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Bright people, big ideas

Photo: Lynn Allen-Hoffman

UW-Madison is "a big-idea powerhouse," Madison Magazine says in its current issue. The university is a "meticulously cultivated ecosystem" fueled by people, collaboration, partnerships and "a thriving entrepreneurial spirit." Here is the magazine's look at our culture of innovation and six of the big ideas it has spawned.

Top Stories

Common Council endorses Campus Master Plan

Graphic: Illustration of south campus seen from above

The City of Madison has approved the university's Campus Master Plan. It includes new landscaping and green infrastructure, a Charter Street pedestrian overpass, a South Campus Quadrangle, and the potential for 5 million more square feet of building space.

Team reports on adventures in South Africa

Photo: Map of flight to South Africa

UW-Madison communicators have traveled to South Africa to tell important UW-focused stories about origins: the origins of life on Earth, the origins of galaxies in the universe, and the origins of humankind. Read their inaugural post and latest update.

Graduate School Degree Dash

Get your semester off to a fast start! Join graduate students, faculty and staff Friday, Sept. 1 for the 2nd Annual Degree Dash.

Around Campus

Ohio museum official will take over at Chazen

Photo: Amy Gilman

Amy Gilman will lead the Chazen Museum of Art as its new director starting Sept. 11. Gilman comes from the Toledo Museum of Art. She holds a doctorate in art history, an MFA in photography and a bachelor’s degree in performance studies.

Interim director becomes director of MSC

Photo: Gabe Javier

Gabe Javier, an assistant dean who has served as interim director of the Multicultural Student Center for more than a year, will become the center’s director Aug. 1. His selection is one of several staffing decisions announced by the Division of Student Life.

Offices will merge under new leader

Photo: Jenny Faust

Jenny Faust has been named director of the new office that will be created by the merger of the Office of Quality Improvement (OQI) and Administrative Process Redesign (APR). The combined units will get a new name by the end of the year and move to Henry Mall in 2018.

PSL helps create largest neutrino detectors

Photo: Student intern working on anode panel assembly

A lab at UW-Madison built key components for what will be the world's largest neutrino detectors — helping us understand the mysterious particles that might provide clues to why we are all here, instead of our universe being annihilated after the Big Bang.

Students go bananas over ice cream flavor

Photo: Dish of ice cream from Daily Scoop

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream JUSTICE,” reads the first line of a new petition on campus. Two students took to change.org to build support for making Babcock Dairy Plant’s Banana Peanut Butter ice cream a permanent flavor.

Inside Info

Goals without grit are missing the magic

Photo: Man flexing neck while exercising

When it comes to pursuing our goals in life, what matters most? Talent, or maybe intelligence ... luck probably figures in there, too. But in reality, says UW Health's Shilagh Mirgain, there's one magic ingredient: grit — a combination of passion and perseverance.

Buzz

How was your One #UWSummer Day?

Photo: Group of smiling female students

Did you follow One #UWSummer Day on social media like we suggested last week? If so, we hope you enjoyed the slice of our unique summertime campus vibe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Here are some of the visual highlights.

In the Media

UW noted for transparency in animal research

Photo: Monkey at the National Primate Research Center

Science magazine is impressed with UW-Madison's animal research website. Stating there is less transparency on the topic in the U.S. than in Europe, Science credits the UW as an exception, with its online list of advances that animal research here has made possible.

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