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Great run, sad end

They have nothing to hang their heads about — it was an amazing season, even if the Badger men’s basketball team did come up short against Duke last night in the NCAA championship. In a game filled with highs and lows for the Wisconsin faithful, fans on campus and in Indianapolis shared the thrills of coming oh-so-close to a national crown. We spent time in some of the capacity crowd viewing venues on campus to bring you the experience. Related: Chancellor Blank — What a ride! Tom Oates — Badgers made ’em believe.

Top Stories

Blank explains thinking behind tuition plans

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As she has previously mentioned publicly, Chancellor Rebecca Blank plans to ask the UW System Board of Regents to increase tuition for professional school students and out-of-state undergraduates. That plan will come before the regents Friday, Blank says in her latest Blank's Slate post.

Mailick to lead UW-Madison research, graduate education

Marsha Mailick, the former director of the Waisman Center, has been chosen as the university's first vice chancellor for research and graduate education. Mailick has held the position on an interim basis since September. Related: Mailick Q&A on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

2015 Commencement Dinner May 15 & 16

Celebrate with friends and family at your home in the heart of campus – the Fluno Center.
View sample menu and make your reservation today!

Around Campus

Chancellor, provost unveil strategic framework

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Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf are announcing a Strategic Framework that articulates the university’s top-level priorities for 2015-19. They say the five priorities are designed to “not only protect our legacy … but also will encourage new ideas from all corners of the campus.”

National leaders converge to address biomedical research

Photo: Nate Cira

A hypercompetitive atmosphere in the biomedical sciences has reduced productivity and hampered innovation, say the organizers of a workshop aimed at airing the best ideas and suggestions for rescuing the biomedical research enterprise. The all-day event is Saturday.  

Are you cut out to be a commencement marshal?

Photo: People patrolling aisle at commencement

All faculty and staff members – academic or classified – are welcome and encouraged to serve as marshals at this spring’s main commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, May 16 at Camp Randall Stadium. Interested persons may register by Friday.

Terrace chairs: A love story

Photo: Union Terrace chair

In an affectionate ode to the soon-to-return Terrace chairs, which have spent the winter in storage, Jane Hanneman writes about how everyone "is anxious to sit upon the familiar sunburst pattern, admire the vibrant colors and relax, so happy and at home on the Terrace once again."

Campus Initiatives

Sessions set on making Diversity Framework reality

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Last fall UW-Madison introduced Forward Together, a Diversity Framework. Since then, committees have been working to research and prioritize initial action items for six major categories. Four sessions will now be held on campus and four off campus to discuss making the framework a reality.

Inside Info

Is a fitness tracker right for you?

Photo: Fitness tracker

You see them on wrists everywhere – restaurant servers, at the office, in the gym. Fitness trackers seem to have become de rigeur among the fitness conscious. As with many trends, it can be hard to tell whether this is just a passing one, or something more. They offer a lot of potential if actually used.

Introducing...

Los Alamos leader named Grainger Institute director

Photo: Dan Thomas

Dan Thoma of Los Alamos National Laboratory will become the first director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering. Funded in 2014 with $25 million from The Grainger Foundation, the institute is an incubator for transdisciplinary research in the College of Engineering.

C4 Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Josh Epstein — Frontiers of Computational Social Science: From Neurons to Nations, Wed., April 8, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Events

Bipartisan program features former congressmen

Photo: U.S. Capitol

Two longtime Wisconsin congressmen — Democrat Dave Obey and Republican Tom Petri — will be on campus April 13 to discuss crucial issues and the importance of civic participation in bipartisan discussion. Today is the final day to RSVP for the event, hosted by the UW-Madison Office of Federal Relations.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.