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Northern exposure

Photo: Ankur Desai

For the past decade, Ankur Desai has been working with collaborators from across the country to study the uptake and emission of carbon in northern Wisconsin’s forests, wetlands and lakes. And when Desai measures greenhouse gases, he’s not just helping to illuminate how ecosystems modify climate. He’s also igniting the spark of scientific inquiry in local students. “The Wisconsin Idea compels us to make sure our research and teaching benefits the entire state,” Desai says. “For me, doing research in northern Wisconsin, it was important to work with people who live and study there.”

Top Stories

Blank addresses issue of administrative costs

Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says she often hears people say the university should just "trim the fat" in its budget. In a new blog post, she points out the limitations of that argument, and explains what the campus has done to improve administrative efficiency. And yet, she says, there are still ways to do more.

No increase for parking rates, bus passes for 2015-16

Photo: Cars parked in Russell Labs parking garage

Good news for campus commuters: All parking rates will remain unchanged for the 2015-16 permit year, effective Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016. This applies to all permits, including base lot, afternoon and night surface, and garage. The price of bus passes will also remain at $24.

UW honored for support of employees in the military

Photo: Dave Schroeder

UW-Madison will receive the Above and Beyond Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. It recognizes employers who go above and beyond what the law requires to support employees in the military. The UW was nominated by DoIT employee Dave Schroeder, a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve.

2015 Commencement Dinner
May 15 & 16

Celebrate with friends and family at your home in the heart of campus – the Fluno Center.
View sample menu and make your reservation today!

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Around Campus

Three in running to head veterinary lab

Photo: Gloved hand holding pipette

Three finalists have been selected in the search for a new director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. The laboratory, with a $9 million budget and staff of 75, has a mission to promote animal and human health by providing high quality services and professional expertise.

‘Amazing Race’ winner’s plans include ice cream show

Photo: Maya Warren

Food science student Maya Warren became known for her victory on TV's “The Amazing Race.” After she receives her Ph.D. from UW-Madison in August, she intends to mix her TV experience with her knowledge of ice cream to develop a show showcasing frozen desserts around the world.

Video: Writer with cerebral palsy finds voice at institute

Photo: Book "The Unusual Writer"

Steve Salmon, a Madison author with cerebral palsy, is among the regular attendees at the UW-Madison Writers' Institute. Watch Steve's journey. The March 27-29 event will provide writers with up-to-date information about their craft, the publishing industry, and current trends. Online registration is available.

Campus Initiatives

New University Staff grievances policy coming

Photo: W crest

On July 1, UW-Madison’s Classified Staff employee designation will change to University Staff. A new grievances policy will go into effect that day. Employees will continue to have the right to submit formal grievances on disciplinary decisions, discharges and policy compliance issues.

Buzz

Borland stuns NFL with retirement decision

Photo: Borland

Former UW star linebacker Chris Borland stunned the NFL this week by announcing his retirement at the age of 24, citing the potential of long-term damage to his body and brain. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal explores his decision and mindset.

Milestones

Rotary honors longtime Libraries employee, book lover

Photo: Jim Dast

James Dast is being honored with the Senior Service Award given by the Rotary Club of Madison. Dast, who retired as the UW-Madison Libraries' conservator in 1996, has spent the past 30 years volunteering with the Friends of the Libraries. Dast sifts through nearly 40,000 books before each annual Friends book sale.

In the Media

Where can you watch the Badgers play?

Photo: Men's basketball game

It’s a special occasion on Friday, when the men’s basketball team enters the NCAA Tournament as a number one seed. It’s a first in program history. If you'll be on campus during the game (and, we hope, more games) here’s a quick guide for several ways to catch the Badgers on TV or online.

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