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UW will offer ‘MOOCs’

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Randall Wright, Constance Steinkuehler, Kurt Squire, Kris Olds and John Hawks will offer four pilot courses as part of a new delivery system in higher education known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). UW-Madison has entered into a partnership with the online learning company Coursera to provide the courses, two of which will begin this fall. Related: See additional FAQs and background on the Educational Innovation site.

Top Stories

Ward: ‘Best budget we have seen in many cycles’

After several cycles of declining state funding support to Wisconsin’s public universities, Gov. Scott Walker proposes reinvesting in the university system for the 2013-15 biennium and Interim Chancellor David Ward is praising the plan. Related: Read more details and reaction from around the System.

Native Plants from Friends of the Arboretum

Order native plant mixes, shrubs, trees, full and half-flats of singles species now through March 22.

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Around Campus

Gamoran named president of William T. Grant Foundation

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Adam Gamoran, director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research since 2004, was named Wednesday as the next president of the William T. Grant Foundation. Gamoran, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies, will begin his new position in September.

Sixteen faculty win Kellett and Romnes honors

Eight outstanding faculty members who are five to 20 years past the first promotion to a tenured position have been named winners of this year’s Kellett Mid-Career Awards. And eight promising young faculty who have earned tenure within the last four years have been honored with Romnes Faculty Fellowships.

Inside Info

Get the most nutrition for your money

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Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, low-fat milk. These foods are basic to good health, yet most children and their families don’t eat enough of them, says Gayle Coleman, nutrition education program specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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Rocker-turned-researcher puts heart into his work

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When Adrian Grimes credits the Spice Girls for inspiring his research career, he’s only half joking. Grimes once stood behind a microphone, playing in a rock ’n’ roll band. Now you’ll find him behind a microscope at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

In Memoriam

Education professor and UW administrator Joe Lins

Professor Emeritus of Education and former UW-Madison administrator Joe Lins died at 94 in January. Leaving a legacy of his continual demonstration of how to transcend obstacles, one of his favorite sayings was, “The impossible just takes longer.”

In the Media

Sandgren discusses cat research controversy

Eric Sandgren, director of the Research Animal Resources Center, looks at some pertinent facts about PETA's campaign against UW-Madison research on sound localization. Read his Wisconsin State Journal opinion column. (Registration may be required.)

Events

The Weekend: Trivia, dance, The Arboretum

Watch the latest installment of The Weekend, UW's video events guide. Host Abby Taubner gives you a rundown of the best of campus every week.

Interact

Oscar Quiz: UW alums on the silver screen

The Oscars are Sunday! From the early days of cinema to some of today’s biggest hits, dozens of UW graduates have played a role in the production of some of our favorite films. Test your knowledge of these notable alumni in the Badger Voice Oscar quiz.

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