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Camera presence

Photo: Jennifer Warren

Of the top 100 films released in 2016, women directed only 4 percent. Jennifer Warren is out to change that. The actress, director and UW alumna heads the Alliance of Women Direct-ors, a gathering place for women trying to break through the celluloid ceiling. “When you see stories about girls and wom-en, why would the choice of a male director be better than a female director?” Warren asks. “Women do see the world slightly differently.” Related video: Jill Soloway succeeds.

Top Stories

Chancellor shares budget thanks, concerns

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says she is thankful Gov. Scott Walker included funding increases for the UW in his proposed state budget. But there are several areas of concern, including uncertain funding of compensation increases and a faculty workload reporting requirement. Related: Follow the latest budget news.

Committee picks business dean finalists

Photo: Grainger Hall

The Wisconsin School of Business dean search and screen committee has named three finalists, presenting its recommendations to Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf Wednesday. The new dean will succeed François Ortalo-Magné, who will become dean of the London Business School.

Poster Fair, Lecture & Lunch, Today

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

Around Campus

UW-Madison among top producers of Fulbrights

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UW–Madison was among the 16 U.S. colleges that produced the most 2016–17 Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students. Fulbright is the nation's flagship international educational exchange program. Twenty-one students and seven scholars from the UW are among the winners.

Spring game to benefit Waisman Center

Photo: Running back Bradrick Shaw

The Wisconsin football team's annual Spring Game will be held on Friday, April 21. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the UW's Waisman Center, which is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.

Institute for young African leaders to return

Photo: Young African leaders attending institute

UW-Madison will host 25 of Africa’s emerging leaders for a public management academic and leadership institute. The Mandela Wash-ington Fellowship is aimed at empowering young African leaders through coursework, leadership training and networking to promote peace and prosperity on the African continent.

Outside UW

Engineering unit powers electric industries

Photo: Shop floor at Generac plant in Whitewater

WEMPEC, a research group at UW–Madison, has 88 sponsors, including Boeing, Ford, Rockwell and GE. The consortium’s faculty, graduate students and international scholars develop technologies and techniques for electric machines, power electronics, actuators, sensors, drives and motion controls.

Inside Info

Questions and answers about self-insurance

Photo: Stethoscope on health insurance form

What is self-insurance? Will my benefits change? The Office of Human Resources is addressing those and other questions about the proposed change in state employee health coverage to a self-insured system. FAQs are being posted with answers added as information becomes available.

Geriatrics Special Presentation

Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center presents Keith Whitfield for a scientific lecture on aging among African Americans, Fri., Feb. 24, 2 p.m.


Two receive prestigious Sloan awards

Graphic: Sloan Foundation logo

Two UW-Madison professors, Darcie Moore and Steven Sam, have been named to Sloan Research Fellowships — prestigious and competitive awards given to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers. Past winners include 43 who went on to receive Nobel Prizes.

In the Media

Journalists in running for ethics center award

Photo: Anthony Shadid

Six projects that combined aggressive report-ing with care for the consequences of that reporting are finalists for the 2017 Anthony Shadid Award given by the UW's Center for Journalism Ethics. The award is named for a UW-Madison alumnus who was a reporter for The New York Times until his death in 2012.


Japanese-American artist’s story quilts exhibited

Photo: Detail from Rumi OBrien quilt

Rumi O’Brien can transport you to another time and place, and spin an epic tale without ever saying a word. Her stories are told with colorful fabric, needle, thread and thimble. You can see them in Nancy Nicholas Hall through March 5. Related video: O'Brien narrates her life story and quilt designs in vivid detail.

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