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Roll players

At least 21 Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby skaters are UW–Madison graduates, students, faculty or staff. This is not the heavily choreographed, made-for-TV roller derby of the '70s. Some traditions have survived, such as the colorful player and team names and costumes, but the participants in modern roller derby are fighting to be recognized as legitimate athletes. And the Madison league is helping make the sport more welcoming to transgender members.

Top Stories

Campus adopts policy for using drones

Photo: Drone in flight

A new UW-Madison policy will help researchers and instructors on campus meet federal rules for flying unmanned aircraft systems — better known as aerial drones — while also helping to protect privacy. The policy encourages safe and lawful use of drones for research and instruction.

The cost of keeping the research engine humming

Photo: Rebecca Blank

In her latest blog post, Chancellor Rebecca Blank explores how a proposal in the federal budget to cap facilities and administrative costs for awards from the National Institutes of Health would make it harder for universities to stay competitive in a global research environment.

FP&M finalist field at 4; candidates to visit campus

Photo: WID building under construction

A search committee has recommended four finalists for associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management. The UW-Madison community and general public will have opportunities later this month to meet and talk with the finalists when each gives a presentation and answers questions.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, June 15 from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on the Rooftop Terrace at Pyle Center.

Around Campus

Baldwin grants spread Wisconsin Idea beyond campus

Photo: Bascom Hall

An oral history of farming, a study of depression among African-Americans and an effort to get veterans back to work are among the proposals winning grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The program is open to faculty, staff and students.

WARF rises to 6th in patent ranking

Photo: Erik Iverson

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation moved up to 6th place among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2016. The 168 patents represent "truly novel and important inventions" that serve people throughout the state and world, says WARF Managing Director Erik Iverson.

Q&A: Departing UHS Director Sarah Van Orman

Photo: Sarah Van Orman

Sarah Van Orman has helped UW-Madison navigate some of the toughest issues around: high-risk drinking, sexual assault, mental health and meningitis, not to mention the occasional outbreak of norovirus. The director of University Health Services departs this month for the University of Southern California.

Outside UW

Summit draws early childhood professionals

Photo: Audience at summit

More than 300 people with a passion for helping children and families in Wisconsin live better lives gathered June 2 on campus for Wisconsin’s first statewide Prenatal-to-Five Summit. Fifty-one Wisconsin counties, seven tribal nations and more than 100 agencies were represented.

Campus Initiatives

Quality and process improvement units to merge

Photo: Hand of person writing on clipboard

The Office of Quality Improvement and Administrative Process Redesign will merge, providing the campus with a comprehensive suite of organizational development and improvement services for academic and administrative units. The merged units will move to 445 Henry Mall this fall.

Inside Info

Desk-bound at work? You can still stay fit

Photo: Man walking down stairs

Even if you're at a desk most of the day, UW Health says there are ways to build fitness into your work routine — like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, delivering a memo in person instead of by email, and doing desk exercises, to name just a few. Here are some more tips.


Coming soon to the Chazen: Jim Dine installation

Photo: Jim Dine in his Paris studio

A "monumental mural" by renowned artist Jim Dine is being installed at the Chazen Museum of Art. The work was created in a Paris studio and brought to Madison last week. The formal unveiling is June 22, with a reception in Brittingham Gallery I of the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building from 6 to 8 p.m.


Strand, leader in serving nontraditional students, retires

Photo: Judith Strand

Returning adults and other nontraditional students have broader access to UW–Madison today, thanks to the tireless work of Judith Strand. Following 40 years at three universities, Strand retired this month from her post as associate dean in the Division of Continuing Studies.

In the Media

Q&A: Director envisions future of libraries

Photo: Carrie Kruse

College Library Director Carrie Kruse gets "a little emotional" when she recalls the die-in by Black Lives Matter demonstrators in 2014. Kruse tells the Cap Times how powerful the moment was for her, and explains how it has affected the library going forward.


Curious about our lakes? Attend limnology open house

Photo: Limnology boat by pier

The annual open house at the Center for Limnology’s Hasler Lab on Lake Mendota on Friday, June 23 will offer guests a chance to ask scientists about the waters of Wisconsin, meet some of the plants and animals living in our lakes, hunt for aquatic “bugs,” and more. Doors open at 2 p.m.

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