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Filling the hill

Photo: Small American flags on Bascom Hill

Bascom Hill serves as a blank canvas for those who want to get the word out for a group or a cause — or to quietly reflect. Granted, not every display creates the same lasting impression as the flock of a thousand plastic flamingos that student leaders deposited on the hill in 1979. But each school year, dozens of organizations across campus fill the lawn with signs and banners to publicize events, recruit members, and raise awareness — as in the annual commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks (above), which involves the planting of nearly 3,000 small American flags.

Top Stories

Chancellor provides update on budget reductions

Photo: Bascom Hall at night

Even while UW-Madison advocates for a smaller state budget reduction, Chancellor Rebecca Blank has outlined plans to implement the anticipated cuts. And in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column, Blank makes the case for economic success being linked to the UW and other public universities.

Four to receive honorary degrees in May

Photo: Tassel on graduation cap

A research chemist, a pioneering second-generation conservationist, and two leaders who combine business and technological innovation will be the recipients of honorary degrees at spring commencement. The degrees will be presented at the ceremony for doctoral graduates May 15.  

Eric Lander, Bert Vogelstein to keynote McArdle cancer symposium

Register to learn about cutting edge basic and clinical science at the McArdle 75th Anniversary Symposium on Cancer on Friday, May 22.

Photo: UW crest

Around Campus

Messing named to head Waisman Center

Photo: Albee Messing

Albee Messing, a professor of comparative biosciences and an international leader in research on Alexander disease, has been named director of the Waisman Center. The center focuses on research, clinical care, training and outreach related to developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.

Awards honor student services personnel

Photo: Alberta Gloria

Alberta Gloria is a passionate professor and chair of the Chican@/Latin@ Studies Program. Her dedication to students' lives has earned her the Student Personnel Association's highest honor: the Chancellor's Award. She is one of eight UW-Madison student services professionals recognized by the SPA.

Pugh pioneers next frontier of medical education

Photo: Carla Pugh

Carla Pugh is determined to respect the long-held traditions of medical education while revolutionizing the field. Pugh has wedded the previously disparate disciplines of engineering and medicine, resulting in new ways to measure skills and improve performance of health professionals.  

WARF grants to showcase innovation

Graphic: WARF 90th anniversary logo

As part of its 90th anniversary, WARF is funding up to five projects that best exemplify the UW's legacy of innovation. Projects could include lectures, art exhibits, technology workshops or historical retrospectives. They should address research, discovery, commercialization and/or investment.

Campus Initiatives

New performance management policy coming

Image: HR Design

As part of the new HR Design structure, OHR is rolling out a new performance management policy and best practices program. Designed to be flexible yet reliable, the plan will be implemented starting in July, with full compliance expected by July 2016.


Three faculty members land Guggenheim Fellowships

Photo: Amy Barger

Three faculty members have received 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships, awards that support remarkable mid-career scholars and artists. Astronomy Professor Amy Barger (left), mathematics Professor Jordan Ellenberg and English Professor Lynn Keller were among the 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected.

In the Media

What the Internet grammar police don’t understand

Photo: Fingers on a keyboard

"Stop shaming people on the Internet for grammar mistakes," headlined the Washington Post. "Its not there fault." Maryellen MacDonald, a UW cognitive psychologist, says those flubs don't mean people are ignorant. Retrieving the right word depends on the brain's complicated wiring.


Clifton Conrad on historically black colleges

Photo: Clifton Conrad

Clifton Conrad has spent more than three decades studying race and gender in higher education, visiting more than 40 historically black colleges and universities as part of his far-reaching work as an expert witness in major civil rights cases. Conrad will talk about his work Thursday in the Education Building.

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