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Old traditions, new media

Patty Loew, a professor of life sciences communication and tribal member of the Bad River Ojibwe, can trace her family back to ancestors who were among the leaders signing the tribe’s historic treaties in the 1800s. As an educator and scholar, she is deeply involved in a number of teaching and media projects that are not only bringing the stories of Wisconsin’s Native Americans to life, but also are providing new ways for those stories to be shared by tribal members.

Top Stories

New website tracks progress on campus climate

Photo: Bascom Hall

As actions take shape across campus in response to Chancellor Rebecca Blank's recent open letter on combatting hate and bias, a new website will report on the progress being made. Vice Provosts Lori Berquam and Patrick Sims introduce it and explain how you can get involved.

Your ideas can help foster inclusion, community

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The Chancellor's Office is seeking students, faculty and staff who have ideas for building a stronger, more inclusive community. Collaborative approaches across departments, divisions, schools and student organizations are encouraged. Submit your proposal online by April 21.

FINAL CALL – Apply for a D2P Igniter Award

The Igniter program and award is designed to move proof-of-concept technologies and ideas from UW-Madison to the marketplace.  Apply by April 1.

Around Campus

UW wins federal contract to continue leading IceCube

Image: Representation of neutrino event

The National Science Foundation has renewed an agreement with UW-Madison to operate IceCube, a massive neutrino telescope buried deep in the ice beneath the South Pole. In 2013, IceCube reported the first detection of high energy cosmic neutrinos, opening a new astronomical vista to the universe.

Video: Cellphone technology branches out

Photo: Pile of discarded cellphones

A UW-Madison engineering professor who was shocked at the amount of waste — and environmental damage — from discarded cellphones is working with the Forest Products Lab on a renewable solution. In the future of microchip technology, maybe the Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Climate change pushing snowshoe hare north

Photo: Snowshoe hare

If there is an animal emblematic of the northern winter, it is the snowshoe hare. It is named for its big feet, which allow it to skitter over deep snow to escape predators. But a changing climate and reduced snow cover across the north is squeezing the animal out of its historic range, according to new UW research.

Host a program or event at Wisconsin Science Festival

Photo: Child looking into microscope

The Wisconsin Science Festival, which engages tens of thousands of people each year, is seeking participation from campus groups. You can take part by hosting a program or open house at your location and/or leading a station as part of the Discovery Expo at the Discovery Building.

Outside UW

Historic recordings of Midwest culture to be digitized

Photo: Swedish record label

UW-Madison has been awarded a grant for the digital preservation of a unique collection of historic sound recordings. The award will ensure that listeners today and in the future will be able to hear these rare fragments of the Upper Midwest’s musical past.

Grant Opportunities for Student Arts Entrepreneurs

Win up to $2,000 for your creative idea! Top prize also includes membership to 100state. Deadline: April 5. Visit

In the Media

State Journal: Cancer ordeal gives doctor empathy

Photo: Dustin Deming

Dustin Deming, newly hired in 2012 as a doctor at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, had a research and treatment specialty: colorectal cancer. Little did he know that he would soon have his own personal experience to draw upon — being diagnosed with the very disease he was studying.


La Follette panel to discuss what’s happened to Congress

Photo: U.S. Capitol

Two former congressmen — a Republican and a Democrat — will be on campus April 5 to discuss whether Congress is still relevant. David Obey, who represented Wisconsin in the House until 2011, will join Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma and congressional experts Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein.

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