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Old school

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UW–Madison’s original campus plan called for just five buildings. The university built three of them in the 1850s — Bascom Hall, North Hall and South Hall — and it’s been forming and re-forming its bricks-and-mortar identity ever since. Buildings constitute the foundation of our university’s story of change, growth and innovation. We’re featuring here just some of the places that are no longer part of the campus landscape. But even if you never climbed their stairs or walked their halls, use your imagination and put faces in these places to make their history come alive.

Top Stories

Three in running to be vice provost for diversity

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Three candidates have been chosen as finalists to be UW-Madison’s vice provost for diversity. They are William Lewis of Virginia Tech, Ron Quincy of Rutgers, and Patrick Sims, the current interim vice provost and chief diversity officer. Candidate presentations are scheduled for April.

UWPD seizes 600 bicycles; most are likely stolen

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Have you been the victim of a bike theft in the last ten years? The UW-Madison Police Department may have your bike. On Tuesday, UWPD executed four search warrants spanning two counties and confiscated 600 bikes that could be identified with serial numbers. Two suspects have been charged.

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Around Campus

Survey of academics puts UW among the best

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UW-Madison is again being recognized as one of the world's top learning institutions, placing 38th in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. The rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only survey of academic opinion, featuring 10,500 respondents from 142 countries.

Research shows cats prefer music made just for them

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As more animal shelters, primate centers and zoos start to play music for their charges, it’s still not clear whether and how human music affects animals. Now, a UW study led by Charles Snowdon shows that while cats ignore our music, they are highly responsive to “music” written especially for them.

Outside UW

Sharing language with high school students

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Thanks to Skype, UW-Madison language students are helping high school students in Madison and Plymouth, Wisconsin, study Arabic and Japanese, languages not typically offered at the high school level in the state but seen as important in global business and U.S. diplomatic relations.

Campus Initiatives

Webinar will explain performance management policy

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The new campuswide performance management policy takes effect July 1, and impacts all classified (university) and academic staff and their managers and supervisors, including faculty managers and supervisors. Learn about the policy during a one-hour webinar Thursday, March 19.


WAA honors accomplished alumni under 40

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Nine young UW graduates making standout contributions in their communities are being honored with the Forward under 40 award by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Presented since 2008, the awards honor UW-Madison alumni under the age of 40 who are already making a significant impact on the world.


Four faculty members named Hilldale Award winners

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Four faculty members — one each from the four faculty divisions (biological sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, and arts and humanities) — have been chosen for Hilldale Awards. The award recognizes scholarly contributions in teaching, research and service and comes with a $7,500 prize.

Nelson Institute names alumni award winners

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A team of online entrepreneurs and Neva Hassanein, a national leader in sustainable food systems research, have been named the recipients of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies' second annual alumni awards, which spotlight the accomplishments of the institute's nearly 4,000 alumni.

In the Media

John Surdyk: Fostering entrepreneurship at the UW

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The Wisconsin School of Business's John Surdyk tells the Wisconsin State Journal in its Executive Q&A how he evolved from representing corporations in environmental lawsuits to helping nonprofits succeed. Surdyk is director of INSITE, the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship.

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