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WISE community helps STEM students

Jessica MacAllister

Retaining women in disciplines of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) is a growing concern at universities around the country. Such efforts also are gaining renewed commitment nationally. Offering social connections to academic resources and mentoring connections, the UW-Madison Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) residential learning community is helping to reverse that trend.  

Top Stories

Faculty receive mid-career, fellowship awards

Twelve outstanding faculty members have been named winners of this year’s Kellett Mid-Career Awards, which recognize outstanding mid-career faculty members who are five to 20 years past the first promotion to a tenured position. Another 11 promising young faculty members have been honored with Romnes Faculty Fellowships.

UW’s reputation ranks among best in the world

Bascom banner

The university is again being recognized as one of the world’s top learning institutions, placing 27th in the annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. The annual list ranks universities on reputation for teaching and research.

Warm temps challenge building maintenance

Faramarz Vakili

This spring's early warm spell makes it challenging to control the climate in the 120 campus buildings that operate using a central chill water system, says Faramarz Vakili, director of campus sustainability operations and associate director of the Physical Plant Department.

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

CALS welcomes 10,000th dairy short course student

Babcock Hall cheese

If you appreciate a fine Wisconsin dairy product, then it’s likely that you have enjoyed the work of a UW-Madison dairy short course student. In fact, at the 2011 U.S. Championship Cheese contest, nearly three-fourths of the individual winners were UW-Madison dairy short course grads — not so surprising considering the program will welcome its 10,000th student to campus this spring.

Ideas to Excellence celebrates undergraduates

Every spring, the academic and creative work of undergraduates is celebrated with numerous events at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first time, these achievements will be showcased under the name Ideas to Excellence, a fitting moniker for the celebration.

Inside Info

What warm weather means for growers, gardeners

Flower and butterfly

UW-Extension horticulture experts are watching our recent warm temperatures and have advice for concerned growers and gardeners.


From field to food bank

Jed Colquhoun of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences works with local growers to produce food for area food banks. Watch a video or read more from CALS.


Adams named to World Road Association body

The World Road Association recently named Teresa M. Adams to its Freight Transport Committee. Adams is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education.

In Memoriam

Law School mourns the loss of John Kidwell

The University of Wisconsin Law School is deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Emeritus John Kidwell, who passed away in Madison in early March. He joined the faculty in 1972 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2002-2005 before retiring from the full-time faculty in June 2005.


Our greatest teachers

Last week, we shared the story of this year's Distinguished Teaching Award winners, including Parry Karp, of the School of Music (pictured). Share your congratulations with them or let us know about your favorite past winners or other inspiring campus teachers.

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