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Moments in Time

Photo: Bascom Hall

A pictorial look back at 2016 reveals that these 365 days at UW–Madison were filled with inspiring moments, both ordinary and extraordinary. Some of the simplest scenes — on the lake, in the classroom, up Bascom Hill — provided some of the most striking images of campus. Serious moments that stirred our consciences reflected the power of ideas to move society forward. Joyful times with friends sustained us through the challenges of college life. These photographs, selected by University Communications photographers Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter, are a collection of their favorite Moments in Time for the year. Peek through their lenses, look, and linger.

Top Stories

Chancellor sends thanks in holiday video

Photo: Bucky and students in snow

Sparkling, snow-covered scenes of campus, with wintry wonder from Lake Mendota to Bascom Hill, star in Chancellor Rebecca Blank's annual video holiday card. Blank and her husband, Hanns Kuttner, extend warm wishes to the entire UW-Madison community. The only question: Where's Bucky?

Winter commencement takes place Sunday

Photo: James Lovell

More than 1,000 students will take part in UW–Madison’s mid-year commencement ceremony Sunday at the Kohl Center. The approximately two-hour ceremony will be held as scheduled, regardless of weather. Keynote speaker Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. will deliver the charge to the graduates.

Around Campus

Go Big Read invites suggestions for next book

Photo: Memorial Library stacks

Read any good books lately? Go Big Read is seeking fiction and nonfiction titles to consider for the campus common reading program next year. GBR aims to engage students, faculty, staff and the community around issues from a range of perspectives. Chancellor Rebecca Blank will make the final choice.

Odyssey gets challenge grant for children’s program

Photo: Child reading to dog

The UW–Madison Odyssey Project has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help expand Odyssey Junior, a pipeline to college for economically disadvantaged children through a humanities-based course of self-discovery and expression.

UW–Madison scientists find value in social media

Photo illustration: Twitter keyboard

A UW-Madison survey shows that scientists are increasingly using social media to communicate with nonscientific audiences. Nearly 75 percent of the UW scientists surveyed between April and June believe that nonscientists add valuable perspective to discussions about scientific research.

Campus Initiatives

Nicholas Match raises $100 million

Photo: Ab and Nancy Nicholas

A $50 million gift from Ab and Nancy Nicholas and another $50 million raised to match it will generate about $4.5 million in annual scholarships to recruit and retain outstanding students. More than 250 donors participated in the match, with gifts supporting each of the university’s schools and colleges.


A memorable year at the Union

Photo: Union Terrace chair

The Wisconsin Union is celebrating 2016 in a Welcome Home video showing highlights of the year at Memorial Union and Union South. From musical performances and celebrations to studying and just hanging out, students say they feel at home in what's described as the campus's living room.


Barker moves to CALS in research role

Photo: Bill Barker

Bill Barker is the new CALS associate dean for research, leading the college’s Research Division and overseeing the Agricultural Research Stations. He currently directs the Offices of Research Policy and Industrial Partnerships in the Office of the Vice Chan-cellor for Research and Graduate Education.  

Family law expert selected for research chair

Photo: Tonya Brito

A Law School professor will use an innovative research chair to complete a project that examines the civil justice experiences of unrepresented parents in child support cases. Tonya Brito, a nationally known family law expert, is the 2016 recipient of the Sheldon B. Lubar Distinguished Research Chair in Law.


Happy holidays from Inside UW-Madison

Photo: Lincoln statue covered with snow

This is the final issue of Inside UW-Madison before winter break. We're taking some time off to close out 2016 and usher in the new year, and hope you will be able to as well. Watch for our return with more campus news and features on Tuesday, Jan. 10 ... 2017!

Holiday Gift Guide

Bucky filled out your shopping list for you

Photo: Gift-wrapped box

This holiday season, consider a gift with Badger appeal. Our annual Holiday Gift Guide is filled with ideas from across campus to show your UW pride and share it with friends and family who will appreciate it. Pressed for time? Here are some ways to make a dent in your list without leaving campus.

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