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Go Big Read

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Go Big Read, UW-Madison's common-reading program, is seeking a book for the 2015-16 year that addresses the theme of inequality in America. UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank says recent grand jury verdicts in Ferguson and Staten Island have raised questions and concerns about ongoing racial biases among many in the university community, as they have nationwide. “The Go Big Read program will provide a communitywide opportunity to further discuss the ways in which unequal opportunities affect our society and impact our relationships with one another,” Blank says.

Top Stories

Diversity and inclusion discussion this afternoon

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To address issues of racial disparity, tension and the marginalization of groups in our community, campus leaders are inviting the university community for a discussion about diversity and inclusion today, Jan. 20, from 3-4:30 p.m. at Union South. Related: New website focuses on #uwvoices.

Campus flu cases on the rise; vaccination still advised

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University Health Service says if you haven't had a flu shot yet, it's still a good idea. Flu activity is high on campus and across Wisconsin with both flu cases and hospitalizations on the rise. And if you do get the flu, UHS says for the protection of others, stay home until you're fever-free.

Learn a language in 2015!

Right here on campus UW-Madison Continuing Studies offers fun, practical, affordable classes in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Chinese and English.

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Around Campus

Finalists to lead UW Press will visit campus

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A nationwide search has identified two finalists for director of University of Wisconsin Press. Dennis Lloyd and Kathy Borkowski have been invited to make presentations on their experiences in publishing and vision for UW Press on Jan. 22 and 26.

Carpenter says we’ve exceeded ‘planetary boundaries’

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An international team of researchers, including UW-Madison's Steve Carpenter, says civilization has crossed four of nine so-called planetary boundaries as the result of human activity. The report will be discussed this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Campus Initiatives

Employees have opportunities to learn about HR Design

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Several opportunities to learn more about HR Design, the campus’s new human resources system, are coming in the next two months: a webinar Thursday, Jan. 29, a brownbag lunch Thursday, Feb. 12, and information sessions in February and March.

Inside Info

Psychologist offers tips, tools for lasting resolutions

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The start of a new year can feel like a good time to reset and recommit to goals that have not been reached. But within two weeks, 90 percent of New Year’s resolutions have been abandoned, according to UW Health psychologist Shilagh Mirgain. Fortunately, she says, that doesn’t have to be the case.

C4 Public lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Cris Moore: Sending Secrets, Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

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Milestones

Four cited as influential education scholars

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Three faculty members from UW-Madison’s School of Education — Gloria Ladson-Billings (left), Sara Goldrick-Rab and Geoffrey Borman — and political science Professor John Witte are spotlighted in the 2015 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings in Education Week.

In the Media

Nature: ‘Here’s looking at you, squid’

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What can the cute-as-a-button Hawaiian bobtail squid tell us about the microbiome? The journal Nature came to UW-Madison zoologist Margaret McFall-Ngai for the answer in its feature "Microbiology: Here's looking at you, squid."

Events

Science of Badger Athletics at Discovery Feb. 7

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From football to soccer, rowing to basketball ... engineering, physiology, medicine, physics, nutrition and biology are hard at work while we play. Bring the kids to find out how at the Science of Badger Athletics on Saturday, Feb. 7, during Saturday Science at Discovery.  

Interact

What were you looking at?

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Congratulations to Thomas Callaci, who correctly guessed that we were looking at a structured wiring center for network cables in a data center. Thomas, you can pick up your mug in 27 Bascom.

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