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Welcome to a new year

Still from video: Rebecca Blank

As the 2015-16 academic year begins, Chancellor Rebecca Blank is sending greetings — and a word of thanks — to UW–Madison faculty and staff. In this video message, she points out that the efforts of everyone who works here, in any role, help make the UW a world-class university. “We’ve weathered many challenges in the past, and come through stronger,” she says, “and we will do that again.” Related: See the chancellor's blog posts from the summer.

Top Stories

Memorial Union Terrace renovations begin Sept. 1

Terrace chairs

This fall brings a chance to find a new cozy spot at the Memorial Union while some old favorites close for renovations. Part of the Terrace will close Sept. 1 for its first significant upgrade in two decades, part of the final phases of the Memorial Union Reinvestment project. It’s slated to reopen next summer.

UW-Madison has strong ties to Oshkosh Corporation

Photo: Oshkosh Corp. military vehicle

Oshkosh Corporation, which this week won a multi-billion dollar contract to produce armored vehicles for the U.S. military, has strong ties to UW-Madison's College of Engineering. Professor Dan Negrut uses supercomputers to predict how such vehicles will perform under battlefield conditions.

It Is a Small World After All!

Learn a language this fall and be ready for your next adventure. Includes French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL). Register now.

Around Campus

Chancellor’s Convocation to welcome first-year students

Photo: Student speaker at convocation

Amidst the hubbub of getting adjusted to new roommates and buying supplies, the Chancellor's Convocation offers a chance for first-year and transfer students to come together as a class. The event, presented through the Center for the First-Year Experience, takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

System seeks statewide input for strategic plan

Illustration: Map of UW System campuses

As part of developing a new strategic plan, the UW System is asking for input on how it can be "even more responsive to the needs of Wisconsin and its residents." Fourteen listening sessions for community, legislative, business and other leaders are planned across the state. Madison's will be Oct. 22.

WID creates roadmap to research resources

Image: Question mark above researcher

UW-Madison has a wealth of resources available for campus researchers, but "there isn’t anything that breaks down a research project phase by phase,” says Michelle Craft of WID. So she has built the Research Project Resource Guide, a single site that brings those resources together at one access point.

Outside UW

Putting the spotlight on 4K math education

Photo: Beth Graue

The importance of reading and early literacy development is drilled into the consciousness of parents and those who look after and educate young children. Sometimes lost in this early conversation is the significance of mathematics, a fact that strikes education Professor Beth Graue as peculiar.

Campus Initiatives

American Family, UW to expand partnership

Photo: Hand holding American Family Insurance card

American Family Insurance, a homegrown Madison company and longtime supporter of many facets of the university, is expanding its partnership, with details to be announced later today. Visit wisc.edu after 3 p.m. for details.

Introducing...

Peace Corps journey leads Kloppenburg home

Micah Kloppenburg's Peace Corps experience led him back to the city where he was born and raised, Madison — inspired to apply what he’d learned abroad. This fall, he begins working on his master’s in landscape architecture and talking about the Peace Corps as the new campus recruiter.

Wisconsin Soccer Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night

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

Buzz

Data breaches prompt reminder from DoIT

Laptop computer

Recent national news about data breaches serve as a reminder for the UW-Madison community. DoIT cautions you to never use your NetID, password or UW email address for non-work-related third-party sites. If your UW account is compromised, it can have significant consequences.

In the Media

Research says Big Bird can’t end racism alone

Photo: Big Bird

Pacific Standard reports on research by Comm Arts Professor Marie-Louise Mares showing the impact of shows like Sesame Street on children forming racial prejudices is limited. "There was virtually no evidence of relation-ships between habitual or experimental media exposure and children's attitudes," Mares says.

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