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New twist, new tastes at Rathskeller

Photo: Rathskeller

Der Rathskeller at the Memorial Union reopened this week after a monthlong makeover with several changes geared to provide customers with a new level of dining and Gemütlichkeit in the historic and popular gathering space.    

Top Stories

Faculty, staff encouraged to promote new voter ID card

Graphic: Voter poster

With photo identification now mandatory for participation in Wisconsin elections, faculty and staff are encouraged to inform students about the campus voter identification card, available for free at the Wiscard office in Union South.

Ward statement on Chadima, review team report

A report detailing misconduct allegations against former senior associate athletic director John Chadima was released to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Interim Chancellor David Ward says he will consider the recommendations and determine what future measures need to be taken.

Progress continues on HR Design Project

Seven work teams have met through January to remodel the campus' human resources and personnel system, laying the groundwork for a historic overhaul of the system.

Cool Science Image Contest

The 2012 Cool Science Image Contest is seeking the best images from students and scientists on campus – deadline Feb. 28!

Around Campus

Next year’s Go Big Read to focus on innovation

After tackling issues surrounding where our food comes from, medical ethics and immigration policy, the university's common reading program is seeking nominations for works of fiction and nonfiction that connect to or inspire innovation. The deadline for suggestions is Feb. 3.

Hamacher Pharmacy Learning Center opens

The David and Marjorie Hamacher Pharmacy Learning Center and Academic Programs Office marked its official opening on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the School of Pharmacy, offering a comfortable, sunny space overlooking the pond and UW Hospital.

Inside Info

Don’t hibernate, embrace the season

Wisconsin is known for its cold and snowy winters. Residents can stay indoors, complain about the weather and wait for spring to come. But especially with young children, it's best to embrace the season and get out and play, according to new tips from the Growing Up Healthy blog from UW Health.


eText pilot program launches

UW-Madison is part of an pilot to understand and influence the use of electronic textbooks. Along with several peer institutions, the university is providing students free access to eTexts for Spring Semester in a select handful of classes.


Wendy Crone named to graduate education post

Photo: Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone, a professor of engineering physics and interim associate dean of physical sciences in the UW-Madison Graduate School, has been named the school's associate dean for graduate education. Related: Read an interview with Crone.

Satellite renamed to honor UW space pioneer

Photo: Verner Suomi

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have renamed their newest Earth-observing satellite after Verner Suomi, a longtime professor who often is called the father of satellite meteorology.

In Memoriam

Jim Steele, associate registrar for student records, dies at 59

Photo: Jim Steele

Jim Steele died Tuesday, Jan. 24, after a lengthy illness. At the Registrar's Office, Steele was there to help anyone who needed the expertise that only a longtime employee could offer.

In the Media

Kawaoka authors Nature commentary on flu research

In a Nature Comment article, UW-Madison's Yoshihiro Kawaoka suggests that pursuing studies of highly pathogenic viruses must be done with urgency.


Disaster Resistant University plan discussed Jan. 31

A planning team is in the middle of a two-year effort to develop a Disaster Resistant University plan for the campus. The disaster planning effort -- including potential hazards and mitigation ideas -- will be discussed on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 4-6 p.m. in room 240 of Steenbock Library.

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