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Cultural comfort

Photo: Joshua Moon Johnson and students at Multicultural Student Center

Conversations about the weather are easy. Conversations about race and diversity often aren’t. UW-Madison, like many communities, is grappling with how to promote such a dialogue in the wake of events in Ferguson, Staten Island and elsewhere. And the Multicultural Student Center offers a safe place to have those complicated conversations, says director Joshua Moon Johnson. “I assume most people on campus want this to be a welcoming place, but a lot of people don’t have the knowledge and skills to do that,” Johnson says. “Our role is to help provide that knowledge and skills.”

Top Stories

Sims, Berquam outline diversity forum next steps

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Following up on last week's campus forum on diversity and inclusion, Vice Provost Patrick Sims and Dean of Students Lori Berquam outline what's next. They are sharing some of the first steps the campus is taking to maintain the momentum of Tuesday afternoon.

UW to participate in AAU sexual assault survey

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Taking action in response to concerns about sexual assault, UW-Madison has agreed to administer the AAU’s Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. A task force will analyze the results, which will be shared with the campus community this fall.

A Taste of Wisconsin Open House

Enjoy local food and beverage pairings, cooking demo, and Fluno Center tours. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 – 6:30 p.m. RSVP today!

Around Campus

Yin retires, closing sound localization lab

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Neuroscience professor Tom Yin has opted to retire, closing his sound localization lab. The decision was made because of his age and not because of any anticipated difficulty renewing his NIH award or due to activity by animal rights organizations. Related: Reaction on "Speaking of research."

Advanced 3-D printer a catalyst for new ideas

Photo: Tim Osswald and students by 3-D printer

When the Mechanical Engineering Department acquired an advanced 3-D printer in 2012, it opened a door to new campus collaborations. The printer — about the size of a small car — has helped foster creative projects involving people from various disciplines who might not typically work together.

Leopold MOOC examines hunting and conservation

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UW-Madison has launched its latest MOOC, "The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold and Conservation.” In this MOOC, which has a unique focus on and appeal to Wisconsin, the instructors will travel across the state for activities. Related video: MOOCs advance the Wisconsin Idea.

Outside UW

Gibbs says Brazilian Soy Moratorium still needed

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The Nelson Institute's Holly Gibbs says the Brazilian Soy Moratorium helped to drastically reduce the amount of deforestation linked to soy production in the region. "Without the moratorium," Gibbs says, "chicken nuggets would once again contribute to rain forest destruction."

Inside Info

Researchers share tips on mindfulness for kids

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If there were a way to help kids pay better attention, exercise more generosity with their peers, perform better in school, and be more aware of themselves and others, would you try it? UW researchers share some tips for families to start practicing more kindness and mindfulness with their young kids.

Participate in Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Research Day!

Abstracts are due Feb. 15. Posters from all related disciplines are welcomed as are previously submitted abstracts.


A good New Year’s resolution: Back up your data

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It can be tempting to neglect backing up your data, counting on luck or the improbability of significant data loss. Yet with the tools available, there’s no reason to gamble with your important files. Here’s a New Year's resolution that’s easy to keep – back up your data! DoIT offers several options.


Vansina receives lifetime achievement award

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Professor Emeritus Jan Vansina, one of the world’s foremost historians of Africa, has received the American Historical Association's Award for Scholarly Distinction. Vansina was honored for his innovations in scholarly methodology, institution-building and mentoring.

In the Media

Q&A: Byars-Winston on diversifying scientific workforce

Photo: Angela Byars-Winston

The Cap Times features Angela Byars-Winston, an associate professor with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and her research on growing and diversifying the scientific workforce. Improved mentoring and mentor training can help make STEM fields more inclusive, Byars-Winston says.

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