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Life mapping

Photo: Dean Olsen

Dean Olsen had a successful stint in advertising and marketing in New York City, Chicago and London. But his high-flying career came crashing down after an addiction to alcohol contributed to a downward spiral that landed him in a Madison homeless shelter. Now, he has turned his life around and returned to UW-Madison to earn a capstone certificate in geographic information systems. And he's starting a new business, LifeMapping, in which he uses his geography skills and advertising experience to help people preserve their life stories.

Top Stories

Support swells for fetal tissue research

Photo: UW banner in front of Capitol

Nearly 1,000 scientists and staff joined a growing chorus against a proposal to ban the use of fetal tissue in life-saving biomedical research. They signed a letter that says the legislation would criminalize "research that aims to improve the lives of Wisconsin citizens and the lives of people around the world."

Additional WARF grant to benefit IT, energy institute

Photo: Man monitoring computer displays

WARF has announced an additional grant to the UW-Madison campus to help support important IT infrastructure commitments that are essential to the university’s research and academic mission. Also benefiting from the additional funds will be the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI).

Meeting on stipend changes scheduled

Photo: Research assistant in lab

Graduate students are invited to a town hall meeting on changes to the graduate assistantship compensation policy. The primary change consists of using adjustments to the rate of pay, rather than to the percentage appointment, to set the stipend amount for research assistants (RAs).

“The Bionic Ear”

Take an intriguing look at a modern engineering marvel, cochlear implants, and examine the progress and challenges of bionic hearing for children and the elderly

Around Campus

System adopts statement on freedom of expression

Photo: Ray Cross

The Board of Regents voted Friday for a statement to support "the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression." UW System President Ray Cross said the next step is to carry on the conversation with shared governance leaders and chancellors. Related: Statement stirs concerns.  

Regents tour Waisman Center

Photo: UW regents touring Waisman Center

The Waisman Center is known for its groundbreaking work helping people with developmental disabilities and neuro-degenerative disorders. On Thursday several members of the Board of Regents toured the building and met many of the people who help the center carry on its work.

Music building receives $5 million from Vilas Trust

Photo: French horn players

UW-Madison's request for spending $5 million from private donors to begin construction of the new School of Music Performance Building has been approved. The new facility will include a 662-seat concert hall, a 325-seat recital hall, a large rehearsal room and state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities.

Outside UW

Helping the animals that help people

Photo: Therapy dog

For some special animals, such as K9 cops, seeing-eye dogs and therapy pets, help­ing people is their job. So when these animals come to UW Veterinary Care with a problem, the veterinarians, techni­cians and students work hard for the sake of the animals them-selves and for the people who rely upon them.  

Campus Initiatives

Academic staff awards nominations invited

Photo: "W" crest on Kohl Center

For the 25th year, UW-Madison plans to honor nine members of the academic staff through the Academic Staff Excellence Awards. The deadline for deans, directors, department chairs and members of the faculty, academic staff and university staff to submit nominations is Jan. 11.


Mailick appointed to BioForward board

BioForward, a member-driven association for Wisconsin’s bio-health industry, has added Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education, to its board of directors. The group says Wisconsin’s bioscience industry represents $27 billion in total economic output.

In the Media

Students design transformative downtown projects

Graphic: Student development plan

The Capital Times reports on a civil and environmental engineering capstone course in which students are turning dreams — like a new bike path connecting the Union to James Madison Park and a waterfront park over John Nolen Drive — into functional designs.  

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