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From Adam’s housecat to zydeco

After nearly five decades of work at UW-Madison, the fifth and final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, covering Sl to Z, is now available from Harvard University Press. The completion of the dictionary is a landmark of scholarship, recording the words, phrases and pronunciations that vary from one part of the country to another. Related: Learn about Wisconsin words and take the DARE quiz.

Top Stories

HR Design teams work to refine system, seek feedback

Taking a system that is more than 150 years in the making back to the drawing board is a massive assignment. But that’s exactly what the members of 11 work teams plowing their way through the university's human resources system have been asked to do as part of the HR Design Project. Related: Web chat today from 2-3 p.m.

WisCEL: New learning center to open

At two UW-Madison libraries, newly remodeled instructional spaces ripe with technological upgrades are helping turn the 1,000-year-old, lecture-based, "one-size-fits-all" instructional model upside down.

The Why Files Cool Science Image Contest

Want to share your work or interest in science? Send us your cool science images! This contest is open to faculty, staff and currently enrolled UW-Madison students. The winner will receive a $100 Downtown Madison gift certificate and have their image published. Email your entry to contest@whyfiles.org by February 28, 2012.

Around Campus

Golf club seeks more members in its 47th year

Photo: Golf

Phillip Hellmuth is the last man golfing, so to speak. The 74-year-old emeritus associate dean of L & S is the only charter member left of the UW Men’s Golf Club which was started 47 years ago. The club is recruiting new members for the upcoming season.

Public meeting set on West Campus Cogeneration Facility

A meeting will be held Thursday, March 1 to present plans for an addition to the West Campus Congeneration Facility. The $67.5 million project involves constructing a 42,500-square-foot addition to the northwest corner of the existing facility.

Exploring the intersections of science and art

Winners of Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Emerging Interface Awards will begin a semester of public presentations on their work at the intersection of the humanities and science this Friday with a unique visual take on storytelling.

Inside Info

Your pet can give the gift of life

Human blood drives are common, but people don’t often think about animals needing donated blood. UW Veterinary Care is hoping to change that perception. Did you know that your cat or dog can become a blood donor and give the gift of life?

Buzz

Business students dunk the dean for Special Olympics

Photo: Polar Plunge

Wisconsin School of Business students, faculty and staff hurled themselves into the icy waters of Lake Monona last weekend for the annual Polar Plunge. With student teams reaching a goal of 220 jumpers and nearly $30,000 in donations to benefit Special Olympics, they were also able to dunk Dean François Ortalo-Magné (pictured).  

Milestones

Two researchers awarded Sloan Fellowships

Benjamin Recht, assistant professor of computer sciences, and Jordan Schmidt, assistant professor of chemistry, will receive two-year, $50,000 grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

In Memoriam

Schneck remembered by School of Social Work

Clinical Professor Emeritus Dean Schneck passed away on Feb. 4 in Homer, Alaska at age 71. Schneck served as School of Social Work faculty from 1971 until retiring in 2000. During much of that time, he played a major role in developing the school's nationally known model of field education.    

Events

Hunger Meal to raise awareness of social inequality and poverty

At the university's Hunger Meal, sponsored by students from the La Follette School of Public Affairs on Thursday March 1, whether you get a gourmet dinner, rice and beans, or something in between will be determined the same way many receive their lot in life: by chance.

Interact

Thoughts on a mild winter

Tuesday's story about early spring and its impact on nature also sparked an interesting discussion on what we love (and hate) about winter in Madison. Read the comments. Today's forecast calls for a chance of fresh snow.

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