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Lake on the rocks

When will Lake Mendota fully freeze? Of Madison's lakes, only Monona and Wingra are officially ice-covered, according to Lyle Anderson and John Young in the Wisconsin State Climatology Office. Lake Mendota is making a run at last season’s interminably late Jan. 14 ice-over date, though it’s a long way off to the Jan. 30 record from 1932. Related: Listen to the sounds of ice forming.  

Top Stories

University Health Services: Still time to get a flu shot

Over the past few weeks, Wisconsin has seen a significant increase in flu case numbers. The flu may be here but it’s not too late to protect yourself.  The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot, if you haven't done so already.

UW-Madison a national leader in value

Photo: Bascom Hall

According to a national survey, the UW-Madison is among the best values in public universities. For the second year in a row, the magazine Kiplinger's Personal Finance has ranked the campus 13th in its list of 100 best values in public colleges.

Get free tech help at Teach Me How to DoIT

Having trouble setting up your new gadget or need some help protecting and securing your technology? Attend a Teach Me How to DoIT session on Jan 17. Get FREE hands-on tech support and one-on-one assistance. Schedule a free, one-hour appointment today!

Around Campus

$15 million grant aims to boost student achievement

Photo: Family in FAST program

About 4,000 Philadelphia students and their families will be better prepared for school thanks to the expansion of an initiative developed by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

UW merchandise sales smash record, help financial aid

Photo: Badger fan

Sales of trademarked UW merchandise set a new record in 2011-12, with gross royalties reaching $3,752,828. That's an increase over the previous high of $3,326,879 set in 2010-11, and good news for students with financial need.

UW Hospital and Clinics purchases InnTowner Hotel

Photo: InnTowner Hotel

The Best Western InnTowner Hotel near UW Hospital and Clinics has been purchased by the hospital to provide a new patient-and-family centered resource for regional patients.

Inside Info

More workers balancing jobs, family caregiving

Photo: Caregiver and senior

You probably work with someone who is a caregiver. Wisconsin, like the rest of the U.S., is experiencing an “age wave” as more and more people live into their 90s. Often, those providing care for older friends and relatives are also employed outside the home.


New football coach announces staff

Photo: Gary Andersen

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen wasted little time in putting together his staff for the 2013 campaign. Andersen announced Thursday that he will be bringing in five new assistant coaches to join current UW staffers Thomas Hammock and Ben Strickland. Related: Sheffield named volleyball coach.


Anthropologist, students featured on NOVA

Photo: John Hawks

Last spring a NOVA crew visited anthropologist John Hawks and some of his students to talk Neandertals and find out what genetics tells us about these ancient human cousins – and about ourselves. The documentary will air Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television.

In Memoriam

Gerda Lerner, women’s studies pioneer, dies at 92

Photo: Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner, Robinson Edwards Professor Emerita of History, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2 in an assisted-living facility in Madison at age 92. Activist Gloria Steinem called her "fierce, brilliant and unique."

In the Media

Bucky’s Butchery teaches how to bring home the bacon

Chuck roasts from Bucky's Butchery may not have the same cachet as Union Utopia ice cream from Babcock Hall. But shoppers would be disappointed if Bucky's didn't allow them to bring home their favorite bacon, writes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Faculty the least stressed? We don’t believe it

A recent Forbes article sparked a firestorm in higher ed by asserting that university professor is the "least stressful" profession of 2013. Having worked with UW faculty members for many years, Inside UW doesn't believe it for a minute. How would you respond to the author?

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