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Siftr and winnowr

In the world of Web apps, simple, intuitive and visual are the operative words. And an emerging app from the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Field Day Lab — called Siftr — seems to be hitting all the right notes. “The vision is to create a clearinghouse for the creation of citizen science projects,” explains David Gagnon, who serves as program director for the collaboration of researchers, educators, software developers, artists and storytellers. Siftr is already in use in different corners of the globe and is gaining traction among educators, including some on our campus.

Top Stories

Pay hikes OK’d for grad assistants, student hourlies

Photo: W crest projected on screen

UW-Madison is increasing its student employee minimum wage and the rate of pay for graduate assistants. The student hourly minimum wage is set to rise from $7.25 to $9 on Sept. 1, the start of the fall 2016 semester. And effective July 1, graduate assistants will receive a 2 percent hike.

State considering self-insurance for health coverage

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The Group Insurance Board has approved two measures that apply to UW employees. One is to further explore the impact of self-insurance for medical benefits in 2018. The other calls for no new benefit changes, except for a wellness benefit, for 2017. Related: What does self-insurance mean? PROFS to hold forum.

Apply for a D2P Igniter Award

The Igniter program and award is designed to move proof-of-concept technologies and ideas from UW-Madison to the marketplace.  Apply by April 1.

Around Campus

Campus Master Plan open house is Wednesday

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The community is being invited to share input on the Campus Master Plan at an open house Feb. 24. Preliminary recommendations focus on the near west campus area between Willow Creek and Babcock Drive and the south campus area, from University Avenue to Regent Street.

McBurney director to head new compliance office

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Cathy Trueba has been selected to head UW-Madison's new Office of Compliance. Her duties will include ensuring university compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX and HIPAA, and coordinating and supporting the university’s existing compliance units. She starts April 18.

Law School aims to improve access to legal education

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The Law School is accepting applications for its inaugural James E. Jones Jr. Pre-Law Scholars Program. It's designed to improve access to legal education for students from historically underrepresented groups and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Outside UW

UW-Madison still near top in Peace Corps volunteers

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For the second year in a row, UW–Madison is the second-largest producer of Peace Corps Volunteers among U.S. colleges. There are 68 UW–Madison alumni currently in the field as Peace Corps Volunteers. Since 1961, when the program was created, 3,184 UW–Madison alumni have served.

Campus Initiatives

South Madison Partnership has successful first year

Photo: Students at Afternoon Expeditions

With one year of community collaboration complete, the UW South Madison Partnership has extended its reach to community members of all ages, individual and group collaborations between UW–Madison professionals and citizens, and expanded versions of existing successes.

Grand Re-Opening Badger Market in Engineering Hall

Now serving Steep & Brew coffee, toasted sandwiches, appetizers & snacks. Double punches on Fri., Feb 26, for coffee & espresso drinks.

Milestones

Pagliarini wins early-career scientist honor

Dave Pagliarini, director of metabolism at the Morgridge Institute for Research and associate professor of biochemistry, is among 105 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. His research is on the composition and function of mitochondria.

In Memoriam

Alumnus Robert Froehlke led Army, raised funds

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Robert Froehlke, who served as Secretary of the Army and also helped raise $400 million for UW-Madison, has died at age 93. A UW Law School alumnus, Froehlke oversaw the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. He later led the UW Foundation's first comprehensive capital campaign.

Events

Dalai Lama returning to Madison

Gathering perspectives to promote global well-being, the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison will host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and a panel of experts at a live-streamed event March 9. The event, “The World We Make,” will take place at the Overture Center for the Arts.

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