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Right at home

Photo: Jeff Novak talking to student

The mission statement of University Housing really resonated with Jeff Novak: “Be the place where everyone wants to live” — to the point where “everyone” includes Novak himself. Novak has been on campus for just a few weeks, but he is already feeling at home in his newly adopted quarters in the Eagle Heights apartments and his new position as director of University Housing for UW-Madison. “Everyone has been very welcoming, and there is a great team here,” says Novak.

Top Stories

UW-Madison reaches high in latest rankings

Photo: Rock climber at Union South

Once again, UW-Madison has been recognized in a number of recent college rankings, with honors for both campus life and academics. The honors rolled in from such varied sources as Money Magazine and The Active Times, which cited the Hoofer Mountaineering Club among our attractions.

New institutional spot looks forward

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During the Wisconsin-LSU football broadcast, UW-Madison will take 30 seconds to turn its eyes forward — emphasizing that the university serves not only to improve lives today, but also to move society toward a better future. The new spot is titled “Reality Forward."

Expert Care for Your Pets

Access more board-certified specialists than any clinic in the state at a convenient on-campus location. Big and small, UW treats them all! Learn more.

Around Campus

Early education and child care expansion offered

Photo: two young children at child care center

The UW Office of Child Care and Family Resources is expanding its child care services at Little Chicks Learning Academy for UW students, faculty and staff. The office is also continuing Mildly Ill Child Care and the Kids-Kare Program.

Spreading the benefits of stem cell advances

Illustration: abstract image of a cell

As stem-cell technology advances, Kris Saha and Randy Ashton, assistant professors of biomedical engineering and BIONATES researchers, say they have an obligation to make these discoveries beneficial to everyone. Hear why in their podcast.

Pre-college programs helped launch aspiring astronaut

Photo: Engineering student Olson floating in zero gravity

Aaron Olson has had his space station prototype tested by NASA, flown in microgravity, and worked on acquiring fuel from the moon to use on earth. Olson credits PEOPLE and the Engineering Summer Program with setting him on a trajectory toward a career in space.

Outside UW

Students inventory greenhouse gas emissions

Photo: cars emitting exhaust

Madison has a more complete estimate of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions thanks to a new analysis by La Follette School students. Students in the Workshop in Public Affairs estimated that Madison emitted 4.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2012.

Inside Info

Five tips for the transition to high school

Photo: High school students walking in hallway

A 14-year-old patient's main concern was: “How am I going to survive high school?” A mix of pop culture and passed-down stories from well-meaning family members had terrified this soon-to-be 9th grader. Read pediatrician Paula Cody's tips for handling the transition.

In Memoriam

Memorial for Howard Karp scheduled for Sunday

Photo: Howard Karp

A celebration of Howard Karp's life will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 3 p.m. to about 5 p.m. at Mills Concert Hall in the Mosse Humanities Building. A reception will follow; the public is invited. Karp, an emeritus professor of piano, died earlier this summer at age 84.

In the Media

What the sparrows told Trish O’Kane

Photo: Trish O'Kane

In an essay published Aug. 17 in The New York Times, Nelson Institute doctoral student Trish O'Kane shares how the avian life of New Orleans, and then Madison, taught her and her students a lesson in resilience.


Jog with your dog to raise funds for UWPD

Photo: UWPD police dog Maya

After two successful years raising funds for its K9 and mounted units at Hickory Hills Kennels, UWPD is taking its fundraising efforts to the streets with your four-legged friends. Dog Jog is a 2-mile walk/run on Sunday, Sept. 14 along the Lakeshore Path and west campus grounds.

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