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The Memorial Union renovation continues, with an eye toward preserving the character of one of the campus's most beloved buildings while preparing it for the needs and demands of the 21st century. “The intention is it’s not just a renovation but a restoration,” says Julie Grove, architect and project manager at UW-Madison. “It’s going to be as it was but only better.”

Top Stories

Suomi satellite reveals Earth’s dark side

Photo: satellite image of Eastern U.S. at night

A remarkable new view of the dark side of our planet released by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is just a peek at the nighttime capabilities of their newest weather satellite, named for the father of satellite meteorology, UW-Madison professor Verner Suomi.

Poehling named secretary of the faculty

Photo: Andrea Poehling

Andrea Poehling has been selected as UW-Madison’s new secretary of the faculty, a position she will begin Jan. 1. She has worked at the university in a number of roles, serving since July 2010 as divisional committees coordinator for the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty.

Alvarez to announce Rose Bowl plans

Photo: Barry Alvarez

In the wake of Bret Bielema's departure, media reports indicate that athletic director and former coach Barry Alvarez will step in to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's coverage, and watch a live stream of Alvarez's announcement at 10 a.m.    

Find the Perfect Holiday Gift at the DoIT Tech Store

Shop with friends at the Tech Store. Try out the hottest new products and get advice from the tech experts on the perfect gift. Special after hours shopping event at 1210 W. Dayton from 5-8 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 12!

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Around Campus

New course links religion, environment

Graphic: recycling symbol and bible

A new course on religion and the environment will be taught by Anna M. Gade, associate professor of religious studies and languages and cultures of Asia. How do the two topics relate? Gade discusses it with Inside UW.

Hurricane Sandy relief effort continues

Photo: Hurricane Sandy flooding

Through Saturday, Dec. 8, the campus community is promoting a drive to collect the most needed items for storm victims: socks, coats, blankets, toiletries, gloves, hats, and nonperishable food items. All sizes are needed, especially those for children. Books, games and toys are also welcome.

Students learn to think globally about Pearl Harbor

Photo: Pearl Harbor attack

Undergraduates in Louise Young’s course on the Pacific war have no trouble remembering what happened in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. That’s because the Japanese attack looms large in our national psyche, she says, not only as the end of U.S. isolationism but as a metaphor for unreadiness.

Inside Info

Not too late for a flu shot

Photo: woman with flu

UW Health physicians say that this season's increase in flu-like illness in Wisconsin is in stark contrast with 2011, one of the mildest flu seasons in recent memory. But they say it's never too late to get a flu shot since the flu usually peaks in February.    

Events

Film examines fate of prisoners after 1920 war

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee and the UW Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia are showing "What Can Dead Prisoners Do?" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at The Marquee in Union South.

‘Blow your own ornament’ at student glass sale

Photo: glass objects

The Mad Gaffers-Friends of Glass student group is having its annual glass sale and demos at the Arts Lofts. Part of the sale is a "Blow Your Own Ornament" opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind personal holiday memento. The sale begins tomorrow (Friday) evening at 5.

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What are you looking at? Lake Mendota wall

Photo: Alumni Park construction

Tuesday's image was a steel retaining wall along the Lake Mendota shoreline near the Below Alumni Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The work aims to preserve the shoreline and set the foundation for Alumni Park, a gift from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

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