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Sawn, but not forgotten

Photo: Worker cutting down tree with chainsaw

After a tall and green life, Quercus macrocarpa, better known to friends as the President’s Oak, was taken down on Jan. 14, 2015, following a lengthy illness. The iconic tree on Observatory Hill — by far the oldest on campus — was born about three centuries ago into the open savannah emblematic of Wisconsin’s pre-settlement landscape. But recent years had been particularly hard on it. Drought, harsh winters and the inevitable aging process took their toll until there was finally no choice but to remove it. Related: Why trees, like the President’s Oak, rot from the inside out.

Top Stories

UW reacts to governor’s workload proposals

Photo: Rebecca Blank

In reaction to Wednesday statements by Governor Walker that faculty add additional classes to cushion an expected budget cut, UW officials point out that there is more to the role than classroom instruction. Related: Chancellor Blank reacts to initial proposals of budget cuts and flexibilities.

South Madison Partnership opens for business

Photo: Everett Mitchell

The UW South Madison Partnership, a new storefront space created to encourage relationships between the university and the South Madison community, is ready to open its doors next month. "This is a way for us to start listening and engaging," says Everett Mitchell (left), director of community relations.

And the commencement speaker is …

Graphic: Silhouette of graduation speaker

A nationally known, award-winning journalist will address UW-Madison graduates at spring commencement on Saturday, May 16. See if you can guess who it is before you click to play the video. Hint: After bringing the news to millions of TV viewers, her favorite word these days might be, "Yahoo!"

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Around Campus

WARF ranked near the top in 2013 patents

Graphic: WARF 90th anniversary logo

In 2013, with 160 patents, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was near the pinnacle of the university patent heap. WARF was sixth among the world’s universities in patents obtained for new technologies, according to a new survey.

Search committee formed for education dean

Photo: Education Building

The search for the next dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education is officially underway. In November, Julie Underwood announced that she would step aside from the post in August 2015 to return to the faculty.

New BioCommons opens in Steenbock Library

Photo: BioCommons in Steenbock Library

After years of planning, a new learning space for students is a reality. The remodeled BioCommons, located on the lower level of Steenbock Library, is officially open. While this unique space is available to all students, it aims to provide a welcoming home base for bioscience students across campus.

Outside UW

UW computer scientists enhance robotic manufacturing

Photo: Factory worker next to robot's eyes

Some industrial robots are hulking, highly specialized pieces of machinery that are cordoned off by cages from human factory workers. But UW researchers are working with manufacturers who have begun experimenting with a new generation of "cobots" designed to work side-by-side with humans.

Inside Info

Water exercise is a great workout

Photo: Woman in swimming pool

The winter is a great time to liven up your movement program. And if you're looking for something new, consider an indoor pool. They're not just for lap swimming. Water classes are often thought to be for the elderly or the injured athlete, but they actually are a good fit for all fitness levels.


What’s your password? None of these, please

Graphic: User name and password fields on a computer screen

Password management application SplashData each year compiles a list of items that are popular, but not in a good way. They are the most used passwords gathered from files that contained over 3.3 million secret code words that were leaked in 2014.

In the Media

‘Brew school’ prepares students for growing industry

Photo: Hans Zoerb pouring beer

The Wisconsin State Journal reports on Babcock Hall and one of Wisconsin's staple products. If you guessed ice cream or cheese, guess again. The building is also home to a steadily growing fermentation program and a brewery system used for teaching, training and research.  

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