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Wanted: Innovations for learning

Photo: Educational Innovation

Offering winter interim classes, fostering degree completion, and using video and interactive technology to improve student learning experiences are among the suggestions for achieving educational innovation. These ideas were among those shared at the initial incubator sessions for the campuswide Educational Innovation campaign, aimed at enhancing student learning while improving the university’s capacity and finding new revenue sources. More sessions are scheduled.

Top Stories

University explores College of the Arts

Photo: French horn players

For the first time in several decades, the university is considering the addition of a new college, the College of the Arts. The initiative aims to create a discussion of the merits, challenges, and opportunities of a more unified approach to research, practice, and performance in the arts.

Couple with UW ties competes on “The Amazing Race”

Photo: Rachel and Dave Brown

Major Dave Brown Jr., an assistant professor of military science, and his wife, UW-Madison graduate Rachel, will be among 11 couples competing on the 20th season of the show, which premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 on CBS.

5th Annual UW Physics Fair

On Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. you’re invited to attend the 5th Annual Physics Fair! This open house includes lab tours, hands-on demos, activities for kids and informal conversations with scientists.

Around Campus

Arboretum director McSweeney to return to teaching

Kevin McSweeney, a soil scientist who has directed the university's internationally famous Arboretum since 2004, announced this week that he is relinquishing that administrative post and returning to the faculty.

Finalists named for Nelson Institute director

Three finalists have been named for the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. They are: Steven R. Beissinger, of the University of California, Berkeley; Paul Robbins of the University of Arizona; and David G. Victor of the University of California, San Diego.


Best webcam on campus?

Webcams provide a real-time window into campus places. This one, from the Currie Lab in the Department of Bacteriology, is one of the most active, though probably not for the squeamish. Email links to your favorite campus webcams to  


Outstanding Women of Color Award nominations sought

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity is accepting nominations for the 2011-12 UW-Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color Awards. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 18.

Ghosh elected member of the American Law Institute

Law School professor Shubha Ghosh has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), an independent U.S. organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.    

In Memoriam

Howard Zimmerman, organic chemistry pioneer, dies

Photo: Howard Zimmerman

Howard Zimmerman, a professor of chemistry from 1960 until his retirement in 2010, died on Saturday, Feb. 11.  Zimmerman had a legendary career on campus and helped establish the field of organic photochemistry -- the study of how light affects and initiates chemical reactions.

In the Media

NYT: For UW, a 7-Block Front Door

Readers of the New York Times may have seen a familiar sight in Wednesday's edition. The newspaper profiled the creation and near-completion of the East Campus Gateway, spanning from Regent Street to Lake Mendota.


You’re looking at….the Red Gym

More than 25 of you correctly identified Tuesday's "What are you looking at?' photo as the front doors of the Red Gym. Congrats to Rochelle Green of the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, who was drawn as winner of a UW mug.

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