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Foxes among Badgers

Fox

There are foxes on campus. Big ones and little ones, a new family that started this spring. At sunset you might see as many as eight of the little ones, kits as they’re called, romping in fresh green grass. Among the lessons they teach us: Live and let live. “If they are given the chance to coexist with us, they can live here,” says David Drake, associate professor in forest and wildlife ecology. “But let them be.” This story and video give more insight into the new family.  

Top Stories

Retirement statements available online

Piles of quarters

If you were covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System in 2013, your statement of benefits is  available online on My UW. It provides information about your account as of Jan. 1, 2014. Officials urge employees to review this statement for accuracy.

Cliffhangers inspire sustainability at School of Business

Evan Polman

While Earth Day is an opportunity to encourage people to think more about the environment, Evan Polman and his students at the Wisconsin School of Business have taken the idea of cliffhangers, and how they keep us coming back for more on TV shows, to reduce energy use.

Treat yourself to a great deal!

Don’t miss out on this Apple Appreciation Event. Buy select Mac & iPad models, get a DoIT Tech Store gift card (up to $140 value). Quantities limited. Pre-order by 4/27.

Around Campus

Bridging the gulf between humans, robots

Robot

There might be a day in the not-so-distant future when, instead of cat photos and selfies, we humans are showing off our robots. Researchers at the Wisconsin Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory are looking forward to the days when robots help us in our daily lives.

New post-doc created for feminist biology

Janet Hyde

Feminist biology — which attempts to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology — will be the focus of a new endowed fellowship. "The program is the first in the nation — and probably the world," says Janet Hyde, director of the Center for Research on Gender & Women.

Inside Info

Playground safety can be a walk in the park

Kid on playground

Now that spring has arrived, families are enjoying outings to local parks. But this week, during Playground Safety Week, parents are reminded to actively supervise their children when playing on a playground. Check out these UW Health tips on playground safety.

Who will win?

WID, UW-Madison and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation host the Agricultural Innovation Prize Competition April 25-26 at the Discovery Building. Thirty teams present and $240,000 will be awarded.

Milestones

Lerner named interim SBDC statewide director

Neil Lerner

Neil Lerner has been named interim director of UW-Extension's Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, a statewide network of service and specialty centers. All state centers are affiliated with four-year UW campuses, including at UW-Madison, where Lerner has been the center director.

Audubon award honors Memorial Library’s Fissel

Photo: Peter Fissel

The Madison Audubon Society has honored Memorial Library's Peter Fissel with the inaugural national Certificate of Service Award. Fissel is an avid birder who has organized nearly 100 field trips for the society per year.

In the Media

Plant breeders release open source seeds

Open source seeds

National Public Radio reports on a campaign, with leaders at UW-Madison, to change the rules that govern seeds. They've released 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

Events

Sample Wisconsin farm products on Library Mall

Cheese

Stop by Library Mall on Wednesday, April 23 to meet the farmers and agriculturalists who help produce the nation’s food. Ag Day on Campus runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes food samples from Sassy Cow Creamery, Rushing Waters Smoked Trout and Asian grilled pork belly, among others.

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