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Tracking Mahal’s killer


Mahal, the young orangutan who became a star of the Milwaukee County Zoo and an emblem of survival for a dwindling species, led an extraordinary life. It turns out, the young ape died an extraordinary death, too. Now, thanks to cutting-edge genetic diagnostics, a team of researchers led by Tony Goldberg at the School of Veterinary Medicine has documented the cause of Mahal’s death.

Top Stories

UW partners in national effort to retool manufacturing

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Contributing expertise in such areas as advanced manufacturing, controls and high-performance computing, UW-Madison will play a key role in a $320 million initiative to create and apply cutting-edge technologies to advance U.S. global competitiveness in manufacturing.

Students to vote on Rec Sports improvements

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Will money be spent to rebuild or repair? That will be a decision students make next week when they vote on a new Rec Sports Master Plan. The plan includes expansion and renovations of the SERF and Natatorium as well as improvements to the Near West and Near East playing fields.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Johnny Chimes

Carnival Season is at The Sett on Tues., March 4, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy blues music, Cajun food specials and free mask decorating.

Around Campus

Center for Jewish Studies presents Semester of the Arts

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The Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies is presenting its first Semester of the Arts, featuring art that highlights the artistic contributions of Jews past and present.    

Servant Leadership: Like being an ‘Undercover Boss’

Robert Toomey

Offered for the first time this spring, this noncredit certificate program, taught by Robert Toomey, will teach participants the philosophy and practice of servant leadership, which is a particular leadership approach that begins with the desire to serve. The program begins on March 7.      

Outside UW

‘Ask a Lawyer’ prison sessions example of law in action

Michelle LaVigne

Several times a year, a team of UW Law School professors and students deliver some truth to state prison inmates. Michele LaVigne (left) and Adam Stevenson, both clinical professors, have been traveling with students to prisons around the state to conduct “Ask a Lawyer” sessions with inmates.

Campus Initiatives

Teachers: Need help building online courses?

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As UW instructors embrace blended and online learning approaches, an urgent need for tech support has emerged. DoIT has responded with Student Online Course Support, a training program intended to create a pool of highly employable students with skills needed to help instructors.  

Inside Info

Credit report campaign helps consumers

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Much like efforts that encourage people to get a medical check-up or a flu shot, a campaign by UW-Extension educators urges people to regularly check their credit report to improve their financial health. They advise checking the reports on 2/2, 6/6 and 10/10.


Researchers awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowships

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Four UW–Madison professors – Sushmita Roy, Shan Lu, Samuel Stechmann and Jun Yin – have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. They will receive $50,000 grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  

In the Media

Oldest bit of crust firms up idea of a cool early Earth


Professor John Valley and his research team earned global media attention – including by CNN – when their data confirmed the Earth’s crust formed at least 4.4 billion years ago. The finding was made with the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from an Australian rock outcrop.  


Registration open for office professional conference

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The 24th annual UW-Madison Conference for the Office Professional will be held Wednesday, April 16 at Union South. Registration is underway and the sessions will focus on customer service, process improvement, technology tips, employee onboarding and other topics.

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