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Bruce Beck: Data miner

Bruce Beck

There aren’t many people at UW-Madison who can say their work has a special place on desks across campus. But as the driving force behind many of the metrics used by the university, Bruce Beck, senior policy and planning analyst in the Office of Academic Planning and Analysis, has helped create vital campus resources, such as the useful and ubiquitous Data Digest. Beck retired from the university on Wednesday after nearly 30 years of service.

Top Stories

Survey finds patterns in campus email, calendar use

Logo: Administrative Excellence

A recent survey conducted by the Administrative Excellence Email and Calendaring Team sheds some light on the use of internal and external email and calendaring systems on campus.

The FDA from the inside out

Law Professor R. Alta Charo was senior policy adviser to the commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration from August 2009 until June 2011. Now back on campus, Charo spoke with Inside UW-Madison about her time with the FDA. Related: Charo's piece, "Warning: Contraceptive Drugs May Cause Political Headaches," was recently featured in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Celebrate Union South’s 1st Anniversary!

Contribute to the Time Capsule to be opened in 2061. Suggest favorite memories or items to include — Go to or email Deadline April 2.

Around Campus

Selig to give Taylor lecture

Bud Selig

Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig will be on campus next month, giving a lecture called, "Talking Baseball: The Challenges of Communicating in Turbulent Times." Selig, a 1956 UW graduate, will speak on Tuesday, April 10, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Pyle Center's Alumni Lounge.

Carson Gulley closing for renovations

Carson's Carryout will close for renovations at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. Carson's will reopen in fall 2013. Until then, there will be expanded services at Common Grounds in lower Frank's starting on Sunday, April 8, and will include grocery, pizzas, sandwiches and more.

Stock your library at Wisconsin’s largest book sale

Library book sale

Wisconsin's largest used book sale -- with more than 15,000 books on a wide range of subjects up for grabs -- will be held Wednesday, April 11, through Saturday, April 14, in Memorial Library.

Inside Info

Helping young athletes make healthy food choices

It's snack time at team practice and out come the cookies, fruit snacks and sports drinks. It's not the best option, but it’s what the kids seem to enjoy, and what can you do? There are some other options, according to UW Health’s Pediatric Fitness Clinic.


Wisconsin Idea takes center stage at Teaching and Learning Symposium

Susan Hagness teaching

This year's Teaching and Learning Symposium, on May 23 and 24, will focus on the Wisconsin Idea and ways the teaching and learning community at UW-Madison is extending its reach beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom to reach all learners. The deadline for submitting a poster proposal is Friday, March 30.


Lace up for the Spring Sprint for the Arb

Spring Sprint

The 5-kilometer Spring Sprint, which kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, benefits the Friends of the Arboretum, which in turn supports the Arboretum's research, restoration and outreach mission. Register by April 1 to be guaranteed a T-shirt.


Have a great spring break!

Inside UW takes next week off for Spring Break, returning April 10. Whether you're headed out or staying on campus, have a great break! Also, congrats to Becky Carlton of Engineering, winner of a UW mug.

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