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#UWRightNow 2013

They poured in by the hundreds: the stories, faces and moments of #UWRightNow. They came from across the globe – Taipei, Ghana, the Czech Republic, Australia and more – and from hometown classrooms that were a sanctuary from the cold rain on Bascom Hill. In all, more than 1,200 Badgers shared their faces and stories, creating a virtual time capsule. Watch a video recap of the innovative multimedia project or view it in its entirety.

Top Stories

UW analysis shows global benefits of ‘Sesame Street’

Photo: Muppets from Sesam Street

Watching international versions of “Sesame Street” has a positive effect on children’s learning. That's according to a study for Sesame Workshop led by the UW's Marie-Louise Mares and Zhongdang Pan. Related: Read a Q&A with Mares about the findings.

Nelson Institute sees Earth Day changes

Photo: Gaylord Nelson

When Gaylord Nelson launched the celebration of Earth Day in 1970, his vision for a sustainable future pushed the boundaries of the fledgling environmental movement. But environmental challenges have expanded and are now greater in scale than ever before. The Nelson Institute looks at what has changed.

MedDrop at UW Spring Game

Fans can drop off unwanted, unused medications at MedDrop boxes before the Spring Game. Boxes at gates 1 and 10, Camp Randall Stadium, Sat. April 20.

Around Campus

Interactive map assists with problematic pronunciations

Photo: Wisconsin map

How confident do you feel navigating through our state’s collection of tongue-twisting place names? Try the new online mapping application Pronounce Wisconsin, with ties to the Department of Geography, which includes pronunciations for more than 1,700 cities, counties, villages and unincorporated communities.

Grant will help develop careers for humanities Ph.D.s

What do you do with a doctorate in medieval history if there are no teaching positions or you want to reach a wider audience? With a $1.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities will develop career opportunities beyond academia for humanities doctoral students.

Inside Info

Healthy eating tips based on a Mediterranean diet

Photo: Mediterranean food

Learn more about the Mediterranean-style diet, as more and more studies verify the health benefits of traditional Mediterranean ways of eating. A UW Extension expert explores claims of heart health and a reduction in the risk of some chronic diseases.


Kabbage drawn to CALS by UW reputation

Photo: Mehdi Kabbage

Mehdi Kabbage joined the CALS faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology as an assistant professor in March. He says the opportunity to conduct research in one of the most recognized departments in the world is what drew him to the UW.

In Memoriam

UW employee killed in Tuesday accident

Kenneth Newman, a Physical Plant machine shop maintenance mechanic, was killed in an on-the-job accident Tuesday afternoon at the Arts Lofts, 111 N. Frances St. More information about Newman and his 24-year career will be shared next week.

Mathematician Mary Ellen Rudin passes away

Photo: Mary Ellen Rudin

Mary Ellen Rudin, an emerita mathematics professor known throughout the world for her problem solving abilities and one of the pioneers of set-theoretical topology, died March 18 at age 88. Colleagues are remembering her as a role model, especially for female mathematicians.


Engineering Expo starts Thursday

Photo: engineering students at expo

Engineering Expo 2013's goal is to unite students, industry and the community by inspiring innovation and ingenuity in the minds of future generations. The expo, run entirely by students and bringing over 10,000 visitors to campus biennially, is from April 18-20.

Wisconsin Festival of Ideas at WID April 26

Graphic: Wisconsin Festival of Ideas logo

The Wisconsin Festival of Ideas on Friday, April 26 is a one-day conference event featuring top faculty and students as speakers. The festival, at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, will showcase some of the best and brightest ideas and collaborations happening on campus.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.