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Badgers in Hollywood

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With the Academy Awards coming up this weekend, we turn the spotlight on UW-Madison alumni who have made their mark in Hollywood (in fact, let's call it “Badgerwood”), including a past Oscar winner and a nominee. Some of the most accomplished names in moviemaking and television are Badgers: one of the leading filmmakers of all time, and some of the industry’s fastest risers. In the series of videos we present here, seven of them talk about their paths from Madison to Los Angeles — and describe how their time on campus has influenced their careers.

Top Stories

Employees invited to suggest cost savings

UW-Madison is asking faculty and staff to help identify potential savings and efficiencies. At a time when proposed budget reductions pose significant challenges, says Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell, the university is turning to its employees for suggestions on how to reduce costs and improve resource stewardship.

UW among leaders in recruiting Peace Corps volunteers

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With 69 Badger alumni currently serving in 34 countries, UW-Madison continues its tradition as one of the nation’s top producers of Peace Corps volunteers. The university has consistently placed in the top 10 since 2001, including six years in the top spot. This year, UW-Madison ranks second.

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Around Campus

Awards will recognize classified employee achievements

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Nominations are being sought for the 2015 Classified Employee Recognition Award, an annual program that rewards exemplary performance by classified staff. All permanent classified employees who have worked at UW-Madison for at least three years are eligible to be nominated.

New MOOC explores Great Lakes climate change

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“Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” is a Massive Open Online Course beginning Feb. 23 that will teach learners all about climate change. Not only that — it will give them a chance to do something about it. It’s the second of six UW MOOCs being offered in 2015-16.

Helping prepare grad students and postdocs for careers

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The Graduate School is spearheading an initiative to encourage all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP helps them prepare for careers in a variety of paths, as faculty members or in the private or public sectors.

Outside UW

Zoo’s mother-to-be receives care from UW professionals

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While many in Madison were delighted to learn that Henry Vilas Zoo’s Bornean orangutan, Kawan, was expecting the zoo’s first baby primate in 14 years, it was old news to Barb Trampe, chief sonographer at the UW/Meriter Center for Perinatal Care. She had already seen the first baby pictures.

Campus Initiatives

Biomedical research crisis conversation continues

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UW-Madison has become “a biomedical research powerhouse.” Yet, a looming national biomedical research crisis threatens to fundamentally impact that research and the researchers who do it. The university will host a workshop April 11 to share ideas on how to address the situation.


University Press of Florida official to lead UW Press

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Dennis Lloyd, deputy director of the University Press of Florida, has been selected as the new University of Wisconsin Press director. “I have been aware of the stellar reputation and cutting-edge publications of the University of Wisconsin Press for most of my career,” Lloyd says.


Middlecamp cited for work on equal access in chemistry

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Professor Cathy Middlecamp has won a national award for encouraging disadvantaged students into careers in the chemical sciences. Middlecamp has brought the issue of equal access to the attention of the larger chemistry community and assisted hundreds of students.

In the Media

Job creators: Cuts could harm economic growth

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Two state business leaders write in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that a $300 million cut to the UW System would “strike a blow to a key source of potential economic growth and undercut a major opportunity to translate the system's scientific research into new, high-growth companies and jobs.”

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