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Comic relief

Graphic: Image from Ph.D. comic book

As thesis writing approached, grad student Veronica Berns faced a conundrum. She knew how hard it was to describe her work to friends and family. “It was hard to explain without using the words I would use to talk to my colleagues, so I started thinking about making it easier to talk to somebody who does not have the same background.” Berns liked drawing and using “normal, English-language words,” and so about a year before graduation, she opted to accompany her traditional Ph.D. thesis with a comic book version.

Top Stories

Faculty pass resolution condemning budget cut

Bascom Hall

The Faculty Senate on Monday passed a resolution expressing “strong opposition” to a proposed $300 million state funding cut for the UW System, warning the cut “would diminish the quality, breadth, and access to education for Wisconsin residents.” Related: Listen live to Governor Walker's budget address at 7 p.m.

Final MIU report proves value of targeted funding

Photo: Undergraduate lecture

The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates has filled in critical gaps at times when shrinking support from state and federal sources might have eroded aspects of the undergraduate experience. With the release of the final progress report, campus leaders agree: MIU has had a positive, long-lasting impact. Related: Chancellor Blank praises MIU results

GO RED For Women

Each year 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. Join the American Heart Association and UW Health at the Wear Red Day Launch Party & Wear Red Day February 5 & 6.

Around Campus

Professor leads effort to track campus foxes

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Last year, a family of foxes took up residence on campus. With winter in full swing, the foxes are out there again. David Drake, an associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology, is welcoming the public to come along as his team tries to track and better understand these urban canids.

Wisconsin Athletics celebrates Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month this February, Wisconsin Athletics invites fans to learn about the department’s black history, including pioneers, historic moments and African-American newsmakers, based on research by Gregory Bond, who received his Ph.D. in American history from the UW.

Campus Initiatives

Spring Game to benefit undergraduate advising

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Proceeds from the Wisconsin football team's annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 25, will be given to the UW Office of Undergraduate Advising. “Like Badger Football, it's also a new era for undergraduate advising at UW-Madison,” says Director of Undergraduate Advising Wren Singer.

Inside Info

Stress and gender: Common triggers and how to cope

Photo: Stressed woman holding head

If you've had a stressful day, what do you do? Talk with friends, or withdraw and keep to yourself? How you answer that may depend on your gender, explains UW Health psychologist Shilagh Mirgain. What can differ between the genders is not only how they react to stress, but what triggers it.

Introducing...

Alumnus Phelps to lead FIGs program

Photo: Nathan Phelps

The popular First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) program has a new leader: Madison native and UW-Madison alumnus Nathan Phelps, who earned his degree in anthropology and history. Phelps, who has spent the past 14 years at Western Kentucky University, replaces Greg Smith, who retired last year.

Buzz

‘Wreck-It’ writer says UW helped in Hollywood transition

Graphic: Animated Hollywood sign

Screenwriter Phil Johnston, creator of the animated hit “Wreck-It Ralph,” says his days as a UW-Madison student helped him become successful in Hollywood. In the final installment of our Badgerwood video series, Johnston explains what being a Badger has to do with show biz.

Milestones

Medical school’s Brodt wins Regents’ Diversity Award

Photo: Erik Brodt

Erik Brodt, assistant professor of family medicine, has been chosen for a Regents' Diversity Award. Brodt founded the Native American Center for Health Professions, a program to improve the recruitment, support, retention and graduation rates of Native health professional students.

Events

Composer visiting campus for residency, concerts

Photo: Cecilia McDowall

British composer Cecilia McDowall will visit the School of Music in late February for a three-day residency and the premiere of her work “Seventy Degrees Below Zero,” commissioned by the Scott Polar Research Institute. A scientist from the UW IceCube observatory will give a related talk.

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