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Seeing is believing

What are you looking at? Could it be a Monet? Nope. Then maybe a Van Gogh? Wrong again. OK, how about an immunohistology staining of a human tissue containing blood vessels? Bingo! And it's one of the winners of this year's UW-Madison Cool Science Image contest. "When I looked at the stained tissue section under a fluorescent microscope, I was amazed by how beautiful a piece of our body could be!" says submitter Wei-Hua Lee. Sifting through 93 entries, a panel of judges selected 10 still pictures and two videos based on scientific and aesthetic content.

Top Stories

Blank releases open letter on hate/bias reports

Photo: Rebecca Blank at 2016 board of regents meeting

Chancellor Rebecca Blank is outlining expanded and accelerated initiatives in response to recent incidents reported through the campus hate and bias reporting system. She is also calling for a partnership with students, faculty and staff who have ideas for additional measures.

U.S. News ranks UW grad programs among the best

Photo: Bascom Hall

UW-Madison graduate programs have received high rankings in U.S. News & World Reports' 2017 "Best Graduate Schools." Programs ranked include business, education, engineering, fine arts, health disciplines, law, medicine and public health, and public affairs. Not all schools are ranked every year.

WARF Discovery Challenge Wednesday, April 6

Network with potential collaborators, see exciting research and hear Paul H. Williams speak on preparing for serendipity. Register by March 30.

Around Campus

Guidelines for political activity on campus

Photo: Polling booth with voter

With the elections occurring this year, including the upcoming spring election on Tuesday, April 5, members of the campus community are reminded of policies regarding political activity on campus. Political campaign activities are restricted by Board of Regents policy and state law in three ways.  

Hess-McAvoy book wins national research honor

Photo: Hess-McAvoy book cover

The American Educational Research Association is recognizing Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy with its Outstanding Book Award for “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.” Hess is dean of the School of Education and McAvoy is with its Center for Ethics and Education.

Then and Now: Riseling marks milestone

Photo: Susan Riseling

Twenty-five years ago, Sue Riseling was the new UW Police Chief. In his monthly Then and Now photo feature, Jeff Miller takes a look back at what's changed. Related: This month, Riseling celebrates a quarter-century of leadership. She officially became a Badger with a badge on March 11, 1991.

How and where to watch Badger tournament play

Photo: Excited fans

The Badger women's hockey team is in The Frozen Four of the NCAA tournament and plays Minnesota Friday at 6 p.m. The game will be streamed at, or you can watch it in the games room at Union South. The men's basketball team is opening tournament play the same day at 5:50 p.m. against Pittsburgh. That game can be seen on cable network TNT and on the 18-foot screen in The Sett.

Campus Initiatives

Nominations for administrative award due March 31

Photo: W crest projected on screen

Nominees are being sought for a campus award recognizing exceptional performance and improvements in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach and administration. Nominations for the 2016 Administrative Improvement Award are due by March 31.

Inside Info

Five ways to keep your tax information safe

Graphic: Pile of tax forms

Tax time identity theft is a skyrocketing problem. Scammers may intercept personal information and file fraudulent tax returns with it. Here are five ways to protect yourself. Among them: Beware of emails and phone calls claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS uses mail for official communications.


Powwow celebrates Native American culture

Photo: Head dancer at Spring Powwow

Now in its 47th year, the On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow provides an opportunity for the campus and surrounding community to participate in a contemporary native event, sharing and learning the culture of people indigenous to this area. The powwow will be April 2-3 at the Alliant Energy Center.

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