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Steamy sunrise

Photo: campus at dawn on cold day

Steam and heat met frigid air last Friday, as the sun rose over a campus with temperatures hovering at six degrees below zero. Notable facilities, clockwise from bottom, include Union South, Charter Street Heating and Cooling Plant and the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Building. The view is from the roof of the Engineering Research Building. (Photo by Jeff Miller)

Top Stories

Ad hoc committee to address campus diversity

As UW-Madison looks toward the next decade, the 2013 Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee will help the campus community envision a comprehensive plan around issues of diversity. Related: Register for the Inclusive Excellence Winter Symposium and discussion of the Supreme Court's Fisher vs. University of Texas case on Feb. 15.

Princeton Review rates UW a best value

Photo: students on Bascom Hill

UW-Madison was named one of the nation's best values in higher education by the Princeton Review, ranking seventh among public colleges and universities. The Review used cost, academics and financial aid data from surveys of school administrators, as well as student assessments of professors and financial aid awards, to compile the list.

RecycleMania Hits UW

Help UW-Madison reduce, reuse, recycle and win in a friendly competition with 300 other schools. Increase recycling, decrease waste and make a postive impact on our campus community.

Around Campus

Chariot engineering expert to appear on NOVA

Graphic: chariot documentary

"Building Pharaoh's Chariot," a new NOVA PBS documentary, features Bela Sandor, a professor emeritus of engineering physics and international expert on the techno-archaeology of chariots. The program airs locally tomorrow night on Wisconsin Public Television.

ACE leader to visit School of Ed on Feb. 8

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, will touch on issues of funding, technology and demographics during a free public talk on campus Friday titled, “Higher Education at the Crossroads: Multiple Challenges, Innovation and Learning.”

Inside Info

It’s tax time: W-2 statements available, mailed Jan. 31

The 2012 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements are now available in the My UW portal (Work Record tab). Your statement is located under the "Tax Statements" tab in the "Payroll Information" module. Paper copies of the W-2 were postmarked by Jan. 31.

Buzz

Innovator engages students with online games

Image: online game

From “Melody Mixer” to “Har­mony Helper,” Jamie Henke is con­vinced that online games are a won­der­ful way to entice stu­dents into fur­ther learn­ing out­side of class. The DCS music theory instructor is an innovator in the field. Try out her games and see for yourself.

Milestones

SMPH makes awards for equity and diversity

Gina Green-Harris and Jill Boissonault are the first recipients of the School of Medicine and Public Health Faculty and Staff Equity and Diversity Awards.  

In the Media

Debt got you down? UW expert knows how much

Lawrence Berger, an associate professor of social work, tells the Chicago Tribune exactly how much the problem of debt contributes to symptoms of depression — right down to the percentage. The older you are, he says, the more likely that debt will get you down.

Events

CNCS to hold winter meeting Feb. 11

The Council for Non-represented Classified Staff (CNCS) will hold its winter reception on Monday, Feb. 11 at Union South. Topics will include the next biennial budget, university staff shared governance, HR Design and HRS. Registration is free.

Interact

What are you looking at?

Our popular contest returns, courtesy of UW photographer Jeff Miller. Where can you find this unusual view around campus? Make your guess in the comments. As always, one lucky winner will be selected to win a UW coffee mug. We'll reveal the spot on Thursday.

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