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Libraries of UW-Madison

Photo: Elise Schmke sitting in between library shelves

UW-Madison senior Elise Schimke loves to read and often seeks solitude. Her go-to place is a library. So when it came time to pick a subject for a project in an elective photo class, her choice was automatic. She then went on to do something few Badgers can lay claim to — visit each of the more than 40 libraries on campus. The result is “Libraries of UW-Madison,” a quirky trip through the stacks of a top university. In her photos, Schimke captures what makes each library unique. Related: What they're reading at the Law School.

Top Stories

Academic calendar changes coming in fall

Photo: Pen resting on monthly planner

A new academic calendar will go into effect this fall. Fall semester 2017 will start Wed-nesday, Sept. 6, and all future fall semesters will start on a Wednesday. Spring semester 2018 will start Tuesday, Jan. 23, and all future spring semesters will start on a Tuesday. Each semester will have 69 days of instruction.

Blank’s Slate: Meaningful metrics

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Gov. Walker has proposed tying a portion of UW funding to how each campus does on certain metrics. Chancellor Rebecca Blank says UW-Madison would do well under the proposal but "I strongly believe that it would be better for the state as a whole if our campuses were not pitted against each other for funding."

Apply now to UW Pre-Law Summer Program

UW Law is accepting applications for the LSAC DiscoverLaw Pre-Law Program, a summer immersion experience for undergraduate students.

Around Campus

Committee chooses admissions director finalists

Photo: Bascom Hall

Four finalists for the position of director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment have been invited for campus visits. The director serves as a key campus leader in enrollment planning and management, and works with campus and community partners to build a class consistent with enrollment goals.

Capitol display revolves around research

Photo: Rebecca Blank and Cory Washington

Chancellor Rebecca Blank visited Wednesday with students participating in the 14th Annual Research in the Rotunda — an event that showcases the work of UW undergraduates at the state Capitol Rotunda. The research included misuse of prescription drugs, fighting poverty, and other topics.

Tackling big data sets by keeping things simple

Photo: Pipette feeding stem cells in dish

Do you have time to search 30 million pub-lished research papers online? We didn't think so. Now, there's "KinderMiner," which can do the job in mere hours — aiding in such com-plex pursuits as drug repurposing and stem cell treatments. KinderMiner was developed at the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Women in Leadership panel to focus on balance

Photo: Shiva Bidar

UW Health Chief Diversity Officer Shiva Bidar will bring her expertise to the 5th Annual DDEEA/National Diversity Council Women in Leadership Symposium April 20. She will join regional leaders who will provide tips on how to succeed professionally while balancing a career with their personal lives.

Campus Initiatives

Learn best practices in designing online courses

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If you are designing or redesigning a fully online course that you plan to teach in the next year or two, consider participating in a free yearlong learning community to explore and implement research-based online course design and teaching best practices. Register by July 10.


5 ways to keep your browsing data safer

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Due to new federal legislation, internet service providers will be able to harvest your browsing data and use it to sell targeted advertising services similar to Google and Facebook. If you are concerned about your online privacy, there are tools that can help you protect it.

In the Media

NPR’s Noguchi visits as Business Writer in Residence

Photo: Yuki Noguchi

Yuki Noguchi, a business correspondent with NPR, visited recently as part of the Business Writer in Residence Program. The campus time gave her a chance to meet one-on-one with faculty, interact with students and learn more about the Wisconsin School of Business, UW-Madison and Wisconsin in general.


Stem cell symposium to focus on bioengineering

Photo: Pipette feeding stem cells in dish

A UW-Madison bioengineering professor will present the strategies his lab has developed to make gene editing more precise at the 12th Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium April 19. The event brings bioengineers together with biologists and clinicians, including speakers from New York and the Netherlands.

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