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Health on two wheels

Araceli Alonso, a senior lecturer in gender and women's studies and a faculty associate in the medical school, developed Health by Motorbike to bring health education to Kenyan women. Among other services, the project brings public health nurses to remote villages by motorbike to provide health education. It also has a service-learning component, as UW students attend training on campus, then travel to Kenya to aid in the effort. Related: A fundraiser to benefit the project will be held Saturday, April 5. Tickets are on sale through Thursday, March 27.      

Top Stories

Civil rights icon Vel Phillips to be honored at event

Vel Phillips

The Wisconsin Alumni Association will present state civil rights activist Vel Phillips with a Distinguished Alumni Award as part of a March 26 campus event to observe the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Related: More details about the civil rights seminar.    

Nominations sought for two vice provost positions

UW crest

The campus community is invited to make nominations or apply for two vice provost positions. The positions of vice provost for faculty and staff and vice provost for teaching and learning are both limited to faculty with tenure on the UW-Madison campus. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

Video: Google Glass helps teachers at vet med

Google Glass

Surgeons at the School of Veterinary Medicine are using Google Glass to record surgeries and help others learn surgical techniques from the perspective of the surgeon. This video shows how the new technology is being used and examines its future potential.

Rosario Dawson keynotes Nelson Institute conference

Actress and activist will discuss America’s changing demographics, future of the environmental movement at Earth: To Be Determined.
Join us April 22!

Around Campus

Mars: The myths and science of the red planet


Looking at Mars allows a fascinating peek into the diversity of teaching and research at the university. From English professors teaching sci-fi to astrobiologists studying signatures of life on other planets, thoughts and theories about the planet abound, especially in March, which takes its name from the red planet.

Institute offers advice for novice to established writers

Writer's Insitute

The Writ­ers’ Insti­tute, offered by UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, marks its 25th anniver­sary April 4-6. This year, atten­dees will hear pub­lish­ing experts, lit­er­ary agents, edi­tors, and authors such as Michael Perry, Jacque­lyn Mitchard, Nathan Brans­ford, Dale Kush­ner, Lori DeVoti, and Kathie Fong Yoneda.  

Campus Initiatives

Student innovators win Desire 2 Learn grand prize

Desire 2 Learn logo

An idea that began as homework for two sophomores living in the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community has since grown into an award-winning website serving hundreds of UW-Madison students. It's Educational Innovation at work.

Inside Info

Cold season arrives: Keep an eye on medications

The "sick season" is upon us:  children with colds, ear infections, flu-like illness, pneumonia and, of course, the actual flu. Families are filling prescriptions and shopping for over-the-counter medications. It’s important to clarify information about dosing and indications for their use.


Three chosen as ‘Movers and Shakers’ in libraries

Damon-Moore and Batykefer

Library Journal annually picks 50 "Movers and Shakers" in the librarian profession. Three of them this year are from UW-Madison – Laura Damon-Moore, Erinn Batykefer (left) and Omar Poler.  Those chosen for the list are recognized for their life-enhancing passion.  

UW Extension Survey

Share your thoughts in a brief survey from UW Extension on professional development opportunities. The survey will guide potential UW Extension training opportunities.

In Memoriam

Malaria survivor Lan worked to control mosquitoes

Photo: Que Lan

Entomology professor Que Lan passed away on March 7 in Madison after a sudden illness during treatment of gastric cancer. A malaria survivor as a child, Lan's research focused on identifying novel insecticides from bacteria that kill or repel mosquitoes.


Research park event seeks to jump-start startups

Graphic: drawing of light bulb

Early registration is available through tomorrow for Madison's third annual Startup Weekend, whose goal is to assemble entrepreneurial minds to collaborate on innovative projects and potentially form startup companies. The event will be held April 4 to 6 at University Research Park.


Inside UW-Madison takes a spring break

Bascom Hall

During spring break, Inside UW-Madison will not be published. But, we'll return on Tuesday, March 25 with the usual twice-a-week publication schedule. For those who are traveling, enjoy a safe trip. For those staying, take heart in the fact that spring finally arrives on March 20.

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