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New lessons from old tech

Mark Kenoyer knows from the pleasing “ting” of a piece of pottery just how hot the kiln that fired it must have been. He can also tell by the scent cast by an actively firing kiln whether it has reached the proper temperature. “It has a crispy smell, different from just wood burning,” says the UW-Madison archaeology professor. Kenoyer’s skill is due in large part to his experience practicing with the age-old technologies of ancient cultures — experience he has bestowed on students enrolled in the ancient technology and invention classes he has taught since 1988.

Top Stories

Blank’s Slate: Summer thoughts

Image: Highway map of Wisconsin

Chancellor Rebecca Blank tells us in a new blog post about her summer vacation trip that took her to a converted candy factory, a historic site, and the scenic Mississippi River. There were also a couple Badger sightings — not Bucky, but UW-Madison employees far from the cares of the workplace.

Campus converting to cashless parking

Photo: Parkmobile Meter Sign

Transportation Services is converting the remaining coin-operated parking meters on campus to the Parkmobile mobile payment system, through which users pay for parking by phone, on the web, or by using a mobile application. Converted parking meter locations will no longer accept coins.

DoIT turning email ‘clutter’ feature off

Graphic: Office 365 email icon

On Aug. 15, the Office 365 Team will turn off the Clutter feature for the entire campus. Clutter allows users to better manage their incoming email messages. But email recipients who do not "train" Clutter may experience issues with important, time-sensitive emails landing in their Clutter folder.

Trust in Bucky, and Buy The Red Shirt™, Ninth Edition

This year’s edition is one of the coolest designs yet. But there’s a serious side too: proceeds support student scholarships. Buy yours today.

Around Campus

One-lane traffic on part of Observatory Drive

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Observatory Drive will be restricted to one-way westbound traffic this week between Lot 9 (Science Hall) and Lot 10 (Education Building). The change is necessary for repair of a retaining wall. Motorists wanting to travel eastbound will need to use Johnson Street.

Student voters alerted to election requirements

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University officials are trying to make sure things go smoothly for students who plan to vote in Madison during the Aug. 9 primary election. Here are the key things to know, including where to vote and what kind of ID to bring. Some campus polling place locations change during the summer.

SMPH researchers report Alzheimer’s findings

Photo: elderly couple walking with canes

Two advances in the study of Alzheimer's disease have been made by UW researchers. One study found that lifestyle factors might be precursors to the disease. The other identified an approach that may help predict which older adults are more likely to develop symptoms well before the onset of dementia.

Committee seeks next Arboretum director

Photo: Forest in UW Arboretum

UW-Madison is accepting nominations and applicants for director of the Arboretum. Dedicated in 1934, the Arboretum is a field research and teaching laboratory situated on 1,200 acres in Madison and Fitchburg and 15 outlying properties covering more than 500 acres.

Search for chief human resources officer begins

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The search for UW–Madison’s chief human resources officer is underway. The chief HR officer provides leadership, policy direction and management oversight for all HR services for UW–Madison faculty and staff, including athletics and the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Campus Initiatives

Morgridges fund social entrepreneurship competition

Photo: John & Tashia Morgridge

Four Wisconsin-based organizations will take home $25,000 each in the first "Force for Positive Change" competition. Applications are due Sept. 15. The competition aims to celebrate businesses integrating a social or environmental mission into their operations. It is the brainchild of John and Tashia Morgridge.

Inside Info

Q&A: Who says you need a perfect lawn?

Photo: Man mowing lown

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence. But is that a good thing? Lawns could be considered the single largest irrigated crop in the United States. Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute, has studied America’s fixation with lawns — and the ecological fallout.

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