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Best in class

Photo: Barry Van Veen

Barry Van Veen says “flipping” his classes has been the most transformative experience of his career. His may be the first U.S. course in signal processing to deliver introductory material via short, online videos instead of traditional lectures, allowing students more time to practice the discipline. The results of this innovation include dramatic improvements in student learning and test scores. Van Veen is among the winners of this year's Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Top Stories

UW–Madison contributes $15 billion to state’s economy

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UW-Madison is one of Wisconsin’s greatest economic engines, accounting for $15 billion in economic impact statewide, according to a new report. The study found that for every state tax dollar spent on UW–Madison, the university generates $24 for the economy. Related: Details on the study's findings.

Go Big Read selects ‘Just Mercy’ for 2015-16

Photo: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson has spent his career fighting for racial justice and wants Americans to realize that something is inherently wrong with the land of the free having the highest incarceration rate in the world. His book "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" is the latest selection for Go Big Read.

Carl Gulbrandsen to retire from WARF in 2016

Photo: Carl Gulbrandsen

Carl Gulbrandsen, who joined the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in 1997 and became managing director in 2000, will retire in 2016. Founded in 1925, WARF serves as the patenting and licensing organization for the university. Under Gulbrandsen’s leadership, its endowment has grown significantly.

UW Extension Reimagined

How can Extension remain relevant in the next century? Bring your ideas to a forum at the Pyle Center on May 4, 9-11 a.m. RSVP by April 24!

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Around Campus

Finalists chosen in search for Graduate School dean

Photo: Bascom Hall

UW-Madison is a step closer to choosing a Graduate School dean. A 15-member committee selected four finalists through a five-month search-and-screen process. The finalists will give public presentations laying out their vision for the role at Grainger Hall between April 27 and May 5.

Lee offers views on intellectual property, diversity

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The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spent Wednesday conversing with the UW-Madison community about the opportunities and challenges of intellectual property protection. Michelle Lee said the UW "is probably one of the more sophisticated universities in ... recognizing the value of IP."

Tornado drill planned as part of awareness week

Photo: Tornado over Manitoba

Wisconsin has designated April 13-17 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. A statewide tornado drill is planned this afternoon — an ideal opportunity for university staff and students to practice their safety procedures for severe weather. Listen for the outdoor warning sirens.

Campus Initiatives

UW presents ideas to rescue biomedical research

Graphic: Bar graph of research grants

More than 100 scientists, students, postdocs and national leaders gathered at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Saturday to address the problem of too many scientists asking for a piece of the a shrinking federal funding pie. There's still no consensus, one participant said, but things are moving forward.

Inside Info

Dogs must be leashed in nature preserve

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We love our dogs, so it’s no wonder that we want to include them in our free time and recreational pursuits. Dogs are welcome in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve but please remember: Dogs must be on leash and under the control of their owners at all times, and owners must pick up after their dogs.

Buzz

Update: Don’t be a tax fraud victim

Graphic: Pile of tax forms

UW IT Security has noticed a slight increase in the number of reported cases of tax fraud perpetrated on UW employees. The typical case involves a fraudster filing a tax return with a person’s Social Security Number, address and approximation of income. DoIT says the number of UW staff affected is extremely small.

Events

Stem Cell Symposium to focus on tissue, limbs

Photo: Colorful image of microscopic stem cells

Limb regeneration, stem cells, limb development, tissue engineering: These will be the focus April 22 of the 10th Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium hosted by the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute.

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