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Adventures in lava land

Photo: students and professor working at volcano site

A volcano that might be on the verge of erupting is not the kind of place most of us would choose for a field trip. But two UW-Madison professors led grad students on a mission to a Chilean site that experts say could send lava, rocks and ash spewing forth within weeks or months. The romance versus the reality of field work quickly came into focus as the researchers faced a variety of hazards, both physical and personal. Follow the intrepid team in words, photos and video in this multimedia account.  

Top Stories

Ward asks for vetoes of WCIJ, HR Design provisions

Photo: interim chancellor David Ward

Interim Chancellor David Ward is asking Gov. Walker to veto provisions related to HR Design and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in the state budget bill. The bill is on Walker’s desk after passing the legislature last week. Walker is expected to issue his vetoes and sign the bill this week.

Court issues limited ruling in affirmative action case

Photo: U.S. Supreme Court building

UW-Madison lawyers say yesterday's Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin does not appear to require any immediate change in UW admissions processes. Related: Read Chronicle of Higher Education coverage of the case.

Volunteer at UW-Madison Day at the State Fair

Join Bucky Badger, the UW Marching Band, students, faculty and alumni as a volunteer at UW-Madison Day at the Wisconsin State Fair on Wednesday, August 7, 2013!   Learn more.

Around Campus

What do you think about the libraries? A quick survey

Libraries are at an important and challenging intersection: The research library concept is evolving to meet the changing research, teaching and learning needs of faculty, staff, students and the community at large. Take a quick survey to help guide strategic planning of this key campus unit.

Boot camp teaches art and science of entrepreneurship

Sixty-seven students participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp June 17-21 at the Wisconsin School of Business. It was designed to give graduate students in engineering and life sciences the opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs.

Campus Initiatives

Administrative employees recognized with new award

Four exceptional employees — Steven Hahn, Kim Nolet, Michelle Szabo and Roberta Wang — have been chosen from more than 60 nominations to receive UW-Madison’s first Administrative Achievement Awards, which recognize excellence in administrative roles supporting student services, research, academics or administration.

Inside Info

Help your picky eater become a vegetable eater

Photo: boy scowling at vegetables

Many young children become “fussy eaters,” refusing to eat all but a few favorite foods and rejecting others — especially vegetables. But "adults can help children learn to eat and enjoy a wider variety of vegetables,” says Susan Nitzke, UW-Extension specialist in nutritional sciences at UW-Madison.  


Oboist Tiliakos brings new flair to School of Music

Kostas Tiliakos has been principal oboe in the Greek National Opera Orchestra in Athens since 1997, where he previously held the solo English horn position. He joins the School of Music this fall as visiting assistant professor of oboe, replacing Marc Fink, who retired this past spring.


Badger Voice: Lost and found on Lake Mendota

Photo: student sitting on concret pier

When workers reshaping the Lake Mendota shoreline near the Alumni House and Memorial Union began replacing the old crew house pier, they removed more than concrete and stone. They also discovered that the previous pier had been filled with a variety of junk.


Legal finalists, Morgridge chairman

Photo: Fred Robertson

Finalists have been selected for vice chancellor for legal affairs. And the Morgridge Institute has named Fred Robertson (left) as chairman. He has served as CEO of TomoTherapy and GE Marquette Medical Systems.

Kadushin, 97, publishes “The Social Work Interview”

Book cover: The Social Work Interview

Generations of students can remember long-time professor and social work scholar Al Kadushin walking into the classroom lugging two large briefcases full of books and articles. He was always ready to back up his classroom teaching with the latest literature and research.

In the Media

Q&A: Sarah Grimes makes hospital trips brighter

UW Hospital's Sarah Grimes is not a nurse or a doctor, and she's not someone most patients will ever meet, writes the Capital Times. But her work as art coordinator for UW Hospital and Clinics can make a hospital stay a little more pleasant.


Ebling Library presents ‘After Chernobyl’

Photo: woman in front of shed

Ebling Library's newest exhibit is "After Chernobyl." Along with photos of people, buildings, animals and the denuded and recovering landscape, photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart offers a cohesive narrative, consisting of a single description on each panel, chronicling life in post-nuclear accident Chernobyl.


Welcome Chancellor Blank with new Babcock flavor

Photo: Babcock ice cream

Like the sound of Becky-butter Brickle? Help welcome incoming Chancellor Blank by suggesting a name, ingredients and flavors for a brand new Babcock ice cream flavor being created in her honor. Make your suggestion in the comments. The winning flavor will be produced in September.

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