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Science scenes

Photo: Nanoscale flower-like object

This might look like the seasonal brownout of a mulch-covered garden, but it's not. It is something so tiny it can only be seen with a scanning electron microscope. Give up? Why, it's copper hydroxy sulphate, of course, growing at nanoscale on a piece of glass. A panel of judges has named it one of the 2017 Cool Science Image Contest winners. Ten pictures and two videos — each one scientifically significant and visually compelling — make up this year's collection. Browse the gallery and see if you can pick out the running man, the stem cell scaffold, the neotropical jumper, and more.

Top Stories

Study measures faculty satisfaction with work climate

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Faculty at UW-Madison report a positive work climate overall, according to a newly released survey conducted in spring 2016, but there is room for improvement. The survey, conducted by the UW’s Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI), went to all tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Outstanding mid-career faculty honored

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Eleven members of the faculty have won Kellett Mid-Career Awards. The Kellett awards recognize outstanding faculty seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Supported by WARF, the Kellett awards provide research funding to faculty members at a critical stage of their careers.

WARF Discovery Challenge
April 12

Network with collaborators, see exciting research and hear Dave Beebe explain how collaboration led to success. Lunch provided. Register by April 5.

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Around Campus

Title IX coordinator finalists to visit

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The Office of Compliance invites the university community to attend presentations given by the finalists for UW–Madison Title IX coordinator April 11 and 12. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

History sheds light on development of women’s athletics

Photo: Historic photo of female tennis player

We've come a long way from the time when athletic competition among women was considered inappropriate. That attitude is one of the reasons women's sports developed differently than men's, at the University of Wisconsin and elsewhere, according to this account from UW Archives.

Ortalo-Magné made his mark on business school

Photo: Francois Ortalo Magne

François Ortalo-Magné, who will step down as dean of the Wisconsin School of Business in June, leaves a legacy that includes a new brand ("Together Forward"), a new way of thinking about learning outcomes ("KDBIN") and a record of innovation on projects to benefit students.

Outside UW

E-Business Consortium keeps Foot Locker a step ahead

Photo: Foot Locker warehouse

A warehouse on the outskirts of Wausau holds more than 200,000 items, most of them footwear and athletic apparel. Nearby, an old strip mall hides one of Wisconsin’s most sophisticated e-commerce systems, dedicated to selling those products online. The operation has had significant help from UW–Madison.

Inside Info

BCycle season begins with a free spin

Photo: B-Cycles in a rack

In partnership with UW Transportation Services, Madison BCycle is offering free 30-minute rides during its Grand Opening week through this Saturday. Transportation Services has a partnership with the bike-sharing service for discounted annual passes for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.


Author Erik Vance is science writer in residence

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Erik Vance, a decorated freelance journalist and author, will be the spring 2017 Science Writer in Residence, spending a week on campus with students, faculty and staff inter-ested in science communication. He will deliver a public lecture, “Telling stories about science through the people it touches,” on April 4.

Big Data and Ecoinformatics in Ag Research Symposium

Please save the date of April 27 and RSVP for a symposium that will highlight the use of Big Data within the agricultural sector as well as provide a broader outlook on the topic.


Ramanathan appointed Graduate School associate dean

Photo: Parmesh Ramanathan

Parmesh Ramanathan, professor and former chair of electrical and computer engineering, joins the Graduate School April 3 as associate dean. His duties will include supervising the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment, the Office of Academic Services, and the Office of Admissions.


La Follette symposium to address crises in Europe

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What impact will Europe’s economic and political turmoil have on the United States? This question and more will be addressed at the La Follette Spring Symposium "Europe in Crisis: The Future of the EU and Trans-Atlantic Relations" April 6. Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times, will speak.

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