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Chancellor Rebecca Blank highlighted student and faculty achievements in an address to the Board of Regents Thursday, saying that in many ways 2015 was a record-setting year. And she urged a renewed commitment to keeping UW–Madison among the top public universities at a time when peer institutions are seeing greater investment from their states. You can watch the speech in its entirety.

Top Stories

Morgridge summit showcases community service

UW-Madison researchers and community partners shared dozens of stories about the connections they've made at “Progressing Together: Campus & Community Summit” Friday at the Discovery Building. The summit kicked off the 20th anniversary celebration of the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Student artist discusses racism through performance art

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Wheelhouse Studios student artist-in-residence Tiffany Ike presents The DROPS Project, an interactive performance art piece, on Feb. 11. Ike created The DROPS (Discrimination, Race, Oppression, Prejudice, Stereotyping) Project to spark a dialogue around race relations and the power of words.

Fluno Center Open House: Dancing Through the Decades

Join us Feb. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Visit themed rooms, enjoy music, food & prizes! RSVP via email to Jillian Rounsfull or call 608-441-7112.

Around Campus

Three in the running for university relations post

Bascom Hall

Three finalists have been selected in the search for a vice chancellor for university relations. The vice chancellor oversees the offices of University Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategy, and Strategic Partnerships (federal, state, community, corporate and campus and visitor relations).

Q & A: Brauer offers better ways to promote diversity

Photo: Markus Brauer

Markus Brauer is focused on your good behavior, like recycling your bottles, avoiding Web surfing at work, or giving up your seat on the bus. Brauer’s research explores how to promote that sort of civil behavior — which means it sometimes delves into behaviors such as racism that are not at all civil.

Concussion reporting: Are we approaching it wrong?

A team of researchers will study the most effective ways to teach athletes and young adults about the importance of reporting a concussion. “What our study will address is why education and awareness efforts have largely not succeeded,” says principal investigator Dee Warmath.  

Study raises red flags about lithium ion batteries

Photo: Cellphone battery

UW-Madison research has prompted concern about the effect discarded lithium ion batteries used in vehicles, computers and phones could have on the environment. The study is an early signal that the growing use of the new nanoscale materials in the rechargeable batteries may have untold consequences.

Outside UW

‘UniverCity’ to partner with City of Monona

Graphic: City of Monona logo

Monona is the pilot city for "UniverCity." UW experts will consult with local officials on issues including parkland, senior housing and public transit. "It’s really the Wisconsin Idea in action. We’re going beyond the boundaries of the university to put expertise to use in the community," says coordinator Jason Vargo.


Badger uniforms honor coach who made history

Photo: Badger basketball starters in throwback uniforms

The Badger basketball team is observing Black History Month with throwback uniforms that date back to the 1976 season — the UW's first under Bill Cofield, the first African-American to serve as a head coach in either basketball or football in Big Ten history. So far, the team is 1-0 sporting the new old look.

In Memoriam

Jorgenson Wendt fought for women’s economic fairness

Lorna Jorgenson Wendt, an alumna and vocal advocate for women’s financial equality, died Feb. 4. She gained fame when her husband, a former corporate CEO, offered her just 10 percent of their assets in a divorce settlement. She fought back, defending her role as an equal partner in their marriage.

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