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CSI: Madison

Graphic: Collage of scientific images

Whether a close-up of a leafcutter ant, or a micrograph of the neurons derived from marmoset stem cells, or an MRI of the hidden pathways in the human brain, submissions to UW-Madison’s 2015 Cool Science Image (CSI) Contest continue to put science and nature on eye-catching display. Judges for the contest — representing broad expertise in scientific imaging, art and science communication — selected 11 still images and one video as winners of the annual competition. (Photo collage by S.V. Medaris)

Top Stories

A broader perspective on faculty workload

Photo: Tehshik Yoon

Have you found yourself in a discussion with someone lately about faculty teaching loads? Chancellor Rebecca Blank has some evidence you can cite next time you do. Critics "often demonstrate a limited understanding of what our faculty here at Madison actually do," Blank writes in a new blog post.

Sexual assault awareness is year-round effort

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge how sexual assault, stalking and dating violence impact our campus and community. Three campus leaders are emphasizing the university's commitment to preventing sexual violence, and responding effectively when it does happen.

16th annual Showcase scheduled for April 14

Photo: Showcase presentations

UW-Madison’s Showcase, which highlights creative ideas, innovations, best practices and success stories from around campus, will return April 14 at Union South with poster presentations, breakout sessions and a keynote presentation by math Professor Jordan Ellenberg.

Diversity Framework Sessions

You are invited to attend campus or community informational sessions discussing the first round of proposed action steps to activate the UW-Madison Diversity Framework.

Photo: Crest

Around Campus

Mathieu named director of education center

Photo: Robert Mathieu

Astronomy Professor Robert Mathieu has been named director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. WCER is part of the School of Education and serves researchers across the entire campus. It is home to some 500 employees and generates $60 million in annual grant awards and services.

Award supports dream of a college degree

Photo: Josephine Lorya-Ozulamoi

The new Lisa Munro Next Generation Scholarship is granting $1,000 to an Odyssey Project graduate who is continuing her educational journey. Josephine Lorya-Ozulamoi immigrated to the United States with her family after growing up in East Africa, where she escaped the war in South Sudan.

On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow is April 11-12

Photo: Head dancer at Spring Powwow

UW-Madison, Wunk Sheek, and Native American tribal partners from across the state will host the 45th On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow (OWASP) April 11-12 at the Field House. The powwow features dancing, cultural demonstrations and performances. More than 30 tribes will be represented.

Milestones

Two receive awards for research to benefit children

Photo: Christina Hull

Two professors have received Hartwell Awards to support research into fungal disease and therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Christina Hull will explore a fungus that causes brain infections. Luis Populin will work toward developing a system to simplify drug treatment for ADHD.

In Memoriam

Stanley Kutler, who sued for Nixon tapes, dies

Photo: Stanley Kutler

Stanley Kutler, the UW-Madison historian who fought for the release of hundreds of hours of Watergate tapes, died Tuesday at age 80. While Richard Nixon tried to keep those secretly recorded conversations private, Kutler sued and won, forcing the release of the tapes through a deal with Nixon's estate.

Events

Annual wellness expo raises awareness — and funds

Stair stepper

Fun fitness activities for all ages, from a fundraising Zumbathon to a fitness obstacle course, will be highlighted at the Wisconsin Wellness Campaign Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the SERF. It's hosted by the Division of Recreational Sports and is open to the community.

Hubble Space Telescope to star at April 14 event

Photo: Stars forming in nebula

Twenty-five years of spectacular imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope will be the subject of an April 14 presentation at UW-Madison’s Space Place. Astronomy Professor John Gallagher, one of the original planners and users of the trailblazing instrument, will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m.

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