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Alphabetical ardor

Photo: Waffle with W crest

It’s the 23rd letter in the alphabet of the English language, but around Badgerland, it’s so much more. The W appears in stately fashion as part of the university’s official logo and as a letter in flight for Wisconsin athletics. It resides under maple syrup in the dining halls, it’s woven into ubiquitous red clothing, and it graces tattoos both temporary and permanent. Here is a collection of the many expected and unexpected places where University Communications photographers have found this special letter. Related: Take the Hidden W quiz.

Top Stories

Blank addresses tenure in message to Faculty Senate

Photo: UW banner in front of Capitol

In a statement to faculty ahead of today's Faculty Senate meeting, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says she is trying to "remove or modify" objectionable Section 39 language about tenure from the state budget bill. All faculty are encouraged to attend today's meeting, at 3:30 p.m. in 1306 HSLC. See meeting details, parking info. Related: UW-Madison vows quick action on tenure protection.

Board of Regents elects new leadership

Photo: Regina Millner

By unanimous vote, Regent Regina Millner of Madison has been elected president of the UW System Board of Regents, and Regent John Behling of Eau Claire was elected to serve as vice president of the board. Both positions have a one-year term.

Fertility monitor wins business plan contest

Photo: Katie Brenner

Postdoctoral researcher Katie Brenner and her team have won the 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest for an app-based, thermometer-like invention to help women monitor their fertility. The bluDiagnostics Fertility Finder makes results available to a woman and her physician on a mobile device.

Wednesday Nite at the Lab

“Bigger, Faster, Cheaper, CRISPR: A Small Step Towards Curing Genetic Diseases”  Learn how scientists can make a genetically engineered mouse in as little as four months and what that means for research.

Around Campus

Initiative supports gender diversity in IT

Photo: Woman typing on laptop computer

Internet2 and the Society of Women Engineers have launched SWE@Internet2 to improve gender diversity in the research and education IT community. The initiative was announced at UW-Madison and is intended to help women in the STEM fields advance in their careers and develop their leadership skills.

Turnout higher in Classified Staff Congress election

Photo: ballots being counted

More than 27 percent of eligible classified staff responded to the call to return ballots in the election for the 2015-16 Classified Staff Congress — a five point increase in participation over last year, when the first congressional election was held. Related: View the election results.

Open doors and helping hands on Forward Motion

On the next Forward Motion program, determined students find unexpected ways to open doors to opportunity, a delicious small business gets a big boost, and a life-changing family tragedy leads a student onto a path to help others. Forward Motion airs at 5 p.m. Friday on the Big Ten Network.

Inside Info

What does a college degree have to do with Alzheimer’s?

Photo: Elderly couple on park bench

A UW-Madison study showed college education was associated with lower age-related increases of abnormal levels of tau protein in older adults — a biomarker of neurodegeneration caused by Alzheimer’s. Those with 16 years of education showed smaller increases than less-educated peers.

Buzz

Blended learning can increase student engagement

Photo: Student on couch using laptop computer

Blended learning is the educational practice of combining face-to-face contact with variations of technology-enhanced activities, giving the student control over the time, place, path or pace of learning. Blend@UW can give instructors the tools needed to successfully design a blended course.

Milestones

UW-Madison professors to fill research leadership posts

Photo: Bascom Hall

Oncology Professor Norman Drinkwater and social work Professor Jan Greenberg have been named associate vice chancellors in the Office of Research and Graduate Education. Greenberg will lead the area of social studies while Drinkwater will lead biological sciences. Both had been serving on an interim basis.

In the Media

Virtual home intended to break down walls

Photo: Man in virtual home

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explores the CAVE — a 3-D virtual environment at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery that can simulate the inside of a home, among other things. Mark Johnson marvels at "the mind-blowing detail ... from 1 billion pieces of data" imported from cameras in an actual home.

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