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Moments in time

Photo: Frozen bubble

From the polar vortex and golden leaves galore, to a Final Four appearance and a Heisman finalist, to seemingly endless construction and the comeback of pink flamingos, the UW-Madison community offered us reasons to be excited, inspired, celebratory and proud in 2014. This was the stuff of memories. University Communications photographers Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter selected some of the favorite moments they captured during the year, allowing us to experience them now — and revisit them again and again.

Top Stories

Chryst returning to UW as head football coach

Photo: Paul Chryst

It turns out you can go home again. At least that’s the case for Paul Chryst, the Madison native, three-time Badgers letter winner and eight-year assistant coach at Wisconsin. On Wednesday night, Chryst returned to his roots when he was introduced as the 30th head football coach in UW history.

Academics, activists discuss a new movement

Photo: Deshawn Mckinney

How did America get from Jim Crow to Eric Garner, from “I Have a Dream” to #blacklivesmatter? And where do we go from here? Academics and activists wrestled with these and other questions in a forum Wednesday presented by Humanities NOW, following a large, student-led protest Sunday.

Learn a language in 2015!

Right here on campus UW-Madison Continuing Studies offers fun, practical, affordable classes in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Chinese and English.

Around Campus

Changes intended to make UW travel more efficient

Photo: Rose Bowl charter flight with Southwest Airlines

Changes to the travel program for all UW System employees are coming in January. They are intended to ease travel booking, improve traveler safety and comfort, and achieve cost efficiency. Fox World Travel, the system’s contracted travel agent, will hire additional agents to serve university travelers.

Vice Chancellor Bazzell offers thanks to employees

Darrell Bazzell

In his annual message, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell says, "Anyone who suggests that our greatest days are behind us does not see what I see every day – a campus community committed to the Wisconsin Idea and dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Wisconsin and beyond."

Badger Watch to host safety conference next month

Badger Watch, a campus crime prevention program, will host its annual safety conference Jan. 8 at Union South. The conference, sponsored by the UW-Madison Police Department, will have sessions covering computer safety, self-defense, CPR, emergency preparedness and more.

Inside Info

Keep your home safe for the youngest guests

Photo: Baby behind stairway gate

If you have children visiting for the holidays, it's time to get down to their level, says Nicole Vesely, Safe Kids coordinator at American Family Children’s Hospital. “If you look from a child's viewpoint, you will see the potential dangers.” Vesely pinpoints five key safety issues to think about.


Capitol veteran, UW alum to direct state relations

Photo: Matt Kussow

Matt Kussow has been hired as UW-Madison's director of state relations. Kussow has 22 years of experience in government affairs, including 15 years as an aide in the state Assembly and seven years as executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools.


‘Sweet scientists’ make it to ‘Amazing Race’ finals

Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren

The big finish of "The Amazing Race" will be broadcast Friday, and in any other season, UW food science grad students Amy DeJong and Maya Warren would not be on this week’s episode. But — surprise! — they are. Related video: The life of a food science student.


Pelkey named interim head of student information system

Photo: Martha Pelkey

Martha Pelkey has been appointed interim director of UW-Madison's Integrated Student Information System Office. The information system is the infrastructure of student administrative services on campus, including records retention, academic processes and data analysis.

In the Media

Research suggests exercise can help fight Alzheimer’s

Photo: Brain scan

The Washington Post reports on research out of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health showing exercise may stave off changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease. Ozioma Okonkwo, who led the study, told the Post his work needs to be followed up with a true controlled study.


Inside UW-Madison sets holiday schedule

Graphic: Screen shot of current Inside UW-Madison issue

Inside UW-Madison wishes you a happy holiday season as we go on hiaitus for a couple of weeks. We will return with weekly issues Jan. 6 and 13 and resume twice-weekly publication Jan. 20. Thanks for reading — see you in 2015!

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