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1964 remembered

Photo: Students in front of Witte Hall in 1964

The year 1964 was one of the campus's most exciting, with grand (and grandiose) expansion, and historic highlights in civil rights, science and star performances. Madison hosted music legends like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash; an assistant professor of oncology announced breakthrough discoveries regarding reverse transcriptase; enrollment growth prompted campus leaders to plan for a western campus to be built on Mineral Point Road; and much, much more. In its latest issue, On Wisconsin chronicled the “very good year.”

Top Stories

New MyUW Beta site launches

Screenshot: MyUW Beta

DoIT has released a new MyUW Beta site with the goal of providing a more user-friendly resource for students, faculty and staff. Users have the option of testing out the Beta and providing feedback. The more navigable, mobile-friendly site includes a new display for apps.

New philosophy center to focus on educational policy

Photo: Harry Brighouse

UW philosophy Professor Harry Brighouse had long noted a lack of serious work done in philosophy departments on issues in education. In response, he and UIC Professor Anthony Laden will launch the Center for Ethics and Education to instill philosophical thinking into educational policy and practice.  

RSVP for the Internet of Things Lab Open House, 12/9

Hands-on demos of student projects, Oculus VR, Myo bands, nanocopters. Smart watch raffle. RSVP for UW IoT Lab Open House Tues., Dec. 9,  5-7 p.m. @ Discovery.

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Around Campus

University Archives keeps pace with UW’s history

Photo: Yearbooks on shelves

The University of Wisconsin Archives, located in Steenbock Library, contains more than 27,000 cubic feet of materials, 2.5 million photos, 12,000 audio and film recordings, and 1,300 oral histories. “People are amazed at what they find when they come to us,” says archivist David Null.

Computer beats humans at cataloging science

Photo: Keyboard

In 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat chess wizard Garry Kasparov. This year, a computer system developed at the UW equaled or bested scientists at the complex task of extracting data from scientific publications and placing it in a database that catalogs the results of individual studies.

Outside UW

Wisconsin Idea Fellowship helps village in Honduras

Photo: Hasan Nadeem

UW junior Hasan Nadeem had already traveled to Santa Ana, Honduras, providing health and clinical support for a population living with scarce resources. But he wanted to help a rural village in a bigger way. A Wisconsin Idea Fellowship helped his dreams become reality over the summer.

Inside Info

Nonmedicinal techniques can help manage migraines

Photo: Woman with headache

If you suffer from migraines, you're not alone: As many as 37 million people in the U.S. experience them. UW Health experts have organized a coping group to help people anticipate the stimuli that trigger migraines and take nonmedicinal measures to manage the triggers.

Milestones

Pavolonis honored for work with volcanos, satellites

Photo: Michael Pavolonis

Michael Pavolonis, a physical scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based at the UW's CIMSS, was recently awarded the NOAA David Johnson Award. He was recognized for developing a satellite-based system to detect volcanic eruptions across the world.  

In Memoriam

Neal L. First, pioneer in reproductive physiology, dies

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Neal L. First, a pioneering UW scientist in genetics and agriculture, died Nov. 20 of complications from cancer. He was 84. First received the 1997 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for his work on the development of systems of bovine embryo cloning, gene transfer and in vitro production of livestock embryos.  

In the Media

Barry’s artistic course materials available in new book

Photo: Lynda Barry

The Cap Times reports on cartoonist Lynda Barry, a UW assistant professor of art, and her latest work,“Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor.” The book makes her artistic class exercises available to the public for the first time. “They are the antithesis of dry,” according to one review.

Events

Holiday trees, plants for sale this weekend

Photo: Student standing behind wreaths

UW forestry and horticulture students are teaming up to sell Christmas trees and holiday plants in the UW Stock Pavilion this weekend, Dec. 5-7. Options include trees, wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cacti and tabletop holiday pines. The proceeds support student activities.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.