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Helping make Banzo go

Photo: Woman on phone at restaurant counter

What does it take to turn an idea into a business? For the owners of Banzo, a familiar falafel stand on the State Street Mall now with an east side restaurant location, help from a UW–Madison haven for small-scale entrepreneurs was key. The Wisconsin School of Business’ Small Business Development Center provided a consultant experienced in the rigors of the restaurant field who doesn’t sugarcoat her advice, but tells the hard truths of what it will take to succeed. “It’s so wonderful,” Rena Gelman says in this video, “to tell them things that I wish people had told me.”

Top Stories

Revamped Animals in Research website launches

Animal research isn’t often recognized for its vital contribution to basic science and human and animal health. This week, a redesigned Animals in Research and Teaching website was launched to help provide a full and accurate picture of UW-Madison’s animal research program.

Search narrows for UW-Madison research leader

Four finalists have been announced for vice chancellor for research and graduate education. The vice chancellor oversees UW-Madison's $1 billion research operation and the Graduate School. The candidates' public presentations are scheduled for the week of March 16, with a selection expected in April.

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

Brackets to decide who wins libraries’ Book Madness

Photo: Bucky Badger holding Book Madness bracket

If it's time for March Madness, then it's time for Book Madness. Each year, UW-Madison librarians select 64 books and pit them against each other in a bracket breakout. Students, campus staff, faculty, library staff, and community members can fill out and submit brackets ahead of time.

A day in the life of academic advisors

Photo: Quortne Hutchings

The university drills the message into parents starting on day one at SOAR: “Make sure your student meets with an academic advisor.” What, exactly, goes on during student advising? Badger Parent went behind the scenes with three advisors to get an insider’s look at a day in their lives.

Outside UW

Team brings biogas to Uganda and Bolivia

Photo: Biogas barrell

Generating enthusiasm for a new kind of technology is key to its long-term success. Rebecca Larson’s team has already accomplished that goal in Uganda, where students at Lweeza’s Primary School have been known to yell “Biogas! Biogas!” after learning about anaerobic digester systems.

Introducing...

Visiting artist wants business students to see beauty

Photo: Diane Ragsdale

The Wisconsin School of Business' Bolz Center for Arts Administration invited Diane Ragsdale, from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, to teach a course called “Aesthetics and Business” designed to help students see business challenges — and solutions — in a different way.

Buzz

WiscList offers customized, targeted email lists

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You’ve got a big event coming up, or perhaps you need to get an important note out to all campus freshmen, or maybe you’re a professor who needs to email all your students. With WiscLists, you can send them an email customizable to a specific demographic.

Milestones

Eight professors receive Romnes Faculty Fellowships

Graphic: WARF logo

Eight promising young faculty members have been honored with Romnes Faculty Fellowships. Romnes awards recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. Winners receive an unrestricted $50,000 award for research, supported by WARF.  

In the Media

Shoulder surgery done too much, UW doctor says

Photo: X-ray of shoulder

UW Health shoulder surgeon Geoffrey Baer says too much of a certain kind of shoulder surgery can be a bad thing. The Wisconsin State Journal reports on Baer's study that says the fast-growing number of “SLAP” repairs on torn cartilage around the shoulder’s biceps tendon is “worrisome.”

Events

Chapman to reflect on public relations career

Photo: Dave Chapman

Dave Chapman left the Midwest in 1988 to direct the West Coast offices of a couple of the world’s leading communication agencies. The UW-Madison journalism and mass communication grad will reflect on his experiences in “From the Kollege Klub to the Fog City Diner” on campus March 11.

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