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Wisconsin week

Photo: Woman taking selfie of seminar group in front of barn

You can’t see everything Wisconsin has to offer in only five days. But in that time you can get a glimpse of the state’s incredible people, places, businesses and organizations. That is one of the goals of the annual Wisconsin Idea Seminar, a weeklong tour that this year introduced 38 UW–Madison faculty and staff members to ways in which the Wisconsin Idea is in action across the state — while also creating opportunities for building on that tradition.

Top Stories

Key committee acts on UW budget proposal

The UW System would receive a funding increase of more than $36 million under the budget proposal advanced in the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. The plan, if approved, would keep in-state undergraduate tuition frozen for the next two years. Related: Thompson Center included in budget.

Blank’s Slate: A look at the federal budget

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank explores the recently released federal budget proposal, how it could affect UW-Madison and how the university is responding. That response includes working with fellow Big Ten institutions and with national coalitions.

Around Campus

UW helped make life-saving penicillin doses available

Photo: Ken Raper with microscope

Seventy-three years ago today, on June 6, 1944, the D-Day invasion of Normandy was bolstered by millions of doses of a precious new substance: penicillin. UW–Madison biologists helped supply Allied troops with enough of the drug to treat life-threatening infections.

Meningitis response was a successful team effort

Photo: Vaccine being administered to woman's arm

A large group of campus partners worked with public health officials on the response to last year's meningitis outbreak, says Chancellor Blank. All three students who contracted the disease are recovering, and vaccination efforts were among the most successful ever.

Tony-nominated play helped by professor’s guidance

Photo: Susan Brantly

Scandinavian studies Professor Susan Brantly has contributed her expertise to A Doll’s House, Part 2, based on Henrik Ibsen's shocking 1879 drama. The new work, which opened in April on Broadway, is up for eight Tony awards on June 11.

Outside UW

Chancellor sees more of Wisconsin along the Mississippi

Photo: Section of Great River Road in Wisconsin

Chancellor Blank liked her drive between La Crosse and Prairie du Chien last Memorial Day so much that this year, she and her husband decided to tour the rest of the Great River Road. A gallery, a pie shop, a shoe factory and Brady's Bluff were among the local highlights on their scenic trip.

Campus Initiatives

Required program to combat sexual harassment, violence

Photo: Bascom Hall

Starting in July, employees will be required to complete an online program called “Promoting Equity at UW-Madison by Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.” It will cover definitions, prevention strategies, where to get help, and reporting options.

Introducing...

New leadership for UHS mental health staff

Photo: W crest

Angela Janis and Andrea Lawson were appointed in May as co-directors of mental health services at University Health Services (UHS). Working in collaboration with other UHS departments and campus and community partners, Janis and Lawson will lead psychiatry and counseling services.

Milestones

Kutzbach honored as collaborative scientist

Photo: John Kutzbach receiving award

John Kutzbach has been awarded China’s highest scientific honor for foreigners for 30 years of collaboration advancing American and Chinese climate science. Kutzbach uses models of Earth’s climate to both better understand previous climates and more accurately predict future ones.

For the record, Peg Eusch is retiring

Photo: Peg Eusch

After nearly a decade as the gatekeeper for the Records Management Program at UW-Madison, Certified Records Manager Peg Eusch is retiring. Eusch is the person charged with ensuring the employees of UW-Madison understand proper records creation, management and retention.

In Memoriam

Baugh could relate to underrepresented students

Photo: James Baugh

James Baugh, former director of UW-Madison’s Five Year Program, died earlier this spring. Baugh came here in 1968 to serve as assistant director of a new program intended to increase the number of students of color at the university. He also held positions in the UW System and federal government.

Windsurfer dies in Lake Mendota accident

Photo: Yu Chen

A collision occurred Wednesday on Lake Mendota between the UW Lifesaving boat and a windsurfer, who suffered fatal injuries. Yu Chen, 43, was a Hoofers volunteer instructor and experienced windsurfer. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate.

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