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Critic’s choice

Photo: Myles McNutt

Myles McNutt, comm arts lecturer and doctoral candidate, is a TV critic and blogger who uses social media to engage his students. In Five Questions with Inside UW, McNutt talks about the similarities between teaching and criticism, shares tidbits on his favorite series, and tells us why television should never be considered a "guilty pleasure."

Top Stories

Scholz named dean of Letters & Science

John Karl Scholz, Nellie June Gray Professor of Economic Policy and chair of the Department of Economics, has been selected as the next dean of the College of Letters & Science, UW-Madison’s largest academic unit. He will succeed Gary Sandefur on July 1.

Budget update: JFC amends UW provisions

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on May 23 recommended providing the UW System $89 million less in the next biennium than Gov. Scott Walker proposed in his amended budget, and delayed for two years the implementation of HR Design.

Campus commuters take B-cycle for a spin

Madison B-cycle, a bike rental program that serves the UW campus and  downtown Madison, is seeing a strong increase in ridership as it expands to provide easy access to transportation for students, faculty and staff.

Badger Volleyball Camps

Sign-up for Badger Volleyball Summer Youth Camps! Camps are open to any and all entrants! Register today.

Around Campus

Horn named RecSports director

Photo: John Horn

John Horn has been named director of the Division of Recreational Sports, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell recently announced. Horn has served as the division's interim director since September 2012.

Finalists chosen for secretary of academic staff

Four finalists have been named for the secretary of academic staff. The campus community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates with a series of visits starting June 10.

Hahn to serve as interim Enrollment Management head

Steven Hahn, assistant dean for admissions and academic services at the Graduate School, has been appointed Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management. Hahn is stepping in for Joanne Berg, who is retiring later this summer to open a bookstore on Monroe Street.

Inside Info

Summer gas prices: Why so high?

$3.93 per gallon. 16-gallon tank. $62.88 to fill up. This is all-too-familiar math for drivers who are grudgingly footing their gas bills. Many will direct their frustration at station owners, oil companies or the government. UW experts weigh in on the factors that cause summer price spikes.

Introducing...

Tools for Discovery: Jordan Ellenberg

Tools for Discovery is a monthly profile series that inspects the tools, computer programs, gadgets and methods behind WID’s ideas and discoveries. In the most recent installment,  Jordan Ellenberg, professor of mathematics and Discovery Fellow at WID, shares some of his favorite tools.    

Buzz

Badgers vote for the ‘Moon’ for The Red Shirt

Alumni, students, fans and friends cast a record number of nearly 8,000 votes to select a design for the Sixth Edition of The Red Shirt. This year’s winning design incorporates elements of the popular UW song “If You Want to Be a Badger.”

Milestones

Woit to develop program funding for Town Center

Kathleen Woit, retiring this month after 16 successful years as president of the Madison Community Foundation, is joining the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to design a sustainable model for external funding of the programs WARF presents at the Town Center.

Rob Nixon: Defining the environmental humanities

UW English professor Rob Nixon has received the 2013 biennial award for best book in environmental literary studies from the American Society for Literature and the Environment, for his 2011 book “Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.”

In Memoriam

Rader remembered for technical skills, human touch

The late Stephen Rader’s easy-going manner made his colleagues in the Physics Department feel at-ease with technology and helped support their research successes. He was killed in a May 24 crash on Madison's west side.

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