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Well-told tales

Thulani Davis believes in the power of a well-told tale. No surprise there — the new assistant professor of Afro-American studies grew up in the South, for one thing, and comes from a long line of readers and thinkers who love to talk. She’s been an award-winning writer and journalist for the past 40 years. And Davis is intimately connected to one of America’s greatest full-circle narratives. In finding a way to tell that story, she helped ensure its place in the national consciousness.

Top Stories

Student budget forum draws questions, concerns

Photo: Students in entry to Bascom Hall

About 100 undergraduates and others turned out Monday night at Varsity Hall in Union South to hear more about how the proposed state budget may affect the university. The forum followed earlier sessions geared toward graduate students and staff members.

Sessions offer employees latest info on HR Design

Logo: HR Design project

Since the beginning of HR Design, regular meetings have kept the campus informed and engaged about its progress. Upcoming winter information sessions, including those this Thursday and March 3, will feature breakout sessions to address topics of high interest.

WARF’s 90 Years:
Decade by Decade

The next installment in the decade by decade exploration of WARF’s history focuses on the Licensing of Irradiated Milk in 1932.

Graphic: WARF 90th anniversary logo

Around Campus

Center sees hope for more diversity in children’s books

Photo: Books for children

The number of children’s books by and about people of color has remained stubbornly stagnant over the past 25 years, according to annual data compiled by UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center. But the most recent figures, released last week, may contain a sliver of good news.

Vargas studies impact of Chicago gang violence

Photo: Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas didn’t set out to study gang violence in Chicago neighborhoods, but once he saw its power over the community, he shifted his area of research. Vargas realized that before he could comprehend his original research topic of youth education, he needed to understand the impact of gangs.

Inside Info

Do popular flu and cold remedies actually work?

Photo: Sick man lying in bed

It's that time of year: The office cold is going around. Again. When you’re battling cold symptoms, you can get desperate for relief. But what actually works? UW Health posed the question on Facebook and asked family medicine physician Adam Rindfleisch for his take on the responses.

Introducing...

Instructor helps students connect through the arts

Heather Pickering, a third-year MFA student and Intro to Acting instructor, says students love the interactions and personal attention they get in her class. In this video profile, she relates how the arts have the power to transform people into wiser, stronger and more intelligent human beings.

Explore education research over lunch with WCER

View diverse posters and hear Tina Trujillo, from UC-Berkeley, speak on urban school reform this Friday. Learn more and register!

Buzz

Why you need to run anti-malware on your phone

Graphic: Cellphone with virus

Smartphones are computers too, and are subject to some of the same risks. Viruses and malware affecting mobile devices exist, and infections are on the rise. DoIT took a look at the smartphone antivirus software out there, and whether it’s worth installing.

Milestones

Computer sciences, math professors win fellowships

Graphic: Sloan Foundation logo

Thomas Ristenpart, assistant professor of computer sciences, and Melanie Matchett Wood, assistant professor of mathematics, are among 126 scientists from around the United States who will receive two-year $50,000 fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

In the Media

Forbes features ‘innovative’ Internet of Things lab

Photo: Fingers holding sensor

Forbes has a video profile of the UW-Madison Internet of Things (IoT) Laboratory, where faculty, students and industry come to use new technologies to create useful objects with embedded, data-sharing electronic sensors. It's described as "an innovative new education lab in America’s heartland."

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