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Moving forward

More than 50 people aligned with the Black Lives Matter Movement hold signs of protest, voice their concerns about racial inequity on UW System campuses and briefly disrupt a UW System Board of Regents meeting at Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 5, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Last year, more than 600 people attended a campuswide Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion. Now Chancellor Rebecca Blank and other campus leaders are inviting the community to another discussion on Feb. 24 called "Moving Forward." This year, students have taken an active role in planning the event. University Communications spoke with one of the organizers, sophomore Tyriek Mack (above, right), an elementary education major and POSSE Scholar.

Top Stories

Emerging African leaders coming to campus

Graphic: Mandela Fellowship logo

Twenty-five of Africa’s emerging leaders in public management are coming to UW–Madison in June through a program sponsored by the State Department. The program includes academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking and support for activities in their communities.

VC for Finance and Administration search underway

Photo: Terry Warfield

A 14-member search and screen committee, chaired by Terry Warfield, will meet before the end of February to begin finding a successor to Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell. Chancellor Rebecca Blank expects to have a new vice chancellor in place by fall.

If It Were Only the Blues

Earl Lewis, Historian and President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, gives annual McKay Lecture in the Humanities. Tues. Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Earl Lewis

Around Campus

2016 Financial Forum materials available

UW banner

More than 300 employees from across campus gathered Feb. 10 at the 2016 Financial Forum. For anyone who missed it (or attend-ees who want reference materials), the event program, overview presentation and team posters are available on the 2016 Forum page of the Internal Financial Controls website.

Health trends in Wisconsin not encouraging

Photo: Doctor listening to patient through stethescope

A new report from the UW Population Health Institute reveals that Wisconsinites may be living longer, but not healthier. Smoking, teen births and excessive drinking continue to decrease, yet obesity rates and socioeconomic trends that influence health, such as poverty and crime, continue to worsen.

Then and Now — Campus activism

Photo: Protestor with Stop the Bombing sign

UW-Madison has a longstanding tradition of people challenging the status quo and vigorously campaigning to bring about political or social change. In his monthly Then and Now feature, UW photographer Jeff Miller compares activism when he arrived on campus 25 years ago with more recent events.  

Outside UW

Partnership aims to improve assisted living

Photo: Elderly couple walking dog

A new College of Engineering partnership aims to improve the quality of Wisconsin assisted living communities. The project unites the principles of systems engineering, human ergonomics and health care. All four assisted living associations in Wisconsin are working with researchers in the coalition.

Campus Initiatives

Open Seat food pantry seeks donations

Photo: Stacked food cans on shelf

Donation bins have been set up in six campus locations for The Open Seat — a food pantry started by Associated Students of Madison in the Student Activity Center. The pantry seeks to alleviate the stress of food insecurity by providing friendly and accessible sources of food for UW-Madison students.

Inside Info

Travelers with Zika symptoms should seek care

Photo: mosquito

Faculty, staff and students who return from certain parts of Latin America and the Caribbean with Zika virus symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately, says University Health Services. People traveling to those areas should take common precautions against mosquito bites.

In the Media

McLay more than just a lottery expert

Photo: Laura McLay

Although she was widely quoted about the recent Powerball jackpot, Laura Albert McLay also has more useful advice on how mathematics can aid in decision making. She answered the Capital Times' questions in a story intriguingly headlined: "What's so punk rock about operations research?"

Events

Reception to recognize and welcome faculty of color

Photo: 2015 Faculty of Color reception

The tradition of welcoming and honoring faculty of color at UW–Madison will continue on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Annual Faculty of Color Reception at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. The public and campus community are invited to this free event. Register to attend.

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