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Literacy by the Lakes

Photo: Professor Dawnene Hassett reads with students

Teachers around the state are implementing in their classrooms what they brought home from Literacy by the Lakes, a UW-Madison conference on teaching reading and writing in ways that are engaging for students. They are receiving ongoing support from UW literacy experts, including on-site visits in their communities. One of those experts, Gay Ivey, is "less interested in ... higher test scores and more interested in using reading as a tool for helping students make sense of their lives, each other and the world.”

Top Stories

Black History Month opens with actor-director Rae

Photo: Issa Rae

Black Joy with Issa Rae, a lecture this Sunday by the creator of the web series Awkward Black Girl, will be one of the highlights of Black History Month on campus. February is packed with a wide variety of events, covering topics including race and faith, social justice, self-care and much more. See the full schedule.

Platteville partnerships on display

Photo: Rebecca Blank talking to woman at reception

Chancellor Rebecca Blank continued her visits to UW System campuses with a stop at UW-Platteville to talk with local leaders and alumni. "Chancellor Dennis Shields called UW-Madison our state’s biggest economic asset," Blank says, noting recent partnerships that have benefited both campuses.

Every Experience, Every Detail, Every Day

Did you know the Fluno Center offers a full-service conference and event space bridging downtown Madison and the campus? Get more info today.

Around Campus

Master plan depicts future of athletic facilities

Photo: Camp Randall stadium

Significant upgrades to Camp Randall, the Kohl Center and the Field House are included in the latest facility master plan for the Athletic Department. It depicts a futuristic vision, but officials stress that it is only for discussion at this point, and any projects — if they are implemented — are years away.

Sesame Street brings kindness curriculum to kids

Photo: Sesame Street characters Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Elmo

Driven by an increasing number of news stories on anger, fear, bullying and violence, Sesame Street — one of the most beloved children’s TV shows — is emphasizing kind-ness in its upcoming season. It's a collabor-ation with the UW's Center for Healthy Minds, which studies the science of well-being.

Monkey study shows benefits of low-cal diet

Photo: Rhesus monkey in lab

Settling a persistent scientific controversy, a new report shows that restricting calories does indeed help rhesus monkeys live longer, healthier lives. It reconciles differences in findings by competing researchers at UW-Madison and the National Institute on Aging. The two labs collaborated on the report.

Forest Products Lab called ‘hidden wonder’

Photo: Trees in UW Arboretum in autumn

In a 1930s-era building near UW Hospital, the U.S. Forest Products Lab does vital research on all things wood. Atlas Obscura, a blog about the world's "hidden wonders," recently featured the lab, the only one of its kind in the nation, noting its collection of more than 100,000 wood specimens.

Outside UW

Raise a glass to Magnus Swenson

Photo: Magnus Swenson in 1880

Most of us take clean drinking water for granted, but in Madison in the late 1800s, people were getting sick from contaminated water. Magnus Swenson, a UW undergrad, found that 96 percent of the city's well water was unfit to drink. Swenson's work led to creation of the Madison Water Utility.

DiscoverPD for graduate students

Everyone’s talking about it. Explore DiscoverPD, the new professional development planning tool from the Graduate School.

Buzz

Website links researchers to computing resources

Photo: Man monitoring computer displays

Researchers now have improved ways to get help establishing or enhancing their use of computing. The Advanced Computing Initiative has created a gateway on its website to resources for hardware or software, data management, learning opportunities and com-munities of researchers with similar interests.

Milestones

Cramer named UW System vice president

Photo: Robert Cramer

Robert G. Cramer has been named the UW System’s vice president for administration. He will be the system's chief operating officer, overseeing facilities planning, information technology, human resources, and other areas. He succeeds David Miller, who stepped down in December.

In the Media

Can video games interrupt smokers’ cravings?

Photo: Closeup of woman smoking cigarette

UW researchers are studying whether smokers who are trying to quit can distract themselves from cigarette cravings through video games on their cellphones. There's only so much room in our brains, the theory goes, so occupying it with games, combined with other cessation efforts, could crowd out the urge to smoke.

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