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Honoring academic staff

Christopher Velden, senior scientist in the Space Science and Engineering Center, is pictured with the rooftop array of satellite dishes atop the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science Building. He is one of eight campus professionals honored with the 2012 Academic Staff Excellence Awards in recognition of their achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.

Top Stories

UW ranked third nationally in research support

The latest statistics from the U.S. National Science Foundation show that scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison continue to be among the nation's most successful at securing support for their research, ranking third nationally.

HR Design teams issue draft recommendations

Logo: HR Design

A compensation system that is more driven by market and performance factors, a more flexible hiring system, realigning vacation and sick leave into a single system, and redefining the academic staff employee category are among the first draft recommendations from the teams working on the HR Design project. Related: Webchats set for April 11-12.

Celebrate Union South’s 1st Birthday!

Monday, April 16 from noon to 3 p.m. Food, music, giveaways and Time Capsule items announced plus photos with Bucky! go.wisc.edu/usbday

Around Campus

Administrative Excellence team seeks feedback on trash cans, hand towels

One of the Administrative Excellence project teams working to maximize campuswide savings without sacrificing service levels is seeking campus input on the use of hand towels versus hand dryers and the placement of trash cans in the workplace.  

Digital Media Center holds grand opening Friday

The campus Digital Media Center is hosting a grand opening to celebrate its move to a new location.  The event will be held on Friday, April 13, from 3-5 p.m. at the newly renovated Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall, room B1131.

Four honored with Hilldale Awards

The Hilldale Awards, which recognize excellence in teaching, research and service, have been awarded to four faculty members: Alfred W. McCoy, Charles Mistretta, Alexander Nagel and John Witte.

Inside Info

New parents and sleep: What to expect

Photo: Mom and baby

Sleep seems so precious and limited when babies are young. New parents quickly learn not to take a good night's sleep for granted.  Sleep is a work in progress during the first year of a baby’s life, according to UW Health's Growing Up Healthy blog.

Milestones

New Aquatic Sciences Center director named

Photo: James Hurley

James Hurley is the new director of the Aquatic Sciences Center, effective May 1. The center is the administrative home of two federal-state programs—the Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute.

Kerner selected for business services post

Martha Kerner, administrator of the Division of Administrative Services in the state Department of Administration, has been named the university's assistant vice chancellor for business services.

In the Media

NYT: Longevity up in U.S., but education creates disparity, study says

Americans are living longer, but the gains in life span are accruing disproportionately among the better educated, according to a new report by researchers from UW's Population Health Institute.

Events

Nonprofit leader to speak at Morgridge Center event

Photo: Robert Egger

Robert Egger, a national expert on sustainable food use and nonprofit management, will speak on campus on Wednesday, April 11, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Earth Day conference looks at growth, happiness

Explore economic growth, consumption, sustainability and happiness during the sixth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day conference on Monday, April 16, at Monona Terrace. The registration deadline is today and students can attend for free by registering.

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