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Academic staff excellence

Photo: Danielle Benden with students

The 2013 Academic Staff Excellence Awards honor staff members representing a broad spectrum of fields and duties. Ten individuals have been selected to receive recognition for their leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence. Here, Danielle Benden (center), senior academic curator, shows students a collection of stone artifacts housed in the Department of Anthropology.

Top Stories

UW archaeologist fights to preserve threatened site

Photo: Mark Kenoyer

J. Mark Kenoyer figures prominently in the battle to save the archaeological site of Mes Aynak, a 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan. The professor of anthropology will appear in an upcoming film about the site, which is threatened with destruction by a new copper mine.

‘Narratively On Campus’ profiles Scheub

Photo: Harold Scheub

African languages and literature professor Harold Scheub was profiled recently by "Narratively On Campus" as "The man with 10,000 tales." Read an interview with Scheub and hear field recordings of some of the more than 2,000 hours of oral folklore he has collected over the years.  

The Art of Conversation

Join award-winning journalists as they reveal behind-the-scenes stories of how conversation leads to discovery. Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Street closure updates: Walnut Street, Park Street

Photo: orange construction barrell

A City of Madison storm sewer project will close Walnut Street south of Campus Drive starting Monday, April 14. Meanwhile, the re-opening of Park Street between Langdon and Observatory has been further delayed. It will now remain closed until April 24.

After death, novelist’s longtime dream comes true

Photo: Bridget Zinn

Bridget Zinn always wanted to be a published novelist. Her dream is finally coming true — nearly two years after the UW-Madison alum died of colon cancer. “This is something really good coming out of something really bad,” says her husband, Barrett Dowell.

Inside Info

Q&A: Céline Cousteau

Photo: Celine Cousteau

Environmental leaders from around the world will gather April 15 at the 7th annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference. In an interview with the institute, one of the featured speakers — Céline Cousteau — identifies her sources of inspiration in using film as a conservation tool.  

Buzz

English prof weighs in on Draper, Mad Men

Graphic: poster for "Mad Men"

Caroline Levine is a scholar of Victorian literature — one who’s spent plenty of hours poring over the words of Charles Dickens, George Eliot and the Brontë sisters. Yet one of the English professor’s newest publications is an essay on the popular television series "Mad Men," and its views of American society in the 1960s and 1970s    

Milestones

Longtime fundraiser departing UW Foundation

Mark Lefebvre, senior vice president for principal gifts at the UW Foundation, has been a champion of UW people, programs and projects for almost 30 years. He'll depart the foundation this month. “It was here I found great animating ideas,” Lefebvre said of UW-Madison. “It was here that I found the best expression of the Wisconsin Idea.”

In Memoriam

Founder of statistics department dies

Photo: George E. P. Box

George E. P. Box, professor emeritus of statistics, passed away March 28 at the age of 93. Box founded the Department of Statistics in 1960 and served as chair until 1969. “He shaped the department for the first 30 to 40 years,” says current chair Brian Yandell.

In the Media

Doug Moe: The ‘hobo’ opened doors for Marc Fink

Photo: Marc Fink

Marc Fink, who is retiring as a professor of oboe in the School of Music, will host a farewell concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Mills Hall. Fink recently shared recollections of his career with Wisconsin State Journal columnist Doug Moe. (Registration may be required.)

Events

The Weekend: A video guide to campus events

In this week's edition of our video guide, Christian Wilson suggests events that include African music, the Spring Pow Wow, and a farm breakfast.

Interact

My precious: LOTR wins Book Madness

In a tight race against Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice," "The Lord of the Rings" claimed the UW-Madison Libraries Book Madness tournament title with 51.7 percent of the votes.

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