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Has spring sprung?

Photo: Winter tree buds

Despite today's dusting of snow, small buds have been forming on the branches of a red-berried elder shrub (pictured) in Muir Woods. Certain plants and trees are exhibiting spring growth during an unseasonably mild winter season with little snow cover. Do the warm temperatures and early growth lead to issues for plants or insects later in the spring or summer?

Top Stories

Journal boycott gaining steam on campus

More than 6,000 scientists, including some at UW, are protesting high fees levied by scientific journal publisher Elsevier. As the largest journal publisher in the world, Elsevier is profitable and powerful, and able to command hefty subscription fees at university libraries.

Q&A: New CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch

Photo: Kate VandenBosch

Kathryn “Kate” VandenBosch will become the 13th dean of CALS on Thursday, March 1. During a recent visit to Madison, she talked about the process of pulling up stakes—both professional and personal ones—in Minnesota and putting down new ones here. Related: Welcome the new dean.

American Family Children’s Hospital to expand

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American Family Children's Hospital is expanding to meet the demand for highly specialized pediatric care. UW Hospital and Clinics CEO and President Donna Katen-Bahensky announced a 10-year strategic plan to complete the hospital on the UW Health campus.

Around Campus

Finalists named for business services post

Five finalists have been selected in the search for a new assistant vice chancellor for business services. The position leads the Division of Business Services, which provides a wide range of business services to the university's schools, colleges, departments, faculty, staff and students.

UW couple wins first leg of “The Amazing Race”

Major Dave Brown Jr., an assistant professor of military science, and his wife, Rachel, not only survived elimination on the Feb. 19 season premiere of “The Amazing Race,” but they placed first.

Inside Info

Easy ways to choose whole grains for health

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Did you know that half of your daily grain intake should come from whole grains? There are easy ways to eat more whole grains on a daily basis, says Susan Nitzke, Cooperative Extension specialist and professor emerita.

Milestones

Professional development grants awarded to faculty

Two sets of professional development grants were recently awarded to faculty members, including the Research-Service Grant and the Faculty Development Grants.

In Memoriam

Anthony Shadid: A journalist’s life, legacy remembered

Photo: Anthony Shadid

The world knew Anthony Shadid as a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered the Middle East, often at considerable personal risk. Many on campus knew Shadid when he was just a young journalism student on deadline for the Daily Cardinal. Related: A campus memorial fund has been established.

Events

Crazylegs registration is now open

Photo: Crazylegs Run

Plan now to participate in one of the most anticipated springtime events to take place in downtown Madison. The 31st annual Crazylegs Classic 8K run and 2-mile walk will be held Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. beginning at Capitol Square.

Interact

This winter: Good or bad?

Photo: Buds on tree

Though it's not over yet, this winter has been one of the mildest in recent memory. Do you enjoy a break from freezing temperatures and mountains of snow? Or has it impacted your outdoor activities? Share your thoughts.

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