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Story time

Photo: Ellsworth Shields

Ellsworth Shields doesn’t mind talking about his World War II experiences — even describing the shock and pain of losing friends — but they don’t come up much in casual convers-ation. And rarely had a nurse or doctor asked the Army Air Corps veteran about the war until a recent visit to the VA Hospital in Madison, when a UW-Madison volunteer asked him to tell his story. Shields talked about his life and his military service, a conversation that the volunteer crafted into a thousand-word narrative.

Top Stories

Police officer’s entry into classroom prompts response

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Chancellor Blank and Chief Susan Riseling have responded to questions and concerns about a UWPD officer's entry into a classroom last week to locate a student. Related: Additional messages from Dean Lori Berquam and Eric Williams of DDEEA.

Campus climate proposals due Thursday

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Thursday is the deadline to submit specific proposals for ensuring a welcoming campus climate in response to incidents of hostility to racial, ethnic or other identity groups. Proposals will be evaluated for possible university funding before the end of the semester. Related video: Report hate/bias.

System creates task force on underrepresented students

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The Board of Regents has created a task force to evaluate the overall college experience of UW System students with a particular focus on underrepresented groups. It follows a series of meetings, forums and listening sessions on diversity and inclusivity.

An Evening with David Henry Hwang

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

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Around Campus

Working at UW spotlight: Human Resources

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Working at UW, the new website designed especially for UW-Madison employees, includes an extensive menu of links and information on Human Resources topics, including pay and benefits, what to do if you have a work-related or personal problem, and how we help all employees fit in culturally.

Mindfulness can aid in media multitasking

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People who often mix their media consumption — texting while watching TV, or listening to music while reading — are not known for being able to hold their attention on one task. But UW-Madison researchers have found that sharpening their focus may be as simple as breathing.

Forensic botany class serves practical needs

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Students are getting a chance to expand their skills beyond the academic realm in Botany 575: Forensic Botany. The new course focuses on science as problem solving, but also fills utterly practical needs, says Sara Hotchkiss, associate professor of botany and an expert in pollen identification.

Outside UW

Helping Wisconsin farmers, one potato at a time

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The plant disease known as late blight of potato is infamous for its devastating effects on Ireland in the 19th century. It has been detect-ed in Wisconsin each year since 2009. UW–Madison is making great strides in the under-standing, awareness and management of late blight, and is helping farmers fight back.

Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture

Holocaust survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal, presents “From Auschwitz to International Law and International Human Rights” Wed., April 20, 4 p.m. Pyle Center.

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Milestones

Pfatteicher is American Council on Education fellow

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ACE has named Sarah Pfatteicher, CALS associate dean for academic affairs, as one of 33 fellows for 2016-17. In addition to her administrative role, Pfatteicher is a research professor of civil and environmental engineering, and an affiliate of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.

In the Media

Allen Centennial Garden ‘ready for its close-up’

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The Wisconsin State Journal looks ahead to the changing seasons at Allen Centennial Garden, located at Babcock and Observatory drives. "The garden’s new director, Ben Futa, is looking at a schedule that includes therapy dogs, slow food, 3,000 new bulbs and an updated master plan."

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