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Staying in the loop

Photo: Frame of Badgerloop pod

What’s the future of high-speed transportation? A team of UW–Madison students thinks it’s on the right track. Actually, more of a tube. Badgerloop, which is competing in Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop design competition, is a 200 mph pod that levitates its passenger through an above-ground vacuum tube. The prototype is being built right here on campus, and will be shown at an open house tonight at 7 in the Discovery Building. And then, it’s on to California, where the team will race the pod on a test track in January.

Top Stories

Photos: Monday’s Memorial Union reopening

Students and other UW-Madison community members enjoy the amenities of the 1st floor east wing of the newly renovated Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 5, 2016. The new spaces include a renovated Daily Scoop Ice Cream, Badger Market, Peet's Coffee and a large study spaces.  Additional food service locations will open in the Spring of 2017. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Monday was the grand reopening of Memorial Union’s east wing first floor with the debut of the Daily Scoop ice cream shop, Badger Market, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Der Raths-keller's seating area. Take a photo tour of the restored, renovated and reimagined spaces. More dining options will open in January.

Football team in bowl game, volleyball advances

Photo: Bucky Badger

The Badger football team will face Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl at noon Jan. 2 in Arlington, Texas, live on ESPN. And the volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA regional, facing Ohio State Friday at 1 p.m. at the Field House, live on ESPNU. Related: Badger Bowl Tour  Volleyball tickets  Volleyball schedule scramble

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Around Campus

Berquam offers ways to support students in crisis

Photo: Lori Berquam

Dean of Students Lori Berquam has some advice on how to help students in crisis. "You can play a positive role in helping students access resources or receive assistance and, ultimately, to be successful at UW-Madison," Berquam says in a message to faculty and staff. "We all share a bond as Badgers."

Active learning lab opens up ESL possibilities

Photo: Students in ESL lab

More than 1,000 students at UW–Madison in many majors are united by the need for English language skills. “We have a pretty happy staff because they feel the same way I do,” says ESL director Sandra Arfa, “that we are rather lucky to have such a diverse popu-lation of students to work with—and it’s fun.”

Outside UW

Thompson says Wisconsin Idea was central to governing

Photo: Tommy Thompson

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson says the Wis-consin Idea was "fundamental to how I would lead and govern," both in Wisconsin and as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. In the journal Public Administration Review, Thompson hails partnerships between government officials and university scholars.

Inside Info

Eyes, ears and aging

Photo: A persons ear

Ears and eyes are similar in that they are both sensory organs, which transform light or sound waves into neural signals interpreted by the brain. What can changes to those senses tell us about the brain’s performance as we age? Quite a bit, actually, says UW ophthalmology Professor Karen Cruickshanks.

Funds available to bring American business experts to campus

University Lectures Committee is accepting special applications to bring businesspeople & other experts on the American free-enterprise system to campus.

Photo: UW crest

Milestones

Stern shaped Latin American history program

Photo: Steve Stern

Collaboration and respect for other opinions not only played an ongoing role in Steve Stern’s career — they also helped shape a division of the history department where he worked for 38 years. As he prepares for retire-ment at the end of this semester, Stern credits colleagues and students for his success.

Hess, McAvoy honored for ‘political classroom’ work

Photo: Cover of book "The Political Classroom"

School of Education Dean Diana Hess and program director of the Center for Ethics and Education Paula McAvoy are co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. They were honored for encouraging teachers not to resist discussion of controversial issues in the classroom.

In Memoriam

Nan Becknell remembered fondly in School of Music

Photo: Nan Becknell

Nan Becknell, who taught horn in the School of Music for 20 years, documented the school's history, and performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, died Nov. 5. John Aley, professor of trumpet, says she was "remark-able for her talents as a musician and for her genuine care as a teacher and colleague." 

In the Media

Go Big Read picked a winner

Photo: Cover of the book "Evicted"

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, this year's selection for the Go Big Read program, has made The New York Times list of the 10 Best Books of 2016. UW-Madison graduate Matthew Desmond's book shows "how eviction, like incarceration, can brand a person for life," The Times says.  

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