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Bubbling with enthusiasm

Photo: students making bubble

Bubble-making is just the tip of the iceberg. UW-Madison student mentors in the Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program visit kids in more than 40 schools and community centers, sparking an enthusiasm for science that wasn't there before. Watch how the excitement builds as the youngsters learn to ask questions, think critically and, yes, catch bubbles.

Top Stories

Cadwallader to step down from top research post

Martin Cadwallader

After an almost 13-year stint leading UW-Madison’s vast research and graduate education enterprise, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Martin Cadwallader announced he is stepping down from the post to return to the faculty.

Campus deals with continuing frigid weather

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The prediction that it will be a balmy 24 degrees on Thursday came as cold comfort to students, faculty and staff who are encountering subzero temperatures again today. The frigid air forced the cancellation of morning classes on Tuesday, as safety took precedence on campus. Related: A recent history of campus closings.

Physician, social activist Jeffrey Patterson dies

Jeffrey Patterson

Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, a family medicine physician, professor emeritus at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and an activist for health and environmental causes, died Jan. 23. Patterson was also known for his involvement in Physicians for Social Responsibility.

A Healthy Heart Beats Stronger

Join the conversation online throughout the month of February for simple steps, inspiring videos, practical posts and helpful tools to love your heart from UW Health.

Around Campus

Mastering the Van Hise stairs and staying fit

Joan Leffler

There is a small band of faculty and staff members who regularly use Van Hise Hall's 20-floor stairwell to stay fit, even in the doldrums of winter. “It’s an excellent cardio workout,” says Joan Leffler, a coordinator for the Department of German who retired this month. “You don’t need any equipment.”

Grants deadlines near for two outreach programs

UW banner

Deadlines are near for two campus grant programs. Pre-proposals for the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Grants are due Wednesday, Jan. 29, while proposals for the Morgridge Match Grant Program are due Friday, Feb. 14.  

Tax time looms: Wage statements now available

w2

The 2013 W-2 wage and tax statements are now available in My UW under the Work Record tab. Your statement is located under the tax statements tab in the Payroll Information module. Paper copies of the W-2 will be postmarked by Jan. 31.

Outside UW

Sessions on State Street offers advice to entrepreneurs

Allen Dines

Allen Dines, a campus leader in entrepreneurship, has embarked on biweekly sessions at 100state, a "co-working" facility on State Street near the Capitol where entrepreneurs gather to move their ideas toward the market.

Inside Info

Descriptions of food products can be confusing

Plates of food

“Fresh,” “healthy,” “low fat,” “low sodium” – we hear these words often when it comes to food products. But some commonly used food terms may be confusing to consumers who are trying to make the right choices, says Gayle Coleman, UW-Extension nutrition education specialist.

Introducing...

Sage Kokjohn: Tackling engine mysteries

Sage Kokjohn

Sage Kokjohn’s fascination with the internal-combustion engine began when he took up motocross racing while growing up in Iowa. Today, Kokjohn, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, focuses on helping the next generation of engines meet emissions and energy challenges.

Milestones

Blanchard named WEI associate director

Mary Blanchard

Mary Blanchard, a biofuels industry professional and former executive at Virent, Inc., joined the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) as the new associate director. Blanchard's career spans business development, industrial and governmental relations and marketing.

In the Media

Danielle Evans joins creative writing program

Danielle Evans

Isthmus reports on Danielle Evans, a former Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellow, who will join the creative writing program as an assistant professor this fall. She has been teaching at American University since 2007.

Events

UW Law Days registration opens

Law books

The annual UW Law Days 2014, a symposium on legal issues and new legal developments in areas of interest to university administrators, will be held on March 11-12 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison. For more information and to register, click here.

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