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From you, from the U

Photo: Gifts wrapped in Wisconsin paper

Sweet and savory, flora and fauna, T-shirts and tech — if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, you can find all of those things and more right here on campus. The annual UW–Madison Holiday Gift Guide is here, with unique offerings from the university’s own schools, departments and programs. We bet you never guessed you could check off so many names on your list by showing your Wisconsin pride and giving something from you, from the U.

Top Stories

Search opens for research and grad education post

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A committee is inviting applications and nominations for the first vice chancellor for research and graduate education. The university created the position last year after implementing a new leadership structure for the UW-Madison research and graduate education enterprise.

Camp Randall goes purple for epilepsy awareness

Photo: Badgers fans waving "1 in 26" epilepsy awareness towel

Purple rivaled Badger red at Camp Randall Saturday — for a good cause. To help raise awareness of epilepsy, players and coaches from both teams wore purple “1 in 26” decals, while scoreboards carried educational messages and thousands of fans received “axe epilepsy” towels and bandanas.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents John Krakauer: The Rules of the Game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

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Around Campus

Doyle to teach at La Follette this spring

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Former Governor Jim Doyle will teach a spring class on the politics of state policy issues at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. He will be the second ex-guv La Follette has hosted recently. Tommy Thompson gave the school's Paul Offner Lecture in October.

Researchers find new approach to attacking influenza

Photo: Microscopic image of flu virus

Most drugs currently used to treat influenza are designed to attack the virus, to render it incapacitated. But researchers have now set the stage for an entirely different approach by shutting down the cellular machinery the virus needs — like cutting the fuel line on a bank robber's getaway car.

Telescopes, including IceCube, hint at neutrino beacon

Photo: Telescopic image of Milky Way

Identifying the sources of high-energy neutrinos is near the top of many an astrophysicist’s bucket list. Thanks to data from telescopes, including the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, there are clues that the massive black hole at the core of the Milky Way may be one such cosmic accelerator.

Outside UW

Website allows for dry exploration of state’s shipwrecks

Photo: Diver swimming near shipwreck

Wisconsin is home to more shipwrecks on the National Register of Historic Places than any other state. And now — thanks to a new website launched by Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Historical Society — recreational divers and curious citizens can explore them while staying dry.  

Inside Info

You and your mat: The benefits of yoga

Photo: Women practicing yoga

Any reason is valid to start a yoga practice, and they are as varied as the practitioners. Karla Bock, of UW Health's Sports Medicine Fitness Center and a four-time Ironman competitor, found the many miles she logged on her bike and in the pool could not provide for her the mental serenity yoga does.

Don’t miss Internet of Things (IoT) Lab Open House, Dec. 9

Interact with drones, virtual reality, Google Glass, exciting student project demos and more! RSVP for UW IoT Lab Open House, 5-7 p.m., Dec. 9 @ Discovery.

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Milestones

Zahner honored for career in public health

Photo: Susan Zahner

Susan Zahner, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing, has received the Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association. Zahner was a driving force behind the LEAP Project (Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing).

In Memoriam

Law School mourns death of James Jones

Photo: James Jones

James Jones, who joined the faculty of the Law School in 1969 as a professor of law and industrial relations, has died at age 90. As an emeritus professor, Jones — himself a UW Law graduate — could often be found teaching impromptu lessons in law and life in various corners of the Law Building.

In the Media

UW uses social media to measure China’s pollution

Photo: Smokestacks billowing smoke in China

China has some of the world's worst pollution, but tracking it in all but the biggest cities can be impossible, CBS News reports. So researchers at UW-Madison have developed a method for using social media posts to estimate air pollution levels with significant accuracy.  

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