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Do the math

Photo: Gloria Mari Beffa

Most women working in math today are used to being the “only” one. The only girl who ignored the teacher who said boys are better at math. The only girl on the high school math team. The only female student in advanced college math courses. So the fact that the UW-Madison Department of Mathematics has nine female faculty members is significant. It has one of the highest proportions of women among all major research universities in the country. Related: Being a trans woman mathematician.

Top Stories

Indiana professor will be new business dean

Photo: Anne Massey

Anne P. Massey, an experienced and highly regarded professor and administrator at Indiana University Bloomington, has been selected as the next dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. Massey has been recognized throughout her career for excellence in teaching.

Blank tells Chronicle how UW reconnected with state

Photo: Rebecca Blank gesturing

Chancellor Rebecca Blank recently sat down for a video interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education. In it, she discusses how an emphasis on statewide outreach has helped improve relations with political and business leaders and facilitated an improved budget proposal.

Know the Benefits of Blending

Blend@UW’s one-week summer sessions help faculty blend their courses to improve student engagement. Apply by May 5.

Around Campus

Four eminent professors chosen for Hilldale Awards

Photo: Bascom Hall at night

Four members of the faculty will be recognized for their distinguished contributions to teaching, research and service with Hilldale Awards. Department chairs nominate one tenured faculty member in each of four areas every year: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — on purpose

Photo: Worker burning prairie land

The smoke you sometimes see over the Arb-oretum and Lakeshore Nature Preserve this time of year may not be cause for alarm: It signals that the prescribed fire season is underway. Both areas contain acres of remnant and restored prairies, oak savannas and woodlands that require fire to remain healthy.

Students engineer Witte revival

Graphic: Architectural rendering of Witte Hall renovation

A team of engineering students proposed a simple yet viable solution for renovating Witte Residence Hall. At more than 50 years old, the dorm needed a major update. The student team suggested that University Housing con-nect Witte’s two towers — the most practical and cost-effective option considered.

Leckrone back with band after major surgery

Photo: Mike Leckrone

Mike Leckrone had a secret. Fans may have wondered why the UW Band conductor was missing from sporting events recently. “I had double-bypass heart surgery,” explains Leckrone, 80. He returned March 15 to rehearse his 300-member Varsity Band for two hours before Spring Break.  

Volunteers sought for Commencement marshals

Graduation tassel

Volunteering as a marshal is a memorable way to share in the joy of Commencement. All faculty and staff are welcome to participate and help the May 12 and 13 ceremonies run smoothly. Red academic robes are provided. Learn more and sign up.

Outside UW

Program brings great literature into state classrooms

Photo: Girl holding Shakespeare book

The Great World Texts program has nearly 2,000 high school students across the state reading Shakespeare’s "The Tempest," and will bring many of them together here for a cele-bration of literature April 3. Twenty-six schools are participating in the program, organized by the UW's Center for the Humanities.

Science Expeditions 3/31-4/2

Get to know the people and places of your land-grant university as you discover more than 20 destinations for exploration on campus.

Milestones

Andes receives national microbiology award

Photo: David Andes

David Andes, a professor of medical microbiology, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Andes researches antibiotic resistance, particularly in fungal pathogens. He aims to understand how pathogens resist treatment and how to overcome their defenses.

Events

On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow is April 1-2

Photo: Head dancer at Spring Powwow

UW-Madison’s 48th On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow will be this Saturday and Sunday at the Alliant Energy Center Arena. The free event provides an opportunity to participate in a contemporary Native event and learn about the culture of the people indigenous to this area.

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