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Instituting change

Photo: Jo Handelsman

As of Feb. 1, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery entered a new phase with a new leader in director Jo Handelsman. One mechanism Handelsman envisions implementing to encourage more interaction and interdisciplinarity at WID is the model of grand challenges – “audacious but feasible goals ... that capture the imagination and demand advances in innovation and breakthroughs in science and technology.” The approach is one of the ways Handelsman says her experiences as a science advisor at the White House will help her move WID forward.

Top Stories

Investment needed to maintain quality, Blank says

Photo: Rebecca Blank speaking to Board of Regents

UW–Madison has maintained high quality in education and research, but further efforts, including new state investment and flexibilities that will allow campus to act entrepreneurially, are essential to securing continued excellence, Chancellor Rebecca Blank told the UW System Board of Regents Thursday.

Break sought for some 2-year college transfers

Photo: Students in entry to Bascom Hall

If UW–Madison receives sufficient new investment in the 2017-19 biennial budget, Chancellor Rebecca Blank is committed to guaranteeing at least one year of tuition free for first-generation Wisconsin students transferring here under an agreement with UW Colleges and four technical colleges.

Science of Successful Aging Summit

Join world-renowned scientists April 18-19 to discuss the latest research on the aging brain and dementia and gain ideas to expand your own research.

Around Campus

Leadership team changes at School of Nursing

Photo: Linda Scott

School of Nursing Dean Linda D. Scott has announced a series of leadership changes, including a newly created associate dean position for administrative affairs. The changes are part of a school-wide realignment Scott began after a listening tour initiated when she arrived last July.

Love story leads Steinway to new home

Photo: Technician sanding piano key hammers

After extensive sanding, polishing and cleaning, a 1927 Steinway baby grand piano has taken up residence in the Mead Witter School of Music. The piano is central to a story about Charles Chandler Wooster and his survivors, who refused for years to give up the instrument that held so many memories.

Video: I calculate, therefore I am

Photo: Hannah DeBrine

Was math invented or discovered? That's a philosophical question Hannah DeBrine can look at from multiple angles. By double major-ing in math and philosophy, DeBrine says she learns both logical truth, and individual peop-le’s truth — even if a good philosophy class ends with more confusion than it started with.

Inside Info

Not too late to get a flu shot

Photo: Nurse giving flu shot

If you missed getting a flu shot when they were offered on campus, health officials say it's not too late to protect yourself — there are many other places where you can still get the vaccine. Enter your zip code to find a flu shot clinic. And practice good respiratory hygiene, such as elbow coughs and hand washing.


New faculty focus: Ivan Shaliastovich

Photo: Ivan Shaliastovich

It didn't take Ivan Shaliastovich long to stake out the Terrace as his favorite place on campus to have lunch or bring a guest for some Babcock ice cream. The associate professor of finance enjoys "a high-quality, stress-free environment that the university and the city of Madison offer."

Graduate Student Funding Resource Fair

Looking for funding? Join us Tues., Feb. 14 for more on grant opportunities, preparation tips and more. Register now.

In Memoriam

Jeff Sauer was winningest UW coach

Photo: Jeff Sauer

Jeff Sauer, UW's men's hockey coach from 1982 to 2002, has passed away at the age of 73. Sauer led the Badgers to 489 victories, the most for a UW coach in any sport. He guided Wisconsin to the 1983 and 1990 NCAA titles. Sauer was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame last year.  

In the Media

Former Badger star powers Super Bowl win

Photo: James White

In case you didn't hear, it was former Badgers running back James White who sparked the biggest rally in Super Bowl history Sunday. In the game of a lifetime, White scored a record three touchdowns, including the game winner. His win marks the fourth consecutive year in which a Badger has won a Super Bowl.

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