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‘Fair Play’

Image: Scene from Fair Play game

Researchers from across campus collaborated to develop "Fair Play," a video game focusing on an African-American graduate student. “We are hoping that empathy and perspective-taking does make a difference in the way that teachers interact with students,” says Christine Pribbenow of the School of Education. “Fair Play” is the brainchild of Molly Carnes, a professor in UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, who worked with the Games+Learning+Society Center to create the game.

Top Stories

Coping with the possibility of violence

Photo: W crest projected on screen

Recent acts of violence around the country and abroad can make us all pause and wonder if something will happen on our campus. University officials want you to know that UW-Madison is prepared. If the unthinkable should happen here, the UW and partnering agencies are ready to act.

$25 million donation goes to School of Music

Photo: Music student rehearsing

The Mead Witter Foundation is making a $25 million legacy gift to provide major funding for the UW School of Music’s new performance building, scheduled to begin construction in late 2016. In appreciation of the gift, UW-Madison will name its music school the Mead Witter School of Music.

Christmas Lighting Event: December 10, 4:30-6 p.m.

Time to mix and mingle! Live music, treats, and tree lighting. Support local charity! Reservations recommended. Email Shawna Anderson.

Around Campus

Breaking the barrel of gun violence

Photo: Gun-shaped coffin

Eric Adjetey Anang, a Ghanaian woodcarver and artist in residence, exhibited some of his work — including a gun-shaped coffin — during an event at the Art Lofts on Monday. A symbolic breaking of the coffin's barrel supported the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against gun violence.

Empowering students to achieve potential

Economics has long been a male-dominated field. The UW-Madison Department of Economics is working to change that as one of 20 departments across the country participating in the Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge.

New report shows improved graduation rates

Photo: Isaiah Williams

UW-Madison has been recognized by The Education Trust as a national leader in improving graduation rates overall and for underrepresented students. From 2003 to 2013, graduation rates for African-American, Latino or Native students reached 68.3 percent, an increase of 12.2 percentage points.

Outside UW

Spreading science across Internet airwaves

During the 1960s Space Race, science met news in a way that was fun and approachable. Chemistry graduate student Gregory Eyer hopes to help rekindle that spirit through “Stop. Think. Science!,” a weekly science and technology podcast.

Inside Info

Give the gift of fitness

Want to encourage a loved one to get healthy this season, or have a fitness buff on your list? UW Health Sports Medicine Fitness Center staff offer suggestions to help you find the gift that's just right. Consider some of the following ideas, or let them inspire you to create your own.

Introducing...

Meet the new campus Title IX coordinator

While Title IX, a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination, has been around for decades, its impact on universities has changed a lot in recent years. David Blom, the new campus coordinator for Title IX, discusses current efforts to combat discrimination, including sexual violence.

Don’t miss Internet of Things (IoT) Lab Open House, Dec. 11

Hands-on, high-tech demos. Innovative projects from multidisciplinary student teams. Smart device raffles and more! RSVP for UW IoT Lab Open House, 5-7 p.m., 12/9 @ Mechanical Engineering Lobby.

In the Media

DARE researchers revisit survey

The eternal struggle — pop vs. soda — still rages across our state's linguistic landscape, where it has been joined by a new duel: remote, remote control or clicker. So says a new survey by staff at the Dictionary of American Regional English.

Events

Geology Museum sale offers rock solid shopping

Find fossils, minerals and other treasures of the Earth at the Geology Museum's annual holiday sale Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They're beautiful, unique and surprisingly affordable.

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