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Bringing art to life

Chazen docent

A volunteer corps of dedicated, trained docents help breathe new dimension and understanding into the collections at the Chazen Museum of Art for visiting tour groups. "The docents are attracted to the real reason for the university, which is teaching,” says Anne Lambert, curator of education and leader of the docent program. “There’s a love of learning here and a pride in the university." Here, docent John Young discusses a painting with visiting students.

Top Stories

Earth Day: From teach-ins to Twitter

Photo: Forest in UW Arboretum

UW-Madison's environmental legacy is well-known, but worth taking another look at as Earth Day approaches. The Wisconsin Alumni Association examines student involvement, academic advances and alumni accomplishment in the environmental field.    

More mumps cases on campus: What you need to know

UHS logo

The number of mumps cases identified in UW-Madison students has increased to five. UHS is working with public health officials to monitor the situation. Find out more about mumps symptoms and what you can do to stay healthy and avoid spreading the illness.

Apple Appreciation Event
for Faculty & Staff

Treat yourself! Buy select Mac & iPad models, get a DoIT Tech Store gift card (up to $140 value). Quantities are limited. Pre-order by April 27.

Around Campus

Letters & Science provides update on ethnic studies


In recent weeks, there have been discussions on campus surrounding the future of the four ethnic studies units in the College of Letters & Science. Here is an update on the issue from the college, along with answers to frequently asked questions.

Wiscard to be simplified, expand staff discounts

Photo: student holding Wiscard

Starting June 1, student purchases on campus will become simpler when Campus Cash, Housing Food and Union Meal are merged into a single Wiscard account. And the five percent faculty and staff discount on Wiscard food purchases will be expanded to include all Union and University Housing dining spots.

Outside UW

MGE commemorates bird lover Joseph Hickey

Joseph Hickey

MGE is dedicating this falcon-nesting season to Joseph Hickey, the late UW-Madison ornithologist and professor who loved all birds – especially peregrine falcons. Hickey contributed to research linking DDT to declining bird populations. The utility has hosted mating falcons for several years.  

Inside Info

Extension offers egg safety tips for spring celebrations

easter eggs

This time of year, eggs play an important role in many celebrations, family gatherings and, of course, Easter egg hunts. Like meat, poultry, seafood and produce, eggs are perishable and need to be handled properly to prevent foodborne illness, says UW-Extension expert Barbara Ingham.

Privacy Protection in Genomics Research

Vanderbilt University Prof. Bradley Malin explores new privacy protection measures in genomics and medical records research. Monday, April 21, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.


Read and listen to 3-Minute Futures sci-fi contest winners

Sci-fi robot

Like science fiction? Check out the winning entries in the 3-Minute Futures science fiction writing contest, co-organized by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" and the UW Center for the Humanities.


Wisconsin engineer earns presidential award

Jennifer Reed

President Barack Obama honored a UW-Madison engineer this week when he recognized recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Jennifer Reed is among 102 recipients of the award.

Ten faculty win Kellett Mid-Career Awards

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Ten noteworthy University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members have been named Kellett Mid-Career Award winners this year. The award recognizes outstanding faculty who are seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position.


Final film in civil rights series to air Tuesday

The Wisconsin Historical Society will host "Slavery By Another Name," the final film in a four-part documentary series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," on Tuesday, April 22. Selected segments will air at 7 p.m. at the society's headquarters at 816 State St. Admission is free.

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