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Climate creator

Photo: Biotron

One of the most flexible and unique research facilities in North America is sitting in plain sight, but near anonymity, on the west side of the UW–Madison campus. “When I tell people I work at the Biotron, they say, ‘Oh, I’ve walked by that building a million times, and I never knew what went on in there,’” says its assistant director, Isabelle Girard. “‘It seems so secretive, with no windows.’ But it’s really easy to understand what we do here.”

Top Stories

UW music authors top ‘Rolling Stone’ list

Photo: Cover of "We Gotta Get Outta This Place"

"We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War" — written by two UW-Madison-affiliated authors — ranked No. 1 on "Rolling Stone's" list of the best music books of 2015. And a UW-Madison alumnus's book about music and race in the South came in at No. 10.

Catholic center demolition set for February

Photo: St. Paul's University Catholic Center

Saint Paul's University Catholic Center has had its last Mass, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The familiar State Street Mall structure is slated for demolition next month, to be replaced by a five-story facility containing offices, student gathering places and a chapel. Cost of the new building is $25 million.

Around Campus

Internet of Things Lab fosters innovation

Photo: Will Caldwell working on bike

Will Caldwell was riding his bike and didn’t see the car coming out of a parking lot. But the lasers in his prototype “Safe Cycle” warning system did, and the handlebars vibrated in warning. “I thought, ‘It just saved my life,'” says Caldwell. The project is being developed at the Internet of Things (IoT) Lab.

Video explores habitat changes between soil and snow

Photo: Bird standing on snow

Jonathan Pauli and Benjamin Zuckerberg appear in a new video explaining the subnivium — habitat between the ground and winter snow cover that is being affected by climate change. They have teamed up with Operation Fresh Start to build automated "micro-greenhouses" to aid their study.

Campus Initiatives

Faculty Development Grants awarded

Photo: UW crest

Three 2016-17 Faculty Professional Development Grants have been approved for funding. The faculty development program is dedicated to the maintenance of academic excellence in the UW System. System funds are provided to support retraining, renewal and faculty development.

Buzz

WSUM honored with national radio awards

Photo: Two students broadcasting in radio studio

College Broadcasters, Inc. has honored UW-Madison's student radio station with four national awards. CBI feted WSUM 91.7 FM as the Best Student Media Website winner, Best Student Media Website finalist and two Best Newscast finalists.

Milestones

Holloway honored for promoting public dialogue

Photo: Tracey Holloway

Tracey Holloway, who leads a research program that uses computer models and satellite data to understand links between air quality, energy and climate, is the winner of a AAAS Public Engagement Fellowship. She is one of 15 chosen for their interest in promoting dialogue between science and society.

In Memoriam

Noted bacteriologist Vinod Shah dies

Photo: Vinod K. Shah

Vinod K. Shah, a retired UW-Madison bacteriologist widely recognized for his work and remembered for his "persistence, his fine sense of observation, his wisdom, and his unique experimental skills," died in December at age 81. He was the father of journalism Professor Dhavan Shah.

In the Media

Sir Williams strives to live up to his name

Photo: Sir Williams

When asked about his distinctive given name, Law School admissions director Sir Williams told the State Journal, "I never asked my mother about it until my senior year of high school when my speech teacher said, 'Go home and ask your mother why you’ve got this name or I’m going to give you an F.'"

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