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Historic hire

Yang Sao Xiong's family of non-English speaking, Hmong refugees were dropped into California in 1987. “I felt my family’s struggle,” Xiong says. “That certainly is a driver of my research.” That research perspective made him an ideal candidate for a historic UW-Madison post. After spending this year in a post-doctoral fellowship, he'll begin a joint appointment in the Asian American Studies Program and the School of Social Work in what is believed to be the first U.S. tenure-track position in the field of Hmong American studies.

Top Stories

Campus adopts new alcohol policy for UW events

A new policy that will provide greater clarity and consistency surrounding the service of alcohol at University of Wisconsin-Madison events takes effect at the beginning of the spring 2014 semester.

Downs honored and surprised to be graduation speaker

Donald Downs, a UW–Madison professor of political science, was preparing for a class recently when he got an unexpected call. Downs was asked to deliver the charge to graduates at the Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Kohl Center. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Course review process streamlined

Photo: W banner on Bascom Hill

A single University Curriculum Committee will now review course changes, following a unanimous vote by the Faculty Senate. Previously, four divisional committees reviewed course changes. This single committee will look at new courses, course changes and the discontinuation of courses.

The Science of the Brain

What’s going on in your head? Join UW–Madison scientists and others at Saturday Science at Discovery and get thinking about our most complicated organ.

Around Campus

Victorian Eyes exhibit draws from statistics and art

Victorian Eyes art

How can scholars find ways to verify and ask new questions about authors’ work, especially when the text is all that remains? Researchers at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery looked beyond literary studies, instead gaining a deeper understanding through statistics, art and computation in an exhibit called Victorian Eyes.

Biology: Major changes in the major

Photo: biology major in greenhouse

The UW-Madison biology major is operating under a new administrative structure, in a new location, with additional staff and a new website. Biology is the most popular major on campus, with 1,372  students enrolled this fall and 62 faculty mentors in 30 departments.

Outside UW

Task force seeks to bring arts to Madison classrooms

Sherry Wagner-Henry, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, is serving on a Madison panel guiding the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” project, which seeks to integrate the arts into K-8 classrooms.

Inside Info

Holiday health check: Children can help aging parents

Elderly parents may benefit from a little extra attention from their visiting children during the holidays. According to Steve Barczi, an associate professor of medicine, adults who infrequently see them might notice changes in their health.  


Strand advocates for campus libraries

Ben Strand headshot

Meet Ben Strand, development director for campus libraries at the UW Foundation, who brings an enthusiasm about libraries, fundraising and outreach to his work. "Libraries are really at the forefront of changes in education and technology, and there are some really exciting things going on," he says.      


Munich institute honors Haveman for service

Germany’s leading economic research organization, the Ifo Institute in Munich, honored Robert Haveman, professor emeritus of public affairs and economics, with a rare recognition, making him an honorary member.


Reception kicks off Chazen exhibit of Japanese art

A preview reception for an exhibit featuring works by Ikeda Manabu and Tenmyouya Hisashi will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 in the lobby of the Chazen Museum of Art from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit introduces a new work by each artist into the museum’s permanent collection.

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