Trouble viewing this email? Try viewing it on the web.

If you supervise staff who do not have easy access to email, please print and post for all to read.

The heat is on

Charter Street Heating Plant

When the Polar Vortex challenged even the heartiest of us with double-digit below zero temperatures, once we entered our respective buildings we could rest assured: the heat was on. The Charter Street Heating Plant is responsible for keeping the 65,000 people who work and study on campus in more than 300 buildings comfortable. During the past five years, big changes have happened at the plant to make it more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Top Stories

Evans to retire; search for housing chief begins

Photo: Paul Evans

The longtime leader of University Housing is retiring. Paul Evans has announced that he will step down in late May. He is credited with helping guide the division through an era of renewal and growth with the revitalization of older residence halls and the development of new ones.

PEOPLE program wins Regents’ Diversity Award

Jacqueline DeWalt

The Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), directed by Jacqueline DeWalt (left), is the recipient of the sixth annual Regents' Diversity Award for team excellence, presented by the UW Board of Regents. Related: Live-stream today's Regents meeting beginning at 1:15 p.m.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Luís Amaral: Transforming Healthcare Through Physics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Shutske named interim provost at UW-Extension

Photo: John Shutske

John M. Shutske, who has a joint administrative appointment at UW-Madison and UW-Extension, has been named UW-Extension's interim provost and vice chancellor.  He replaces Aaron Brower, who has been named interim chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension.    

Florida man comes to UW Hospital for robotic surgery

Kenneth Meredith

Earle Brown didn't travel to Wisconsin from his Florida home for the Wisconsin weather – he wanted his robotic esophageal surgery done by the surgeon who has done more of them than anyone else – Kenneth Meredith (left). Overall, Meredith estimates that he has performed about 160 of the surgeries.

Study challenges claims of single-sex schooling benefits

Photo: Janet Hyde

As many American public school districts adopt single-sex classrooms and even entire schools, a new study finds scant evidence that they offer educational or social benefits. The study was the largest and most thorough effort to examine the issue to date, says psychology Professor Janet Hyde.

Campus Initiatives

Richard Schoofs: Building a creative tradition

Schoofs

This month, the Schoofs Prize for Creativity, the UW-Madison innovation prize, marks its 20th year of yielding spinoffs and creativity. It has yielded spin-off companies and hundreds of creative ideas. Schoofs Prize founder and sponsor Richard Schoofs shares his thoughts on the competition.

Inside Info

Getting more done by doing less

Laptop computer

While multitasking makes us feel more productive, research shows just the opposite. Being always on — texting, tweeting, working on your laptop — impairs your ability to work, particularly in teams. You may want to try to do more by connecting less.

Brazil Business Summit

This Feb. 19 summit focuses on challenges and opportunities for midwestern companies in Brazil. Topics: Brazilian business culture, economic trends, infrastructure challenges, market approach and more.

Milestones

Tuba meister, composer John Stevens to retire

John Stevens

A semester-long series of events marks the retirement of music Professor John Stevens, a man known for his grace as a teacher, performer, administrator and composer. On March 9, the University Orchestra will perform “Journey,” his concerto for tuba and orchestra. Find out about other events here.

New crop of Vilas Associates winners announced

Bascom Hall

The Graduate School has announced 26 faculty winners of the Vilas Associates Competition. The competition recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional Graduate School Research Committees.

Events

Distinguished Lecture Series kicks off with physicist

Lawrence Krauss

The spring Distinguished Lecture Series begins with physicist Lawrence Krauss (left) on Feb. 12, and includes filmmaker Oliver Stone, foodie Alice Waters and other engaging speakers of national note. Included is the Wisconsin Festival of Ideas.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.