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‘One #UWSummer Day’

Photo: Sunrise over Lake Mendota

UW-Madison photographers, videographers and writers today will fan out across campus to capture a typical summer day here. They'll be dropping in on classes, hanging out at the Terrace — basically, going wherever they feel that unique summertime vibe. You can follow the posts on social media, and we hope you’ll consider contributing your own photos, videos and musings about your One #UWSummer Day.

Top Stories

National lab official to lead FP&M

Photo: David Darling

David Darling of Sandia National Laboratories has been named associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management. Darling will oversee campus master planning, capital budgeting, construction projects, environmental health and safety, transportation services and space management.

Focus changes in new biofuels research grant

Photo: Switchgrass growing in a field

The UW's Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has won five more years of funding. It will continue to develop alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, but the emphasis will shift to crops such as switchgrass, poplar trees and sorghum that can be grown on non-agricultural lands.

Third Thursdays at the Pyle Center

This Thursday, July 20, from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on the Rooftop Terrace at Pyle Center.

Around Campus

Familiar fountain flows again

Photo: Students sitting on edge of fountain in 2008

In a bit of a surprise, the fountain between Memorial Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society — did you know it's officially the "Hagenah Fountain"? — reopened last week with little fanfare, after years of construction in the area. The State Journal checked it out.

The man who brought us the corpse flower is retiring

Photo: Mo Fayyaz with flowers

Mo Fayyaz is retiring in August after 33 years as the distinguished director of the botany department greenhouse and botanical gardens. In 2001, Fayyaz coaxed a notoriously pungent "corpse flower" he found in the compost to bloom. Thousands came to the greenhouse to see and smell it.

Model organisms: Peculiar creatures, big discoveries

Photo: Axotols in lab

Many simple, surprising and even scary creatures have served as models for unraveling disease and understanding evolution. From axolotls to zebrafish, some of science’s classic and more unusual models have potential for increasing our understanding of biology to improve human health.

Maintain retirement system, political scientist says

Photo: coin jar labeled "Retirement"

Political science Professor Barry Burden says Wisconsin's renowned retirement system for public employees was one of the things that drew him to the UW. "It seems unnecessary to mess with a system that is working so well," he writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Inside Info

Food labels will have more nutrition information

Graphic: Nutrition Facts label

During the next year, you might see a new look for the Nutrition Facts food label. Dietitians have been eagerly awaiting changes to help buyers make healthier choices, says UW Health's Sarah Van Riet. Among the most significant: listing added sugar.

Milestones

Sociologist Hauser to lead national society

Photo: Robert Hauser

Emeritus Professor Robert Hauser has been chosen as executive officer of the American Philosophical Society. Hauser led the landmark Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which has followed the Wisconsin high school class of 1957 to study the course of life and aging.

Charleston gets UW-Whitewater diversity post

Photo: LaVar J. Charleston

UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston has been named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at UW-Whitewater. Charleston currently serves as assistant director of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).

In Memoriam

Biruté Ciplijauskaité was prolific scholar, archivist

Photo: Biruté Ciplijauskaité

Biruté Ciplijauskaité, former professor and senior fellow at the UW's Institute for Research in the Humanities, died June 19. She was a scholar of Spanish poetry who brought international visibility to the archival materials in UW-Madison Libraries Special Collections.

Jack Thornbury was prominent radiologist

Photo: Jack Thornbury

Former Department of Radiology faculty member John R. (Jack) Thornbury has died at age 88. Thornbury brought the subspecialty of genitourinary radiology to national prominence in the 1970s. He served as a professor here from 1989 until his retirement in 1994.

In the Media

Octogenarians score in basketball league

Photo: Joanne Jansen

JoAnn Heckroth Jansen, who received a degree in physical education from UW-Madison in 1957, still plays basketball at the age of 82. Her team, whose players are all over 80, was recently featured in an ESPN.com video report — shooting, scoring, and showing there's no age limit in athletics.

Events

Campus to host Cap Times Idea Fest in September

Photo: Aerial view of central campus

The festival’s unifying theme is “Reach a Better State,” and the sessions will center on core themes of the economy, equity, education, politics, journalism and culture. Prominent Wisconsin figures and editors from the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated will be among the participants.

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