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First in the morning, first in the nation

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While other students still slumber, the Air Force ROTC “Flying Badgers” have already worked up a sweat running laps at the Shell. That’s what it takes to be first — and that’s what this group is. The cadets' average physical fitness score is the highest in the nation. “I told them we could be No. 1,” says Lt. Col. Todd Berge (above, center). “That lit a fire under them.”

Top Stories

Video: Rebecca Blank’s message to campus

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Confirmed last Friday as the next chancellor of UW-Madison, Rebecca Blank introduces herself to campus and talks about her excitement to become part of the institution. Related: Email Blank a personal introduction or greeting at chancellor@news.wisc.edu.

GLBRC receives 5-year, $125 million renewal

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison $25 million per year to fund the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) for another five years. "The next five years will be all about meeting new challenges," says Director Tim Donohue.

UW-Madison Geospatial Summit

Attend the 2013 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit, April 25 at Union South. Open to everyone. Register today

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Around Campus

J.J. Watt visits to thank law students

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Almost three years ago, J.J. Watt turned to the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic in the Law School for help setting up a nonprofit group to fund after-school sports programs. Last week, Watt came to say thanks. “The foundation wouldn’t be here without the help of the clinic,” says the NFL All-Pro.

Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Gov. Scott Walker has declared April 15-19 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. On Thursday, April 18, a statewide tornado drill is planned.

UW Hospital among ‘Best Companies for Hourly Workers’

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UW Hospital and Clinics has been named for the fourth year in a row to Working Mother magazine's list of "Best Companies for Hourly Workers." The hospital is one of only 12 employers in the U.S. to receive the award.

Inside Info

UW film professor reflects on friendship with Ebert

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David Bordwell first met Roger Ebert, who died last week after a long battle with cancer, back in 2000. The two men formed a bond and friendship over their common love of film and Bordwell later wrote the foreword for two of Ebert's books. He recently shared thoughts about his friend.

Buzz

Don’t let your Wiscard expire

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A new Wiscard was designed in 2008 to increase campus security and provide better access to campus services. As a result, Wiscards issued since that time carry a five-year expiration date and some are coming up soon.

Milestones

Stem cell pioneer Thomson earns innovation award

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James Thomson, who first derived human embryonic stem cells in 1998 and reprogrammed human skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells in 2007, has earned the McEwen Award for Innovation from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).

Events

The Art of Conversation Evening Talk

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At the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) Art of Conversation Evening Talk at 7 p.m. on April 16, award-winning journalists will reveal behind-the-scenes stories of how conversation leads to discovery.

Maryn McKenna to be Science Writer in Residence

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Maryn McKenna, who blogs for Wired and is a contributing editor and columnist for Scientific American, has been named the Spring 2013 Science Writer in Residence. On April 16, she will give a free public lecture entitled "Maybe Losing the Miracle: Agriculture, the FDA, and the Controversy Over Farm Antibiotics."

Interact

Book Madness comes down to the wire

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Maybe you loved the NCAA basketball tourney, but wish it was just a little more ... bookish? UW Libraries has been hosting its first annual Book Madness Tournament. Vote for "Lord of the Rings" vs. "Pride and Prejudice" in the final. Winner will be announced Thursday.

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