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Wisconsin at war

Photo: Student soldiers on campus

One hundred years ago today, Congress declared war on Germany, bringing the United States into World War I. The UW campus mobilized on many levels, not just seeing students march off to battle, but studying such urgent military matters as poison gas and submarine detection. There were debates about loyalty and neutrality, and meatless Tuesdays to help feed the allied armies. On Wisconsin takes an in-depth look at what it says "can arguably be called the most important event of the 20th century," and how it affected the university.

Top Stories

10-year reaccreditation process underway

Photo: Bascom Hall

A comprehensive review of UW-Madison's mission, ethical conduct, educational quality, educational evaluation, and planning and resources is underway as the Higher Learning Commission conducts its 10-year reaccreditation process for the university. Vice Provost Jocelyn Milner is leading the effort.

Badger grads will be trimmed in badger red

Photo: Bucky Badger wearing new graduation gown

Graduation will have a different look next month — at least, the graduates will. They'll be garbed in newly designed gowns for spring commencement, with a splash of badger red added to the traditional black. Students chose the designs — different for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees — in voting last fall.


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Around Campus

Wisconsin Idea Fellowships fund community projects

Graphic: Wisconsin Idea Fellowships logo

Sexual assault, incarceration and food insecurity are among the problems students will tackle in collaboration with faculty, staff and community partners through the Wisconsin Idea Fellowships. Seven projects are funded this year in the program, sponsored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Grow a spine: Tissue in a dish could cut drug costs

Photo: Randolph Ashton

A biomedical engineering professor is working on technology that could allow researchers to grow spinal cord tissue from scratch, in a dish. Randall Ashton's work at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery could make the process of developing new drug therapies more efficient and less expensive.

High school students recruited to learn Korean

Graphic: Map of South Korea

The National Security Agency has a critical need for people who speak the languages of key international locations. It is funding a UW program to immerse Dane County high school students in Korean language and culture. The local students will have a chance to telecon-ference with their peers in South Korea.

Outside UW

Book club seeks to bridge military-civilian divide

Photo: Dale Holmen

A graduate student studying how Greek tragedy portrays the impact of war on families and communities has started a book club to bring local veterans and nonveterans together to better understand each other. The Warrior Book Club is a partnership with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.


Connor promoted to research policy post

Photo: Nadine Connor

Nadine Connor has been appointed associate vice chancellor for research policy and compliance. Connor’s responsibilities include serving as the institutional official for both the human subjects and animal research programs, as well as overseeing the stem cell oversight program for the university.

In the Media

Happiness expert tells what’s bringing us down

Photo: Paula Niedenthal

Most people don't understand very well what makes them happy or unhappy, says UW psychology Professor Paula Niedenthal. But there are clear signs that the country's current political climate isn't helping. Niedenthal was interviewed for WalletHub's ranking of "2017’s Happiest Places to Live."


Line Breaks Festival includes music, poetry, dance, film

Graphic: Line Breaks Festival logo

The Line Breaks Festival investigates contemporary American culture through the lens of hip-hop performance. Line Breaks showcases new theatrical works that highlight the various talents and mission work of students, including First Wave Scholars, along with guest artists. Events begin April 11.

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