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William Ramsay's ledger

The ledger of a colonial tobacco merchant named William Ramsay now holds a prominent place in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, thanks largely to the work of UW-Madison Professor Ann Smart Martin and her art history students. They combed through transactions in Ramsay's shop to learn more about 18th century commerce and culture.

Top Stories

ETF answers FAQs on health insurance changes

Photo: Bottles of pills

The Department of Employee Trust Funds has posted answers to some frequently asked questions about changes to state employee health insurance for 2016. The changes include added deductibles, increased out-of-pocket limits, coinsurance for certain prescription drugs, and office visit copayments.

Coach Bo Ryan plans one more season

Coach Bo Ryan

Men's basketball Coach Bo Ryan announced Monday that he'll retire at the end of the coming season after 15 years leading the Badgers, including two thrilling NCAA tournament runs. Related: Media coverage in the Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Around Campus

How to ‘art’: Wheelhouse unites action and creativity

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While crowds of people line up every day to enjoy food at Der Rathskeller, not many realize that there’s an entire artistic community right beneath their feet. In the lower level of Memorial Union, Jay Ekleberry and his group of devoted students create artwork in Wheelhouse Studios.

‘Big data’ may aid early Alzheimer’s detection

Photo: elderly couple walking with canes

Baby-boomer demographics offer a frightening look at the future of Alzheimer's disease. Without a major advance, experts forecast as many as 14 million new cases by 2050. Find out how a UW team is using 'big data' to help better predict who will get the disease — and ultimately delay or halt dementia.

Outside UW

Local students chosen as teachers-to-be

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Eleven students from the Madison Metropolitan School District have been selected as the first group to enter the Tomorrow’s Educators for Equity in Madison (TEEM) Scholars program. It's part of the district’s Forward Madison partnership with UW-Madison’s School of Education.

Inside Info

Does Fitbit really help you get healthier?

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A recent study co-authored by the School of Education's Lisa Cadmus-Bertram examines whether fitness trackers like the Fitbit really improve health. Her study compared overweight middle-aged and older women who used a Fitbit with a group of women who were given pedometers.


‘Make ‘Em Believe’ excerpt: Story of a slogan

Photo: Frank Kaminsky

UW Athletics communicator Patrick Herb's forthcoming book "Make 'Em Believe: The inside story of the Badgers' Road to the 2015 Final Four," is a hard-cover, 160-page keepsake that features more than 100 color photos and firsthand stories from players and head coach Bo Ryan. Read an excerpt.


What causes ‘cyberloafing’ at work?

Computer keyboard

With the rise in virtual work teams, flexible work arrangements, and personal electronic devices in the workplace, the opportunities for "cyberloafing" — using the Internet for nonwork activities — are creating serious problems for many businesses. A new study from the Wisconsin School of Business digs deeper.  

In the Media

Cramer connects town and gown at Morgridge Center

Photo: Kathy Cramer

Isthmus profiles Kathy Cramer, who has crisscrossed the state visiting gas stations, coffee shops and other gathering places, interviewing local residents for her research. Now, Cramer has a new job where her aim is to connect students and faculty with the people of the state, advancing the Wisconsin Idea.


Crossword tests your knowledge of campus

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A senior librarian at UW-Madison, Raymond Hamel is also a puzzle and trivia master. He’s had more than 2,300 crosswords published. Test your knowledge of campus locales in this one, courtesy of On Wisconsin. Download a PDF of the puzzle and its solution.

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