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Love is not a mystery

Illustration: Hand pouring liquid into beaker with heart coming out of it

Contempt, criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling. These are the behaviors that statistically destroy your chances of a successful relationship, says renowned psychologist and UW alumnus John Gottman. When he looks at a marriage and predicts whether it will or won’t end in divorce, Gottman is right 94 percent of the time. His work is wildly popular, and with good reason: If half of today’s marriages go sour, who wouldn’t grab onto an easy, evidence-based antidote?

Top Stories

SOAR emphasizes inclusivity, social justice

Photo: Student leader talking with SOAR students

As thousands of incoming students go through SOAR this summer, administrators and faculty are redoubling efforts to promote inclusivity, critical thinking and social justice as funda-mental values of the campus community. Sensitive topics such as racism, empower-ment, identity and mental health are discussed.

Rice University official named new bursar

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Carla Perez, director of student accounts and university cashier at Rice University, has been named bursar at UW–Madison. Perez has more than 25 years of experience managing tuition and fees cashiering operations, student accounts and student loan services. She succeeds interim bursar Laura Rader.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, July 21, from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

Professor expects lively conventions

Byron E. Shafer has attended political party conventions since 1980, and he's excited about this year's events. The political science professor is attending both the Republican National Convention July 18-21 in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia.  

UW-Madison makes Forbes top 10

Photo: Pedestrians and bicyclists on East Campus Mall

Forbes magazine has once again ranked UW–Madison as one of its Top Colleges in the United States. The university rose to 10th among public colleges and 69th overall. Factors used in the rankings include student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

Then and Now: Giving ’em the business

Photo: Construction equipment demolishing building

Of all the physical changes on campus since photographer Jeff Miller started here 25 years ago, he says one stands out. Once occupied by a Walgreens and crisscrossed by walking paths, the prominent central campus block was transformed by construction crews — and a major financial gift.

Outside UW

Young journalists step up when rains fall

Patty Loew and Don Stanley went into this summer’s Tribal Youth Media Workshop with the goal of helping participants learn how to tell environmental stories. But the torrential rains that swept through northern Wisconsin on July 11 quickly changed that plan. Related: Channel 15 story | Donation drive

Campus Initiatives

Program highlights opportunities in legal profession

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The James E. Jones Pre-Law Scholars Pro-gram focuses on attracting promising students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession, from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who face other barriers to entering the field. Participants come from throughout the UW System.


Visiting Mandela Fellows are African leaders

The 25 young African leaders who recently came to campus for a six-week academic and leadership institute represented a variety of fields, including medicine, public health, law, education and community activism. They were here through the Mandela Washington Fellow-ship sponsored by the State Department.  


Berry named McNall Professor in Chemistry

Professor John Berry, whose primary focus area is inorganic chemistry, has been named the Lester R. McNall Professor in Chemistry. It's one of four new professorships and chairs that the Department of Chemistry is set to receive by 2020, thanks to generous pledges and gifts.

In Memoriam

Mara McDonald was kind, committed

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Mara McDonald was never without a smile and a kind word. And though the longtime assistant administrator in the Laboratory of Genetics and J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution retired last year, she continued to touch lives. But on July 3, McDonald died unexpectedly at her Madison home.

Wolfgang Hoffmann was photographer, filmmaker

Photo: Wolfgang Hoffmann with camera

Wolfgang Hoffmann, who chronicled the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences on film for 45 years, passed away July 12. Hoffmann, born and raised in Germany, produced educational films and took photos illustrating a wide range of agricultural and natural resources subjects.

In the Media

Data in Zika research open for all to see

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The New York Times reports that UW researchers into the Zika virus have taken a uniquely transparent tactic to foster collaboration and speed research. They have been posting their data almost immediately on a website anyone can visit.


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