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Commemorating the Morrill Act

The 150th anniversary of a law that changed the mission of the University of Wisconsin and gave rise to the Wisconsin Idea is being marked in 2012. Molly Jahn, a professor and former dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and UW student Dantrell Cotton will be participating in a White House event today in honor of the occasion.

Top Stories

Go Big Read accepting book nominations

Planning is under way for next year's common-reading program, which will focus on a theme suggested by Interim Chancellor David Ward: innovation. The deadline to submit a title for consideration for the 2012-13 program is Friday, Feb. 3.

Ward launches independent review of Chadima allegations

Interim Chancellor David Ward announced Monday that retired Dane County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Fiedler will lead a four-person team to conduct an independent review of a recent allegation of misconduct by former Senior Associate Athletic Director John Chadima.

Teach Me How to Apply a Screen Protector

For tips on how to apply a screen protector like a pro, watch this DoIT Geeks video.
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Around Campus

UW impact featured in new network series

The Big Ten Network will debut "Impact the World," a powerful new original series that shifts the focus from the playing fields to the world stage. The show airs at 8:30 p.m. It will cover two stories on the UW–Madison campus on Jan. 17.

Madison events to honor legacy of MLK Jr.

Members of the UW–Madison community and the Madison community at large will have plentiful opportunities for observance and service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Inside Info

Life of the Christmas tree after Christmas

Most Christmas trees have been hitting the curbside over the past week or two. What happens to these trees once they’re picked up? Scott Bowe of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology talks tree recycling and the state tree industry in this CALS podcast. 

Buzz

New ad highlights UW ideas that have transformed the world

Faculty and staff found one more reason to be proud of the university during the Jan. 2 broadcast of the Rose Bowl game: a new commercial featuring some of UW's greatest contributions to the world.

Milestones

Teaching and Learning Symposium submissions

Read more about the theme of this year's Teaching and Learning Symposium on the Call for Proposals page. Submit your proposal for either a workshop or learning circle by Friday, Jan. 20.    

In Memoriam

Legendary geneticist James Crow passes away

The UW-Madison community is mourning the loss of a legend: James F. Crow, professor emeritus of genetics, who passed away Jan. 4, two weeks shy of his 96th birthday.

H. Edwin Young, ex-campus and system head, dies

Hugh Edwin Young, who served as chancellor of UW–Madison during the tumultuous Vietnam War era, and later as president of the UW System, died on Monday, Jan. 2 in Madison. He was 94.

Law School mourns the loss of Jane Larson

The University of Wisconsin Law School is deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Jane Larson, Voss-Bascom Professor of Law, who passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at her home in Madison in late December.

Events

ComETS annual meeting is Jan. 12

The Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 in the School of Education’s Wisconsin Idea Room.

Interact

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Whether in your work on campus or in your own life, what's your resolution for self-improvement in the coming year? If you add it to our comments section, you'll have to make it come true!

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