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Ranking research

According to new figures released by the National Science Foundation (NSF), research expenditures at UW-Madison landed Wisconsin’s flagship university in the number four spot among universities nationwide for 2013. Although the figure was slightly lower than the previous year, UW-Madison ranked behind only Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan and the University of Washington. UW-Madison has consistently ranked among the top five universities overall for research expenditures for more than 20 years.

Top Stories

Change in Wisconsin Idea brings strong reaction

State Capitol

Reaction was swift yesterday to reports that Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal would change the mission of the UW System, removing the statutory language linked to the principle of the Wisconsin Idea. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has extensive coverage. Related: The Wisconsin Idea in action. 

Campus community invited to budget forums

Photo: UW crest

Chancellor Rebecca Blank invites the campus community to be part of a discussion about the proposed budget for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a series of forums starting next week. All staff may attend without loss of pay. Related: The myth of the lazy professor.

Blank reacts to proposed budget cuts, public authority

Rebecca Blank

Reacting to Gov. Walker's budget proposal, Chancellor Blank says, “We are willing to do our part in solving the state’s fiscal challenges, but a $300 million cut to ... the UW System is too much.” Blank says she will work with legislators to reduce the cut. Related: More details on the budget bill.

Around Campus

Madison ranked top metro area for STEM graduates

The Brookings Institution on Tuesday recognized Madison as the number one metropolitan area in the U.S. for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college graduates — the workers most likely to support the advanced industries that are driving the U.S. economy.  

Faculty and staff can apply for Wisconsin Idea Seminar

Photo: People touring ag research station

Faculty and academic staff interested in learning about Wisconsin can apply now for the Wisconsin Idea Seminar, May 18-22. The five-day bus tour is especially designed for new and newly promoted UW-Madison faculty. Lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities may also apply.

WARF marks 90 years of discovery, commercialization

Photo: Harry Steenbock

Since its founding in 1925, WARF has been investing in research at UW-Madison to help the landmark discoveries of the university improve the lives of millions. WARF is celebrating 90 years of support for the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment through programs and events.

Buzz

Increase in NetID phishing attempts on campus

Laptop computer

Recently, there has been an increase in attempts to obtain NetID and password credentials from students, faculty and staff via email. DoIT advises to never respond to an email that asks for your password, and only enter your NetID and password if you recognize the campus NetID login screen.

Milestones

IT veteran is new DoIT network services director

Photo: Jean Skül

Jeanne Skül has been named DoIT director of network services after a 30-year career in higher education information technology. The director is responsible for the operation and seamless delivery of technology services to the UW-Madison campus, UW System, and other users.

In Memoriam

UW grad who helped create ‘the pill’ dies at 91

Photo: Carl Djerassi

Carl Djerassi, best known as a co-discoverer of the steroid hormone that became the basis for the first oral contraceptive, died on Jan. 30 after a long career as chemist, and later a poet and playwright. Djerassi received the Wisconsin Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

In the Media

Experts encourage skiers, snowboarders to wear helmets

Photo: Snowboarder

Madison.com reports on an initiative by UW Health to promote the use of helmets among skiers and snowboarders. A multidisciplinary group is planning to work with schools, resorts and ski clubs throughout Wisconsin to increase the use of helmets, which reduce the chance for a traumatic brain injury.

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