. We are bearing down on the nominal 30% mark!
We have broken the nominal 25% mark!
Merry Christmas all! We are nearing 25% of our goal! There was a great article on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal on 26 December 2012. It is best to get the printed edition if you can. There is a somewhat truncated version of it (less text, fewer photos) on the madison.com website. Search for "Craig Schuff" on that web site.
Happy Birthday to Britt Connery, who is apparently advocating for Craig's cause!
Dear Folks: It looks like we are at a pre-Christmas plateau! If you have not spread the word via YOUR social media contacts, please do so. There will likely be a story in the Wisconsin State Journal some time in the next week or so. Keep an eye out for it! Rich
We appear to be "in irons" at the moment. If you have not promoted this campaign via YOUR social media accounts, please consider doing so!
Another weekend zips by! We are now in the Advent season, and people are anticipating Christmas! The total continues to creep up! Please continue spreading the word of this campaign far and near!
We have broken the $4,000 mark! Please keep spreading the word!
Another weekend passes! We have more slow but steady progress! Please keep spreading the word, and post liberally on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc., especially if you have not done so already! I hope you have all had a good weekend!
After a bit of a pause for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend that followed, we are back at it! If you have not done so already, please post this page to your social network accounts, and otherwise spread the word. Thank you to all who have donated to this campaign on behalf of Craig (and perhaps his lab-mates if things go very well)!
P.S.: I got a message earlier today that Crowdfunding-Website-Reviews has named this project their "project of the month"!
11/20/2012: 24 hours after going public, we are at $2600! Thanks to all! Let's keep it going! Spread the word!
Wonderful! We've collected $2000 over the first night since going public. Let's keep it up! Thank you to all who have donated so far!
Page went public at just after 3:30 PM CST on 19 November 2012.
Main Photo: Apollo 17 Astronaut, U.S. Senator, and Geologist Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt presents a poster commemorating the Apollo 17 mission to Mr. Craig Schuff, a graduate student in our group.
We are seeking funds to help a quadriplegic student to finish his Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Craig Schuff (see photo, above) was suddenly made quadriplegic by a freak accident in May 2011. At the time of the accident he possessed a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and was pursuing graduate work in the College of Engineering. He had begun construction of a device designed to generate neutrons that would be used to detect clandestine materials (explosives, IED's, smuggled nuclear material, drugs, etc.).
It took Craig a year to get his life back in order and he recently (11/2012) passed the oral exam for his Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering. He is now trying to finish his experimental work for his PhD.
He is being assisted by an undergraduate Nuclear Engineering student who is working under his supervision to complete the construction of the device he designed and had partially built before the accident. One of the impediments to the operation of the device is the purchase of a turbo-pump capable of providing the vacuum needed to allow the fusion of deuterium ions that produce the neutrons needed for identification of the clandestine material. The estimated cost for the pump and associated equipment and other supplies needed to complete his work is US$25,000. Once the pump is in place and the system is operational, it is estimated that Craig will need 6 months to take data and another 6 months to write his doctoral dissertation (by voice-activated computer interface) and defend his work. His ultimate goal is to contribute to the defense of the Nation either at a national laboratory or in an industrial setting.
Money donated through this page will go to the Fusion Feasibility Fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation in Madison, WI. Donations are deductible from income for tax purposes. They will be first applied to meet Craig's laboratory needs, including the aforementioned pump. If we raise funds in excess of those through our fundraising efforts, we will apply them to supporting the undergraduate student assisting Craig. If there are any funds collected in excess of that, they will be applied to the experimental needs of other students in the laboratory, and, thereafter, to other needs of the group.