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Voices of America

Photo: Fred Cassidy and unidentified woman sitting outdoors with tape recorder

Between 1965 and 1970, fieldworkers for the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) — an epic, multi-volume work produced at UW-Madison — fanned out across the U.S. to hear the idiosyncratic ways people from different areas spoke about everyday things. Many of the subjects agreed to be tape recorded, resulting in a rich audio archive of local language quirks that you can now listen to digitally.

Top Stories

Fall competition awards can lead to bigger things

Photo: Bascom Hall

UW-Madison’s Fall Research Competition puts critically needed research support in the hands of UW-Madison faculty and staff, and makes them more competitive when applying for larger outside grants. Applications for fall competition awards are now being accepted.

Marín-Spiotta fights sexual harassment in geosciences

Photo: Erika Marín-Spiotta

An associate professor of geography is working with colleagues across the country to develop sexual harassment bystander intervention training for the earth, space and environmental sciences. Erika Marín-Spiotta says, "We aim to empower people to step in, speak up, prevent and stop harassment."

Around Campus

Library and Information Studies is now iSchool

Photo: Helen C. White Hall

The Information School, or “iSchool,” is the new name of the School of Library and Information Studies. The change reflects the broadening of the school’s programs to include user experience design, analytics, a minor in information studies, and a second professional master's in information.

Health services tops in nation

University Health Services topped 381 other colleges and universities around the country when it was named Best Health Service by The Princeton Review for the second consecutive year. The publication’s ranking is based on a survey of 137,000 students.

African leader advocates sustainability

Photo: Seretse Khama Ian Khama

Seretse Khama Ian Khama, who has championed sustainable growth and conservation in Botswana since assuming the presidency, visited campus July 25. Khama met with the Mandela Washington fellows during a luncheon to conclude their program.

Learning Commons to transform Grainger space

Graphic: Architect's drawing of Learning Commons

The Wisconsin School of Business will renovate nearly 35,000 square feet of Grainger Hall and unify three existing floors into one cohesive commons, with more natural light, cutting edge software and modernized learning spaces. The space should be ready this spring.

Outside UW

School wins support to boost Native American enrollment

Photo: Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Two faculty members have received a federal grant to admit, retain and graduate 30 Native American nursing students over the next four years. Evidence shows that increasing diversity in the nursing workforce improves health care for underrepresented groups.

Campus Initiatives

Ice cream truck recalls Good Humor at Bonner’s goodbye

Photo: 2 women in aprons walking from ice cream truck

Capping an outreach effort highlighting UW–Madison ties to every county, a vintage ice cream truck will soon travel to communities around the state. It debuted at a picnic honoring Paula Bonner, retiring executive director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.


Diversity division announces new leaders

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The Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement has hired a Boys and Girls Club official, an entrepreneurial leader, and an instructor and faculty advisor to round out its top leadership team. The new employees are Cheryl Gittens, Tracy Williams-Maclin and Kenneth Pierce.


Berquam looks back on 10 years

Photo: Lori Berquam

From painting her hair pink to welcoming students to campus, dressing up as a wizard to strengthening inclusivity, Lori Berquam’s past 10 years as dean of students have been about making Madison a place for all students. She is proud to say the UW has "a big heart."

Biondi departs D2P to grow his cider venture

Photo: John Biondi

After three years of helping UW inventors become entrepreneurs, John Biondi is leaving his position as director of Discovery to Product (D2P) on Aug. 31 to concentrate on his own business. With apple season right around the corner, he is sure to be busy.

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