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Dig this

Photo: Student digging with trowel

It was the first 90 degree day of the year, yet the people arrived at Aztalan State Park — in couples and in groups, young and old. They braved the heat to take part in a public archaeology day, where excavations led by anthropology Professor Sissel Schroeder were underway to better understand the daily lives of the ancient peoples who called Aztalan home a millennium ago. “We want to know what people ate, where they built their houses, how they broke down cultural barriers to navigate their differences and come together as a community,” says Schroeder.

Top Stories

UC Berkeley official will be new vice chancellor

Photo: Laurent Heller

Laurent Heller has been named UW–Madison’s vice chancellor for finance and administration. Heller is assistant vice chan-cellor, financial planning and analysis, at the University of California, Berkeley. He'll succeed Michael Lehman, who has been interim vice chancellor since Darrell Bazzell left.

Cultural competency program for new students

Photo: Bascom Hall

Students, staff and faculty are working this summer to develop a program called “Our Wisconsin” aimed at increasing knowledge about cultural differences and promoting community among incoming students. It will be piloted this fall with the goal of making it mandatory for new students by fall 2017.

Around Campus

UWPD updates active shooter tactics

Photo: Susan Riseling

UW Police Chief Sue Riseling says the department is updating its active shooter tactics following a review prompted by the mass shooting in Orlando. The official video and webpage for what to do if you find yourself in such a situation now focuses on a three-part strategy: run, hide and fight.

Consortium advocates diversity in business education

Photo: Melanie McEwen

It has grown from 21 students in 1966 to 8,500 alumni — and the Wisconsin School of Business was there from the start. This month is the 50th anniversary of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and its mission to enhance diversity in business education and management careers.

Time to watch for crossing turtles

Photo: Turtle crossing sign

The stretch of University Bay Drive between the Class of 1918 Marsh and University Bay Marsh near the entrance to Picnic Point is a popular crossing spot for turtles. A few fatalities have already been reported this spring. Be prepared to slow down, especially when you see turtle road crossing signs.

Then and Now: Still afloat

Photo: Hoofers bailing out sailboat

In June 1991, University Communications photographer Jeff Miller came upon a group of Hoofer Sailing Club members and staff bailing out a sailboat that had taken on water near a pier at the Memorial Union Terrace. Twenty-five years later, the Hoofers fleet continues to dot the Terrace shoreline.


Van Lehn hopes his enthusiasm will encourage students

Photo: Reid Van Lehn

Reid Van Lehn, who joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering this spring, uses computer-based experiments to answer questions about how a nanoparticle can help drugs reach a cell via targeted drug delivery. Van Lehn was on the Forbes 2016 “30 Under 30” list in the science category.


New learning management system planned

Graphic: Illustration of computer screen

The campus is transitioning to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) over the next two years. The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS, and dis-continue licensing of D2L and Moodle by 2018. Faculty and instructional staff should contact their school/college IT point person for help.


Cultural Linguistic Services a national model

Photo: Closeup of document being translated into Hmong

An association that rewards equitable and inclusive workplace practices has recognized UW–Madison’s Cultural Linguistic Services. CLS provides translation and interpretation for prospective and current employees, primarily those who do not speak English as their first language.

In Memoriam

Peggy Leister worked here for 34 years

Photo: Peggy Leister

Peggy Leister, a program assistant in the provost's office, died June 5 at home with her family by her side. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January and retired in April. A Madison native and graduate of Memorial High School, she worked at UW-Madison for 34 years.

In the Media

Baby Bucky is welcomed to the zoo

Photo: Baby Badger named Bucky

WISC-TV/Channel 3000 reports on the Henry Vilas Zoo's newest resident: a badger cub named "Bucky" in honor of the zoo's long association with UW-Madison. "The zoo became the home of the university’s original Bucky Badger after the live mascot proved too fierce to patrol the sidelines at football games."


Allen Centennial Garden offering Sunday concert series

Photo: Allen Centennial Garden

Enjoy Sunday afternoons in the Allen Centennial Garden this summer with a classical and jazz concert series in alternating weeks starting June 26. The series is free and open to the public but seating is limited, so arrive early for the best spot. Feel free to bring your own chairs or picnic blankets.

NIH leader headlines summit on big data and health

Photo: Philip Bourne

Philip Bourne believes the next great advance in health care may come from gaming enthusiasts — or a computer scientist, a statistician, an applied mathematician, or even a citizen scientist. Bourne, the National Institutes for Health's associate director for data science, will speak on campus June 30.

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