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Gemütlichkeit’s new look


If we can’t enjoy the Terrace quite yet, the new and improved Der Stiftskeller is a pretty good option. After four months of construction, the popular gathering space located inside Memorial Union reopened on Monday. While new and improved, great care was taken to preserve its long history. Careful attention has been paid to preserving the past while improving the space. Case in point: the new bar is made in part from salvaged wood of a decayed oak tree that once stood on the Terrace.

Top Stories

Chancellor, others showcase campus for regents

Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank presented the Board of Regents with an overview of the state of the university in the first meeting hosted by the campus since she took over leadership in July. Among the topics: Professional-school tuition, entrepreneurship, classroom innovation, buildings and athletics.

Sochi: Eight former Badgers skate for gold

Brianna Decker

The U.S. hockey teams in the Sochi Olympics have strong Wisconsin ties, with eight past Badgers on the teams, including Brianna Decker (left). “You work hard to hopefully get recognized over your career and to play and perform for your country on a stage like that. It’s pretty special,” says ex-Badger Joe Pavelski.

Native Plants from Friends of the Arboretum

Order native plant mixes, shrubs, trees, full and half-flats of singles species now through March 28. Download an order form.

Around Campus

Startup fair showcases young, hungry companies

Students eager to plunge into the startup culture got a chance to meet early-stage firms trolling for talent at the 2014 Madison Startup Fair. “For students who may not like the idea of going to work for a big corporation, this is the place to be,” says Allen Dines of the UW–Madison Office of Corporate Relations.

Innovation Days marks 20 years of invention

Innovation Days logo

The engineering campus will be buzzing with inventive ideas and people as Innovation Days will showcase invention prototypes and business plans Feb. 13 and 14. Inventions range from healthcare to agriculture to exercise for amputees.

Outside UW

Researcher works to reduce falls among elderly

Photo: elderly couple walking with canes

Falls are the leading cause of injury for the elderly; more than half of all 80-year-olds fall each year. UW Department of Family Medicine researcher Irene Hamrick has provided a solution for many elderly patients through an innovative program: Lifestyle and Functional Exercise (LiFE).

Inside Info

Building better habits by using apps

apps on smartphone

What are your plans for 2014? Eat healthier? Quit tobacco? Add more exercise time to your day or spend more time with loved ones? Whatever good habit you’re trying to incorporate or bad habit you're trying to break, here are some apps that could help.  

Keep your heart healthy

From Feb 10-14, buy an Apple laptop from the DoIT Tech Store and get a free FitBit Flex! Or buy an Apple iPad and get a FitBit Flex at half price.


Slide show: Frosty fun at the Hoofer Winter Carnival

Rail jam

Faced with a frigid winter that seems like it'll never end, UW-Madison turned to the Hoofer Winter Carnival for a much-needed jolt of fun during the past week. From a snowboarding rail jam to a snowman building to hockey games on Lake Mendota, we found ways to enjoy the season. Check out this slideshow for more.


Two named to National Academy of Engineering

NAE logo

Nicholas Abbott, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Charles Mistretta, professor of medical physics, radiology and biomedical engineering, were elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

In Memoriam

Academy pays tribute to James F. Crow

James F. Crow

Two years after his death, the National Academy of Sciences published this biographical memoir of James F. Crow, professor emeritus of genetics. Crow, who died at the age of 95, had a fascinating life both inside and outside his chosen profession.


University Roundtable begins spring series on Feb. 12

Jordan Ellenberg

The University Roundtable of luncheon talks kicks off its spring season with Jordan Ellenberg's (left) tips for playing the lottery, carries through with a look at a glass menagerie at the Zoological Museum and finishes with Aaron Bird Bear's illustrated journey tracking Dejope to Madison.


Winter Edition: What are you looking at?

What are you looking at? Our popular feature returns. Log your guesses in the comments below and one correct guess will be selected to receive a UW mug.

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