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UniverCity of Wisconsin

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The City of Monona is not unlike a lot of small cities in Wisconsin — motivated by an ambitious vision, but constrained by limited resources. Enter “UniverCity Year,” a UW–Madison project that offers the services of students in disciplines ranging from civil engineering to art, to expand a community’s capacity to plan for bigger things. Says Mayor Bob Miller, “We’re tackling some projects that we’ve only dreamed of someday approaching.”

Top Stories

‘Public humanities’ program gains ground

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“Engaging the Humanities,” a program to help graduate students in the humanities explore careers beyond academia, has won a $1.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program challenges the view that the only career track that matters in the humanities is the academic track.

Scholarship will help students fight global poverty

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The King-Morgridge Scholars Program launches this fall, supporting high-achieving students from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. At the conclusion of the program, the scholars will be better equipped to return to their home countries and begin addressing development and poverty.

Present Your Research

Submit a poster for the Education Research Poster Fair. PIs and grad students can showcase research, share ideas and meet potential collaborators.

Around Campus

Reading program seeks more book ideas

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Jan. 22 is the deadline if you'd like to recommend a book for the Go Big Read program. There is no specific theme for submissions this year; any book that has a contemporary theme that will lend itself to classroom and community discussion will be considered. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

Governor honors financial literacy program

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The Financial Life Skills Program in the School of Human Ecology was one of 15 recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award. The course is led in part by an instructor from the financial industry, and forces students to think about a financial issue in a manner they might not have in the past.

MIDUS tells the tale of midlife in the United States

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MIDUS is a national study based at UW-Madison focused on midlife. While there is a large body of research on early childhood and “the twilight years,” what was missing prior to MIDUS was a thorough, in-depth study of what happens to people during the longest segment of their life span.

Campus Initiatives

Blended, online educational innovations funded

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The EI Small Grant Program this year supported faculty and staff developing blended and online learning options, providing up to $10,000 each for a diverse array of educational innovations. The program funded 16 proposals from six schools and colleges at a total of more than $105,000.

Privacy Matters!

Think you’re not responsible for securing University data? You are. Privacy is everyone’s business. Protect your personal info and UW data.


Ladson-Billings among most influential

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Education Week blogger Rick Hess has published his annual rankings of the most influential education scholars in the United States, and UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is ranked No. 3. Ladson-Billings holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.  

Astrophysics innovator Lawler wins national award

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James Lawler, a professor of physics known for devising innovative techniques to measure the chemical elements in the sun and other stars, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Laboratory Astrophysics Prize by the American Astronomical Society. He earned his doctorate here before joining the faculty.

In the Media

Steel wheel might have helped Roman chariots win

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In the movie Ben-Hur, Charlton Heston is seen driving a chariot that engineering physics emeritus Professor Bela Sandor says could never have won a real race. But studying an ancient toy, Sandor has figured out how the Romans adapted their rides to make them less likely to crash and more likely to win.


Lily’s Luau promises to be a winter getaway

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Haul out your Hawaiian shirts — Lily's Luau, a fundraiser for epilepsy research at the UW, is this Saturday night at Union South. In promoting the event, News 3 This Morning learned about the Neuron Project, a creative, personal way for families to mix science with art in supporting the cause.

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