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Meet the makers

Photo: Chris Meyer and Caleb Brockman

At Sector67, you never  know what will walk through the door. The nonprofit community "makerspace," where at any given time, you might find inventors using machine tools, welders, computers or 3-D printers, is the brainchild of UW-Madison alumnus and employee Chris Meyer (left) — a 50-50 blend of engineer and dreamer.

Top Stories

Storied professor Scheub retires after 43 years

Harold Scheub

Harold Scheub lived and breathed the stories of Africa, tramping more than 6,000 miles through South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Lesotho, recording poetry, tales, and myths — including epic stories that could last for days. A teaching icon, he breathed life into those stories for generations of UW students.

IceCube named 2013 Breakthrough of the Year

Icecube researchers

Less than one month after reporting the first evidence for cosmic neutrinos, the IceCube project received the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year award from the British magazine Physics World.  

Picture this: Cool Science Image contest coming up

Cool Science image

The Cool Science Image contest rolls out early in 2014, with campus entries accepted from Jan. 23-Feb. 28. If you're a UW-Madison faculty or staff researcher or student whose work involves imagery, start thinking about your entry and a chance to win a $100 gift card for Downtown Madison. Submission guidelines and rules can be found here. 

Give the Gift of UW

Still looking for that perfect gift for the holidays or a December graduate? Explore the options featured on the UW–Madison Gift Guide.

Around Campus

CALS takes a look back at 2013

Grinding meat

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences recounts an eventful year that featured advances in research, exciting capital projects, interesting people and even a better hamburger.

K-9 Maya gets a birthday vest

Maya and Nick Banuelos

The UW-Madison Police Department held a celebration for police dog Maya’s second birthday on Friday, Dec. 13. Maya, shown with Sgt. Nicholas Banuelos, her handler, was presented with a protective vest from Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog and the UW School of Veterinary Medicine.

Two finalists for campus information security officer

Photo: padlock on computer keyboard

The university is seeking a new Campus Information Security Officer (CISO) to oversee all technology-related security. The two finalists for the position will be making presentations on the role of a CISO in supporting the mission of a higher education institution Dec. 18 and 19.

Inside Info

When does winter really arrive in Wisconsin?

Snow on Lincoln statue

The Weather Guys – Steven Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, professors in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences – discuss the frozen facts surrounding the onslaught of winter in the Badger State. One thing's clear: It sure feels like winter.

Buzz

Find holiday deals using your smartphone or tablet

Image: graphic of shopping cart and product code

Holiday shopping can be stressful, but spending less may be easier if you use these apps to find coupons or to see which stores offer the best deals. You may even be able to leverage the low prices to get a price match at a competing store, according to tips from DoIT.

Milestones

Dumesic honored for ongoing innovation

Jim Dumesic

The National Academy of Inventors named Jim Dumesic, professor of chemical and biological engineering, among 143 leading innovators elected to its 2013 class of fellows. The honor recognizes Dumesic for significant advances that have made an economic and human impact.  

Events

Historical society presents civil rights film series

Picketing for voting rights

The Wisconsin Historical Society will host a four-part documentary film series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggles," at the society's headquarters at 816 State St. from February through April. The first film, "The Abolitionists," will be shown Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

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