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Art lessons

Painting "The Fall of Novgorod"

A climatologist calls out a painting for its overly creative interpretation of snow (The Fall of Novgorod, above). Horticulture professors look to a 15th-century Italian Renaissance work for clues to when certain vegetables were introduced in Europe. These are just two examples of the unexpected ways the Chazen Museum of Art is used as a teaching resource by UW faculty and educators statewide. “We’re always looking to the university, but the borders of the state are my reason for living,” says Anne Lambert, the Chazen's longtime curator of education.

Top Stories

Blank discusses budget outcomes, challenges ahead

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Now that the state budget is signed, Chancellor Rebecca Blank is looking at how it will be implemented — and how we can try to achieve better results in the next budget. "There’s ample reason to believe our university is ready and able to meet the challenges ahead, whatever they may be," she writes.

UW-Madison in top 25 of World University Rankings

Photo: Researcher in rubber gloves with pipette

UW-Madison has been ranked 25th worldwide and 18th nationally by the Center for World University Rankings. The rankings measure the quality of education and training of students, the prestige of faculty members and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

BBQ Open House Aug. 26

Chef Matt Skemp invites you to Fluno’s Backyard BBQ, featuring a locally-sourced menu of summer favorites. Email Missy to save your spot

Around Campus

UW celebrates with South Madison community

Photo: Woman at festival with Bucky Badger

More than 150 people attended the South Madison International Community Night July 14. The free event — which included international food carts, musical performances and family-friendly arts and science activities — was co-sponsored by UW-Madison's South Madison Partnership.

Civil War monument dedicated at Camp Randall

Photo: Civil War re-enactors

To mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs dedicated a monument at Camp Randall, where 70,000 Wisconsin soldiers trained. Channel 27 followed a group of re-enactors as they portrayed the final parade of an infantry unit returning to the state.

Students get outdoors — and get credit for it

Photo: Students in Biocore Prairie

Alison Duff is teaching a field ecology workshop this summer with two goals in mind: provide students with an introduction to field data collection, and spend as much time outside as possible. Duff, a Nelson Institute alumna, feels a sense of responsibility to teach in a way that inspired her as a student.

Outside UW

WID assists law enforcement with 3-D scanning

Photo: Yellow crime scene tape

At a crime scene, every detail has the potential to be significant. Deputies faced a monumental task in collecting the evidence in a local homicide investigation. So they connected with UW experts to create a 3-D scan of the scene in the CAVE, a virtual reality environment at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Inside Info

Men’s health: Don’t skip your checkup

Photo: Men who should get wellness check-up

Attention, men: When was your last wellness checkup? If it's been too long to remember, you're not alone. Only 15 percent of American men go for regular wellness exams, compared with 44 percent of women, according to family medicine professor Matthew Swedlund, a primary care physician with UW Health.


UW Marching Band surprises cancer patient

Photo: Ann Trachtenberg and daughter

When Ann Trachtenberg joked she wanted to be escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a marching band, little did she know her niece would contact the University of Wisconsin Marching Band to do the honors at the UW Health clinic on South Park Street. Watch the video on Facebook.


Two faculty members join ranks of Steenbock Professors

Photo: UW crest

A biologist who uses mathematical models to illuminate the changes within ecosystems and a neuroscientist who’s exploring how stem cells can treat diseases of the brain and spinal cord are the newest recipients of UW-Madison Steenbock Professorships.

In Memoriam

UW couple’s child dies in bike accident

Photo: Matthew Court

The 11-year-old son of a UW-Madison professor and a department administrator died in a bicycle accident July 13 on the city's west side. Matthew Court, a rising sixth grader at Hamilton Middle School, was remembered as a news junkie and a promising jazz pianist.

In the Media

‘Supper Clubs 101’ looks at a slice of Wisconsiana

Photo from video: People sitting at a supper club table

Nothing says Wisconsin like supper clubs. Did you ever stop to think that there's a considerable amount of science behind them? Of course you didn't! But UW-Madison experts do in the new Wisconsin Public Television special "Supper Clubs 101," airing Thursday night at 7:30.

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