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Final curtain for Ward’s encore

Photo: David Ward

When David Ward returned as interim chancellor, he was taking over after an acrimonious attempt to create a public authority to govern the Madison campus. As he wraps up his second term, Ward has been navigating another battle at the Capitol — working to try to protect the university’s interests in the just-signed budget. Ward is looking back now on the two years in between and the transition ahead. Related: The Wards reflect in words, photos in WAA's Badger Voice.

Top Stories

WAA invites campus to new Goodspeed Family Pier

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The Wisconsin Alumni Association is inviting the Madison community to visit the newest shoreline feature on Lake Mendota, the Goodspeed Family Pier. Watercrafters and landlubbers alike are welcome from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 12, for the public grand opening.

Celebrating 50 years of newborn screening

Photo: mother holding infant

At the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, five drops of blood from a baby’s heel are used for newborn screening, a 50-year-old ritual of public health being observed this month. On July 12, the lab will host an open house to highlight the program’s intricate testing laboratory and dedicated staff.

Get Social! #UWMadison

Join the conversation, the community, and the fun of UW-Madison on social media. Explore our favorite Tweets and Instagrams from Badgers around the world.

Around Campus

Archeologists return to mysterious Aztalan site

Photo: student holding bones

Research groups from three Midwestern universities have wrapped up another dig at Aztalan, a state park near Lake Mills, hoping to unravel the history of a walled outpost that was once thought to be related to the Aztec culture in Mexico.

Whose ER response wins? Faculty, residents compete

Photo: medical resident treating patient manikin

Welcome to "Sim Wars," in which faculty and residents from the School of Medicine and Public Health compete in who handles a simulated emergency room situation better. And guess what? The faculty members don't always win.

DoIT: Watch out for phony virus notifications

Because it can be very difficult to identify counterfeit emails, it is important to remember that UW-Madison won’t ask you to disclose personal identity information via email, phone, text or other means.

Campus Initiatives

Reminder: HR Design sessions begin today

Logo: HR Design project

Four information sessions are set for this month to update the campus community on the status of the HR Design project and answer questions. The first session is today, 9:30-11 a.m. at Memorial Union, with additional sessions following on July 11, July 16 and 17.

Inside Info

Gerhart: Hysterectomy and menopause

UW Health Family Medicine physician Jacqueline Gerhart writes a column that appears weekly on and in the Wisconsin State Journal. This week, she answers a question related to the impact of a hysterectomy on menopause symptoms.


Journalism grad Luhmann embarks on trip of a lifetime

Photo: Erin Luhmann

In February, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof selected UW journalism graduate student Erin Luhmann as the winner of this year's “Win a Trip with Nick Kristof” contest. Luhman and Kristoff have headed to Africa to report on global poverty and health.


Discourse still at heart of success in tech-savvy world

Drawing: cartoon man with speech bubble

After convening in April for The Art of Conversation, a series of workshops and discussions at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery geared at sharing tips to expertly portray science and ideas, the event speakers had some words of wisdom to leave behind.


New risk manager, Warfield board honor

Richard Gibbs is the new director of risk management, moving to UW-Madison from UW System; and business professor Terry Warfield is selected to serve on the board of trustees for the Financial Account Foundation.

In the Media

Keeping kids sharp during summer break

Looking for ways to help your kids stay sharp during their summer break? Edward Hubbard, of the Department of Educational Psychology and Educational Neuroscience Lab, explains why many young people forget what they’ve learned and gives tips on ways to keep students sharp in a recent report on Channel 15, WMTV.  

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