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To the ends of the Earth

Photo: Seals perched on rocks

CALS Professor James Bockheim first set foot in Antarctica in 1969 as a Ph.D. candidate. “And that was it,” he recalls. “It just got in my blood.” Bockheim has spent his career studying polar and alpine soils, such as the Antarctic moss fields that are home to fur seals. Bockheim aims to classify and understand how soils are formed in the Earth’s coldest climates. From one end of the Earth to the other, he's spent 20 tours of scientific duty in Antarctica, 19 field seasons in the Arctic Circle and several in alpine ecosystems across the world’s mountain ranges.

Top Stories

Hamels make $15 million gift for performance center

Photo: School of Music’s new music performance center

UW-Madison announced Friday that the new music performance center at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue will be named in honor of Pamela and George Hamel, who provided the $15 million lead gift. Related video: How the Hamel Music Center will enhance the campus.

Blank proud of reaction to Ferguson, Staten Island

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the response by students, faculty and staff to the Ferguson and Staten Island grand jury decisions continue the campus's long tradition of activism. In a new blog post, Blank calls on Badgers to take part in the dialogue with civility and respect.

Cross proposes UW reform agenda to regents

Ray Cross

UW System President Ray Cross is calling for a series of internal reforms, including an outside review of administrative operations and a thorough re-examination of student fees. Other reforms Cross proposed include a new systemwide hotline to report waste. Related: The State Journal reports on the details.

Free gift wrap at Tech Store

Free gift wrapping on purchases at the Computer Sciences DoIT Tech Store from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in December. Enjoy refreshments while you shop.

Illustration: Gift-wrapped box

Around Campus

Blank co-chairs United Way economic stability initiative

Graphic: United Way logo

Chancellor Blank is co-chairing the United Way of Dane County's Delegation to Create Economic Stability for Young Families. The delegation will meet over the next 11 months to study poverty in Dane County, evaluate solutions, and mobilize the community to act. 

UW Veterinary Care’s upgraded facilities enhance service

Photo: Veterinarian with dog

UW Veterinary Care recently received a series of upgrades to its facilities, including the addition of a small animal isolation unit and a pharmacy renovation. The unit already proved to be a “lifesaver,” helping a litter of shelter puppies recover from a virus, Director Ruthanne Chun says.        

Outside UW

Collaboration yields new organic sweet corn variety

Photo: “Who Gets Kissed?” sweet corn

Wisconsin’s organic farmers will have a tasty new variety of sweet corn — with a particularly sweet name — at their disposal next year. The open-pollinated variety, “Who Gets Kissed?,” was developed through a plant-breeding project led by researchers at the UW and the Organic Seed Alliance.

Buzz

Internet of Things Lab spurs student innovations

Photo: Bicycle rack

The Internet of Things Lab — a campus hub designed to bring teams of tech-savvy students together around projects and entrepreneurship — has spurred 17 innovations this semester, including a Bike Recovery Network. The projects will be on display at an open house today from 5-7 p.m.  

In the Media

Scheufele addresses values, science communication

Photo: Dietram Scheufele

The Wisconsin State Journal featured the research of UW Professor Dietram Scheufele in a piece exploring the intersection of science, values and politics — and how scientists can better present their work to the public. Knowledge alone doesn't always lead to an embrace of science, he concluded.

Events

Mad Gaffers let you watch, learn glass ornament-making

Photo: UW Mad Gaffers Holiday Glass Sale

The glass artists known as Mad Gaffers are going festive with a series of holiday events this Thursday through Sunday at the UW Glass Lab. Participants can create a glass ornament of their own, watch Mad Gaffers blow the largest one in Madison, and shop for gifts at the club's annual Holiday Sale.

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