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Empty nests

Passenger pigeon hunt

One hundred years ago, a passenger pigeon named Martha died in a Cincinnati zoo. She was the sole survivor of a species that had declined from several billion to one in half a century. Starting in the mid-1800s, thousands of hunters shot and netted the birds, selling them to urban markets hungry for meat. A century after Martha’s demise, scientists, historians, artists and educators from Wisconsin and elsewhere have mounted Project Passenger Pigeon, a yearlong effort to remember the bird and then apply the lessons of its abrupt extinction to today.

Top Stories

DoIT installs new power system to avoid outages

Photo: hands on computer keyboard

A new system to avoid power outages on campus like the one that occurred June 18 has been installed. The new uninterruptible power supply (UPS) went online during the last weekend in June. The equipment is designed to protect the campus’s main data center from power fluctuations and outages.  

Lavigna book shows managers how to engage employees

Image: cover of "Engaging Government Employees"

You could say that Bob Lavigna, UW–Madison’s assistant vice chancellor-human resources, wrote the book on public-sector employee engagement. And you’d be right. Lavigna’s book, Engaging Government Employees, includes a series of strategies to improve workers’ performance.

Unlocking the Secrets of Antarctic Weather and Climate

This week at Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, learn more about UW-Madison’s 50+ year tradition of studying the weather and climate of Antarctica. Every Wednesday, 50 times a year!

Around Campus

Alzheimer’s study data gets boost


UW-Madison took a big step forward in Alzheimer’s research when the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation provided seed funds for a nonprofit group to work with UW to speed translation of data from the nation’s largest study of people with a family history of Alzheimer’s into tools and therapies.

UW helps launch national video game alliance

Photo: closeup of person with video game controller

UW-Madison is playing a key role in launching the Higher Education Video Game Alliance, a national platform to create more collaborations and sharing among video game scholars, industry professionals and the public. Constance Steinkuehler will be the alliance's first executive director.

Outside UW

Mindfulness coming to Madison public school classrooms

Illustration: thoughts emanating from the mind

Mindfulness practice in the classroom may be one way to help students improve their academic performance, nurture their emotional well-being and bolster their behavior. At least, that's the idea behind a new study to bring the centuries-old practice into Madison public schools.  


Video: Time-Lapse Tuesday at Discovery

Graphic: Time-Lapse Tuesdays

This week's Time-Lapse Tuesday is a glimpse of the Discovery Building on the near-west side of campus. From striking shadows to virtual reality, the action is nonstop.


Government innovation winners named

Snow plow

An agreement that gets textbooks into the hands of students with blindness in a timely fashion and a procedure that turns waste cheese brine into a cost-saving de-icer are the winners of a government innovation contest sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

CAVR’s Gonzales wins national ‘Rising Star’ award

Photo: Nick Gonzales

Nick Gonzales, a member of the UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations staff, has been selected for the “Rising Star” award by the Campus Information and Visitor Services Association (CIVSA) and was elected to serve on the organization’s executive board as the new director of communications.

In Memoriam

Musical patriarch Howard Karp dies at 84

Photo: Howard Karp

For many music lovers, the Madison concert season begins with the annual Karp Family Concert each Labor Day. Patriarch Howard Karp, professor emeritus of piano, died of complications of cardiac arrest June 30. Audio clip: Howard Karp performs Schubert.

In the Media

New Scientist explores flu research claims

Photo: lab working conducting flu research

New Scientist recently published a Q & A exploring claims made in the media about UW influenza research. How worried should we be? Writer Debora MacKenzie knocks down some of the misconceptions. Related: UW’s influenza research conducted safely.


Thursday evening Carillon concerts scheduled

Carillon Tower

There's a unique musical treat in store to fill some upcoming summer nights. A Thursday evening concert series at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Carillon begins July 10 at 7:30 p.m. with guest artist Gerald Martindale from Toronto performing.

Grassroots development leader visiting from Sri Lanka

Photo: Vinya Ariyaratne

A champion for children, environment and peace, Vinya Ariyaratne, who leads the largest grassroots development organization in Sri Lanka, is visiting UW-Madison through July 14 to teach, meet university and community colleagues, and share his work through public lectures.

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