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A soldier and a scholar

Photo: John Hall speaking to ROTC student

Lt. Col. John Hall, Ph.D. If that combination of titles surprises you, it shouldn’t — not the way Hall (left), a UW–Madison professor of military history, sees it. As a cadet at West Point, he preferred courses like advanced hand-to-hand combat to liberal arts classes. Now, Hall says in this video profile, he realizes those classes he felt were being imposed on him were the most valuable part of his education. The Wisconsin native started his Army career as an infantry officer, but eventually seized the opportunity to go to civilian grad school, earn his doctorate, and join the UW faculty in the only job he says could have tempted him to leave active duty.

Top Stories

Faculty Senate wants more study of public authority

Photo: Bascom Hall

The Faculty Senate on Monday called for more study of a proposal to convert the UW System from a state agency to a public authority, and passed a measure opposing the removal of shared governance from state statutes. Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 budget recommends both changes.

Berbee Walsh gift to fund ER expansion, academics

Photo: UW Hospital emergency entrance

The School of Medicine and Public Health has received a $10 million gift from alumni James Berbee and Karen Walsh for a major expansion of the UW Hospital and Clinics emergency facility and for sustainable academic support to the Department of Emergency Medicine.

It’s Mac Madness time at the DoIT Tech Store!

Get $50 off a Mac or $25 off an iPad. Use your coupon at any of our three Tech Store locations through March 31.

Around Campus

Three in running for enrollment management post

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Three applicants have been chosen as finalists to be the next vice provost for enrollment management. The division includes admissions and recruitment, financial aid, the registrar, and the Integrated Student Information Systems. Candidate presentations are scheduled for later this month.

To be: Historic Shakespeare folio coming to campus

Photo: Title page from Shakespeare's First Folio

UW-Madison has been selected as the Wisconsin host site for "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare," a national traveling exhibition. Published in 1623, the folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays. It will visit the Chazen Museum of Art in 2016 on its way through all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Is climate change driving our brutal winter?

Photo: Person shoveling around car covered with snow

The jet stream has taken to meandering all over North America. A new study by UW-Madison and Rutgers University backs up the theory that climate changes near the top of the world are happening faster than in Earth’s middle latitudes — leading to more extreme weather across the country.

Outside UW

Communication experts partner with Morgridge Institute

Photo: Kathryn VandenBosch

Life sciences communication faculty experts and CALS Dean Kathryn VandenBosch are partnering with the Morgridge Institute for Research to explore how to engage the public on science — and bring together scientific information with related moral, ethical and political questions.

In Memoriam

Huntington, pathologist and colorful trial witness, dies

Photo: Robert Huntington

Robert W. Huntington III, a forensic pathologist and UW-Madison professor known for his vivid testimony during many Wisconsin murder trials, has died at age 77. “If you see me laughing, I’m just laughing to keep from crying,” Huntington once told the Wisconsin State Journal, quoting a song.

Former Chican@ and Latin@ Studies director dies

Photo: Camille Guérin-Gonzales

Camille Guérin-Gonzales, who directed the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program and also served as associate chair and director of undergraduate studies in the History Department, died Feb. 24 at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison. She joined the UW faculty in 2001, retiring in 2014.

In the Media

Whelan says habits make behavior change hard

Photo: Christine Whelan

Christine Whelan, a human ecology faculty associate and director of the Relationships, Finance & Life Fulfillment Initiative, talked with the Washington Post recently about habits, and how we can change them or start new ones. "Behavior change is hard," she says, "because we’re creatures of habit."


Line Breaks Festival features performances, art exhibit

Photo: Milo and Otis

The First Wave Hip-Hop Theater and Urban Arts Community will showcase the top new aesthetics in contemporary performance art at the ninth annual Line Breaks Festival. Performers will include regional artists Milo & Otis and their earthy blend of “adventure soul.”

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