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Forward under 40

Photo: Tonya Sloans

After earning a law degree from UW–Madison in 2001, Tonya Sloans set out to make a difference. She moved to the nation’s capital and accepted a job as counsel for the House Committee on Ethics. Sloans also founded PowerWoman Enterprise, an organization that looks to improve the lives of women by providing resources to achieve their full career potential. She joins seven other young, inspirational UW alumni in receiving the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Forward under 40 Award. Meet the entire class.

Top Stories

High school tournaments will affect driving, parking

Photo: Basketball going through net

Traffic and parking on campus will be affected by the WIAA boys basketball tournament at the Kohl Center starting Thursday. Campus parking permit holders will receive alerts with relocation and alternate parking details. Others traveling to the campus area should be aware of extra traffic and plan accordingly.

Regents approve tenure policies for UW System

Photo: UW System Board of Regents meeting

UW regents have approved three policies on tenure in the UW System: revisions to the existing tenure and post-tenure review policies, and a new policy relating to financial emergency or program discontinuance requiring layoffs. Related: Blank says UW-Madison policy coming in April.

#TheRealUW: Students share stories of racial bias

Photo: W crest

In the past 24 hours, hundreds of posts to the Twitter hashtag #TheRealUW have outlined the shortcomings and outright frustration with the racial climate at UW-Madison. The effort was launched by students in the wake of recent bias incidents in University Housing.

On the Grid

Theorist Michael Warner asks: What is the aim of going “offgrid,” and what is the grid such that anyone might want to be off it? Thurs., March 17, 7:30 p.m.

Around Campus

Two nursing dean finalists presented to provost

The School of Nursing dean search and screen committee has named two finalists to succeed Katharyn May, who is stepping aside as dean after 15 years of service but will remain as a member of the faculty. The committee presented its recommendations to Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf last Friday.

Fish-eyed lens cuts through the dark

Photo: Fish-eye lens array

Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, UW–Madison engineers led by Hongui Jiang have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark. Their biologically inspired approach could help search-and-rescue robots or surgical scopes make dim surroundings seem bright as day.

Outside UW

Student’s spinoff tests weightlifting device in Oshkosh

Photo: Weightlifter with WeightUp devices on wrists

A UW-Madison spinoff company has installed computerized monitors to track weightlifting by the UW-Oshkosh football team. The company that developed and built the monitors, which can count reps and flag sloppy form, was founded by Daniel Litvak, who is now a computer science senior here.

Inside Info

UHS has advice if you’re headed to Zika areas

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Traveling abroad for spring break or work? Zika virus has become widespread in many Latin American and Caribbean countries. University Health Services has tips for avoiding the virus, which people generally get through mosquito bites but which may also be transmitted sexually.


Huisken to guide Morgridge imaging initiative

Photo: Jan Huisken

Jan Huisken, a scientist who develops tools to image biology in its unaltered natural state, will lead the medical engineering focus area at the Morgridge Institute for Research. Virtually all other forms of imaging change the state of the specimen. “We try to keep the sample happy,” Huisken says.


Video: Expert has advice on filling out your bracket

Photo: Laura Albert McLay spinning basketball

March Madness is upon us, and many people are getting ready to fill out their brackets. Laura Albert McLay, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at UW-Madison, is an expert in probabilities. In this Ask the Experts video, she offers some insights into bracketology.

In the Media

Visiting professor assembles unique view of eclipse

If you missed the total solar eclipse last week (and you did, unless you were halfway around the world), NPR has posted a video made from a unique vantage point by a visiting Japanese professor at the UW's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. Watch it fullscreen to get the total effect.


Film festival offerings to be announced

Graphic: Film festival logo

The Wisconsin Film Festival is the largest university-managed film festival in the nation, showing an average of 150 films over eight days with attendance of 25,000-30,000. Offerings at this year's festival, to be held at multiple locations April 14-21, will be announced in Isthmus March 17.

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