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All that jazz

Photo: Johannes Wallmann

As UW-Madison's director of jazz studies, Johannes Wallmann has pumped palpable energy into a program that has grown during his five years here to connect not just with students, but with the local jazz community. “Anyplace that has jazz, you’ll see him,” says Susan Lipp, a UW supporter who helped steward the gift that endowed Wallmann’s posi-tion. “We’re really lucky we got him," she says in an Isthmus profile. "Really lucky.” Photo: Nick Berard

Top Stories

Blank defends academic freedom, free speech

Photo: Rebecca Blank

The public debate about a course called "The Problem of Whiteness" does not surprise Chancellor Rebecca Blank. She says in a new blog post the use of the word "problem" is understood differently by academics and the public. It's intended to mean a topic is worthy of debate, not that "whiteness" is a problem.

MPD’s Roman is new UW-Madison police chief

Photo: Kristen Roman

Kristen Roman, a Madison Police Department captain with extensive experience in community outreach, mental health issues and services to vulnerable populations, started Monday as UW-Madison chief of police. She succeeds Susan Riseling, who retired in August after 25 years as chief.

Living Well Programs

Join us as we explore how to become more focused, cope with chronic pain, manage stress, and find the balance needed to lead a healthier life.

Around Campus

Q&A: Van Matre leaves licensing in record territory

Photo: Cindy Van Matre

Royalties from the sale of licensed UW–Madison merchandise set a record in 2015-16, exceeding $4.4 million. As trademark licensing director, Cindy Van Matre has protected the UW trademark and helped expand it into a nationally recognized brand. Van Matre retired Jan. 6 after 17 years in the position.

Lenn to represent UW-Madison in D.C.

Photo: Michael Lenn

Michael Lenn is UW-Madison's new director of federal relations. Lenn brings more than 15 years of experience in Washington to the role, working for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and the Insured Retirement Institute. “I am excited to return to Capitol Hill to advocate for the flagship university of my home state,” he says.

Campus Initiatives

UW microbiome push to dovetail with U.S. effort

Recent studies have shown that the complement of microorganisms known as the microbiome is an important determinant of human health and disease. Funding to study the microbiome will be available through a new initiative administered by the vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

Dance – Move – Play

Adult dance and movement classes: ballet, tap, t’ai chi, and more. However you dance, do it with us. Spring classes begin January 30.

Buzz

CyberBadgers: A look back at 2016 on social media

Photo: Bucky Badger

What better way to reach Badgers everywhere than through social media? The University Communications team enjoyed engaging with hundreds of thousands of students, alumni and others last year. We hope you enjoy this look back at some of the most popular tweets and Instagram posts of 2016.

Milestones

Straus nominated for Holocaust Memorial Council

Photo: Scott Straus

Scott Straus, director of graduate studies in the Political Science Department, has been appointed by President Obama as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Straus, previously a freelance journalist, has been honored by the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.

In Memoriam

Iltis remembered as ‘battling botanist’

Photo: Hugh Iltis

Passionate, articulate and informed, Hugh Iltis was opinionated, sometimes argumentative, but always a fearless defender of the natural world he revered. Iltis, a noted UW-Madison botanist and mentor to students from across the Americas, died Dec. 19. Related: Iltis inspired student who was in Biosphere 2.

Schutz was former provost’s longtime assistant

Photo: Colleen Ann Schutz

Colleen Ann Schutz, who retired from UW-Madison as an assistant to then-Provost Paul DeLuca and previously worked in the Depart-ment of Medical Physics, died Dec. 18. According to her family, when DeLuca became provost, his one requirement in taking the position was to have Schutz on his staff.

Events

Campus event to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Photo: Martin Luther King Jr.

You are invited to the 2017 UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16, from 2-4:30 p.m. at Union South. The event will recognize and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the many ways our students, faculty and staff embody King’s spirit of service.

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