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Growing distant

Photo: Astronauts on space station eating lettuce

Outer space and agriculture might not seem to go together, but Simon Gilroy can't imagine them as separate. The botany professor is working to learn how to effectively grow gardens in space — even rocketing seedlings to the International Space Station and analyzing the pioneering plants when they return. Gilroy is excited to be at "the dawn of space agriculture," with the goal of a sustainable, self-contained food source that will allow astronauts to travel farther.

Top Stories

Campus operating normally despite snow

Graphic: Bucky Badger with a snow shovel

Despite news coverage, campus is expecting to operate normally today, but view inclement weather guidelines if you're worried about traveling in the storm. The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has current conditions, radar images and forecasts. Related: Outdoor UW rents snowshoes!

Blank’s Slate: Helping students deal with voter ID law

Rebecca Blank

With the state's new Voter ID requirement set to go into effect in the next round of elections, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the university is taking steps to ensure that students who don't already have the right voting credentials can get them. In a new blog post, she explains what's being done and why.

Crossroads of Ideas: POSTPONED

Due to potentially hazardous weather conditions, tonight’s Crossroads of Ideas with Law Professor Cecelia Klingele is postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Around Campus

Liz’s Market: Something new, with a view

Photo: Interior of Liz Market

Elizabeth Waters Dining Room has been remodeled and renamed. “Liz’s Market," a favorite of students and staff, now features a marketplace-style dining experience, which lets customers choose anything from American comfort food at 1849 to flavors from around the world at Global Kitchen.

NPR creates award for ‘accidental brilliance’

Photo: Golden Mole award

NPR has organized a contest to celebrate scientists’ ability to recognize an accident, coincidence or mistake as an opportunity for new research and discovery. The "Golden Mole Award for Accidental Brilliance" will recognize the best moments of modern scientific serendipity. Deadline is Friday.

Outside UW

WID helps teachers develop science games

Seven Wisconsin middle school science teachers collaborated with gaming experts from WID's Field Day Lab at a game design workshop last week. The teachers were creating games they can use in their classrooms as learning tools. Learning by doing is central to the lab’s philosophy.

Campus Initiatives

21 proposals chosen for Educational Innovation grants

Photo: W crest

Blended courses from robotics and chemistry to French masterpieces and human happiness are among 21 proposals selected for the Educational Innovation Small Grant Program. Global learning and open education resources were also emphasized in the competition. More than $180,000 was awarded.


DoIT revamps website as

Photo: hands on computer keyboard

The UW-Madison campus now has one website with a clear path for information technology users to find a service, complete a task, purchase a product, or just get help. It's In response to user input, DoIT has shifted the focus from the people providing the service to the needs of the user.


Carroll wins award for inspirational science writing

Sean Carroll

Evolutionary biologist, educator and author Sean B. Carroll will be presented with The Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. The award was created to recognize individuals "whose voice and vision can tell us about science’s aesthetic and philosophical dimensions."

Medical school’s Tellez-Giron wins diversity honor

The School of Medicine and Public Health has honored Patricia Tellez-Giron with the annual Faculty and Staff Equity and Diversity Award. The associate professor in the family medicine residency program practices at Wingra Clinic, where more than 90 percent of her patients speak only Spanish.

In the Media

Madison Magazine: ‘We need another Carson Gulley’

Photo: Carson Gulley

Carson Gulley, the legendary UW-Madison chef and namesake of the dining center, was the first African-American to host his own local TV program here, Madison Magazine reports. Despite his fame, Gulley experienced discrimination in the city. Related: Black History Month events.

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