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Mastodon mystery

Photo: Carrie Eaton with bone

Through a combination of modern-day scientific sleuthing, historical detective work, and a plethora of persistence, UW-Madison researchers have rewritten the story of a celebrated mastodon whose skeleton has been on display for nearly a century. Two years ago, Carrie Eaton, curator of collections at the university’s Geology Museum, began searching for a way to honor the centennial of the Boaz mastodon. The deeper she and UW Archives Director David Null dug, the more surprises they uncovered about the elephant-like creature — one of the most famous fossils in Wisconsin. Related video: Scan reveals skeletal secrets.

Top Stories

Blank responds to legislative action on UW budget

Photo: Rebecca Blank

The Joint Committee on Finance Friday reduced a proposed budget cut to the UW System, but also adopted significant changes to shared governance and tenure. Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the additional funding is welcome, but also expresses concerns about the governance and tenure provisions.

Changes coming in employee health insurance

Photo: Stethoscope

The Department of Employee Trust Funds Group Insurance Board has approved changes to the state employee health insurance program. The changes affect participants’ deductibles, out-of-pocket limits, copays and drug costs. All of the health plan changes will be effective on Jan. 1, 2016.  

Saturday Science at Discovery

Featuring the Science of America’s Dairyland, Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Enjoy free ice cream and explore Wisconsin agriculture and innovation at this free family event!

Around Campus

Northwestern’s Karpus to lead Graduate School

Photo: William Karpus

William Karpus, a professor of pathology and microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University, has been chosen as dean of the UW-Madison Graduate School. Karpus has been associate dean for student affairs in The Graduate School at Northwestern since 2012. Related: Q&A with the new dean.

Foundation official and UW prof named education dean

Photo: Diana Hess

Diana Hess, senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, has been named dean of the UW-Madison School of Education. Hess, who is also a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the UW, will begin Aug. 1. She succeeds Julie Underwood, who is returning to the faculty.

Photos: Bucky’s Workout at Camp Randall

Photo: People working out at Camp Randall

With Bucky Badger leading them, members of the UW-Madison community participated in Bucky's Workout, a collaborative event at Camp Randall hosted by Athletics, Rec Sports, Human Resources and UWell. Related: Run or walk through downtown and campus for National Running Day on Wednesday.

Campus Initiatives

HR Design information sessions coming next week

Logo: HR Design

UW–Madison’s new human resources system, HR Design, launches July 1. Information sessions will be June 8 and 9 at Memorial Union and the Health Sciences Learning Center. Two of the three sessions will be interpreted in several languages.  

Inside Info

Tips for shopping at your local farmers market

Photo: Vegetable stand at Farmers' Market

Local farmers markets are open in many communities throughout Wisconsin. Visiting the market is a great way to get the family outside and moving while enjoying healthy and fresh local foods. UW Health dietitians share why farmers market products may be better tasting and more nutritious.

Buzz

DoIT wants to know how you use your smartphone

Photo: Cellphone in caller's hand

Can't live without your smartphone? What do you do with it besides make calls? In an effort to learn more about how smartphones are being used on campus, DoIT has created a short survey to gauge user experience. The survey takes only a minute or two and will be open through June 5.

Milestones

Zumbrunnen wins UW System teaching award

Photo: John Zumbrunnen

John Zumbrunnen is one of three recipients of the UW System’s 2015 Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. Zumbrunnen teaches, studies and writes on the history of political thought, democratic theory, American political thought and the philosophy of social science.

Regents to honor winners of Academic Staff Awards

Photo: Gene Clark

The Board of Regents will honor this year’s recipients of its Academic Staff Awards for Excellence at its meeting June 5 in Milwaukee. Gene Clark, coastal engineering specialist at UW-Madison's Sea Grant Institute, is among the awardees. Clark started at the UW as a graduate research assistant in 1984.

Events

Center for Limnology hosts aquatic open house

Photo: Woman on boat lowering instrument into water

The Center for Limnology invites you to spend a half hour — or the whole afternoon — exploring the science behind Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers and streams June 12. Visitors can take a “research cruise” on Lake Mendota, make aquatic-themed crafts at the kids' crafts station, enjoy Babcock ice cream, and more.  

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