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UW’s own Monuments Men

Monuments Men movie shot

Archivists don’t get a lot of publicity. So when stars like Matt Damon and George Clooney portray the heroic contributions that archivists made to World War II, it’s a pretty big deal. That’s why staff members at campus libraries are excited about the new film “The Monuments Men,” opening Friday. Two pivotal figures in UW's history – Jesse Boell and Gilbert Doane – were a part of the effort to preserve and restore art and artifacts to their rightful owners.  

Top Stories

Campus and Visitor Relations has the answers

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Have you ever felt that finding an answer to your campus-related question was like looking for a needle in a haystack? It can be difficult to keep up with the latest information, such as office moves or new programs. This is where Campus and Visitor Relations comes in.

Cole joins UWPD as director of threat intervention services

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One of UW-Madison’s more unusual recent hires is also one of its most important. Chris Cole, director of threat intervention services, occupies a new full-time position focusing on a cohesive assessment and response process for potential campus safety threats.

Midwest Chromatin and Epigenetics Meeting

The WID Epigenetics group is hosting the 2014 MCEM, May 18-20. Register now to share your latest research on nuclear processes involving epigenetic mechanisms and chromatindynamics.

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Around Campus

Badger alum Wilson called ‘NFL’s higher education MVP’

Russell Wilson

G.E. Branch III, online editor at Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, wrote that, "Regardless of whether the team you chose to support in Sunday’s Super Bowl won or lost, can we agree on one point? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the NFL’s higher education Most Valuable Player.”

Wealth of events mark Black History Month

Black History Month poster

From trainings and discussions to lectures, performances and social events, UW-Madison’s African American Student Academic Services is coordinating a full slate of activities for Black History Month, “honoring those who came before us.”

Outside UW

UW begins fourth agreement with Kazakhstan university

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UW-Madison has signed its fourth – and most extensive – agreement with Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana, Kazakhstan, which will lead to more faculty and staff collaborations between the two universities and summer study at UW–Madison for NU undergraduates.

Campus Initiatives

Nominations sought for classified staff awards

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Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Classified Employee Recognition Award, an annual program that rewards exemplary performance by UW-Madison classified staff members. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 14.

Inside Info

Expert advice: Don’t hibernate the winter away

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It may be cold. It may be snowy. But plopping down in front of the fire all winter long isn’t wise. In fact, stress several experts with the Department of Kinesiology, it's important for your physical and emotional well-being that you don't hibernate the winter away.

Grant Funding Available

The Holtz Center invites proposals for interdisciplinary working groups to advance research, teaching or outreach in Science & Technology Studies Thematic Clusters. $30,000 available. Apps due Feb. 21.

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Milestones

Kawaoka recognized for research excellence

Yoshihiro Kawaoka

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a professor of virology at the School of Veterinary Medicine known for his groundbreaking work on influenza, has received the 2014 Excellence in Research Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

In the Media

Conrad speaks about boosting graduation rates

Cliff Conrad

UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Joy Cardin Show” to talk about the large percentage of college students today who are leaving school prior to earning a degree, and strategies that can help reverse this trend.

Events

Science Cafe: Who ‘sciences’ harder?

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Three UW researchers go head-to-head in three rounds to determine whose science is the most science tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

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