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Big Apple Badgers: Jeffrey Sprecher

Photo: Jeff Sprecher at New York Stock Exchange

It's a long way from delivering State Journals as a kid in Madison to owning the New York Stock Exchange. But that was Jeff Sprecher's career path, with an unusual twist in between: He studied not business, but chemical engineering at UW-Madison. Sprecher is just one of the Badger alumni who have made it big in the Big Apple. Watch his story in this first installment of our new video series "Big Apple Badgers." Related: New York Times profile of Sprecher in On Wisconsin magazine. Coming up next: Fashion designer Stacey Igel.

Top Stories

Campus to pause FLSA implementation

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With the legal outcome of new federal regulations governing overtime eligibility currently in question, UW-Madison will pause its implementation of changes that were scheduled to take effect today. This means employees who were going to move to hourly status will not make that change at this time.  

Near West Playfield upgrade completion delayed

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Rec Sports has announced a delay in the completion of the Near West Playfield Upgrade Project. The completion date was estimated to be the week of Thanksgiving, but now will be in spring 2017. The project sustained many delays in August and September due to frequent and heavy rains.  

Holidays are more affordable than ever before

Thanks to Payroll Deduction at the DoIT Tech Store, now faculty and staff can buy tech with 6 or 12 monthly no interest deductions.

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Around Campus

Business school wins federal STEM designation

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Two specializations of the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program — operations and technology management, and supply chain management — have become the first MBA programs in the country to receive Science, Technology, Eng-ineering and Math (STEM) designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

Driven to distraction? Not quite

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Maybe you've had the experience of pulling your car into the driveway, with no clear memory of how you got there. Now a team of UW-Madison consciousness researchers has shown how the brain allows you to drive a familiar path while concentrating on a radio show: It literally splits the tasks in two.

The best medicine might be walking, not laughing

Photo: Barbara King

To Barbara King, walking is the best medicine. “We know it maintains our health and well-being,” says King, a UW–Madison professor of nursing. But in hospitals, older patients spend as much as 96 percent of their stay confined to bed, and many lose the ability to walk on their own. She's out to change that.

Campus Initiatives

Encore for three award-winning administrative teams

Photo: Stairway in biochemical sciences building

A room reservation system for a complex of biochemistry buildings, an initiative to decrease attrition from the Badger Volunteers program, and a plan to streamline student administrative processes such as advising and tuition will receive supplements to their 2016 Administrative Improvement Awards.

Milestones

Smeeding’s award among social sciences’ highest

Photo: Tim Smeeding

The American Academy of Political and Social Science has named La Follette School Pro-fessor Tim Smeeding as its John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow in recognition of his contrib-utions to improving society through research and public service. Chancellor Rebecca Blank is one of the group's past fellows.

In Memoriam

Barry Teicher was university’s oral historian

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Barry Teicher, who taught at UW-Madison and was former director of its Oral History Project, died in Sister Bay Nov. 25. He created an extensive audio-visual archive of interviews with noted scholars and administrators. Teicher was a playwright, novelist and film producer who won an Emmy in 1982.

In the Media

Tracing the origin of public broadcasting to Madison

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Nearly a century ago, in 1917, a UW physics professor gathered friends and colleagues in his living room to hear the university's first radio broadcast. "Not a single guest realized that one hundred years of broadcasting from the University of Wisconsin had just begun," writes Jack Mitchell in "Wisconsin on the Air."

Events

Students to reveal futuristic transportation pod

Illustration: Badgerloop pod

The UW-Madison Badgerloop team, aspiring to represent the future of high-speed trans-portation, is ready to reveal its Hyperloop pod Dec. 6 at the Discovery Building. The free event will give people the opportunity to interact with the pod and try out a virtual reality station that simulates what happens inside it.

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