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Understanding Zika

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We know more about the Zika virus today, thanks to new research by a team of UW-Madison scientists. Carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and linked to serious birth defects, the virus has been the subject of extensive study here. The latest news comes from a months-long study of monkeys infected with Zika, and it provides "good news for vaccine design," according to pathology Professor David O'Connor. But it also makes concerning findings about how the disease may progress in pregnant women.

Top Stories

Riseling to retire, lead campus law enforcement group

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After 25 years, UW Police Chief Sue Riseling will retire in August and lead the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Riseling, the first woman and the youngest person to head a Big Ten university police force, led campus safety efforts during a period of intense change.

University of Dundee professor to lead Arts Institute

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John Baldacchino has been selected as director of UW-Madison's Arts Institute. He comes from the University of Dundee in Scotland, where he held a professorial chair of arts education at the School of Education & Social Work. Baldacchino expects to begin in his new role here in August.

UW-Madison again makes list of top schools for CEOs

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Money Magazine named UW-Madison as one of only three public universities that are the top producers of chief executives in the Fortune 500. “Being a CEO requires nimbleness across a wide set of skills," says Chancellor Rebecca Blank. "This showcases the value of a UW degree.”

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Around Campus

Q&A: Gulbrandsen reflects on 16 years at WARF

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Carl Gulbrandsen will retire June 30 after 16 years as managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). He spoke with Inside UW-Madison about some of the highlights of his work there. Related: Gulbrandsens honored with distinguished faculty chair in early childhood education.

About to retire, H.R.’s Lavigna looks back

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Bob Lavigna came to UW-Madison at a pivotal time. Soon after he became human resources director, Act 10 overhauled the state’s employment rules. A short time later, the legislature approved development of a new human resources system for UW–Madison, now known as HR Design.

2009 Tony winner teaches students Broadway reality

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Karen Olivo is a bona fide Broadway star who won a Tony Award for playing Anita in West Side Story. In 2013, she left New York and began teaching musical theater performance classes at the UW. This spring she put 19 students in her Theatre and Drama 440 course through the paces.

Admission policies consistent with Supreme Court ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court last week held that the use of race in college admissions decisions to achieve the benefits of a diverse student body is lawful under the Constitution. Initial analysis by UW–Madison indicates that its admissions processes and practices are consistent with the court’s ruling.

Outside UW

McWhorter applies business school lessons in Chicago

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Dorri McWhorter became CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. Her background was in business, not nonprofits. Some of the lessons she took from the Wis-consin School of Business helped McWhorter keep the YWCA moving ahead with its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.  

Inside Info

How to avoid medication interactions as you age

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As your age increases, it's likely that your arsenal of over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications and dietary supplements will grow, too. But before you pop your next pill, ask yourself: Is your drug regimen safe? Adults in their 50s and older are more vulnerable to serious drug side effects and interactions.


Lloyd named director of Space Management Office

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Brent Lloyd has been named the new director of the Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) Space Management Office, where he will keep tabs on more than 17 million square feet of academic and research space on campus. Lloyd succeeds Doug Rose, who retired in April.

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Video: Botany Garden is a Summer Sweet Spot

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The Botany Garden is a green and fragrant oasis in a sea of buildings and traffic. The 1.2 acre garden is situated along University Avenue between Chamberlin, Birge and Lathrop halls. The garden features trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and annuals with more than 500 species.

In Memoriam

Textile expert focused on sustainability

Photo: Manfred Wentz

Manfred Wentz, a professor of textile science at UW-Madison from 1974 to 1985, died June 12. A native of Germany, Wentz held many national and international leadership positions in the textile industry. In his later years he focused on textile ecology and environmental responsibility/sustainability.

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