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Hooked on history

Photo: Erika Janik

How can you not care about the past? It’s a question Erika Janik has been asking since her childhood. “I learned from a young age that history is more than a bunch of dates,” Janik says. “It’s stories about fascinating people.” With UW master’s degrees in history and journalism, when she’s not at her job as a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio she’s pursuing her passion: scouring documents, letters, and other artifacts of earlier days. “These people are a lot like you," she says. "They just lived one hundred and fifty years ago.”

Top Stories

Traffic restricted for student move-in days

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Numerous streets around campus will be closed to accommodate students moving into residence halls starting this week. The big move-in days are Thursday, Aug. 27, Sunday, Aug. 30, and Monday, Aug. 31. Transportation Services will send information to permit holders who park in campus lots.

New IceCube data backs cosmic neutrino sightings

Image: Representation of neutrino event

Researchers using the IceCube Observatory have gathered new evidence confirming the existence of cosmic neutrinos. The evidence heralds a new form of astronomy using neutrinos, the nearly massless high-energy particles generated in black holes, exploding stars and the energetic cores of galaxies.

University places high in two new rankings

Photo: Aerial view of Bascom Hill

The Academic Ranking of World Universities has ranked UW-Madison 24th for the second year in a row — second highest in the Big Ten. And Washington Monthly ranked us 19th in its College Guide and Rankings. Research achievements, Nobel winners, affordability and civic engagement were among the criteria.

BBQ Open House Aug. 26

Chef Matt Skemp invites you to Fluno’s Backyard BBQ, featuring a locally-sourced menu of summer favorites. Email Missy to save your spot: mdettwiler@fluno.com

Around Campus

Chancellor, provost promote strategic framework

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Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf have announced a Strategic Framework that articulates the university’s top-level priorities for 2015-19. They say the five priorities are designed to “not only protect our legacy … but also encourage new ideas from all corners of the campus.”

Happy Meals, naughty words and little kids

Photo: Little boy shouting

Writing in The Conversation, education Professor Travis Wright poses the question: “How do young children learn to swear — and why do they seem to do it at the most inappropriate moments?” To stop the little ones from cursing, Wright says, prevention is the best strategy.

Campus Initiatives

REACH puts students at center of large classes

Photo: Students in crowded lecture

Large introductory lecture-based courses are a staple at most universities. But many of those classes at UW-Madison will be transformed into much more student-centered experiences over the next few years, thanks to a new project called REACH — part of the campus Educational Innovation initiative.

Wisconsin Soccer Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night

Come watch Men’s Soccer take on Butler Friday, Aug. 28 at 7:30.  All Faculty and Staff receive FREE admission with a valid UW-Madison Faculty/Staff ID.

Buzz

Have you set up your NetID password recovery email?

Screenshot: Password field

In May, a new NetID account recovery tool was introduced. It provides an easy, convenient and more secure method of recovering your NetID or password 24/7. DoIT has instructions for updating your account information by adding a recovery email address and reviewing your recovery questions.

Milestones

Humanities scholars win national fellowships

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Four humanities scholars — an assistant professor and three grad students — have won fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. Their research includes such topics as "Public Finance and the London Theater, 1688-1763," and "Street Archives and City Life in Socialist Tanzania."

In Memoriam

Bob March explained physics to the public

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Robert Herbert "Bob" March died Aug. 4 at a local hospice. In more than 40 years as a professor of physics, he was a researcher on high energy and astrophysics, taught a popular course called "Physics for Poets," and had a knack for explaining difficult concepts to a general audience.

Brunelli led many IT infrastructure improvements

Photo: Perry Brunelli

Perry Brunelli, former director of network services at DoIT, died Aug. 15 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He had been director from 1998 until his retirement last year. Brunelli was the impetus behind many of the major infrastructure improvements on campus and throughout the region.

In the Media

Mathematician explores how to fold 3-D objects

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Arthur Evans, a postdoc in mathematics, tells Live Science about his work showing how a curved object, like a cone, might be folded. Partly inspired by origami, Evans and his colleagues created 3-D models out of dental rubber to see how they deformed. Possible applications include robots and satellites.

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