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Learning leaders

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Twenty-five international visitors came to campus this summer as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The fellows represented a variety of fields, including medicine, public health, law, education and community activism. One of the main goals for the fellows is to take what they’ve learned during their time here back to their homes. “It forces them to think about the problems we have here and how Americans tackle those problems,” says African Studies Program Director Neil Kodesh. “The idea is for them to continue to learn and grow beyond their time here.”

Top Stories

Events prompt conversation about community

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When people return to campus this fall, they are bound to be thinking about the tragedy and violence that have made it a difficult summer, says Chancellor Rebecca Blank. It's a time to ask how we cope and respond as a community, she writes. Related: Campus leaders take part in workshop on inclusivity.

Budget request ‘looks to the future’

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Chancellor Blank points to several items in the UW System budget proposal of particular interest to UW-Madison, and gives some perspective on the big picture. For more about the budget and its impacts, visit Related: Regents approve 2020FWD strategic plan.

Campus area streets to be closed during move-in

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Numerous campus area streets will be closed to accommodate the more than 7,500 students who will be moving into university housing. The big move-in days are Sunday, Aug, 28; Tuesday, Aug. 30; Wednesday, Aug. 31; and Thursday, Sept. 1. Traffic around residence halls will be extremely busy.

There’s no right way to learn a language

Refine existing skills or explore a language that’s new to you. Continuing Studies courses are flexible—so you learn in the way that fits your life. Register today!

Around Campus

Former Badger brings home Olympic gold

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Four years ago at the 2012 London Olympics, former Wisconsin runner and swimmer Gwen Jorgensen saw her medal dreams dashed as she suffered a flat tire in the biking leg of the triathlon. At Rio this year, Jorgensen found redemption, winning Team USA's first gold medal in the event Saturday.

From high school to business school

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A new program at the Wisconsin School of Business is designed to start high schoolers on the path to business careers. The Business Emerging Leaders Program's goal is to identify high-achieving 10th grade students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and help them become Business Badgers.

Experts contribute to report on U.S. science literacy

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A committee that includes two UW–Madison members says when it comes to altering the public’s mindset about complex topics such as climate change, attitudes may be difficult to change because they are shaped by values and beliefs — rather than knowledge of the science alone.

UW wins national award for student assessment

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UW-Madison is a member of the inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designees. EIA is a new national program aimed at recognizing universities that conduct a comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success.

Campus Initiatives

New structure for teaching and learning programs

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Familiar faces from across campus are coming together to provide new opportunities to support teaching and learning. Starting with the fall semester, the UW-Madison Collaborative for Advancing Teaching and Learning will bring together seven previously independent units under a new administrative structure.

Inside Info

Amazon pick-up site planned in Red Gym

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Amazon would open a central pick-up point in the Red Gym for orders from campus-area zip codes under an agreement the Board of Regents has approved. If finalized, it is expect-ed to earn UW-Madison at least $100,000 a year in commissions. Amazon has similar agreements with Purdue and UC Berkeley.

Helping PhDs who don’t seek or get academic jobs

Anne Krook, former academic, Amazon employee, and current consultant, will share strategies and recommendations for ways to advise and support students.


WisContext gives useful perspectives on news

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For some topics, a headline is all you need, but when an issue affects your family, work or community, you need context. is a new service of Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and Cooperative Extension to help Wisconsinites make sense of the issues affecting the state.


Ahlquist, Rawlings win Steenbock Professorships

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Paul Ahlquist, a biophysicist exploring virus replication, and James Rawlings, a chemical engineer developing methods to model chemical processes, are the 2016 recipients of UW-Madison Steenbock Professorships. The distinction provides 10 years of financial support for their research programs.

In the Media

An invention whose creator became a Big Cheese

Simply built, easy to use — and it transformed the dairy industry. Wisconsin Public Radio pays tribute to a UW-Madison invention as part of Wisconsin 101, which explores the history and culture of the state through objects. Related: Michael Phelps might want to check this one out.


Book talk on Bascom and the Wisconsin Idea

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WISCAPE, the University of Wisconsin Press, and the La Follette School are sponsoring a book talk with David Hoeveler, author of John Bascom and the Origins of the Wisconsin Idea, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Inside Higher Ed has a Q and A with Hoeveler, a professor at UW-Milwaukee.

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