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February thaw

Photo: Student sitting in hammock on Bascom Hill

Enjoying a burst of springlike weather with temperatures reaching the low 60s, sophomore Spencer Bernhardt swings in a hammock while studying on Bascom Hill near the Education Building during an extremely mild winter day on Friday. Record-shattering high temps are forecast to continue through Wednesday, but — don't blame the messenger — snow could return by Friday. Related: See more UW-Madison photos on Instagram.

Top Stories

Bonner to bow out after 40 years of leadership

Photo: Paula Bonner

Paula Bonner, president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, will step down from those roles effective June 30. After that, she will remain with WFAA part-time until Oct. 31, working on the completion of Alumni Park.

Fine line between fake news and bad science reporting

Photo: Dominique Brossard

The rise of fake news has dominated the world of politics since the last U.S. election cycle. But fake news is not at all new in the world of sci-ence, notes life sciences communication Pro-fessor Dominique Brossard. Brossard offers three paths toward better science communi-cation and less inaccuracy in science news.

Poster Fair, Lecture & Lunch, Thurs., Feb. 23

Register for the Education Research Poster Fair. Keynote: “How Personalized Learning Is Transforming Education.” Lunch catered by Steenbock’s.

Around Campus

Giovanni speaks to packed house about Black Joy

Photo: Nikki Giovanni holding up Black Joy t-shirt

World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni gave a keynote speech Thursday as part of UW–Madison’s celebration of Black History Month. She said even though people of color have had to face many challenges, they still have a right to be happy and feel joy.

Gear Learning carries on educational games research

Photo: Mike Beall

Impact. It’s a word that Mike Beall uses often when defining the mission of the game developers he leads at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. "We want to help influence many education outcomes in many venues through video games,” says Beall, a lifelong gamer who built his first game at age 8.

Medical school to help NBA fight hamstring injuries

Photo: Basketball hoop with net

The NBA and GE Healthcare have awarded a grant to the School of Medicine and Public Health to identify risk factors for hamstring injury in athletes. Hamstring injuries are among the most common musculoskeletal injuries in people who participate in sports that involve running and sprinting.

Outside UW

UW helps schools update approach to science education

Photo: Biocore ambassador with schoolchildren

Students cheer as three recent alumni of the Biology Core Curriculum honors program at UW–Madison enter a 4th grade classroom in Mazomanie. Inquiry-based learning is the fundamental precept of Biocore, which sends as many as 50 science outreach ambassadors to Wisconsin schools each year.

Campus Initiatives

Who has improved administration in your office?

Photo: Administrative employees on laptops

Teams and individuals can be nominated for the 2017 Administrative Improvement Award, which recognizes exceptional performance in administrative roles that support academics, research, student services, outreach and administration. The award emphasizes process improvement and collaborative work.

Intro to Commercialization Workshop

Get your idea to market: attend a D2P Commercialization workshop, March 7 and 14. Learn what it takes to take a UW innovation from campus out to the market.


Business school’s Thompson wins fellowship

Photo: Craig Thompson

Wisconsin School of Business Professor Craig Thompson has been named a 2017 Association for Consumer Research Fellow. Thompson’s research includes how class and gender shape consumer preferences and behavior, and the influences market systems exert over consumer choice and lifestyle.

In Memoriam

Stubblefield to receive honorary degree posthumously

Photo: Clyde Stubblefield

Legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield, who died Saturday, had been selected before his death to receive an honorary degree prior to spring commencement. He will now receive the award posthumously. Stubblefield called Madison home since the 1970s. Rolling Stone named him the 6th best drummer of all time.


Reporter Alcindor to address race in criminal justice

Photo: Yamiche Alcindor

New York Times reporter and videographer Yamiche Alcindor, UW–Madison’s Spring 2017 Public Affairs Writer in Residence, will partic-ipate in a panel discussion at 4:30 this after-noon at the Pyle Center. "Rethinking Criminal Justice: Incarceration & Race" will also include Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm.

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