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Doctoral dance

Dance your Ph.D.

Doctoral research can get complex beyond the easy understanding of even your fellow grad students. Unless it has a beat, that is, and you can dance to it. Ambalika Khadria found the right moves to demonstrate her methods for exploring the proteins key to cell division in bacteria, as she choreographed a winning entry in the national 2013 Dance Your Ph.D. contest.

Top Stories

Journal Sentinel: UW looks to turn research into growth

Rebecca Blank

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel details Chancellor Rebecca Blank's vision in hiring three key economic development leaders and the new D2P effort. Blank told the paper she wants "a real step-up in ways we engage in the economic development agenda for the state." Related: "New focus could pay off."

Ray Cross selected as new UW System president

Ray Cross

Ray Cross, chancellor of University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension, has been appointed as the next president of the UW System. Cross plans to step into the new leadership post in mid-February. Related: Chancellor Rebecca Blank's statement on Cross' appointment.

Like Trivia?

Then team up with the UW Carbone Cancer Center for the 2nd annual Trivia Night with Andy North, Thurs. Jan 30. Great fun, food and prizes; proceeds benefit UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Around Campus

Online engineering graduate programs ranked 3rd

Laptop computer

UW-Madison is ranked third by U.S. News & World Report among schools offering high-quality online graduate engineering programs. This is the third year in a row that the UW has ranked in the top 10. "We strive to offer our students the highest quality and best value," says the program's Wayne Pferdehirt.

Chancellor: Academic boycotts contrary to UW values

Sift and winnow plaque

Academic boycotts such as the one of Israeli higher education institutions advocated by the American Studies Association run counter to UW's historic defense of academic freedom – one of the university's defining values, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says in her blog.

Bus routes 81 and 82 return to original routes

Photo: Metro bus

After more than two years of construction detours, campus bus routes 81 and 82 will return to their original routes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21. Updates will be made to Madison Metro signage, Google Maps and the UW-Madison interactive map.

Introducing...

Janet Moore: Campus life for a nontraditional student

Janet Moore

A sin­gle mother of two boys, Janet Moore was inspired to earn a bachelor’s degree after work­ing in an envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion pro­gram in the McFar­land school district. She talks about life on campus for an adult student, her goals and her decision to return to the classroom.

Milestones

John Coleman named to Minnesota deanship

John Coleman

Political science Professor and Chair John Coleman has been named the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, effective July 31, pending Board of Regents approval in February. Coleman has served since 2007 as chair of the department he’s been part of for more than 20 years.

New leaders to help technologies flourish

Arjun Sanga

With a strong background in technology transfer, business startups and intellectual property management, Arjun Sanga (left) has joined WiSys Technology Foundation as executive director. David J. Ward, CEO of NorthStar Consulting Group, has been elected to chair the board of trustees.

In the Media

Turning Victorian literature into data into visual art

Victorian Eyes trunk

A project at UW-Madison shows the artistic potential in statistics, says the Boston Globe. Called “Victorian Eyes,” it’s based on a unique collaboration: an English graduate student developed research questions, a statistician figured out how to answer them using digital tools, and an artist turned the data into artwork.

Events

Seminar aims to boost students’ civic engagement

Voting signs

A seminar aimed at strengthening civic engagement by students will be held Friday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Gordon Dining and Events Center. A cross-campus team of administrators, faculty, staff and students is hosting the half-day seminar.

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