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Year of Discovery

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery celebrates its first birthday tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 2. As part of a photo slide show of the building at work, visitors (above) step into the room-sized Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) and experience a computer-generated galaxy.

Top Stories

Krakauer nurtures scientific collaboration at WID

Recently installed as the first permanent director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, David Krakauer has innovative ideas for the best ways to train future scientists and enable collaborations. He sat down with Inside UW-Madison to share his philosophy.

Give the gift of UW-Madison

Bring joy to your favorite Badger fan with any of these gifts available this holiday season. From cheese to holiday cards to books with a regional flair to vintage maps to posters that generate scholarships, gift-giving just got a whole lot easier with our holiday gift guide.

UW Horn Choir Holiday Concert

Enjoy classical and seasonal favorites performed by ten talented music majors, conducted by Daniel Grabois, at the Chazen Museum of Art, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Around Campus

UW-Madison Air Force ROTC takes national award

The Air Force ROTC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is officially one of the best in the country after the cadre won the Right of Line award for best small detachment in the nation.

Book examines implications of newborn screening

A new book from Rachel Grob, a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, is the first to explore the sociological implications of a program that tests newborns for genetic diseases.

Inside Info

Winter biking: Tips for pedaling through snow, slush

Many bike commuters put away their two-wheelers once the Fahrenheit drops and snow starts to fly. Aaron Crandall (pictured), grants and contracts specialist at Research and Sponsored Programs, says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Notable Numbers

$288,770: The amount raised by campus through the first four weeks of Partners in Giving. Nov. 30 marked the end of the "active phase," but the campaign still accepts, and typically receives many contributions in December, January, and beyond.

Milestones

Langston awarded visiting professorship by King of Sweden

Nancy Langston, a professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute, has been named the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Sciences for the 2012-13 academic year in Sweden.

In Memoriam

Celebration of Billups’ life scheduled for Dec. 11

A memorial for LaMarr Billups, former senior special assistant to the chancellor and a long-time Madison community leader, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11 in St. Joseph Chapel at Edgewood College. And, a memorial fund has been established in his name.  

Events

WiscCal adds improvements for instructors, advisors

Instructors, advisors, and their students will benefit from new features available in the WiscCal Scheduling Assistant. Learn more at a demo from 1:30- 3 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 1, in 5120 Grainger Hall.

Interact

Long-distance commuters

Do you travel a long, long way to get to your job at UW? If so, we want to hear about your commute at insideuw@uc.wisc.edu for a future story. Also, congrats to Joyce Tikalsky, winner of a UW coffee mug, for her comment on finishing the semester.

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