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Meet your makers

A burgeoning community of artists, do-it-yourselfers and entrepreneurs known as “makers” — pioneering tinkerers and problem solvers — are inspiring some educators to bring more hands-on learning into the classroom. “The idea behind the maker movement is that people learn best by sharing, creating and producing things together,” says researcher Erica Halverson. A maker-turned-mom, Halverson's greatest creation is her 9-year-old daughter, Grace, who — no surprise — has become a maker, like her mother.

Top Stories

Bazzell moving to University of Texas at Austin

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell will leave his role in March for a similar position at the University of Texas at Austin. Bazzell will become senior vice president and chief financial officer in Austin beginning in April. An interim vice chancellor will be named as soon as possible.

More than a month’s worth of black history events

Graphic: Black History Month logo

Even with 29 days in February, Black History Month has so many activities that they spill into January and March. The events range from performances and networking to speeches and group discussions. The theme is “In Living Color: An Exploration of Blackness & Intersectionality.”

Researchers look for ways to stop Zika virus

Photo: Aedes aegypti mosquito

In 2015, UW and Colombian researchers ran the first tests confirming Zika virus transmission in the South American country. In a new study, the team documents a disease trajectory that started with nine positive patients and has now spread to more than 13,000 people in that country.

Noon @ the Niche
Scenarios, Simulations and Sustainability Science

Bring your lunch to the niche to hear Chris Kucharik discuss a new way to think about the future of the Yahara watershed! Feb. 3, Discovery Building.

Around Campus

SoHE professor makes art from insects

Photo: Art made from bugs

For professor and artist Jennifer Angus, insects are the medium through which she expresses a rich curiosity and lifelong interest in pattern. She is one of nine contemporary artists invited to participate in the inaugural exhibition upon reopening of the prestigious Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Search underway for Arts Institute director

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The search for the next director of the UW-Madison Arts Institute is officially underway. A 13-member search and screen committee, chaired by School of Human Ecology Professor Jennifer Angus, is seeking candidates. Norma Saldivar currently serves as interim director.

Outside UW

Managers learn how to make government work better

Graphic: Wisconsin Idea light bulb

Body cameras for police officers? A more efficient workers' compensation system? These are among the challenges local government employees have brought to UW-Madison's Certified Public Manager program. The program teaches management skills that help government run smoothly.


Cool photo! Can I use it?

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While it’s easy to copy and paste images online, viewing content is very different than having the right to reuse that content. When it comes to images, video and other types of media, it’s important to make sure you’re not violating copyright laws if you choose to use them in your work.


Ralph Cagle ends law teaching career

Ralph Cagle has taught his last course at the Law School. "What started in 1990 as a brief sabbatical from law practice managed to grow into 25 of the most fulfilling years of my professional life," Cagle writes in Wisconsin Lawyer magazine. "Now, it’s over." He remains an emeritus professor.

In the Media

Mastodons honor Geology Museum’s famous resident

Photo: Wooden mastodon sculpture

The Geology Museum's massive Boaz mastodon has a twin — actually, a pair of twins — on Lake Monona, courtesy of a local artist, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Tim Browning says he was inspired by the campus skeleton to build his own colorful versions on the ice near Monona Terrace.

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