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Looking forward

Photo: Sarah Mangelsdorf

Sarah Mangelsdorf has been told about “Jump Around.” She’s enjoyed time on the terrace and she’s run to Picnic Point. “I consider myself doing an ethnography,” she says. “You really can’t come in from the outside and have a vision for a place you don’t yet truly understand.” Yes, as the new provost of UW-Madison, Mangelsdorf (pictured in her Bascom Hall office) has a lot to learn – but she’s looking forward to it. She officially began her new position Monday. Related: View Mangelsdorf's video greeting to campus.

Top Stories

Classified staff election turnout higher than expected

Photo: ballots being counted

The results are in from the first-ever classified staff congressional election. Twenty-four percent of classified staff members who were mailed ballots voted, showing that classified staff continues to demonstrate a high participation rate in shared governance elections.

Trend of large entering classes from Wisconsin continues

Photo: Freshmen at convocation seen from above

UW–Madison will likely welcome its second largest class of Wisconsin-resident freshmen since 2005 this fall, with enrollment of state residents expected to be near 3,700. The largest class of Wisconsin resident freshmen since 2005 was last year, when 3,843 state residents enrolled.

UW-Madison Day at the state fair tomorrow

Photo: Bucky Badger riding in Bucky Wagon at 2013 state fair

For the fourth consecutive year and sixth year overall, UW-Madison will host its own day at the Wisconsin State Fair as a way to promote education and give back to the community. This year, the day will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, with activities filling Central Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An evening with The Wonders of Physics

Featuring: Musical Tesla Coils, Hovercraft rides, Football Cannons, Physics of Plasma show, Silent Auction, and more. Friday, Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m. Tickets Available

Around Campus

Bus passes and transportation permits on sale online

Photo: Metro bus

Online sales of 2014-15 employee bus passes and transportation permits has begun at the Transportation Services website. The site also covers moped, motorcycle, afternoon parking and night parking permits. Bus passes will be delivered approximately four business days after ordering.  

Newest residence hall achieves LEED Gold

Photo: Aldo Leopold Residence Hall

When University Housing began planning Aldo Leopold Residence Hall, the division had a concept of building the most sustainable student housing on campus. Now, that vision has come to life with the news that Leopold, which opened in 2013, has achieved LEED Gold certification for its design and operation.

Outside UW

Local company has strong relationship with Engineering

Photo illustration: Man revealing X-ES t-shirt

Behind a door in the lobby that can only be opened with a key fob, nearly 200 Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) employees are designing and testing embedded computing solutions. Since 2004, 200 College of Engineering students have worked at X-ES as co-ops.

Campus Initiatives

Early adopters provide feedback on Office 365

Graphic: Office 365 logo

The latest report from the Office 365 migration project includes survey results from early adopters, student feedback, and a schedule for August through October. About 300 staff and students have moved from WiscMail/WiscCal to Office 365. 

Inside Info

Fall sports bring risk of heat-related illnesses

Photo: Football player drinking from huge jug

With the fall high school sports season quickly approaching, many athletes are getting back on the practice field. The challenge is that we’re also reaching the time of year where heat and humidity tend to be at their highest. In order to stay safe, athletes need to develop a plan for playing in the heat.

Science Behind the News

Ever wonder what the science is behind some of today’s news stories? Check out The Why Files for all of your unanswered questions.


Study shows role of social media in sharing life events

Photo: young woman at computer screen

The means to share personal news have exploded over the last decade, particularly social media and texting. A new study investigates what happens when people share via new media, and how posting on social media like Facebook and Twitter can intensify emotions — both good and bad. 


Berger new director of Institute for Research on Poverty

Lawrence (Lonnie) M. Berger has stepped in as director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), the nation’s original poverty research center, now in its 48th year. Berger replaces Timothy Smeeding, whose six-year term expired at the end of July.

Industry honors UW-Madison dairy scientists

Photo: Dairy cow from UW herd

This summer, three dairy science faculty members — David Combs, Randy Shaver and Laura Hernandez — have received awards for the contributions they’ve made to the teaching, research and business of the dairy industry.


800 expected at teaching and learning conference

Illustration: Computer screen with mortarboard

About 800 edu­ca­tors and train­ers from the U.S. and other countries are expected at the 30th Annual Con­fer­ence on Dis­tance Teach­ing & Learning, offered by the Division of Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies Aug. 12–14. More than 100 ses­sions will be led by leaders in the field. Register online.

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