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A day for ‘sibs’

Showing off is bad, unless you’re showing off the UW. Last Saturday, students invited their siblings to experience the wonder of Wisconsin as part of the university’s first official Sibs Day. Some very hands-on research was part of the events, as 200 UW students and their siblings (defined broadly as brothers, sisters, or other relatives or friends) shared “a day in the life of a Badger” together.

Top Stories

Bringing campus climate dialog into classrooms

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As part of a larger call to action, university faculty and academic and university staff are being urged to act in taking responsibility for improving our campus climate and for finding ways to bring difficult conversations about hate, bias, inequality and adversity into the classroom.

Day at the Capitol, Posters in the Rotunda celebrated

Photo: Student showing poster

About 140 UW students and nearly 90 faculty mentors highlighted their research at Posters in the Rotunda at the State Capitol Wednesday. Undergrads from the UW System’s 26 campuses shared their findings, often involving collaboration with community partners throughout the state.  

An Evening with David Henry Hwang

An evening with Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist for musicals and operas. Wed. Apr. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Around Campus

Science Writer in Residence is well-traveled journalist

Photo: Alex Witze

She’s trekked the world, from Guatemala to Iceland, from China to the North Pole, all in the name of communicating science. And now, the award-winning Alexandra “Alex” Witze will be in Madison as UW-Madison’s spring 2016 Science Writer in Residence.

Energy Institute adds spark to rural classroom

Photo: Students measuring wind speed in classroom

Given the shouts and cheers emanating from Lisa Andresen’s classroom, one might guess that Room 105 doubles as the school’s gym. In fact, these are the sounds of middle school students exploring energy and environmental science in ways Andresen discovered at the Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Tornado drill scheduled for this afternoon

Photo: Tornado over Manitoba

This is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. Two statewide tornado drills will be held today, beginning with a statewide mock tornado watch and warning after 1 p.m. A tornado warning will be issued at 6:55 p.m. If there is severe weather, the drill will be postponed until Friday, April 15.  

Outside UW

Hmong population growth slowing in Wisconsin

Graphic: Map of where Hmong live in Wisconsin

The Hmong population in Wisconsin is still growing, but more slowly than in the 1990s — and, as of 2010, most Hmong living in Wisconsin were born in the United States. These are some findings recently published in a report by the UW-based Applied Population Laboratory.

Campus Initiatives

WARF winners take on biofuels, Alzheimer’s and more

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Smarter biofuel production, an algorithm to make life easier for novice programmers and a technique for imaging aging brains have won WARF Discovery Challenge Awards. The competition, open to grad students and postdocs, aims to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Menopause: Hot Flash or Power Surge?

Certified menopause practitioner & Ob-Gyn Makeba Williams, MD, discusses what women need to know about this normal life stage. Wed. May 4, 5:30 p.m.


UW-Madison tops in national Twitter ranking

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UW-Madison tops the list as the best Twitter account in U.S. higher education. Engagement Labs has named @UWMadison as 2016’s leading U.S. educational institution when it comes to communicating in 140 characters or less. Related: To see UW-Madison’s favorite tweets, visit

In Memoriam

Longtime geology Professor Lloyd Charles Pray dies

Photo: Lloyd Charles Pray

Lloyd Charles Pray, who inspired thousands of students as a geology professor for nearly four decades, died last week. He was an outspoken proponent of getting away from desks and computers and out into the field, according to his obituary on Channel3000.


Buergenthal to talk about Auschwitz, human rights

Photo: Thomas Buergenthal

Thomas Buergenthal spent the first 11 years of his life under the cloud of Nazi Germany. At age 17, he came to the United States, on a path to becoming one of the world’s leading international human rights experts. Buergenthal will share his insights in the 2016 Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture April 20.

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