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Mitchell channels public radio

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One day he was NPR's first employee; years later, he rescued it. Emeritus professor Jack Mitchell — founder of "All Things Considered" and former director of Wisconsin Public Radio — has been a giant in his profession. In public broadcasting's early days, he says, "All the smart people focused on television. I was one of the few people under the age of 30 who said, ‘Wow. We can do something with radio. This could be neat.'"

Top Stories

University urges movers: donate, don’t dump

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The mid-August moving day piles of discarded possessions overflowing Madison dumpsters and curbs include many that could be reused or recycled. In an effort to reduce landfill waste and increase community benefit, UW-Madison is partnering with Goodwill and St. Vinnie's to collect and donate reusable items.

Thomson team produces stem cell gene repair technique

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UW researchers have created an efficient way to target and repair defective genes using human pluripotent stem cells. Zhonggang Hou (left), a member of James Thomson's regenerative biology team, reports that the novel technique lays the groundwork for major advances in regenerative medicine, drug screening and biomedical research.  

Third Thursday this week!

Join us this Thursday for complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and live music by local artist Jasmine Bianes and Ida Jo on the Pyle Center’s lakeside rooftop terrace.

Around Campus

ETF: Pension system an example for others

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Policymakers from states and cities with chronic pension underfunding issues may want to look to Wisconsin as they consider reforms, says ETF Secretary Bob Conlin. The fact that Wisconsin is not facing a crisis like Illinois, Conlin says, is the result of years of ongoing stewardship.

DoIT to launch Tribal Technology Institute

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UW-Madison’s Information Technology Academy (ITA) is about to formally launch a unique partnership with two Wisconsin Indian tribes. The new ITA Tribal Technology Institute (TTI) will be a pre-college technology access and training program for Native American high school students.

Math professor to join author and actress on ‘TODAY’

Mathematics Professor Jordan Ellenberg is slated to appear Thursday on NBC’s “TODAY” show alongside fellow author and former "The Wonder Years" star Danica McKellar.

Campus Initiatives

Badgers collect school supplies for Milwaukee children

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Wisconsinites and UW alums gave time, money and school supplies to support Milwaukee-area school children last Wednesday during UW-Madison Day at the Wisconsin State Fair. Volunteers collected 125 55-gallon bags of  supplies — almost three times the amount received last year.

Inside Info

First day of Kindergarten? Graue’s been there

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One day you’re changing diapers. Next thing you know, your little baby is ready to march off to school. It can be a bit of a scary time for kids — and their parents. Beth Graue, a curriculum and instruction professor and former kindergarten teacher, has  some tips on how to make the transition go smoothly.


Join a web chat for new students, parents

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The UW–Madison Parent Program will host a live Web chat designed for parents of first-year students from noon–1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The chat is open to all interested in UW student life or transition for their own college-bound students.


Susan Cook to lead School of Music

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The School of Music enters a new era this month with the appointment of Susan C. Cook as its new director. Cook replaces John Stevens, who will retire next spring after a 29-year career as professor of tuba.

Mathieu named interim director at WCER


Robert Mathieu has been appointed interim director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). He replaces Adam Gamoran, who stepped down after nine years to accept a position as president of the William T. Grant Foundation.

In the Media

Program hopes to train pilots, medics together for med flight

Aeromedical evacuation is one of the world's riskiest professions and accident rates are going up. But, the College of Engineering Flight Simulation Lab is working to reverse that trend, reports WKOW-TV.


Knutson: Don’t let your summer set yet

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Do you have that mid-August feeling that summer is slipping away? University Communications writer Käri Knutson says if you didn't accomplish everything on your summer to-do list, savor the unplanned moments that make the season stand still.

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