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Helping students SOAR

Photo: Zoe Hurley

You see them here throughout the summer: thousands of incoming students, excited and perhaps a bit overwhelmed, on campus to register for their fall classes. Zoe Hurley remembers what it was like. Now, she's using her experience to ease the transition for others. Hurley is a peer advisor for SOAR. Her mission: to help new students think through their academic interests, understand requirements, explore class options, and — by the end of the program’s second day — create their first college schedule. Follow her minute-by-minute through a typical SOAR session.

Top Stories

Gov. Walker vetoes some provisions in state budget

State Capitol

Gov. Scott Walker signed the 2015-17 state budget Sunday, but also vetoed items affecting UW-Madison and the UW System. Despite requests from Chancellor Blank, Walker let stand changes that remove tenure from state statute and place it in Board of Regents policy. Related: Regents enact budget reflecting state cuts.

New portrayal of Atticus should lead to discussion

Image: Cover of "Go Set a Watchman"

When readers think of Atticus Finch, they think of the virtuous lawyer from “To Kill a Mockingbird." But in “Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee’s just-released sequel, Atticus is depicted as an aging racist. Emily Auerbach, who says the portrayal might be more realistic, is planning to teach the book this fall.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, July 16 from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

Show to focus on nursing, clubs, community learning

Photo: Nurse with patient

On the next Forward Motion: Nursing students are learning a whole new way; a look at some of the 800+ clubs for students at UW-Madison; and how students teaching science though a hands-on learning program in the community really makes a difference. Watch Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

UWPD investigates missing Terrace chairs

Terrace chairs

The UW-Madison Police Department is investigating the apparent theft of a large number of Union Terrace chairs. Last week, UWPD was notified that 16 of the iconic yellow, orange and green chairs disappeared sometime between June 11 and June 13. Each chair is worth approximately $250.

Dozens on campus play role in collider research

Photo: Large Hadron Collider

UW-Madison has dozens of scientists — including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows — involved in the experiments, analysis, data handling and computation at the Large Hadron Collider. Research has resumed at the 27-mile tunnel on the Swiss-French border after two years spent raising its power.

Outside UW

Using databases to predict—and improve—patient health

UW-Madison Professor and Discovery Fellow David Page is inspired by the prospect of being able to warn people about potential health risks. By using data from an Electronic Health Record, or EHR, he hopes to ‘train’ certain algorithms to predict the risk of heart attacks and other conditions.

Inside Info

Grilling tips from Bucky’s Butchery

Photo: Hot dogs on a grill

Don’t like how your hamburger patties shrink as they cook? Try this pro grilling tip from Bucky’s Butchery, campus’s meat shop: Form a dimple or hole in the center of the raw patty. Manager Robby Weyker provides this and other secrets of outdoor cooking for your backyard barbecuing benefit.


Grossman is UW Health interim CEO

Photo: Jeffrey Grossman

Jeffrey Grossman, UW Medical Foundation president and CEO since 2001, has been selected to serve as interim CEO of UW Health. UW Health consists of UW Hospital and Clinics, UW Medical Foundation, American Family Children's Hospital and UW Health at The American Center.

In the Media

Hospital warms up to new organ preservation method

Photo: Transplant surgeon with kidney

"Warm perfusion" could become an alternative to the groundbreaking (and chilly) UW Solution as a way to preserve human organs for life-saving transplants. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that UW Hospital is studying the new method for hearts and plans to try it out on livers soon.


Network your way to a Discovery award

Graphic: WARF logo

Network with other graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and get advice on the upcoming fall WARF Discovery Challenge Research Award Competition from past winners at the Summer Networking Happy Hour, July 23 at the Discovery Building. Register by July 20 — space is limited.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.