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On Point

At dawn, a runner stops to stretch and take in the sunrise view of Lake Mendota from a newly constructed, stone gathering circle and fire pit at the tip of Picnic Point. In addition to the installation of broad stone steps that now lead visitors to the shoreline, staff and volunteers also cleared the tree-lined area of invasive buckthorn shrub. Picnic Point is part of the campus' Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

Top Stories

Go Big Read inspires art across UW community

The creative competition, “Our Nations of Others," continued the conversation begun by Enrique's Journey and author Sonia Nazario’s visit to campus in October. A set of winners has been announced. Related: Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Don Bartletti will visit next week.

Ten honored with Distinguished Teaching Awards

Ten faculty members have won recognition for their dedication to teaching and excellence in the classroom. This year's winners describe their approaches to teaching and their colleagues and students weigh in with their assessments of what makes the teachers' classrooms special.

Pro Arte Quartet Centennial Celebration Continues March 24-25

The Pro Arte Quartet celebrates its centennial with four new works, lectures by prominent critics and commentators, master classes and open rehearsals. This third concert features works by William Bolcom, Webern, Milhaud and Mozart.

Around Campus

Mobile UW: Now better than ever

Mobile UW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is getting a fresh upgrade that will make it look even better on the iPad and help users get around campus more efficiently.

Nobel laureate, White House advisor to speak about science education

Photo: Carl Weiman

Carl Wieman, associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and a Nobel laureate in physics, will visit campus Tuesday, March 20 to talk about teaching and learning in science and engineering.

What if R2-D2 had a more human face?

The beloved Star Wars droid used flashing lights and a series of beeps to communicate, but UW-Madison professors Bilge Mutlu and Michael Gleicher are working designing effective gaze mechanisms for humanlike robots and agents. The pair's research was featured in National Science Foundation's online magazine this week.

Meet the UW police K9 teams this Sunday at Mounds

Photo: K9 officers

The UW police K9 teams will be at the Mounds Pet Food stores on Sunday afternoon, March 18, to meet and greet the public. All three K9 teams will be participating and providing information about the unit and how to help support it.

Inside Info

New $20 Memberships with B-cycle

As part of an ongoing partnership between Madison B-cycle and the university, $20 annual memberships are now available to all UW students, faculty and staff. This special pricing is sponsored by UW Transportation Services.


March Madness, circa 1941

After a slow start to the season, the 1940-1941 UW men’s basketball team dominated the Big Ten conference and went on to become UW’s first—and so far only—basketball national champions. Get the details in the Found in the University Archives! blog.  


Film festival finds environmental stories in unexpected places

From Cold War bunkers in Albania to the night skies over Manhattan, Tales from Planet Earth will offer a broad — and often surprising — exploration of the environment. The weeklong film festival opens in Madison on Sunday, March 25.


Big weekend ahead for men’s basketball, women’s hockey

Graphic: Motion W

Badger Men's Basketball tips off at 1:10 p.m. in its first round match-up versus Montana on TNT. On Friday, Women's Hockey plays Boston College in the Frozen Four in Duluth. Junior Brianna Decker is a finalist for national player of the year.

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