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Shutters, science and skylines

This year's Cool Science Image Contest yielded some striking images from researchers across campus. This image, from graduate students Thomas Ellingham and Max R. Salick, shows cellulose nanofibers marked with a fluorescent stain. When dried, the fibers produce fascinating geometric, crystallized patterns. This image resembles a surreal, microscopic city skyline.  Check out the other winning images here. A full list of the winners and more details about this year's contest are available here.

Top Stories

Swanson named new pharmacy dean

Steven Swanson

Steven M. Swanson of the University of Illinois at Chicago has been chosen as the new dean of the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy. “We are thrilled Professor Swanson has accepted our offer and will now become a Badger,” says Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr.

Dramatic portrait helps define Milky Way

Milky Way

Using more than 2 million images collected by NASA’s orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a 360-degree portrait of the Milky Way, providing new details of our galaxy’s structure. Astronomy Professor Edward Churchwell's group compiled the new picture.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Tadashi Tokieda: Toy Models, March 26, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Strengthening our economic development efforts

Rebecca Blank

In a blog post, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says, "If we are to bring new business into the state/region and if we are to foster new and entrepreneurial efforts, UW needs to be involved as a partner, both educating skilled employees and consulting on the innovations that will attract and retain high technology companies."

UW, USDA enter into settlement agreement


This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and UW-Madison entered into a settlement agreement resulting in a fine of $35,286. That agreement followed an investigation started in 2010 that yielded seven citations related to the Animal Welfare Act and animal care and use.  

Friends of the Libraries holds spring book sale

Book sale

The largest used book sale in Wisconsin will be held Wednesday, March 26 through Saturday, March 29, at Memorial Library in room 116. The sale includes more than 15,000 books. A preview sale is held Wednesday, for a $5 admission. Other sale days are free to attend.

Campus Initiatives

Improvement award nominations sought

UW banner

Nominees are being sought for a campus award for exceptional performance in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration. The Administrative Improvement Award places greater emphasis on process improvement and collaboration.    

Inside Info

Shingles vaccine recommended for those 60 and older

Jackie Gerhart

UW Health physician Jacqueline Gerhart says about 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will get shingles and there are a million cases annually. More than half are in patients over the age of 60, but even at age 50, your risk starts to rise.

Get Electrified!

Learners and explorers of all ages are invited to the 12th annual Science Expeditions, April 4 – 6. Features over 50 hands on exploration stations and activities across campus.


Shane Driscoll and police partner, Rex, retire

Driscoll and Rex

UW-Madison Police Department Detective Shane Driscoll and his K9 partner Rex have officially retired. The two are the longest-serving K9 team in UWPD history — together more than 11 years.  Driscoll says it’s been the best job in the world.

In Memoriam

Geographer Gwendolyn Schultz dies at 91

Gwendolyn Schultz

Gwendolyn Schultz, writer and professor emerita of geography at UW-Madison, passed away on March 15 at age 91. Her last campus job was with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey from 1969-86. She was also the author of the book "The Bucky Badger Story."


Waters, chef and food activist, to speak March 27

Alice Waters

Alice Waters, a chef, restaurateur, activist, and author, will speak as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Varsity Hall at Union South. Her Chez Panisse is consistently ranked among the World's 50 Best Restaurants. 

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