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John Francis: Silent no more

Visiting professor John Francis’s journey to the front of the classroom has been filled with twists and turns. Spurred by a 1971 oil spill in California, he took a vow of silence for 17 years and eschewed motor vehicles for 22 years, walking across North and South America and spreading inspiration and environmental awareness. Inside UW–Madison caught up with him between sections of his current course, Redefining the Environmental Movement.

Top Stories

Reilly: UW supports mandatory reporting expansion

UW System President Kevin Reilly is voicing his support for an executive order requiring all university employees to report suspected child abuse and neglect. "Protecting our children is one of the most solemn moral obligations of adulthood, one we want to model for the young adults who are our university students," he writes.

UW-Madison launches

Mobile phone users have a brand new way to connect with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The university is proud to launch, a web version of Mobile UW that will run on any device that can connect to the Internet.

Show your Bucky pride!

The Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl. Show your Badger pride with Bucky gear. Get 20% off all Bucky logo items at the DoIT Tech Store.

Around Campus

Car sharing from Zipcar is now on campus

Students and staff at UW-Madison now have wheels when they need them with Zipcar’s car-sharing program. The cars are available on-demand 24/7 and can be reserved by the hour or by the day.

Inside Info

Make the most of visits to older adults…

Clifton Barber, UW Extension specialist in aging and associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, offers suggestions for making the most of holiday visits to elderly friends and relatives who are in a hospital or nursing home.

Finding meaning (and sanity) during the holidays

To help ensure the upcoming holidays are more positive than negative for your family, there are some practical steps you can take, according to the UW Health Growing Up Healthy blog.


Poinsettia podcast

Listen to an audio segment discussing the history and care for those ubiquitous holiday plants with Eileen Nelson of the Department of Horticulture in CALS.  


Steele, Van Gemert appointed to interim director posts

Two senior University of Wisconsin–Madison staff members – Dorothy Steele at Facilities, Planning and Management and Ed Van Gemert at the General Library System – will step into interim leadersip positions in their respective campus units.


Health Sciences teaching symposium

"Using Community Service Learning to Integrate the Wisconsin Idea into Our Teaching and Learning," to be held Jan. 18, will emphasize teaching strategies for including community service learning opportunities in the curriculum and methods in evaluating programs and assessing students.    


Last minute-gift ideas

Have you left your holiday shopping to the last minute? Share your best last-minute gift ideas. Inside UW-Madison will return on Dec. 27.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.