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Exhibiting excellence

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Proving that rigorous research can go hand-in-hand with undergraduate education, students teamed up with faculty mentors from programs across campus recently for the Undergraduate Symposium — presenting their work via posters, 10-minute talks and performances, and short films. The event, part of the larger Ideas to Excellence showcase, is the campus's annual spotlight on undergraduate research, creative endeavors and service-learning projects. And a lot of undergrads have stories to tell: The symposium has grown from just 44 students in 1999 to 624 this year.

Top Stories

In Sierra Leone, a chance to learn from Ebola

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When Yoshihiro Kawaoka arrived in Sierra Leone, the wail of sirens was a frightening reminder that the Ebola virus was there, too. His studies in search of a vaccine had always involved laboratory models. Now, he had a chance to study a disease in the very people who were living and dying with it.

UWPD invites discussion on use of body cameras

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UWPD is exploring the use of body cameras with its officers and will host two forums in May to discuss not whether, but how the department will deploy them. It has been testing one body camera on various officers for the past year and now, through a grant, has more cameras to issue.

Graduate Students: Did you start a company while at UW?

UW-Madison wants to learn more from students who founded or co-founded companies during their time on campus. Take this quick confidential survey.

Around Campus

Expert on infant learning elected to American Academy

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Jenny Saffran, a professor of psychology and an expert on how infants learn, is among leaders in academia, business, public affairs and the arts elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Saffran directs the Infant Learning Lab at the Waisman Center.

Hubble’s 25th anniversary evokes UW-Madison role

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It was “the flea on the tail of the dog.” Roughly 30 years ago, that was how astronomy Professor Robert C. Bless described the High Speed Photometer (HSP), a detector then under development at UW-Madison for the soon-to-be-launched Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble marks its 25th year this week.

Suspending Kenya travel a difficult move

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For the first time since 2007, Susan Gold, a nurse clinician at UW Hospital and Clinics, won’t be heading to Kenya this year to help teens learn to live with HIV/AIDS. She and her students are making other plans in the wake of the UW-Madison decision to suspend all student travel to the country.

Students urged to answer sexual assault survey

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On April 13, students received a confidential survey, coordinated by University Health Services, asking about the campus climate of sexual assault and sexual misconduct, with the goal of a healthy, safe and nondiscriminatory environment. Faculty and staff can help by encouraging every student to participate.

Campus Initiatives

UW-Madison offering Shakespeare MOOC

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On the heels of William Shakespeare’s birthday, UW-Madison will launch its third free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of 2015, “Shakespeare in Community." Over four weeks, the MOOC will cover Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.

Buzz

‘My Earth’ app tracks energy use impacts

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For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a UW professor has created "My Earth" — an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more accessible. A polar bear clinging to a growing or shrinking iceberg represents the impacts of the chosen activities.

Milestones

Historian Bogue wins Frederick Jackson Turner award

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The Midwestern History Association is honoring Margaret Beattie Bogue with the Frederick Jackson Turner award. The award is given to an individual for lifetime service to Midwestern history. Bogue's research interests have included the fisheries and wetlands of the Great Lakes region.

In the Media

Artwork continues to grow as Madison watches

Photo: Ikeda Manabu

The State Journal reports on visiting artist Ikeda Manabu’s growing artwork at the Chazen Museum of Art. The work "is still untitled, but it is growing larger — and more fascinating — by the day," the paper says. Manabu, who is in a three-year residency, puts in full days working on the 130 square foot piece.

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