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Union of past and future

Photo: scaffolding inside Memorial Union renovation project site

Where scaffolding stands today, standing ovations will resound next summer. “Pardon our dust” will give way to preserving the past. The first comprehensive restoration of the Memorial Union, including the Wisconsin Union Theater (above), is about building the future while maintaining the historic character of the iconic building. University Communications photographer Jeff Miller's slide show provides an inside look at how things are developing.

Top Stories

Holiday Gift Guide: UW-Madison gifts for the season

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When shopping for those on your holiday list this year, don’t forget the many amazing gifts UW–Madison has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of some of the products available for the holiday season.

Despite flat spending, campus rises in research rankings

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Despite flat research expenditures nationwide, UW's research enterprise grew by a tad more than 5 percent in 2012 and inched up to third in the rankings among all U.S. universities, according to the National Science Foundation. Related: Chancellor Blank discusses the importance of federal research funding.

UW-Madison senior wins Rhodes Scholarship

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Drew Birrenkott of McFarland has been awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. He joins an elite group of students that have received one of the top honors in higher education. Birrenkott is triple majoring in political science, biochemistry and biomedical engineering.  

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Lauren Ancel Meyers: The Science of Pandemics, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

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Around Campus

Baldwin Wisconsin Idea grant competition begins

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The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals for the spring 2014 Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition. This endowment helps foster the Wisconsin Idea — the philosophy that the knowledge generated at the university benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.

Outside UW

IceCube pushes neutrinos to the forefront of astronomy

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The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a particle detector buried in the Antarctic ice, demonstrates the passion for discovery. Nearly 25 years after the idea of detecting neutrinos in ice, the IceCube Collaboration, headquartered at UW-Madison, recently made international news by announcing the observation of 28 very high-energy particle events.  

Inside Info

Holiday spirit: Trees and poinsettias on sale

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Decking the halls for the holidays? Two campus groups are offering a one-stop shopping opportunity. The UW Forestry Club will hold its annual tree and wreath sale Dec. 6-8 at the Stock Pavilion along with the Horticulture Society, which is selling poinsettias and holiday plants.

It’s Giving Tuesday

Join this new movement to celebrate giving back. Share the Wonderful and consider a gift that keeps on giving for future Badgers and beyond.

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Milestones

Student mentor, advocate Mercile Lee retires with honor

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As she transitions into retirement from her role as assistant vice provost for academic affairs, Mercile Lee is the recipient of the 2013 Manfred E. Swarsensky Humanitarian Service Award from the Madison Downtown Rotary Club. The award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to the humanitarian service.

Four faculty members named AAAS fellows

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Four UW-Madison professors – Dominique Brossard, William H. Karasov, Alberto Palloni and Tehshik P. Yoon – are among 338 individuals elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Events

Performances spotlighted at Roundtable

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"Another Season, Another Reason, for Making Drama!" is the theme of the Wednesday, Dec. 11 Roundtable luncheon at Varsity Hall in Union South. The program will showcase the Department of Theatre & Drama, with performances of short works for the holiday season. The cost is $10, including a buffet lunch.

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