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Time management for a new year

Photo: Music Hall clock

Was one of your New Year's resolutions to manage your time better? As 2013 gets off to a fast start, Associate Professor Ankur Desai offers some thoughtful suggestions on how to tame workload and manage your calendar to boost productivity. "You have to use what works for you, and the way you learn that is trial and error," he says.

Top Stories

Update: Lake Mendota finally frozen

Photo: Lake ice

The state climatologist has officially declared Jan. 14 as the “ice on” date for Lake Mendota this winter season. Surprisingly, Mendota’s freeze occurred on the exact same date as last year’s — a feat rarely, if ever, seen in the 150-year dataset of ice.

Van Gemert to direct libraries

Photo: Ed Van Gemert

Ed Van Gemert, who has served as interim director of the General Library System since December of 2011, has been selected to lead the system on a permanent basis. He succeeds Ken Frazier, who retired following 19 years at the helm.

May: Partners in Giving still needs support

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Haven't contributed to the Partners in Giving campaign yet?  No problem. Although the "active" period of the campaign is over, donations are still welcome and strongly encouraged. Related: Watch a video of Dean Katharyn May discussing the need.

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Around Campus

Military projects explore flexible electronics in imaging

Photo: Jack Ma

An electrical and computer engineer working with the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the U.S. Department of Defense has a simple goal: to make night vision more accurate and easier for soldiers and pilots to use.

Sustainability garden planned at Allen Gardens

Image: Garden plans

Allen Centennial Gardens will receive $20,800 from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust to convert the old bog garden into a new sustainability garden. The new space will include three types of sustainable gardening, including gravel, meadow and rain filtration.    

University Club now serving breakfast

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The University Club is adding breakfast to the menu starting today. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and continues until 10 a.m. “There really aren’t many places on campus to get breakfast,” says University Club General Manager Justin Duris. “We saw a need.”

Inside Info

Stop websites from collecting your personal data

Photo: Student at laptop

Most of us know that when we browse the Internet, the sites we visit may be collecting information about us. This leads to the convenience of having our username saved or seeing ads that actually interest us. However, there are tradeoffs for these small conveniences and the extent of this online tracking may surprise you.


The digital dairy store: Babcock’s new website

Photo: Babcock ice cream

Getting hungry? The Babcock Hall Dairy Store has launched a user-friendly website. On it, deli customers can quickly find out the soup of the day, as well as weekly menu specials. The most impressive website upgrade, however, is probably the online ordering system.


Honors span nursing, vet med and law

Professor Emerita Karen Pridham will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society; Karen Young, clinical professor of clinical pathology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, has received the 2012 Educator Award from the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology; Ann Zimmerman, director of UW Law School's Pro Bono Program, has been named to the 2013 Leaders in the Law list by Wisconsin Law Journal.  

In the Media

Lecturer’s ‘motorbike activism’ promotes health in Kenya

A nurse on a motorbike serves five rural Kenya villages with health care that costs next to nothing. Donations helped build a community health center and purchase water tanks. And that's just the beginning, thanks to the vision of UW–Madison lecturer Araceli Alonso.


Exhibit explores memories through woven images

Photo: Lia Cook exhibit

A new exhibition by artist Lia Cook, called "Digital Fibers Converse with Neural Networks," opens Feb. 1 with a reception from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Ruth Davis Gallery at Nancy Nicholas Hall. Cook's work explores the sensuality of the woven image and emotional connections to memories of touch and cloth.

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