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Partisan divide not so simple

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Is the United States a bitterly divided country, split along harsh partisan lines, or are we a nation composed mostly of moderates trapped between the extremists yelling from either end of the ideological spectrum? The answer is that our ideologies are not as simple as they seem, says political scientist Michael Wagner.

Top Stories

Lily’s Luau raises money for epilepsy research

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A sold-out crowd of more than 650 guests warmed up a cold winter’s night recently at the fifth annual Lily’s Luau, raising $105,000 to benefit Lily’s Fund for Epilepsy Research at UW-Madison. Related: Watch a Lily's Fund video about the faces of epilepsy.

Artist in residence produces challenging images

Photo: Faisal Abdu'Allah

Faisal Abdu’Allah, an internationally acclaimed British artist whose images of power, race, masculinity, violence, and faith challenge society's values and ideologies, is the Department of Art History’s Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. See a photo gallery of Abdu'Allah's works.

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Mobile UW v1.5 is out: The free app features native iPhone 5 support and secure access to My UW and UW Libraries. (iOS and Android)

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Around Campus

Parking lot thieves target catalytic converters

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UWPD is warning motorists about thefts of catalytic converters, which have been cut off of vehicles parked in campus lots. Thefts from Lot 60 and from the Eagle Heights Community have been reported.

Physics professor’s extreme closeup wins prize

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What is it? It's the winner of the National Science Foundation and Science magazine International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. In other words, it's a really cool science pic. Related: Submit an image to the Cool Science Image contest.

Academic Staff art on display in Bascom Hall

Photo: Exhibit from Academic Staff art show

The Academic Staff Art Gallery in 270 Bascom Hall this semester is featuring works that combine art and science, encompassing the scientific impact of models of invertebrates, glassblowing and photography. The pieces will be on display through June.

Campus Initiatives

HR Design team converting framework into action

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The HR Design project team is working with subject matter experts to convert the framework outlined in the HR Design Strategic Plan into draft policies, procedures and processes.

Buzz

Faculty visits mark Founders’ Day celebration

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Founders' Day commemorates the first class held at the University of Wisconsin on February 5, 1849. As part of celebrations, more than 70 faculty will bring the academics and research of the university to audiences around the state.

In Memoriam

Nancy Malz, former long-time campus ADA specialist

Photo: Nancy Malz

Nancy Malz, a long-time UW-Madison employee and Americans with Disabilities specialist from 1991-2006, who was a firm believer in the power of education, passed away in January, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. (Registration may be required.)

In the Media

Five Steps to a Successful Sabbatical

Photo: Manish Patankar

Manish Patankar, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, urges professors at large universities to consider sabbatical requests from motivated researchers at small colleges. He offers some advice in Science Careers from the journal Science.      

Events

Sustainability speakers appearing on campus

Photo: Jerry Schnoor

A pair of leading figures in the field of sustainability — Jerry Schnoor of the University of Iowa and Dave Allen of the University of Texas at Austin — will speak here this semester in two Weston Distinguished Lectures. Schnoor's talk is at 4 p.m. today at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Interact

What are you looking at? Discovery building atrium

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Dozens of you guessed that Tuesday's photo is the atrium of the Discovery building, with banners hanging from the ceiling as glass-paneled walls reflect a view of the Town Center. Thanks to Monika Ivancic of Chemistry, who is the winner of a UW mug.

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