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One word: Plastics

Photo: Tim Osswald

For Tim Osswald, the Wisconsin Idea is about taking the extra step: moving research out of the lab. Through his work with Teel Plastics of Baraboo, the engineering professor and his graduate students have solved sophisticated problems and developed a broader understanding of the plastics industry. Osswald, pictured with an airless tire he helped develop for the military, says Teel is an ideal example of how companies in Wisconsin have used the university as a resource. "It makes us think and we solve problems that are very complex," he says. "It’s fun.” Related: Read more about UW-Madison's history with plastics in Plastics Pioneers, from On Wisconsin.

Top Stories

Outstanding Women of Color awards announced

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A selection committee has announced UW-Madison's seven Outstanding Women of Color for 2015-16. The winners represent nursing, medicine, education, communication arts, the libraries, financial aid, and Freedom Inc. A reception to honor them will be held Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. at the Pyle Center.

Union enters final phase of renovation, restoration

Renovations will continue to renew and restore Memorial Union inside and out as work shifts to the east end of the building and Terrace. A tour of the building and look ahead at its future reveal unusual artifacts, little-noticed details, and reimagined spaces. Related: What's in your wallet?

Academic Staff Assembly opposes budget provisions

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The Academic Staff Assembly passed a resolution Wednesday opposing legislative changes to shared governance, academic staff appointments and tenure. Related: In a letter to Chancellor Rebecca Blank, 22 scholarly associations have spoken against the changes. Read her response here.

Around Campus

New MOOC explores big-picture energy questions

Photo: Aerial view of power plant

The debate over energy consumption and its consequences is constantly evolving, whether the subject is fossil fuels or renewables. The MOOC “Energy and the Earth” will give people an online forum in which to explore these topics. The course launched Sunday and learners can sign up at any time.

UW claims top Twitter honors in new study

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The top Twitter account in U.S. higher education is @UWMadison, according to new data released by social media research firm Engagement Labs of Toronto. “It’s quite evident how much UW-Madison cares about its students,” says Meg Pedrick, Engagement Labs director of sales.

PBS screens Mitman’s ‘Shadow of Ebola’ online

Photo from film: People in protective gear carrying coffin

Gregg Mitman's film Shadow of Ebola can now be viewed online at the PBS Independent Lens documentary website. It follows UW-Madison student Emmanuel Urey as the Ebola crisis unfolds in his home country and his loved ones remain isolated at their home in Monrovia while the death toll rises.

Parent Program calls for Family Weekend proposals

Photo: Father and daughter with Bucky cutout

The Parent Program invites you to suggest a program or event idea for the 2015 Family Weekend Oct. 9-11. Any student organization, school/college or department is welcome to submit a proposal, such as an open house, informational session, performance, reception, or tour of your offices/facility.  

Outside UW

Latino Earth Partnership inspires teachers and students

Child planting a plant

The Arboretum developed the Earth Partnership program to engage learners of all ages with nature. A related initiative, the Latino Earth Partnership, reaches youth from diverse backgrounds by incorporating cultural perspectives and Spanish language with environmental stewardship and science.

Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic

Watch former Badgers and NHL stars at the Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic, Friday, June 26. Be a part of this fun night benefiting the UW Health Burn Center. Tickets.


Apps can help you plan a memorable vacation

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If your summer plans include a road trip, make sure you’re digitally prepared. Here are 10 apps that will help you create an e-itinerary, get the best gas prices and real-time traffic updates, find quirky landmarks and authentic regional food, get a last minute hotel, repair your car in case of emergency, and more.


New poet laureate was artist in residence

Photo: Juan Felipe Herrera

The Library of Congress has announced Juan Felipe Herrera as its 21st Poet Laureate — one of the highest levels of recognition for a poet. Herrera is the first Latino poet to receive the honor. He was on the UW-Madison campus as the Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence in April 2008.

In the Media

Does building with instructions make kids less creative?

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Page Moreau wondered whether it is better for kids to free-build with LEGOs or to follow the instructions of kits. Psychology Today reports on Moreau's recent experiment, in which researchers had subjects build both ways and then measured their performance on tests that either required or didn't require creativity.  

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