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Fireworks for peds patients

More than 250 pediatrics patients and their families were invited to the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace and lakeside Alumni Lounge on campus for a unique, front-row view of the Rhythm and Booms fireworks show, held across Lake Mendota at Warner Park last Saturday. The event was a unique partnership between the Pyle Center, which is part of UW-Extension Conference Centers, and the American Family Children’s Hospital.

Top Stories

Study finds WRS stable, recommends no changes to pension system

A report issued jointly this week by three state agencies recommends against the state implementing a defined contribution plan or an opt-out option in the Wisconsin Retirement System.

Dahlberg named interim executive director of MIR

James Dahlberg, emeritus professor of biomolecular chemistry at UW–Madison, has been named interim executive director of the Morgridge Institute for Research by the board of trustees of the nonprofit biomedical research organization.

UW scientists at heart of Higgs boson search

An upcoming press conference at the European Organization for Nuclear Research's (CERN) Large Hadron Collider (LHC)  is widely expected to announce evidence of the elusive Higgs boson, sometimes called the "God Particle." UW researchers Wesley Smith and Sau Lan Wu, have played leading roles in the search.

Capitol City Band Concert in the Park

Thursday, July 5: Relax to the sounds of Madison’s Capitol City Band, conducted by Professor Emeritus Jim Latimer and associate conductor Dave Pedracine. Bring a chair and a friend!

Around Campus

Simmons, director of Wisconsin Idea Seminar for 19 years, retires

Photo: Miriam Simmons

Miriam Simmons, longtime director of UW–Madison’s popular Wisconsin Idea Seminar, is retiring as assistant dean for Professional Development and Engagement in the Graduate School.

Interim dean, advisory board named for international studies

Guido Podestá will serve as interim dean of the Division of International Studies and Vice Provost for Globalization. He will work with 12 faculty members and administrators named to a board to manage recommendations on the division's governance and organization.

Facilities planning and management finalists to visit

Three finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will meet with members of the campus community July 10-12.

Law that radically changed UW signed 150 years ago

The 150th anniversary of a law that radically changed the mission of the University of Wisconsin and gave rise to the Wisconsin Idea was Monday, July 2. On that date in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which established the nation’s land grant universities and broadened the UW’s academic scope beyond the liberal arts.

Inside Info

Bicycle Resource Center open for limited summer hours

The University Bicycle Resource Center is open from 2-4 p.m. on weekdays during the summer. The center, managed by Transportation Services, is available for those who are interested in performing tune-ups to their own bicycles.

Buzz

Gill: Use social media to promote your research

Jacquelyn Gill, a doctoral candidate in geography, has embraced talking about her research. She also has 2,500 Twitter followers and a well-read blog. She discusses the value of social media in science with Inside UW.

Milestones

Brokopp elected president of the Association of Public Health Laboratories

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene Director and UW Population Health Sciences professor Charles Brokopp, DrPH, has been elected president of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).

Gamm to head Eye Research Institute

Dr. David Gamm, whose lab is internationally known for deriving human retina cells and tissue-like structures from human stem cells, has been selected as director of the University of Wisconsin Eye Research Institute (ERI).

In the Media

Moe: Renowned computer scientist’s legacy lives on in UW lab

Doug Moe remembers the partnership between Jim Gray (pictured), a Microsoft scientist and world-renowned database expert and his friend David DeWitt, a celebrated UW-Madison computer science professor. They had the idea that Microsoft and UW should collaborate on a lab in Madison. Gray didn't live to see it open, but today, the facility is doing impressive work.

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Our popular series returns with a summer stumper. Where on campus can you find the image at left? Make your guesses and we'll return on July 10 with the correct answer. We'll select one lucky winner from the correct ones to receive a UW mug.  

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