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Libraries, only littler

Photo: Little Library with kids

A simple idea to house free books in quirky little buildings on posts is bringing neighborhoods together and enhancing literacy around the world. Todd Boll and Rick Brooks, an instructor in the Division of Continuing Studies, are growing an idea that puts free books in small birdhouse-like structures. Related: The first episode of the show, BTN LiveBig Wisconsin will include a story on the Little Libraries project and will air Monday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m.

Top Stories

Campuswide diversity forum is Friday

UW–Madison’s first Inclusive Excellence Winter Symposium will take place Friday, Feb. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The keynote speech will be by Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, president of Northern New Mexico College and one of the nation’s foremost experts on inclusive excellence.

Demand grows for economics major

In a sputtering economy, students are flocking to the UW's economics major like never before. Many are attracted to the versatile set of analytical and applicable skills that often prove valuable in the job market.

1934: A New Deal for Artists

Experience Depression-era America through the eyes of artists in this exhibition of paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Opens Feb. 16 at the Chazen Museum of Art. Reception Feb. 21.

Around Campus

Weiden to serve as interim legal director

Michael Weiden, a retired partner with the law firm Quarles & Brady, has been appointed as interim director of Office of Administrative Legal Services, Interim Chancellor David Ward announced. Weiden will begin March 1.

ACE president speaks of challenges, opportunities

From ongoing funding concerns to technological advances, higher education across the United States is facing significant challenges and new opportunities, according to Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, during her Friday visit to the School of Education.

Inside Info

Ten ways to win the homework battle

The school year may be halfway over, and by now your child has hopefully gotten into a routine with homework, writes Christine Zimmerman, a pediatrician at UW Health. But some may still struggle. Parents of her patients have shared some of the skirmishes they’ve experienced and, as she tells them, “You are not alone.”

Buzz

Fresh Hot Press to sell hand-printed Valentines

Need a cool Valentine’s Day card for that special someone? The Fresh Hot Press one-day sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday on the second floor of the Humanities Building, next to the Art elevator.

Milestones

Secretary of Academic Staff Donna Silver retires

Donna Silver didn’t plan to retire this soon. But last March, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the bones. After months of being on medical leave, Silver officially retired Jan. 3. On Feb. 11, she was honored at the Academic Staff Assembly Meeting.

Faculty Development and Research Service Grants

Grants for two programs benefiting UW-Madison faculty have been recently awarded.

In the Media

MJS: Walker previews higher ed budget plans

In Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gov. Scott Walker discussed his budget proposals for higher education programs that help the economy, develop a skilled workforce and make college more affordable. He also plans to give $2 million in state aid to the UW System to start up its flexible degree program.

Events

Bowlin’ for Colons fighting cancer

Bowlers from across Wisconsin plan to “pin” colorectal cancer by participating in the twelfth annual Bowlin’ for Colons fundraiser on Sunday, March 3. All proceeds benefit colon cancer research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

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