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Humans have been drawn to Picnic Point for thousands of years. Extending more than a half-mile into Lake Mendota, it’s one of the most recognizable and beloved spaces on the UW-Madison campus. “Picnic Point is a cultural landscape that exists in space and time,” says Daniel Einstein, historic and cultural resources manager for the Division of Facilities Planning and Management. “If you understand how to read the landscape, you can see the layers of Picnic Point’s story.”

Top Stories

Four faculty honored with Hilldale Awards

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For nearly 30 years, remarkable faculty at UW-Madison have been singled out by their peers for their contributions to teaching, research and service with the Hilldale Award. This year, the four recipients will be recognized at a meeting of the Faculty Senate on April 4 and will receive a cash prize of $7,500.

Gard gets nod as men’s basketball coach

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As the wins piled up through the month of February, the refrain around the Wisconsin men's basketball program changed from "who" would lead the Badgers to "when" the decision would become official. On Monday, it did. Greg Gard was named the 16th head men's basketball coach in UW history.

Apply for a D2P Igniter Award

The Igniter program and award is designed to move proof-of-concept technologies and ideas from UW-Madison to the marketplace.  Apply by April 1.

Around Campus

Bioenergy center, collaborators report 500th invention

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The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and two other Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Centers recently reported their 500th invention, making significant progress on a shared mission to develop technologies that will bring advanced biofuels to the marketplace.

Grad students invited to violence prevention roundtables

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As UW-Madison develops a program for incoming graduate and professional students to address sexual assault, sexual harassment and partner violence, University Health Services staff will facilitate roundtables to gather ideas and experiences that will help to inform the program.

Outside UW

Could driverless buses be in Madison’s future?

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Despite a growing focus on autonomous vehicles, driverless “smart” transit still seems like the stuff of science fiction. In Wisconsin, however, it may soon move closer to reality as UW engineers collaborate with city officials and local industry in hopes of making the futuristic idea a reality.

Campus Initiatives

Program seeks to open up computer science field

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Tracy Lewis-Williams is on a mission. “There is a place for everyone in computer science,” says Lewis-Williams, faculty associate in the Department of Computer Sciences. She’s out to make technology welcoming to all — partic-ularly women and underrepresented minorities. “We’re building computing confidence.”

Inside Info

Tax credits a help to many working families

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Many low- and moderate-income families may qualify for thousands of dollars in tax credits at tax time. Together, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and the state Earned Income Credit can provide anywhere from a few dollars to more than $8,000, depending on household income, marital status and number of children.

Mac Madness

It’s Mac Madness at the DoIT Tech Stores! Get up to $50 off Mac products and a FREE GIVEAWAY with your purchase.


Donor endows professorship in companion animal health

An animal lover and vet school donor has funded the Melita Grunow Family Professor­ship in Companion Animal Health. The first to earn the distinction, Peter Muir, expects to advance several innovative discovery research projects in the coming years with the help of the new funding.

Gilchrist to lead national family medicine group

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Valerie Gilchrist, chair of family medicine and community health at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, is the new president-elect of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. The group represents departments at medical schools across the nation.

In the Media

Follow along with Zika virus researchers

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NPR reports on UW-Madison Zika virus researchers who are taking the unusual step of making their experimental data available to anyone in real time. Study leader Dave O'Connor says the Zika outbreak is such an emergency that the world can't wait for the findings to be published in a scientific journal.

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