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From Vietnam to Madison and back

Driven from her home as a child during the fall of Saigon, UW Health's Dr. Cat Burkat (pictured, center), assistant professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has used her skills as an oculoplastic surgeon to re-establish the connection to the country of her birth.

Top Stories

The emotional life of your brain

Photo: Richard Davidson

Building on more than 30 years of cutting-edge brain research, a new book by UW-Madison psychology and psychiatry professor Richard J. Davidson offers an inside look into how emotions are coded in our brains and our power to control them. Related: Coverage from Salon.com

WiscCal to change in June

The campus is working on a temporary upgrade to WiscCal, the campus online calendaring system. The switch will happen in June. The upgraded version will only serve as an interim campus calendar, however, while the Administrative Excellence Email and Calendar Consolidation Team pursues a long-term campus solution.

Around Campus

Fight hunger for Bettina Luescher’s visit

Bettina Luescher, United Nations World Food Programme chief spokesperson for North America, will visit campus on Thursday, March 8, and Friday, March 9. Related: Ahead of her visit, you can help fight hunger by joining the Badger Free Rice Challenge.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery named Laboratory of the Year

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the innovative public-private facility that opened just more than a year ago on campus, has been named the 2012 Laboratory of the Year by by R&D Magazine.

Inside Info

Is 2012 your marathon year?

If you're planning to scratch a marathon off your bucket list in 2012, UW Health Sports Medicine wants to help. See a list of helpful training tips to get started with the planning process.

Buzz

Facebook user? UW-Madison has you covered

Are you an avid Facebook user? UW-Madison has created a set of iconic images to help you to share your love of the university as part of your Timeline cover photo.

Milestones

Williams named to ACE panel

Photo: Damon Williams

Damon A. Williams, vice provost for diversity and climate and chief diversity officer, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Commission on Inclusion for the American Council on Education.

Events

The Friendship that Would Not Die: Lynda Barry on Matt Groening

Lynda Barry, the Arts Institute and Art Department's spring 2012 interdisciplinary artist in residence, will speak Thursday, March 8, about her 35-year friendship with Matt Groening (pictured), creator of "The Simpsons." Tickets are sold out, but some seats and standing-room space will be available at the event. Call 608-263-9290 for more information.

Interact

Maintaining a well-balanced brain

Research by UW-Madison psychology and psychiatry professor Richard J. Davidson explores the effects of emotions on the brain. What are your strategies for maintaining a balanced or positive outlook? Share your thoughts.

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