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Lord of the flies

Barry Ganetzky perches at an old microscope, a delicate feather-tipped probe in his hand. He firmly raps an upended glass vial of fruit flies to shake its anesthetized occupants onto a plate and peers at them through the eyepieces. Their size belies the magnitude of their influence: with these flies, Ganetzky, a geneticist and Steenbock Professor of Biological Sciences, has improved the understanding of human conditions ranging from cardiac failures in young athletes to aging brains.

Top Stories

HR Design teams submit revised recommendations

Image: HR Design

Four work teams from the campus’ Human Resources Design project have turned in revised recommendations that are responsive to feedback received during a lengthy engagement process.

Targeted increases to address compensation gap

The university will soon offer targeted salary increases for critical faculty and staff to address the growing gap in compensation between faculty and staff and their peers at other institutions. The plan — called the Critical Compensation Fund — will involve targeted pay adjustments.

Memorial Union renovation set to begin

Image: Architect's rendering

Memorial Union visitors will begin to see construction fences go up this week in preparation for the first phase of the Memorial Union's renovation project.

WI Lakes Trivia Game

Calling all Wisconsin lake lovers – you could win big! Click here to test your knowledge and be 1 of 3 winners to receive 20% off the WI Lakes Trivia Game.

Around Campus

Center for Integrative Design broadens its reach

The renamed Center for Integrative Design in the School of Human Ecology will support a focus on design as both a practice and a discipline.

Johannes Wallmann to lead jazz studies

The School of Music has named Johannes Wallmann director of jazz studies beginning this fall. Selected following a national search, he brings extensive performing experience in styles as diverse as mainstream jazz and electric fusion and American spirituals.

Street repairs on eastbound Linden Drive to begin

Starting Wednesday, June 20, Linden Drive between Charter Street and Babcock Drive will be closed to eastbound traffic for approximately three weeks for concrete street repairs.

Inside Info

Keep kids active and engaged this summer

School’s out. That means new challenges in figuring out what to do to keep kids entertained, engaged and supervised. UW Health's Growing Up Healthy blog shares tips and ideas.        

Buzz

Farewell cards: Library’s card catalog has retired

For the better part of 100 years, the card catalog was essential to study and research. But it’s been obsolete for more than a quarter century, and as the spring semester wrapped up in May, Memorial Library finished dismantling its card catalog, the largest on campus and one of the last.    

Milestones

Mans receives Rudolf Ippen Young Scientist Award

Christoph Mans, a zoological medicine resident at the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Milwaukee County Zoo, and the International Crane Foundation, was recently honored with the Rudolf Ippen Young Scientist Award.

Five with campus ties named Wisconsin Academy Fellows

Image: Academy logo

Jerry Apps, Tino Balio, Cynthia Haq, Molly Jahn and Dietram Scheufele have been named 2012 Wisconsin Academy Fellows, the highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.

In the Media

State Journal: Retirees fear changes to public pension system

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of a June 17-18 Wisconsin State Journal series on the condition of the state pension system and potential future changes. (May require free registration.)

Interact

Best time of the year?

Photo: Sailboats

Many say that the months of June and July represent the best time of year on campus. What do you think? What's your favorite part of summer in Madison? Most creative response wins a UW coffee mug.

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