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Chalk one up

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In a tradition dating back more than 60 years, UW-Madison is again honoring its finest educators with the Distinguished Teaching Award. Twelve faculty members, revered by students and colleagues for their achievements in and out of the classroom, will receive the distinction in a ceremony March 16. See them in action and you'll agree: They embody the word "class" in more ways than one.

Top Stories

‘Moving Forward’ turns talk toward action on diversity

More than 400 members of the campus community came together Wednesday to talk about UW-Madison's efforts around diversity. “Moving Forward: Conver-sations on Racial and Ethnic Diversity” followed up on a similar session held in 2015.

Meeting addresses anti-Semitic incident

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A town hall meeting prompted by the posting of swastikas on the door of a Jewish student’s room in Sellery Hall drew about 200 students Tuesday night. Campus leaders condemned the act as more than a mere prank and said it goes against the values of the university community.

Explore Education Research

Register to view posters and hear alum James Minor, U.S. Dept. of Education, discuss the national education agenda, Mon., Feb. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Arboretum’s iconic research program boosted

The Arboretum’s position as a world leader in ecological research will be strengthened as recommendations of a review committee are implemented, according to UW–Madison leaders.“This is a watershed moment in the history of the Arboretum,” says David Drake, a professor of wildlife and forest ecology.

Video: Winter games connect Ojibwe culture with UW

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A revitalization of traditional Ojibwe wintertime competitive games created the framework for UW collaborations with Wisconsin’s Native communities. Winter Games founder Wayne Valliere partnered with folklore students in Scandinavian Studies to connect cultures and teach understanding.

Vice chancellor candidate videos posted

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If you'd like to learn firsthand about the three candidates for vice chancellor for university relations, you can watch their recent presentations online. The finalists are Charles Hoslet, Brent Colburn and Richie Hunter. After you've gotten to know them, you can provide feedback online.

Outside UW

Business lecturer launches relief effort from Madison

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Roger Ervin, senior lecturer in the business school and president and CEO of International Relief and Development in Washington, D.C., has announced that his organization will base its newest initiative in Madison. Current IRD projects include running a U.N. camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Campus Initiatives

Suggest someone for administrative award

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Nominees are being sought for a campus award that recognizes exceptional performance in administrative roles. The 2016 Administrative Improvement Award will recognize work that resulted in improved efficiency, increased revenue channels, cost savings and/or improved service delivery.

Inside Info

Where will you have to park during WIAA tournaments?

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You might already know this if you received an email, but the upcoming WIAA state tournaments will affect campus parking permit holders. High school wrestlers and basketball players will be visiting the Kohl Center and Field House over the next couple weeks, requiring some drivers to park elsewhere.

Introducing...

Wisconsin Idea Seminar has new leader

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Now in its 31st year, the Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a five-day traveling study tour to introduce the Wisconsin Idea to faculty and staff who are new to the university. Catherine Reiland, the seminar's new director, talks in this Q & A about why the program is important for the university and the state.

Race and the Environment 2016 Symposium

Join an exploration of Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney. Examine disparities in how Americans understand and interact with the environment. Tues., Mar. 1.

Milestones

Organic sweet corn research leads to endowed chair

Agronomy professor and sweet-corn breeder Bill Tracy has been named recipient of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on plant breeding for organic crops. Tracy leads the world’s largest research program geared to the breeding and genetics of traits important to organic sweet-corn growers.

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