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Microbe mania

Photo: Microscopic image of bacteria

Over time, human awareness of the microbial world and its importance has expanded from understanding its role in disease to critical medical and agricultural discoveries. Microbes have proved their worth through things like a method to amplify DNA in the lab, in forensics and in medicine. Now, seeking to further harness microbes’ many uses, the federal government has launched the National Microbiome Initiative — and UW-Madison scientists are among its most enthusiastic boosters.

Top Stories

Howard University official named financial aid director

Photo: Derek Kindle

Derek Kindle has been named director of the Office of Student Financial Aid. Kindle is currently executive director of student financial services at Howard University. He will be UW-Madison's authority on federal, state and institutional aid programs and will assist with strategic enrollment management planning.

4 in the running for cultural competency position

Photo: Bascom Hall

Four finalists for program director of cultural competency will make presentations on campus June 15 to 21. This new position will oversee the campuswide initiative to provide inclusion and diversity programs to all new students. Related: Cultural competency program takes shape

Graduate wins life science award in governor’s contest

Photo: Chorom Pak

Lynx Biosciences, which is developing technology to choose the chemotherapy drug most likely to benefit a blood cancer patient by analyzing how the tumor cells respond, was feted in the 2016 Governor's Business Plan Contest. Founder Chorom Pak earned her Ph.D. here. Related: Mackie rocks the contest.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, June 16, from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

New WARF director headlines entrepreneur summit

Photo: Erik Iverson

Erik Iverson, incoming managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), urged a gathering of the state's entrepreneurs to "act as a community but reach globally" as the state embraces the growing pains of economic development. Iverson succeeds Carl Gulbrandsen July 1.

Master plan presentation scheduled Friday

Photo: Aerial view of Bascom Hill

After months of work by planners and gathering input from campus and the community, the Campus Master Plan Update is nearing the finish line. A presentation will be held at noon Friday, June 17, at Union South. Feel free to bring your lunch, your friends and your questions.

Foundation supports early-career faculty’s research

Photo: Feyza Engin

For their innovative molecular research, two UW–Madison scientists have earned Shaw Scientist Awards from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The Shaw Scientist Program supports early career investigators pursuing promising ideas in biochemistry, biological sciences and cancer research.

Photo gallery: W’s around the world

Photo: Exchange student in Ecuador making W sign

It’s become a signature display of UW pride: Badgers hold up both hands with thumbs touching and index fingers pointing outward to form a W. J.J. Watt made it a regular habit for the cameras. Now the familiar sign can be seen around the world, thanks to study-abroad students and other far-flung Badgers.

Outside UW

Leadership institute targets health disparities

Graphic: HELI logo

Twenty-five scholars from across the country are visiting campus this week for the 7th annual Health Equity Leadership Institute. It's an intensive weeklong “boot camp” for investigators, particularly from under-represented communities, doing research on health disparities and health equity.

Inside Info

Campus dining spots open with summer hours

Photo: Students in line at Gordon Dining & Event Center

Campus might be quieter during summer break, but University Housing's dining locations are still dishing it out. With summer hours in effect, each of the six marketplace-style eating venues offers a variety of stations and flavors, with Bean and Creamery and Flamingo Run locations also open.

Calling all would-be Bens and Jerrys

Photo: Babcock ice cream

Partners in Giving is looking for a catchy new ice cream flavor to promote the annual charitable campaign, which kicks off in October. Submit your idea by June 30 — you'll help a great cause and win some free ice cream, too!

The Ride: Bike Benefit for Cancer Research

Join us for The Ride, a new signature bicycling event, and raise money for cancer research at UW-Madison.


Video: Time-Lapse Tuesday reduces mowing to moments

Photo: Worker on lawn mower in front of Bascom Hall

How long does it take you to mow your lawn? Just be happy you don't have the slopes of Bascom Hill to negotiate. Somehow, the Bascom grass never looks shaggy. It's a big job, but someone has to do it — and we caught up with him for Time-Lapse Tuesday.


News from University Research Park, CALS, WID

Photo: Graham Pearce

University Research Park announces new associate director; WID epigenetics researcher named Pew scholar; CALS picks faculty director for international programs; and a UW-Marshfield/Wood County graduate will transfer to UW-Madison this fall as one of the nation's 75 Jack Kent Cooke scholarship winners.


Expert to speak on women and people of color in IT

Photo: Christine Alvarado

UC San Diego lecturer Christine Alvarado will be in Madison as keynote speaker for the UW screening of “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a film that asks why there aren’t more girls and people of color seeking opportunities in computer science. The event will be Tuesday, June 28, at Union South.

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