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Zika leaders

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It’s no accident that researchers at UW-Madison have taken a leading role addressing the Zika virus. Many of them were already fighting viruses and mosquito-borne diseases in Central and South America. As seen in this video, they are now working to screen mosquitoes for the ability to carry Zika and infect humans, and to use a harmless bacterium to block mosquito transmission of the virus. They are studying the progression of the infection and its dire consequences in pregnancy. And they’re sharing their findings with public health officials and scientists around the world.

Top Stories

Cross: ‘Time to stand with your UW’

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UW System President Ray Cross says nine months of listening sessions around the state have produced a strategic framework that the Board of Regents will vote on this month. It includes keeping UW graduates in Wisconsin, reducing time-to-degree, and lowering operational costs.

Employee bus pass: Unlimited rides for $24

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Employee bus passes for Sept. 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2017, are on sale at Transportation Services. The $24 pass allows for unlimited rides on Madison Metro Transit buses for eligible employees. You can order your bus pass online or pick it up at a Transportation Services office.

There’s no right way to learn a language

Refine existing skills or explore a language that’s new to you. Continuing Studies courses are flexible—so you learn in the way that fits your life. Register today!

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Around Campus

Phillips is interim head of admissions and recruitment

Andre Phillips, interim director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on Aug. 8, 2016. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

André E. Phillips has been named interim director of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Phillips has served as senior associate director since 2011. Before that, he was in several admissions leadership positions at the University of Chicago. He succeeds former director Adele C. Brumfield.

Fall competition aims to set standard for excellence

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Through the Fall Research Competition, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, with financial support from WARF, offers funding for cutting-edge faculty research and support for graduate students involved in that research. Applications are due Sept. 23.

Campus, community bid farewell to Chief Riseling

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Colleagues and friends from campus and the broader law enforcement community gathered Aug. 4 to say goodbye to UW Police Chief Susan Riseling, who retired after 25 years of service. She is moving on to a new leadership role, heading the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

White House puts materials initiative spotlight on UW

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Dane Morgan, a professor of materials science and engineering, joined researchers from around the country last week at the White House to celebrate five years of the Materials Genome Initiative. Research by Morgan and colleague Chang-Beom Eom was featured at the event.

Summer Olympics: Badgers in Rio

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When can you watch your favorite Badgers competing in the Summer Olympics? Here's a complete schedule of events for athletes with UW-Madison connections, including which TV network is covering each and links to streaming video.

Campus Initiatives

UW-Madison joins the Digital Public Library of America

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UW-Madison's libraries, archives and museums are joining their peers in providing free online access to their digital collections through the Digital Public Library of America. Schoolchildren, genealogists and scholars will be able to find unique materials from and about Wisconsin through DPLA’s website.

Inside Info

Moving out? Someone might want your castoffs

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When old leases expire and new ones start in mid-August, many renters abandon unwanted items on the curb. This year, there’s a better option. From Aug. 12 to 17, there will be several sites where individuals can donate furniture and other items they don't want, and take what they need for free.

Milestones

Tonya Brito wins Women in the Law award

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Law School Associate Dean and Professor Tonya Brito has received the 2016 Women in the Law award. The distinction is given to women who have achieved excellence in their legal careers and who have influenced other women to pursue legal careers.

Holloway to lead NASA Health and Air Quality Initiative

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NASA has tapped Tracey Holloway, a professor in the Nelson Institute, to lead an effort to help make environmental satellite data more accessible and useful. "Just because there are lots of data out there doesn’t mean people are using it," Holloway says.

In Memoriam

Services tomorrow for Grad School’s Shelton Berel

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Shelton Berel, a computer programmer in the Graduate School, died Friday at age 33 as a result of a hit and run accident while riding his bicycle training for a triathlon. A memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday at Cress Funeral Home.

Campus officials pay tribute to Ab Nicholas

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Ab Nicholas, a standout player on the Badger basketball team, former UW System Board of Regents member and dedicated supporter of the university, died Aug. 4. “My whole purpose is to give others a chance like I was given a chance,” he said recently.

Events

CALS horticulture field day, vineyard walk

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Two free public events are coming up at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station: an Open House and Horticulture Field Day Aug. 20; and a Vineyard Walk Sept. 7, where attendees will be able to participate in a taste test of seedless table grapes.

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