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Kids, birds and saving the planet

Photo: students under tree at Warner Park

A flash of inspiration by postdoctoral candidate Trish O'Kane (center) has brought together more than a dozen UW-Madison environmental studies students and Sherman Middle School students in natural areas of Warner Park. "Last Child in the Park: How Kids & Birds Can Save the Planet" focuses on bird watching and nature exploration. But in a larger way, the cross-generational, outdoor learning class co-taught by Jack Kloppenburg, professor of community and environmental sociology, is tackling diversity, justice and the future of environmental work.

Top Stories

Sandefur: The Man from Madill

This summer, Gary Sandefur will step down as dean of the College of Letters & Science, after nine years at the helm of the UW's largest academic unit. He'll return to teaching in the Department of Sociology, where he arrived nearly 29 years ago with a set of values shaped by his humble upbringing in rural Oklahoma.

Morris, Alley, Chihuly to receive honorary degrees

Photo: graduates at commencement

Honorary degrees will be bestowed on three individuals considered to be pioneers in their fields at UW–Madison commencement in May. One is a groundbreaking documentary filmmaker, another is a trailblazing glaciologist, and the third is a world-renowned glass artist.

Do more than the dot!

Even if you already have a donor dot on your driver’s license, make sure your wishes are legally authorized. Register on Wisconsin’s Online Registry and say, “Yes I Will!” to organ donation.

Around Campus

Campus energy conservation, recycling show gains

The UW is celebrating ongoing strides toward improving campus sustainability. Energy conservation efforts put in place during the past several years are continuing to pay off.

Schroeder named Graduate School associate dean

Photo: Petra Schroeder

Petra Schroeder has been named associate dean for administration of the Graduate School. She will serve as chief financial officer, oversee facilities management, and supervise accounting, human resource management, research administration and information technology services.

BRITE Lab links business, human ecology

Photo: Brian Mayhew

A new experimental lab — a collaboration between the School of Human Ecology and the Wisconsin School of Business — has opened in Nancy Nicholas Hall. Faculty director Brian Mayhew hopes that "through the shared space, faculty can learn from each other’s research and thought leadership.”

Inside Info

Simple strategies to improve your sleep

Photo: elderly couple in bed

While some may boast that they can get by with just a few hours of sleep, the truth is, sleep is absolutely critical for your good health. Shilagh Mirgain, a UW Health psychologist, explains that being sleep-deprived impacts almost every area of your life.


Taylor, Choral Union to perform ‘Passion’

The Choral Union will present a contemporary composition, Robert Kyr’s “Passion According to Four Evangelists,” on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. Inside UW recently sat down with choral director Beverly Taylor to discuss contemporary versus traditional works.


Reuter-Krohn reflects on 30 years at Housing

Photo: Kay Reuter-Krohn

Kay Reuter-Krohn started at University Housing as a live-in student affairs coordinator in Witte Hall. Now associate director of housing and director of residence life, Reuter-Krohn has announced her retirement and is reflecting on a long career of helping students navigate their way into independence and adulthood.

In Memoriam

Campus mourns death of Kenneth Newman

Working hard came naturally to Kenneth Newman. “He never shied away from getting a job done, no matter how difficult, no matter how dirty, no matter how complex,” says Faramarz Vakili, director of campus sustainability operations and associate director of the Physical Plant.


Public forum to focus on UW’s engagement in China

A public forum on Wednesday, April 24, titled “Why China? Why Wisconsin? Why now?” will highlight the university's growing engagement with the Greater China region and the importance of advancing these initiatives further.

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