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DeLuca looks back

Photo: Paul DeLuca

For most of Paul M. DeLuca, Jr.’s life, fall has signaled the beginning of a new school year. But not this fall. DeLuca will retire as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs on Aug. 4. “I’m ready,” DeLuca says. “I just don't want to go to meetings. I don't want to sit on committees.” DeLuca’s mind is on improving his golf game. Traveling. And not checking the more than 30,000 emails he gets every year. “Being provost is a wonderful position,” DeLuca says. “I think it’s an exceptionally difficult job but very rewarding.”

Top Stories

Wisconsin Union Theater renovation revealed

Photo: Shannon Hall in Wisconsin Union Theater

Renowned. Renewed. Restored. Those three words sum up the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater. While it won’t host its first official performance until Aug. 22-23 with “Kiss Me Kate,” a sneak peek inside reveals the building itself is quite the showstopper.

Eight named Outstanding Women of Color

Eight winners of the 2014-15 Outstanding Women of Color awards, who are heavily involved in the campus as well as the Madison community through their work toward research and civic enrichment, have been announced. They will be honored Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Pyle Center.

Video: Waisman’s work saves thousands from disability

Photo: Dr. Harry Waisman with children

Harry Waisman, namesake of UW-Madison's Waisman Center, championed mandatory screening and treatment of Phenylketonuria, saving thousands from developmental disability. Kay Emerson, one of the first patients treated successfully for the PKU disorder, shares her story.

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Around Campus

Olver to lead University Research Park

Photo: Aaron Olver

Aaron Olver, a former secretary of the state Department of Commerce and head of Madison’s economic development division, has been hired as managing director of University Research Park. Olver graduated with honors from UW–Madison, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Morgridge launches new focus area on metabolism

Photo: test tubes filled with colored liquid

The Morgridge Institute for Research has approved a new focus area in metabolism, a growing research field with enormous potential to treat or reverse a broad spectrum of human diseases. The new research thrust will build on the theme of “studying biology across the lifespan.”

Blank joins Council on Competitiveness

Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has joined the Council on Competitiveness, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to generate public policy solutions to drive U.S. economic growth. The council is made up of university presidents, business and labor leaders, and national laboratory directors.

Outside UW

Project to measure how farm markets help communities

Photo: Union South farmers market

A partnership between the UW and the Farmer's Market Coalition will analyze the impact of farmers markets. Despite their many benefits, the impacts are largely undocumented. The project will be led by Alfonso Morales, an associate professor of urban and regional planning.

Campus Initiatives

UW makes strides on strategic priorities

UW crest

In 2009, the campus worked together to create a five-year strategic framework that prioritized undergraduate education; research; resource stewardship; recruitment, retention and diversity; and the Wisconsin Idea. As the fifth year comes to a close, a progress report shows significant strides in each area.

Milestones

UW Hospital and Clinics named state’s top hospital

For the third year in a row, UW Hospital and Clinics has been named the best hospital in Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is among the nation's top 50 hospitals in nine medical specialties for the second year in a row.

Veeser named communicator for libraries

Photo: Natasha Veeser

Natasha Veeser, currently the senior public relations specialist for the UW-Extension Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL) division, has been selected as the new head of communications for UW-Madison Libraries.

Events

The Wonders of Physics to hold fundraiser Aug. 15

Photo: The Wonders of Physics presentation

The Wonders of Physics, a long-running science outreach effort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will host a special preview of its new presentation, “The Physics of Plasma,” as part of a fundraising event Aug. 15. Reserve your spot now — tickets are required and seating is limited.

Interact

What were you looking at?

Photo: Badger statue at Camp Randall

Doug Showers, a steamfitter with FP&M, correctly identified the snippet in last week's "What are you looking at?" contest as the snarly bronze badger outside of Camp Randall Stadium. Doug, there's a UW mug waiting for you in 27 Bascom. Congratulations!

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