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The right staff

Photo: Mary Ann Croft

Nine members of the academic staff, representing disciplines as diverse as law, engineering, zoology, medicine and the humanities, have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Academic Staff Excellence Awards. You'll find them all across campus in classrooms, offices and labs, like the one Mary Ann Croft works in as a distinguished researcher for the Depart-ment of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The awards will be presented at a reception this evening at the Fluno Center.  

Top Stories

Working at UW improves employee communications

Image: Screenshot of Working at UW website

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says commun-icating with UW-Madison employees is "both difficult and vital to our success." In her latest blog post, she explains what brought about the university's comprehensive new website especially for the people who work here, Working at UW.

Chancellor responds to campus anti-racism protest

The Urban League hosted a community forum last night on the racial climate at UW-Madison. Chancellor Blank, referring to recent student protests, said, "They're calling it out, and as painful as that is, that gives us a possibility of change." Earlier: Chancellor's response to Thursday's peaceful demonstration on Bascom Hill.

An Evening with agnès b.

Join agnès b., internationally renowned French fashion designer, film producer, and art activist, on Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Around Campus

Ice cream social for faculty and staff May 5

Ice cream

As we head into this spring season and wind up the semester, the chancellor invites all faculty and staff to gather on Bascom Hill for the annual Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social on Thursday, May 5, beginning at 1 p.m. In the event of rain, the event will be moved into the Birge Hall lobby.

Bomb-sniffing drones could save many lives

Photo: Grad student with bomb-sniffing device

Technology developed at UW-Madison could allow drones to sniff out unexploded land mines, terrorists' bombs, chemical weapons and drugs. The Wisconsin State Journal reports on the advance by graduate students in the lab of Jerry Kulcinski, an emeritus professor of nuclear engineering.

Anthropologist Bowie ‘embraces the unpredictable’

Photo: Katherine Bowie

The story of Katherine Bowie’s career might be titled “The Accidental Anthropologist.” Bowie has followed a winding path to her faculty position here, guided by her openness to pursue unanticipated opportunities and "being well prepared to embrace the unpredictable, just ready to go with the flow,” she says.

Engineers find simple way to make fast transistor

Photo: Gloved fingers holding flexible transistor

UW-Madison engineers have pioneered a unique method that could allow manufacturers to easily and cheaply make high-performance transistors on huge rolls of flexible plastic. They fabricated a transistor that operates at a record 38 gigahertz. In computing, that translates to lightning-fast processor speeds.

Outside UW

Chinese delegation discusses IP rights at WARF

Photo: Chinese delegation visiting Discovery Building

A delegation of Chinese officials landed in Madison last Tuesday to meet with WARF leaders. The whirlwind study tour focused on judicial protection of intellectual property rights. The delegation comprised approximately a dozen judges, lawyers and government officials involved in shaping IP policy in China.

Inside Info

Swimming lesson: Are you doing it wrong?

Photo: swimmer in Natatorium pool

Swimming is a great form of exercise. It engages the whole body, is low-impact on the joints, and is a great form of aerobics. To make sure you're getting the most out of your efforts in the water, check your freestyle form to make sure you're not committing one of these five common errors.

Menopause: Hot Flash or Power Surge?

UW Health Ob-Gyn & Certified Menopause Practitioner Makeba Williams, MD, presents a FREE webinar about this normal life stage. Wed. May 4, 5:30-7 p.m.

Milestones

Video: A classroom surprise for professor’s 80th

Photo: Tony Stretton

Colleagues, students and the UW Band staged a surprise 80th birthday celebration Monday for zoology Professor Tony Stretton near the end of his Introductory Biology lecture. Stretton has taught at UW-Madison since 1971 and mentored countless undergraduate and graduate students.

In the Media

UW-Madison scientist creates Ebola Survivor Corps

Photo: Sarah Paige

Sarah Paige, an assistant scientist and grant writer at the UW Global Health Institute, cre-ated the Ebola Survivor Corps "to elevate the status of Ebola survivors, leverage their inher-ent immunity to the disease and have them be the first responders to care." She tells Isthmus about ESC's work in Sierra Leone.

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