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How can Wii help?

At the age of 9, Xavier Hansen already has it figured out. “His goals are to own a movie theater," says his mom. "If he wants something, he’ll find a way to get it.” Xavier is a take-charge kid with boundless energy. He is also on the autism spectrum, diagnosed when he was 3½. He participated in a study at the Waisman Center, where Brittany Travers is exploring how improving motor skills through video games may have a positive impact on autism symptoms.

Top Stories

Silver Buckle Press relocating to type museum

The UW–Madison Libraries are launching a partnership with Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers to house the historic Silver Buckle Press and its collection. Silver Buckle is a working museum dedicated to preserving the craft of fine printing.

Nominations sought for University Staff awards

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The work of University Staff will once again be recognized with the University Staff Recognition Awards. Once a year, five employees are selected to receive a plaque and a monetary prize to acknowledge their outstanding contributions to the campus.

Fluno Center Open House: Dancing Through the Decades

Join us Feb. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Visit themed rooms, enjoy music, food & prizes! RSVP via email to Jillian Rounsfull or call 608-441-7112.

Around Campus

Design course uses blended learning and Lego kits

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Rob Radwin developed and teaches a lab-based engineering course that gives students a full design experience. Every semester, he presents them with an open-ended problem to tackle using the materials provided in a Lego Mindstorms robot kit.  

Then and Now: Winter keeps us wondering

Living along the jet stream – those fast-flowing air currents in the upper atmosphere circling the earth – brings its share of erratic weather patterns and unpredictability. The 1990-91 winter season had it moments, says Jeff Miller in his monthly photo feature.  

Outside UW

Med Flight expands to southwestern Wisconsin

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UW Health Med Flight plans to establish a satellite medical helicopter base in southwestern Wisconsin, a move that will improve response times for medical emergencies in the area. The base will be set up at the Iowa County Airport this spring.

Inside Info

You can still BCycle during winter

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Madison BCycle, which used to be closed this time of year, will have limited winter service within a smaller network of stations. Campus-area locations included in the winter plan are at Lake Street and University Avenue, the Natatorium and Union South.

Buzz

Should you still use Internet Explorer?

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Internet Explorer is not going away forever, but Microsoft says support for older versions of its legacy web browser is ending. So, older versions will continue to work but will be increasingly vulnerable to malicious software. DoIT says you're better off upgrading.

Milestones

WARF’s Gulbrandsen wins ‘In Business’ award

Photo: Carl Gulbrandsen

In recognition of a career defined by innovation, Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), will be honored with the In Business magazine “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Gulbrandsen is retiring this year.

In the Media

Crim works to retain Madison’s black professionals

The School of Education's Dawn Crim is cited in Madison Magazine for her leadership in the Madison Network of Black Professionals. “We noticed there was an absence of input from black professionals and we wanted to help groom, recruit and retain black professionals in this community," Crim says.

Events

Financial forum to focus on improving processes

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2016 Financial Forum on Feb. 10 for an update and discussion on the Financial Internal Controls Initiative, a campuswide effort to assess and strengthen our financial processes. Related: Learn more about the initiative.

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