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High rank for research

Woven solar textiles are seen next to a pair of tweezers in a photo at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 30, 2015. Coated in conductive polymer material, each half-inch square of fabric contains an array of six rectangular solar cells. The technology is a result of research collaboration between Trisha Andrew, assistant professor of chemistry, and Marianne Fairbanks, assistant professor in the School of Human Ecology's design studies program. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Despite declines in federal and state funding for research, the university held onto its fourth-place ranking in research spending among American universities. "UW-Madison remains extremely competitive and that is a reflection of our dedicated faculty, staff and student researchers,” says Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick. Related: Drop in academic R&D spending should worry policy-makers

Top Stories

Suicide prevention training available for faculty, staff

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In partnership with the Suicide Prevention Council, UHS announces the launch of At-Risk, an interactive online program to help faculty and staff members recognize a student in distress, respond to their concerns and refer them to services on campus.  

System tenure task force to finish in December

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A UW System task force drafting recommendations on tenure will finish its work in December, the chair said Monday. The University Committee and American Association of University Professors weighed in with concerns.

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Archaeologist and historian Eric Cline discusses the “perfect storm” of events that brought the Bronze Age to an end, and parallels to today’s world. Thurs. Dec 3, 7:30 p.m.

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Around Campus

Grab some greenery at Forestry Club sale

Patrons look through rows of wreaths on display during the 30th annual UW Forestry Club Christmas Tree Sale, held at the Stock Pavilion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 30, 2007. Proceeds from the holiday event help fund student field trips and conferences, summer camp, scholarships and workshop expenses.
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Why drag the family out to a crowded parking lot when you can support the UW Forestry Club? Three species of trees, along with Fraser fir wreaths, are available at the 42nd annual Christmas Tree Sale, held this weekend at the Stock Pavilion.

Enjoy the snow for less with 52nd Hoofers sale

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Whether you're looking for great deals for your family or just want to clear out your basement, the Hoofer Ski and Snowboard Resale is the largest sale of its kind in the Midwest. Proceeds help fund Hoofers ski teams, discounted trips and free ski trips for local non-profits such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Campus Initiatives

Get the latest news on HR Design

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Employees can learn more about HR Design, UW-Madison's new human resource system, at three information sessions the week of Dec. 7.

Inside Info

Top 10 keyboard shortcuts to increase productivity

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Looking to work smarter, not harder? What better way to do this than decreasing the number of keystrokes we use in a day. DoIT has compiled a list of a few common (and not-so-common) keyboard shortcuts. If you can’t find what you’re looking, follow the links to complete lists for Mac and Windows.

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Mahoney named to lead Alzheimer’s Institute

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Jane Mahoney, professor of medicine in the division of geriatrics and gerontology and an internationally renowned geriatrician, has been named to lead the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI). As director, she will advance its critical research and outreach missions.    

Crossroads of Ideas: Resurgent Street Markets

This lecture series on current critical issues continues tonight with Alfonso Morales, professor of urban and regional planning, on the role of street markets in economic development.  Register today.

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Buzz

Badger Bracketology isn’t just for basketball

Seen in a fish-eye lens view, Badger fans seated in the Wade Fetzer suite at Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison celebrate a big play as the Wisconsin Badgers play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a football game on Nov. 15, 2014. Seated at right is alumnus Wade Fetzer. Wisconsin went on to win the game, 59-24, as snow began to fall. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

College football rankings have never been transparent, but one engineering professor thinks she can sort them out. The statistical concepts used by Laura Albert McLay to figure out the four-team championship playoff are some of the same ones she teaches her students in the classroom.

Milestones

Rotary Club of Madison honors Crim

Dawn B. Crim, special assistant to the chancellor and director of community relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on Sept. 29, 2009.
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Dawn Crim, associate dean for external relations for the School of Education (and a "busy, busy person," according to presenter Carol Toussaint), has received the 2015 Rotary Club of Madison Community Service Award in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the club.

In the Media

It’s all about location for new @1403 startup hub

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@1403, the former Luther's Blues building now owned and operated by the University Research Park, will provide startup space -- and easy access -- for early-stage entrepreneurs who prefer to stay close to campus.

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