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Happy Valentine's Day, Badgers. Looking for a clever way to convey your sentiments to that special someone? If Hallmark doesn't quite capture your feelings, our University Communi-cations social media specialists might have just the thing: UW-Madison-themed Facebook images with a tongue-in-cheek holiday message for anyone on your list. Click "share" to post one on your valentine's timeline if you #loveuw.

Top Stories

Student borrowing and average debt decrease

Photo: Derek Kindle

More than half of UW-Madison undergraduates graduated with no debt in 2015-16, a 3 percent increase. The total amount of debt by those who did borrow decreased by almost 2 percent. Financial aid director Derek Kindle says improvements in outreach, debt man-agement and financial literacy are coming.

TA awards recognize service, innovation, excellence

Photo: Group shot of TA Award winners

UW-Madison has more than 2,000 teaching assistants across many disciplines, and some of the best are being honored with Campuswide Teaching Assistant Awards. Categories include capstone Ph.D. teaching, early excellence and innovation in teaching, and exceptional service.

Explore Canvas through Active Teaching Labs

Learn how instructors use Canvas tools to teach. View calendar of weekly labs and register!

Around Campus

Lehman will be interim campus IT leader

Photo: Mike Lehman

Michael Lehman, a special advisor to the chancellor overseeing a comprehensive review of campus information technology (IT) govern-ance, has been named interim chief infor-mation officer. Lehman will continue leading the review, including the IT funding model, budget and services.

Knowing why development varies could mean big things

Photo: Chris Barry

Why does it take about nine months for humans to fully develop from conception to birth, compared to 22 months for an elephant, or just three weeks for a mouse? Chris Barry, assistant scientist at the Morgridge Institute for Research, is drawn to the incredible potential of answering this mystery.

Outside UW

A tool to make rain gardens more effective

Photo: Rain garden

On the surface, it seems obvious: If you’re living in an area that’s struggling with storm-water runoff issues, just add in some green infrastructure — a rain garden, bioswales, maybe some new permeable pavement — and voila! Runoff problems solved, or at least reduced. But the reality is not that simple.

Campus Initiatives

Campus climate report points to progress

Photo: Participants at diversity session

The Spring 2017 Campus Climate Progress Report can be found on the Campus Climate website. It highlights efforts to provide a welcoming environment that enables all students, faculty and staff to thrive. The report lists key initiatives that build on the campus Diversity Framework.

You’ve got guests, we’ve got the menu.

There are many great reasons to host your next event at the Fluno Center, and many of them can be found on our catering and dining menus.


Keller, retired from Covance, joins WARF board

Photo: Deborah Keller

Deborah Keller, a retired Covance Inc. executive with extensive global experience in drug development, has joined the board of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Keller has an MBA from UW-Madison and serves on the board of the Wisconsin School of Business and its Dean's Advisory Board.

2 win awards for nursing research

Photo: Barbara Bowers

Two School of Nursing faculty members have earned awards from the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Barbara J. Bowers (left) received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her scholarship in long-term care. Barbara J. King was cited for her work to optimize nursing care of hospitalized older adults.  

In Memoriam

Vansina was trailblazing African history scholar

Photo: Jan Vansina

Professor Emeritus Jan Vansina, one of the world’s foremost historians of Africa, died Feb. 8. The Belgian-born Vansina's work led to acceptance in the academic world of oral traditions as valid sources of history, counter-ing the once-prevalent attitude that cultures without texts had no history.

Beyler served campus in University Communications

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Liz Beyler Kraak, a former UW-Madison broadcast and university relations specialist, died Feb. 9. She earned a journalism degree from the UW, then worked for WIBA radio. She was the first female reporter to become a regular in the all-male press room at the State Capitol. Services will be held Thursday.

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