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BioHouse beginnings

Roughly a quarter of incoming UW-Madison students express interest in the biological sciences. University Housing and WISCIENCE have teamed up to offer these students a place to meet — and live with — like-minded peers. BioHouse is the newest of 10 residential learning communities, where students live with others who share a common interest. The new community in Cole Hall provides access to unique bioscience experiences and opportunities, including weekly seminars, lab tours led by graduate students, and visits to UW Hospital and Clinics.

Top Stories

Blank’s Slate: An accomplished semester

Photo: Rebecca Blank

As we head into a new semester, Chancellor Rebecca Blank looks back on faculty, staff and student achievements during fall. She also commends students for participating in the Dec. 14 #blacklivesmatter demonstration to voice their outrage over the Staten Island and Ferguson grand jury decisions.

Roommates who made it big win WAA honor

Photo: Bud Selig and Herb Kohl as students

Their friendship has spanned decades, from college roommates to high-level careers in government and sports. Now, former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig have been selected to receive 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Apply Now – Grant and Fellowship Funds

The annual Virginia Horne Henry competition is open. Apply for a fellowship or grant funds related to women’s physical education and movement.

Around Campus

Computer sciences’ Akella makes networks ‘future-proof’

Photo: Aditya Akella

People are used to expecting that Internet access will be fast and reliable. Most of us think about its operation only when something goes wrong. Aditya Akella is determined to keep the Internet humming along. His work may be somewhat opaque to the average user, but its impact is far-reaching.

Food science students win ‘Amazing Race’

Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren

It wasn't just an “Amazing Race” for Amy DeJong and Maya Warren. It was an amazing comeback and an amazing victory. The food science graduate students surprised millions when they emerged victorious in the December finale of the CBS reality show.

Outside UW

Sea Grant sponsors Chequamegon Bay climate research

Photo: Pier jutting into Chequamegon Bay

Storms breached a barge connection system in Chequamegon Bay this fall, contaminating soil and groundwater with oil and tar. As concerns grow about the effects of climate change on the susceptible northern Wisconsin area, UW Sea Grant is funding research to prevent future incidents.

Inside Info

Doctor warns of the darker side of cough medicine

Photo: Cough syrup being poured into a spoon

Parents at a local middle school got a surprise recently when they were told students had been caught using cough medication for recreational purposes. What would possess kids to chug awful-tasting medication if not having hacking coughing fits? The answer: It affords a cheap and easy high.

Milestones

Natalie Rudolph wins award for young engineers

Photo: Natalie Rudolph

A UW-Madison polymer engineer who is focusing her research on 3-D printing has received the 2015 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Natalie Rudolph, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is among 11 recipients of the award.

In Memoriam

Campus remembers notable faculty, staff

Photo: Miguel Angel Julian

Colleagues are remembering several faculty and staff who died recently, including Daña Alder of UHS; mathematics Professor Emeritus Anatole Beck; art Professor Emerita Frances Myers; and Miguel Angel Julian (left), a custodian in the Division of Facilities Planning & Management.

In the Media

Philosophy professor sings her way through recovery

Photo: Claudia Card

Claudia Card, who has taught Introduction to Ethics to generations of Badgers, is recover-ing from treatment for lung cancer. She tells the Wisconsin State Journal she's training to return to lecturing full time next semester by singing for 10 minutes every day to help strengthen her lungs.

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