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Science scenes

An array of new imaging techniques — from new forms of microscopy to novel telescopes, cameras and other technologies — is illustrating science like never before. Stunning visuals offer glimpses into seen and unseen natural and technological worlds. To highlight the visual and scientific value of this imagery, the fifth annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best images from students and faculty and staff scientists on campus. This electron microscope picture of a tiny Miconia friedmaniorum flower was one of last year's winners.

Top Stories

Governance groups meet jointly on budget proposals

Photo: Paul Hutson speaking at microphone

Campus governance groups met Monday to discuss the budget cuts and administrative changes Gov. Walker has included in his proposed state budget. Chancellor Rebecca Blank told the group she is confident shared governance will be maintained. Related: Campus budget forums start tomorrow.

Answers to frequently asked budget questions posted

Capitol dome

Campus administrators have begun gathering input and questions about the state budget situation. They will be posting the answers to some of the most common questions in UW-Madison Budget FAQs on the UW-Madison and the State Budget website. Related: Video of the chancellor's speech to the regents.

Campus sessions will address biomedical research crisis

Photo: Biochemistry research

Several of the nation’s leading biomedical scientists wrote last April that the U.S. biomedical research enterprise — despite experiencing a “golden age” — is “an unsustainable, hypercompetitive system.” In response, the UW will conduct a series of campuswide discussions starting Feb. 16.  

A Taste of Wisconsin Open House

Enjoy local food and beverage pairings, cooking demo, and Fluno Center tours. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 – 6:30 p.m. RSVP today!

Around Campus

Administrative Improvement Award nominations invited

Photo: "W" crest on Kohl Center

Nominees are being sought for the 2015 Administrative Improvement Award, a campus recognition of exceptional performance in administrative roles that support academics, research, student services, outreach and administration. The deadline to nominate a group or individual is March 18.

Darwin Day focuses on islands and evolution

Photo: two people holding skull in their hands

What do Madagascar and Jurassic Park have in common? Both are island-based evolutionary “experiments” that will be highlighted in this year’s Darwin Day celebrations at UW-Madison Feb. 12, cosponsored by the J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution. Related: A birthday greeting to Charles Darwin.

Transportation survey finds varied commuting habits

Photo: Driver's hand on steering wheel

Transportation Services has released the results of its latest biennial survey of UW-Madison faculty, staff and students and UW Hospital employees. Among the findings: During good weather, 52 percent of employees drive alone to work every day, while 17 percent bike.

Outside UW

Center finding ways to make sustainable biofuels

Photo: Woman pumping gas into car

Most of us are used to filling our cars with fuels that are part ethanol, and we know that corn is not only in our tortillas but also in our gas tanks. The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, however, is moving beyond corn in an attempt to develop environmentally sustainable biofuels.

Campus Initiatives

Website is one-stop shop for career-boosting classes

Illustration: computer key with the word learn on it

In an effort to highlight UW-Madison’s growing menu of flexible and online programs, the campus is launching advanceyourcareer.wisc.edu — a new one-stop Web portal presenting information about more than 40 online, hybrid, accelerated and evening/weekend programs.

Inside Info

Top ten reasons why cross country skiing is good for you

Photo: Cross-country skiing

Randy Clark, manager of UW Health’s Pediatric Fitness Clinic, competed in his first Birkebeiner — Wisconsin’s legendary cross country ski race — in 1986. Although he’s had “Birkie Fever” ever since, he notes that you don't have to be a competitive skier to experience the sport’s health benefits.  

In Memoriam

UWPD K9 officer Rex dies of health complications

Photo: K-9 office Rex

Rex, UWPD’s eldest K9 officer, passed away last Friday from health complications at age 12. He and Detective Shane Driscoll — the longest-serving K9 team in UWPD history — officially retired from the department in March 2014. Rex specialized in explosive detection and human tracking.

Events

Marc Lamont Hill keynotes Black History Month

Photo: Marc Lamont Hill

More than 30 events, discussions, displays, performances and lectures are planned in celebration of Black History Month 2015 on the UW-Madison campus. This year’s keynote event is the Distinguished Lecture Series presentation by professor, author and cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday, Feb. 19.

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