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Moments in Time

Running in the Arboretum

When University Communications photographers Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter seek out UW-Madison stories, they discover places new and old, and activities studious and spirited. But it’s the people and other living things they find most memorable. They narrowed thousands of this year’s photos to 40 glimpses of the faces of campus.

Top Stories

Video: Cronon brings a bird’s-eye view down to earth

Bill Cronon

Professor Bill Cronon's semester-ending lecture in his American Environmental History course is a moving and life-changing experience for students. In it, he speaks of the power of the bird's-eye view and how "taming nature with respect and love means taming ourselves, as well."  

Hi-def group videoconferencing offered on campus

Photo: participants on screen of TelePresence videoconference

If you need to meet with people located beyond Madison, or even within it, but can’t get everyone in the same room, a convenient service may help. Two spots on campus offer TelePresence — high-definition, low-delay videoconference equipment designed to make people feel like they are meeting face-to-face.

Bazzell updates projects, looks ahead to 2014

Darrell Bazzell

As 2013 comes to a close, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell sent a message this week offering thanks to staff and providing updates on several VCFA and campuswide projects that reflect the university's innovative responses to a variety of challenges.

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Around Campus

Women’s volleyball semifinal game tonight

Women's volleyball

The Badgers have made it to the NCAA Final Four in Seattle, where they take on top-seeded Texas tonight at 6:30 p.m., in a match to be aired on ESPN2. If they advance, they will take on the winner of the Penn State-Washington contest.

Unclassified monthly pay date for December is Jan. 2

Photo: paycheck

If you are an unclassified employee paid on the first of each month, the UW Service Center reminds you that the unclassified monthly pay date for December earnings is Thursday, Jan. 2. New Year's Day is a Federal Reserve holiday.

Outside UW

Reports show Wisconsin’s health lagging

Photo: man being examined by physician assistant

A new report by researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute gives Wisconsin a grade of B- for overall health. Meanwhile, a national group says Wisconsin’s overall health ranking has dropped to 20th in the nation in 2013.

Campus Initiatives

Diversity committee reflects on public engagement

Photo: Person speaking at diversity forum

As the fall semester draws to a close, so does the first round of engagement sessions aimed at formulating UW-Madison’s new draft framework for diversity. Committee leaders say the work in the spring of 2014 will be even more crucial.

Inside Info

Holidays can be challenging time to deal with grief

Photo: Betty Kramer

While the holidays can be filled with joy, they can also be a struggle for people grieving the loss of a loved one. Betty Kramer, a professor in the School of Social Work, says it’s important to not be too hard on ourselves if we’re not feeling the holiday spirit that we may have experienced in the past.  

You are invited

The newly elected Classified Staff Executive Committee invites campus to an early-morning reception, from 6-8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Union South/Varsity II.

Photo: W banner on Bascom Hill

Buzz

Students showcase wearable computing projects

Wearable computing dress

Imagine gloves that transmit data from your phone, keeping your hands free. Or a running jacket that monitors your heart rate and lets you know when you’re being followed. Students in the School of Human Ecology’s new Wearable Computing course made them real.  

Events

Holiday break hours for Union South, Memorial Union

Union South art glass

The Memorial Union and Union South will close at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23 and reopen on Monday, Jan. 6 – with one notable exception. Union South will open on Wednesday, Jan. 1, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for a special Capital One Bowl game-watching party at noon in The Sett.

Interact

Inside UW-Madison takes a winter break

Bascom in the snow

This is the last issue of Inside UW-Madison for 2013. We'll take a break for the weeks of Dec. 23 and 30 and publish once a week, on Tuesdays, until classes resume on Jan. 21. Then, we're back to a twice-weekly schedule. Have a great winter break!

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