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Incredible science images

The second annual Cool Science Image contest has highlighted the synergy of science and aesthetics, selecting six winners and six honorable mentions from 82 entries from faculty, staff and students. Pictured is a winning image "Calcite," by physics professor Pupa Gilbert. The calcite tooth of the purple-spined sea urchin Arbacia punctulata was imaged with a scanning electron microscope.

Top Stories

University hangs shingle in Shanghai


Interim Chancellor David Ward described the launch of the university's Innovation Office in Shanghai as the start of a “China-Plus Initiative”—a unique presence for promoting and facilitating UW engagement across East Asia.

Bazzell: All are welcome at HR Design meetings

Image: HR Design logo

Vice Chancellor for Administration Darrell Bazzell says that "any interested person is welcome to attend all meetings of the advisory committee and work teams" of the HR Design project. "A spirit of openness has been a cornerstone of this project from the beginning," he says.

UW offers transcatheter aortic heart valve

UW Hospital and Clinics now offers a heart valve replacement considered by some to be the most important cardiovascular breakthrough in years. Learn more.

Around Campus

Challenge opens doors for grad student research partnerships

Student doing lab work

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is looking to draw graduate students into the spirit of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery with Discovery Challenge, a grant competition for collaborative research.

ETF conducting health insurance satisfaction survey

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is conducting a satisfaction survey of select state and university employees who are participants in the State Group Health insurance program. The survey began the week of March 5 and is expected to be completed in May or June.

Prison reading groups liberate minds, students find

UW students are bringing literature to inmates at the Oakhill Correctional Institution in Oregon, Wis. A national expert in prison outreach will speak Friday at the Center for the Humanities' Public Humanities Conference on expanding such opportunities.

Inside Info

Healthy tips for eating out

In this fast-paced world, convenient food surrounds us at every corner. It may be quick and easy, but it can also be a huge nutritional trap where unhealthy choices abound. UW Health shares healthy tips for eating out.

Waving a magic wand to help sick kids

Corissa and Benjamin

Read Corissa Runde's tale of how her child's illness turned serious and how a fairy godmother at the American Family Children's Hospital helped everyone breathe a bit easier.


Carroll awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal

The Franklin Institute has awarded Sean Carroll the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science “for proposing and demonstrating that the diversity and multiplicity of animal life is largely due to the different ways that the same genes are regulated rather than to mutation of the genes themselves.”

In the Media

More libraries than Carnegie

Little Free Library

Rick Brooks of the Division of Continuing Studies is gaining national attention for his work on the Little Free Library project, which is working to foster community and reading in more than 30 states and 20 nations.


Bidding goodbye to garlic mustard

Garlic mustard flowers

Looking for a way to enjoy this lovely weather? Join the 2012 Garlic Mustard Challenge at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve by volunteering to spend time pulling this pervasive invasive plant.

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