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Goodbye, bug guy

Phil Pellitteri

For 35 years, Phil Pellitteri, an entomologist with CALS and UW-Extension, has provided patient counsel to a bug-plagued populace on everything from bedbugs to lice and bird mites to fleas. Now 62 and set to retire, Pellitteri has this sage bit of advice gleaned from a long and accomplished career as an insect diagnostician: The bugs are going to win.

Top Stories

Jon Huntsman to address spring graduates

Jon Huntsman

Jon M. Huntsman Jr., former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to both Singapore and China, will speak at UW-Madison’s combined commencement ceremony on May 17. The spring commencement exercises mark the start of a new tradition at Camp Randall Stadium.  

Science Café Probes March Madness

Got hoops on the brain? Join experts from economics, sports and psychology to tackle the question: “Who Drives the Madness?” Mon. March 31,
7 p.m., Steenbock’s on Orchard.

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Around Campus

Provost finalist presentations available for viewing

Bascom Hall

This week's public presentations by the four finalists to become UW-Madison's next provost – Robert Blouin, Katherine Newman, Sarah Mangelsdorf and Julie Underwood – are available for viewing here. The final presentation will be given on Friday and will be posted to the site.

Feedback requested on draft of diversity framework

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As the spring semester reaches its midterm, UW-Madison’s Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee has completed an initial draft of a new campus framework for diversity. Now, the committee is preparing for a second round of campus and community engagement sessions, beginning on Monday, April 7.  

Campus Initiatives

New MOOC launches with an international partnership

Woman at computer

With an ocean between them, connected via Skype, UW-Madison geographer Kris Olds and Susan Robertson at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom have spent the past year discussing their new Massive Open Online Course, Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the "Knowledge Economy."

Inside Info

New state tax withholding rates take effect April 1

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The state has released revised withholding tables, effective with the first payrolls after April 1. Employees may see a decrease in state tax withholding starting with the April 1 monthly paycheck and the April 3 biweekly paycheck.

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference April 22

Register now for Earth: To Be Determined to explore ecology, economy and justice in a rapidly changing world. Speakers, exhibits and other activities.

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Buzz

Video: CALS marks 125 years

CALS 125th

Trace the history of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences through historical images as the college celebrates its 125th anniversary year. More information about plans for the college's anniversary of providing world-class research, education and outreach can be found here.  

Milestones

UWPD presents annual service awards

UWPD service awards

More than 30 members of the UW-Madison Police Department, the campus, and the public were given awards for their public safety service. The awards ceremony included a rare Meritorious Award, the department's second-highest honor, which was presented to Lt. Jason Whitney.

Downey named associate dean in L&S

Greg Downey

Greg Downey, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Library and Information Studies, has been appointed the new associate dean for the social sciences in the College of Letters & Science, beginning May 26. Downey also directs the journalism school.

In the Media

Q&A: Toma studies how Facebook makes us feel

Photo: Catalina Toma

Checking Facebook can make you feel better, comm arts Professor Catalina Toma tells the Capital Times. It's not so much what's in your newsfeed that cheers you up, though. It's what you've written about yourself in your profile, as you come back to it over and over. In this Q&A, Toma explains why.

Events

Morgan State University Choir to perform Friday

Morgan State University Choir

The Morgan State University Choir will perform in Mills Concert Hall, Moss Humanities Building at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 28. The choir, directed by Eric Conway, has performed around the world and is one of the nation’s most prestigious university choral ensembles.

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