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Becoming a thinker

Photo: Cesar Martinez

Growing up in Appleton, Cesar Martinez pored over articles in Nature and lit up in his high school AP biology class. He came to UW-Madison with a strong interest in science and was delighted to discover he could take part in research as an undergraduate. The Undergraduate Research Scholars program connects students with in-depth academic explor-ations, faculty mentors and peer support. Their teachers benefit, too. Says math Professor Gloria Mari-Beffa, "To me, it was like the best part of my year."

Top Stories

Inspired by King, students share day of reflection

Photo: Woman painting picture of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. is known for poetic words and heroic actions. On Monday, the UW-Madison community came together for a celebration at Union South to consider King’s legacy and how he continues to inspire. Related: Everett Mitchell wins King humanitarian award.

Blank notes progress and future plans for inclusivity

Photo: Chancellor Rebecca Blank

In a Martin Luther King Jr. Day blog post, Chancellor Rebecca Blank points to many steps being taken to build a more inclusive environment on campus. She notes the initiatives that have been implemented since fall, and details more efforts you'll be hearing about during spring and summer.

Three restaurants to open today in Memorial Union

Photo: Der Rathskeller

Memorial Union’s iconic der Rathskeller, Carte, a made-to-order salad and sandwich shop, and Strada, an Italian eatery, will begin serving customers today. The restaurants join the Daily Scoop, Badger Market and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which opened Dec. 5. Related video: Behind the scenes at the Union.

Connect to Wisconsin’s conservation legacy

Follow in Aldo Leopold’s footsteps through a new series of classes that enrich our collective understanding of what it means to know nature. Explore the options.

Around Campus

UW ranks high in Ph.D.s — and in their success

Photo: Minjing Tao receiving diploma

UW-Madison is 3rd in the nation in Ph.D.s awarded, according to newly released data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates — and most of those grads are finding work. In 2016, 75 percent of doctoral graduates here had secured jobs or were in negotiation, exceeding the national average of 62 percent.

Q&A: Trueba introduces compliance office to campus

Photo: Cathy Trueba

With staff in key positions, a website launched, and approaching a year under its belt, UW–Madison’s new Office of Compliance is now focused on building a campuswide network of compliance partners. What does OC do and how does it serve campus? Director Cathy Trueba explains.

Center for Healthy Minds changes address, status

Photo: Richard Davidson

The Center for Healthy Minds, founded by Richard Davidson to study how emotions and the mind work, has relocated from the Waisman Center to the renovated Kennedy Dairy Building on West Washington Avenue. CHM will also become its own administrative unit under the College of Letters & Science.

Help promote the Annual Undergraduate Symposium

Photo: Agnes Patenaude presenting poster at Undergraduate Symposium

Encourage your students to apply for the Annual Undergraduate Symposium, a forum designed to showcase undergraduate students' creativity, achievement and talent across all disciplines. It will be held April 13 at Union South. Faculty, staff and graduate students are also needed as moderators.

Campus Initiatives

Celebrate Innovation Days in March and April

Photo: W crest

Innovation Days is a multi-day celebration of innovation, showcasing a variety of competitions you can participate in and events you can attend — all designed to pique your curiosity, ignite the spark of creativity, and provide paths along which you can pursue innovative ideas of your own.

2017 Global Health Symposium: Call for Abstracts

Working in global health? Be a presenter at the April 4, 2017, symposium. Abstracts due: Feb. 6.

In Memoriam

Smithies won Nobel for work done here

Photo: Oliver Smithies

Oliver Smithies, who shared a 2007 Nobel Prize for providing powerful insight into genetic mutations and changes that underpin disease and health, died Jan. 10 at age 91. Smithies was a professor of genetics at UW–Madison from 1960 to 1988. Less well known is his love for teaching, which gave him great joy.

Events

Learn about the new SERF at open house

Image: Architect's rendering of exterior of SERF building

Details about what the new Southeast Recre-ational Facility (SERF) will look like and when it will be built will be presented at an open house this Thursday at Gordon Dining and Event Center. The current SERF is scheduled to be torn down to make way for a new building that will be 30 percent larger.

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