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Badger meets Oscar

Photo: Walter Mirisch

You say Oscar, we say Badger. We're talking about 1942 UW graduate Walter Mirisch, the Academy Award-winning producer of West Side Story, The Apartment and In the Heat of the Night. With the 2014 Oscars coming up this Sunday, University Communications videographer Justin Bomberg caught up with Mirisch in Hollywood recently for this reminiscence of his prolific career and the lasting impact UW-Madison has had on his life.

Top Stories

Officials to study issues on email, calendaring

Email boxes

To ensure the long-term success of the campus’s new email and calendaring system, project leaders have decided to slow the implementation of Microsoft Office 365 as plans for the conversion are evaluated.

Proposed improvements in Recreational Sports facilities

Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says students at UW–Madison will face a very important question in the ASM spring elections. The ballot for the elections, held March 3-5, will include a referendum question about whether to fund a comprehensive renovation of campus recreational facilities.

What do slime mold, a brain and hair have in common?

Images of each were finalists in the 2013 Cool Science Image Contest.  The deadline to enter this year’s contest is Friday, Feb. 28 so don’t miss out.

Around Campus

UW Arboretum director finalists announced

Arboretum sign

Finalists hoping to become the next director of the UW Arboretum will visit campus for public presentations starting Wednesday, Feb. 26. Three people have been identified as finalists to direct the 1,260-acre natural laboratory noted for its long history of ecological restoration research.

Pharmacy dean finalists named

Rennebohm Hall

Four finalists for the deanship of the School of Pharmacy will visit campus for public presentations, which began Monday. Other finalists will present on Feb. 27, March 6 and March 10. The successful candidate will succeed Jeanette Roberts, who plans to retire.  

Campus Initiatives

Educational Innovation funds 17 projects

Logo for Educational Innovation

Seventeen projects have been selected to receive Educational Innovation funding based on their commitment to advance teaching and learning innovations at UW-Madison.

Inside Info

Garden fever: Planning to plant


You’ve just got to believe. Days are getting longer, and they’ll be getting warmer. So while planting season isn't here, it’s always planning season. CALS and UW-Extension horticulture specialist Eileen Nelson has a few words of advice.    


Nathan Whitehorn a 2014 ‘Young Star’ in astrophysics

Nathan Whitehorn

Nathan Whitehorn, a postdoctoral researcher on the IceCube project at UW-Madison, has been named a “Young Star” by the Division of Astrophysics of the American Physical Society. This award recognizes unique, high-impact contributions by division members early in their careers.

Awards honor excellence by teaching assistants

UW crest

The work of 15 teaching assistants will be recognized in the College of Letters & Science Campuswide Teaching Assistant Awards today. To recognize their excellence, the college, with funding support from the Graduate School, administers the awards for graduate-student instructors.

In Memoriam

Former UW System official Alesch dies at 86

Robert Alesch

Robert Alesch, a former UW System personnel administrator who helped craft the Wisconsin Retirement System, died last week at age 86. Following his own retirement, Alesch served on the State Insurance Board and the Association of Career Employees.


Civil War medicine exhibit: Costly Progress

Medical kit

The Civil War's influence on military and emergency medicine, anesthesia, and hygiene is spotlighted in an exhibit in the Historical Reading Room on the third floor of Ebling Library. It runs through April 6 and includes artifacts, medical instruments and manuals from the time.

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