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Holiday greetings

Photo: Hanns Kuttner and Rebecca Blank

With some memorable 2015 campus scenes viewed through a gentle Wisconsin snowfall, Chancellor Rebecca Blank and her husband, Hanns Kuttner, wish the campus community a peaceful and joyous holiday — only to be given a frosty reception by one Buckingham U. Badger.

Top Stories

Immigration and community will be GBR theme

Photo: Bucky Badger reading a book

The selection committee for Go Big Read has announced that immigrants and community will serve as the common-reading program's topic for the 2016-17 school year. Students, faculty, staff and members of the Madison community are encouraged to recommend titles for consideration by Sunday, Jan. 24.

Eight receive Fulbright awards for doctoral research

Graphic: Fulbright logo

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $223,397 to eight doctoral students at UW-Madison through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program. The university's total is the highest among all institutions.

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Around Campus

Undergraduates start their own research journal

Photo: Students working with bacteria culture in lab

The Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology (JUST) will publish peer-reviewed studies whose first authors are UW-Madison undergraduates. The editors say they hope to strike a balance between writing for the research community and making science accessible to a lay audience.

Senior wins Marine Corps trophy

Photo: Michael Donovan

Members of the Marine Corps like to say that Marines run toward battle, not away from it. Michael Donovan wanted to know if he could lead his peers through those chaotic situ-ations. “It was a matter of pride, to see if I had what it took,” says Donovan, a senior at UW-Madison. So far, it seems as though he does.  

Forgiving Spinoza: Would he care?

This past Sunday, a crowd of 500 gathered in Amsterdam to debate whether the philosopher Spinoza should be forgiven by the synagogue that excommunicated him in 1656. Among the participants was philosophy Professor Steven Nadler, who spoke with us about the event — and what Spinoza himself would make of it.

Outside UW

Business Library, SBDC help area entrepreneurs

Photo: Grainger Hall

For many, the decision to start a small business seems like a match made in career heaven, until reality sets in. Do they know where to start? The partnership between the Small Business Development Center and the UW–Madison Business Library can help entrepreneurs find the answers.

Buzz

Then and Now: Exotic critter care

Photo: Veterinarian examining parrot

In the latest post in his 25-year photo retrospective, Then and Now, Jeff Miller shares his experiences photographing exotic animals being treated at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine — in 1990, and today. Two very different feathered friends are featured. Related: Pet blood donors in demand.

Milestones

WARF investment team wins innovation award

Photo: Carrie Thome

WARF has been presented with a 2015 Industry Innovation Award by Chief Investment Officer magazine. Since moving to an all-risk parity strategy in 2005, its portfolio has more than doubled — a cumulative increase of 120 percent. WARF’s investment team is led by Carrie Thome.

In the Media

Leary’s work on Midwest folksongs gets Grammy nod

Photo: Jim Leary

Folklore and Scandinavian Studies Professor Jim Leary is up for a Grammy, the State Journal reports. "Jim Leary’s book and CD project received a higher star rating than Keith Richards’ by a British music magazine. On Monday, Leary found out he will be going up against Joni Mitchell for a Grammy."

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