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Healthy minds

Still image from video of students practicing mindfulness

Are you calmer than a 5th grader? Maybe not — at least, not a group of 5th graders at Madison's Glendale Elementary School. During what their teacher says is their "craziest" time of day, the students are using mindfulness practices promoted by UW-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. Some of the kids thought it was "weird" at first, but after learning to become more aware of their feelings and surroundings, they went through a remarkable transformation — and got a thrilling boost from a surprise visitor.

Top Stories

Ban on fetal tissue would halt lifesaving research

Photo: State Capitol

A bill aimed at banning the scientific use of fetal tissue would halt work that could help patients struggling with diseases from Alzheimer’s to viral infections, UW scientists told state legislators last week. Related: Key Republican senator opposes major part of billRead more about the issue here.

On sale, online: Bus passes and transportation permits

Photo: metro bus at night

Online sales of employee bus passes and transportation permits for 2015-16 has begun at the Transportation Services website. Once ordered, bus passes will be delivered by mail in approximately four business days. Passes can also be purchased at Transportation Services office locations.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, Aug. 20, from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

Late-night Ice Cream Social for 2nd & 3rd shifts

Photo: Ice cream

In an effort to show appreciation for all the hard work our 2nd and 3rd shift employees do, a late-night Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 11 p.m. in Varsity Hall at Union South (2nd floor). There will be free ice cream until 12:30 a.m. or until it runs out, whichever comes first.

Fall research funding competition underway

Photo: WARF building

In addition to the recently announced UW2020 research funding initiative, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education is continuing its longstanding Fall Competition for research projects. Funding is provided by WARF, with applications due by Friday, Sept. 18.  

Blank’s Slate: A classic Wisconsin road trip

Photo: Rebecca Blank next to Hodag statue

From Madison to Kohler, on to Washington Island and Rhinelander, and back through Bayfield and the Dells, Chancellor Rebecca Blank covered more than 1,000 miles on an epic summer vacation trip through Wisconsin. She found the verdant fields, sparkling lakes and local food especially memorable.

Outside UW

Technology may allow NASA to see into Moon caves

Photo: Caves on the moon

The Morgridge Institute for Research is developing technology that may help NASA see into caves on the Moon. Andreas Velten's system uses an ultra-high-speed camera developed at MIT that can "see around corners." His work is funded by a $500,000 grant from the space agency.

Buzz

Time-lapse shows bridge demolition in mere seconds

Photo: Demolition of pedestrian bridge

Think that pedestrian bridge over University Avenue came down in a hurry? Wait till you see this: In less than 20 seconds, watch the process from the street closing to the overnight demolition to the lightning-fast cleanup. Related: A photo slide show recording key moments in the bridge's demise.

Milestones

Everett Mitchell receives award for community impact

As director of community relations for UW-Madison, Everett Mitchell often draws upon multiple aspects of his identity — attorney, pastor, community leader — to bridge divides. In recognition of his work, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute is presenting him with its Difference Maker Award.

Wren Singer moving to interim L&S post

Photo: Wren Singer

Wren Singer has been chosen as interim associate dean of Student Academic Affairs in the College of Letters & Science. Currently director of undergraduate advising in the Office of the Provost, Singer, a triple-UW-alumna, will start her new post Sept. 1. She replaces Gery Essenmacher, who retired.

In the Media

Expanding textbook alternatives ease sticker shock

Photo: Student buying textbooks

Students and professors are finding ways around the high cost of textbooks, The Cap Times reports. More faculty members are using "open educational material" available on the Internet or under university license. Forty percent of fall courses will have no required books, says the head of University Book Store.

Events

‘Out of the Shadows’ celebrates Jewish culture

Illustration: Out of the Shadows poster

Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater will be a day full of performances and discussions celebrating the rich heritage of Jewish culture on Sunday, Aug. 30, at several locations. All performances are free and open to the public, but registration is required by Monday, Aug. 24.

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