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Call it a night

Photo: Smiling children looking through eclipse-viewing glasses

On Aug. 21, a rare total solar eclipse will sweep across the U.S. What are you doing to get ready for the spectacle and its bizarre effects? Jim Lattis, who directs the UW Space Place, will be giving talks on the eclipse and selling solar viewing glasses at two upcoming events — the first one, tomorrow night at Science on Tap-Madison.

Top Stories

Blank sees UW role in Foxconn development

Photo: Workers on Foxconn assembly line

Chancellor Rebecca Blank pitched Foxconn on the benefits of being where it can access UW-Madison resources, including our potential role in training workers and providing research for the planned southeastern Wisconsin factory. Related: Statement on Foxconn. Also: Foxconn interested in Carbone Cancer Center.

SERF demolition near, but there are workout options

The SERF (aka the "Southeast Recreational Facility") closes permanently at the end of the day Aug. 18. Construction of a new SERF is expected to take two years. In the meantime, Rec Sports will be offering new workout spaces at Ogg Hall and the Natatorium.

Around Campus

What’s in a smile? More than you might think

Photo: Man smirking

A study says we use different facial muscles to produce smiles that mean different things. Researchers identified three basic types of smiles, depending on whether you're, say, trying to get a baby to smile back, to seem nonthreatening, or to show dominance.

Graduate School to track Ph.D. career paths

Photo: Graduates in caps and gowns

The Graduate School will take part in a study to gain insight into the relationship between doctoral training programs and career outcomes. "This project brings the successes of our Ph.D. alumni into the conversation," says Dean William Karpus.

Voices for Recovery wins grant to fight opioid abuse

Photo: Voices for Recovery members outside state Capitol

A grant awarded to Wisconsin Voices for Recovery — a statewide network housed in the Division of Continuing Studies — will create a “recovery coaching” model to fight opioid abuse. The coaches will work in emergency rooms to aid those struggling with opioids.

Students to develop strong ties to health professionals

Photo: Group photo of students in Health Professions Shadowing Program

Students in a new advising program will spend over 30 hours shadowing health professionals at area clinics. The program is for students from underrepresented populations, such as racial minorities and rural residents, who lack connections to people working in health care.

Outside UW

Blank’s Slate: UW’s reach extends to Lands’ End

Photo: Lands' End worker hemming garment on sewing machine

More than 150 UW-Madison alumni work at Lands' End in Dodgeville, Chancellor Rebecca Blank learned on a tour. Lands' End partners with campus units such as the E-Business Consortium, Kohl’s Center for Retailing, SoHE, L&S, Engineering and Business.

Campus Initiatives

ED/SBS IRB moves to vice chancellor’s office

Photo: Infant sitting on adult's lap pointing at video screen

The UW board that reviews human subjects research has a new home in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The board reviews human research protocols in accordance with governmental and accreditation bodies and UW policy.

Inside Info

It may be better to give AND receive

Photo: Person in suit holding gift behind their back while facing man in suit at desk

Do you want to delight your friend or coworker with a gift? A UW-Madison business professor says when people give a present, recipients tend to be happier with it if the giver says, "Hey! I bought one of these for myself, too." Evan Polman calls it "companionizing."

In the Media

Rising research star Jing Li traces her path to Madison

Photo: Jing Li

Madison Magazine profiled Jing Li, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award. She brings industry experience, inspired by a precious gift from her parents when she was growing up in China.

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