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University Staff Recognition Awards

Photo: Mardoqueo-Alas-Funes

Experts in such diverse areas as business practices, animal research, agricultural equipment and building maintenance are just a few of the many university staff who keep the wheels of UW–Madison turning. These four, including Mardoqueo Alas Funes (above), are among eight employ-ees to be honored with the University Staff Recognition Award. Many of them do tasks we couldn’t, or work hours we wouldn’t, to help run one of the world's leading universities — and their colleagues say it wouldn’t be possible without them.

Top Stories

Libraries invite input on long-term plans

Photo: Students working on laptops in library

UW-Madison Libraries are looking to the campus community for input in shaping the future of libraries on campus. Two town hall meetings will be held next week regarding user feedback, scenarios for future campus library locations, and next steps.

Science festival needs speakers for state audiences

Photo: Grad student showing child a science exhibit

The Wisconsin Science Festival and UW-Madison Speakers Bureau are looking for passionate, creative faculty, staff and graduate students to connect with communities through-out Wisconsin this November. Speakers will highlight how science, technology, engineering, art and math impact our lives.

Around Campus

Schauer to lead hygiene lab

Photo: James Schauer

James Schauer, a faculty member with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory at UW-Madison, has been named director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. He succeeds Charles Brokopp, who retired last year.

Slide show: A Hindu celebration of color

Photo: Woman with colored powder on face

Hundreds of students participated in the spirited Hindu tradition of throwing colored powder during Rang de Madison, a Holi festival of color hosted by the Madison Hindu Students Association on Saturday. The event celebrates the arrival of spring and victory of good over evil.

Aldo Leopold’s words to be broadcast again

Photo: Aldo Leopold

In celebration of Earth Day, Wisconsin audiences will hear portions of conservationist and former UW professor Aldo Leopold’s radio addresses that originally aired more than 80 years ago. Stan Temple, who once held Leopold’s faculty position at the university, will read excerpts from the original transcripts.

Doors Open Madison puts campus on the map

Photo: Bascom Hall

Doors Open Madison this Sunday will provide an opportunity to explore one-of-a-kind buildings and businesses across the city and campus. The event will feature 25 buildings and tours, including Bascom Hill, the Red Gym, Union South and Washburn Observatory.

Outside UW

Interacting with elephants, and not just for fun

Photo: Students riding on back of elephant in river

When it comes to study abroad experiences, an elephant ride in Thailand is pretty hard to beat. The Anatara Elephant Sanctuary improves the health and well-being of elephants by caring for the elephant, the owner and his family — and preventing the animals' exploitation by the tourism industry.


Student poet in running for national position


UW-Madison freshman Hajjar Baban is one of two finalists for the inaugural position of National Youth Poet Laureate. The title will be bestowed for the first time on April 26 by the literary arts organization Urban Word and leading national poetry groups.


Book chronicles Janesville’s struggles

Photo: Cover of Janesville book

Pulitzer Prize winning author Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post will introduce her new book, "Janesville: An American Story," to the UW campus Friday, April 28. The book focuses on the Southern Wisconsin city that lost its largest employer during the Great Recession.

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