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Fat feat

If you know even a little bit of UW-Madison history, chances are you've heard the name of Stephen Babcock — inventor of the butterfat tester, a boon to Wisconsin's dairy industry. But do you know how, and why, this famous first occurred? Well, lots of Wisconsin schoolchildren do, thanks to this entertaining yet intelligent lesson by the Wisconsin Media Lab. If you want to be as smart as a 4th grader, watch and learn. You may never think about Babcock ice cream the same.

Top Stories

Researchers to conduct Zika virus experiments

Photo: mosquito

Some of the first experiments studying Zika virus in monkeys will be conducted by a UW–Madison team that includes the primate center and experts in infectious disease, pregnancy and neurology. Very little is known about the virus even though more than 50 years have passed since it was discovered.

Tech exec will be interim vice chancellor

Photo: Mike Lehman

An accomplished alumnus with deep experience in the tech sector will be the interim vice chancellor for finance and administration when Darrell Bazzell leaves. Michael Lehman, former CFO of Palo Alto Networks and Sun Microsystems, will serve until a permanent appointment is made.

Black Greek Letter Organizations pursue social justice

Photo: Students from historically black fraternity gathered around Lincoln statue

When Alpha Phi Alpha members mention they’re in a fraternity, people usually ask, "Where’s your house?” says member Kenneth Cole. But it's not that kind of a frat. It is one of nine historically Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs), seven of which are currently active on campus.

Back to the Future: Teddy Roosevelt’s Anthropocene Safari

Historian Iain McCalman discusses the social and environmental implications of Theodore Roosevelt’s famous African safari, Mon. Feb. 15,  7:30 p.m.

Around Campus

UW Health board appoints new CEO

Photo: Alan S. Kaplan

Alan S. Kaplan has been selected as the new chief executive officer of UW Health. Kaplan is currently executive vice president and chief clinical transformation officer for UnityPoint Health in West Des Moines, Iowa. Kaplan succeeds Jeffrey Grossman, who has served as interim CEO since July.

Frozen fun at Ojibwe Winter Games

Photo: Participant in Ojibwe Winter Games

Are you up for a game of snow snake? How about a little hoop and spear? The Ojibwe Winter Games last week were intended to celebrate and sustain traditional winter sports and inspire children to get out and exercise during winter. Folklore students and Native American educators put on the event.

Cartography, dictionary projects featured by NEH

Image: Old map of the world

Two UW-Madison projects — the History of Cartography and the Dictionary of American Regional English — are on a list the National Endowment for the Humanities compiled for its 50th anniversary of NEH-funded work that has "shaped what we think and what we know about ourselves and our culture."

UW FP&M Job Opportunities

Keep the UW-Madison Campus looking beautiful. FP&M seeks motivated individuals for PPPM(I) Custodial Services Supervisor and Custodian Lead positions.


Three named to National Academy of Engineering

James Rawlings, a chemical and biological engineering professor known for his work in chemical process monitoring and control, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Also named were two alumni: a leader in pharmaceuticals and a developer of the Mars rover landing system.

In the Media

Consumer science professor’s take on ‘new Barbie’

Photo: Christie Whelan

Christie Whelan critiqued the much-discussed new Barbie doll body types on Channel 3's Live at Four. "If the original Barbie came to life, she would topple over," Whelan says. She sees "Curvy Barbie" as a step in the right direction, but so far she's only available online — for one key reason.


Minnesota senator’s talk has international theme

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota will speak on campus Feb. 17 as part of the La Follette Seminar Series. Her talk, on “Internationalism in the Heartland,” will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Plenary Hall of the School of Human Ecology’s Nancy Nicholas Hall. Registration is strongly encouraged.

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