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Gazing again

After being closed for nearly two years for unexpected repairs, Washburn Observatory will soon be back in business for public viewing. The repairs and a recent cleaning and recalibration of the observatory’s 15.6-inch refracting telescope have the observatory in its best condition in many years, says the Department of Astronomy's Jim Lattis. “It’s probably working better now than it did in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful instrument in many different ways.”  

Top Stories

Hoslet set to lead University Relations

Charles B. Hoslet, who served as associate vice chancellor for government and corporate affairs before being named interim vice chancellor for university relations in August, has been named to the role permanently. "Charlie is a Badger through and through,” says Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

Many fields represented in TA awards

UW-Madison employs over 2,000 TAs across a wide variety of disciplines. Their essential contributions in the classroom, lab, studio and field are being honored with this year's Teaching Assistant Awards. Read about the winners, and learn how they help the university carry out its mission.  

Crossroads of Ideas: Is the U.S. Anti-Science?

Tonight, Dietram Scheufele, professor of life sciences communication, discusses emerging technologies that are straining public-science interfaces.  Begins at 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Program brings great texts to Wisconsin high schools

UW-Madison's Great World Texts program is taught this year by about 60 teachers at 22 high schools of all types around the state — large and small, rural and urban, public and private. This year, students are reading "Journey to the West" — a 16th century folk novel and pillar of Chinese literature.

Great Lakes funds more student internships

Bascom in the snow

UW-Madison has been awarded a $360,501 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. to support 205 new paid internships during the 2015-2018 academic years. The program is intended for low-income students, with an emphasis on students of color, to diversify the state's workforce.

Winter Carnival’s heyday recalled in video

It's not easy to remember while you're shoveling, how much fun the snow can be, but UW-Madison has a long tradition of frosty frolicking. In the new "Storyteller Series" of Wisconsin Union videos, Mark Guthier and Ted Crabb thumb through the photo album to see the evolution of the Union's Winter Carnival.

Outside UW

WEC provides evaluation expertise to schools

Photo: Students from Serve Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research is a growing community of experienced program evaluators. They work with local schools and related groups to determine how effective their education initiatives are and how they can be continuously improved.  

Campus Initiatives

Police partner with local mental health organization

Graphic: UWPD logo

UWPD and a local advocacy group have joined forces to enhance police response involving people with mental illnesses. Officers, health care providers and hospitals will work collaboratively to divert individuals in crisis from jail and get them into community treatment services.

The Geological Turn: The Anthropocene and Its Narratives

Historian Christophe Bonneuil examines four grand narratives of the Anthropocene, a geological revolution of human origin. Wed., March 2, 5:30 p.m.

Milestones

Early-career researchers win Sloan fellowships

Sloan Foundation logo

Three professors have been named to Sloan Research Fellowships — $50,000 awards given to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers. The three were feted for freezing chemical reactions, studying autism, and analyzing geometric equations.

In the Media

Steinem imbroglio a Lands’ End lesson

Several UW-Madison experts weighed in on the controversy over Lands' End including, then quickly excluding, feminist Gloria Steinem from its advertising. "From a marketing standpoint, I think it's fair to say that there was a misstep," marketing Professor Neeraj Arora told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Events

Showcase highlights successful innovations

UW-Madison’s Showcase, which highlights innovation and collaboration across campus, returns March 16 with more than 80 poster presentations, four unique breakout sessions and a keynote speaker — Kevin Conroy of Exact Sciences. Showcase is free, but registration is requested.

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