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Park Street partners

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The word “joy” came up often during the grand opening of the UW South Madison Partnership last week. It fit the mood: lively conversation in a packed room; a vibrant red wall matching the new red chairs; and warm welcomes from community leaders, including the Rev. Alex Gee (above left). “It's more than just symbolic that we now have university anchors at both ends of Park Street,” said Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell. “It's an example of the university meeting people where they work and live.”

Top Stories

Chancellor: People are hearing our message

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Chancellor Rebecca Blank believes UW-Madison’s message is being heard in the state budget debate. On her blog, Blank says while budget cuts are coming, “there appears to be ... a genuine interest in seeking ways to reduce the size of the cut.” Related: Guidance on lobbying activities.

State budget garners national attention

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Coverage of Wisconsin's budget debate is front page news in The New York Times and Washington Post. Additional state and national coverage is posted daily at budget.wisc.edu. Related: Blank calls on 70,000 alums to become involved.

Campus ranks highly in Fulbright faculty awards

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UW-Madison ranks among the top six U.S. colleges to receive 2014-15 faculty Fulbright awards. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Six faculty scholars have received the awards, which is a tie for fifth place in the nation.

Innovations in Birth Control

How effective are different methods of birth control? Are there benefits beyond pregnancy prevention? Join UW Ob-Gyn experts Feb. 25, 6-7 p.m. for discussion and Q&A.

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Around Campus

Campus to honor and welcome faculty of color

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The Annual Faculty of Color Reception Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the Pyle Center is an opportunity to welcome new faculty of color, honor newly promoted faculty of color, recognize visiting faculty of color, and network with colleagues. The public and campus community are invited.

Researcher encourages girls to get into game design

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Amanda Ochsner first developed an interest in games as an editor for a games website, where she reviewed games marketed toward adolescent girls. She didn’t like what she saw. Ochsner studies why there are so few women in the game design industry — and she’s encouraging girls to get into the field.

Outside UW

Program targets American Indian information issues

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The School of Library and Information Studies brings together tribes, graduate students, and nontribal professionals in support of tribal cultural institutions. They're introducing students to the unique cultural, legal, linguistic and political aspects of American Indian information issues.

Inside Info

Tax season brings risk of fraud and scams

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Tax season is upon us. So too is the occurrence of fraud and scams. All of us need to be aware and careful of offers to “help” with our taxes. One thing that should raise a red flag right away: The IRS will never contact taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

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David Nelson named director of purchasing services

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David Nelson has been named UW-Madison's director of purchasing services. Nelson has held leadership positions with several Wisconsin- and Illinois-based companies, such as Kohl’s, American Family Insurance, CUNA Mutual, GE Healthcare, and Siemens Medical Solutions. He starts Feb. 23.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, presents Games + Learning + Society’s Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire: The Science of Play, Wednesday, Feb 18, 7 p.m., Discovery Building

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Buzz

Stommel lists best practices for digital teachers

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Jesse Stommel loves interacting with learners, so he was reluctant to pursue digital teaching. But he came to see that digital tools would only strengthen his connection with students. In a new article, Stommel lists some best practices. Among them: Add one digital activity at a time, not 12 all at once.

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