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Top teachers recognized

Anja Wanner

Ten faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators. Chancellor Rebecca Blank will present the awards at a ceremony to be held in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning Symposium from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 19 at Union South's Varsity Hall. Here one of the winners, Professor Anja Wanner, holds a discussion in her English syntax class.

Top Stories

Scholar, humanitarian Elder to retire after 53 years

Joe Elder

Joe Elder, professor of sociology, languages and cultures of Asia, and integrated liberal studies, has taught at UW-Madison since 1961. He is one of the country’s leading scholars on South Asia and has produced 25 documentary films on the region, many with the help of students.  

Johnson chosen to direct Educational Innovation

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson, assistant professor of educational policy studies, has been selected as the new director of Educational Innovation, an initiative of the provost’s office. In the new position, Johnson will be responsible for facilitating and managing the initiative, now in its third year.

Cramer named interim director at Morgridge Center

Kathy Cramer

Kathy Cramer, whose academic work is steeped in providing service learning experiences for students and examining ways that UW-Madison can build stronger relationships with those outside of campus, has been named interim director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Experience Saturday Science

On Saturday, May 3, the Art & Physics of Breakdancing will unveil the science, art, passion and culture of the urban dance movement. Begins at 10 a.m. at the Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Volunteer during move-out at residence halls

Res hall move-out

As more than 7,400 students prepare to move out of the university residence halls, the UW-Madison Division of University Housing is asking for volunteers to help residents and their families repurpose or recycle items they no longer need.

UWPD: Campus bike thefts on the rise


As the weather gets nicer, more and more people are out and about on their bikes. With that, the number of bicycle thefts typically increases — and this year is no different.  Compared to this time last year, bike thefts on campus have nearly doubled.

Inside Info

A beautiful lawn can also be healthy, sustainable

Doug Soldat

Lawns can be the frame around a home or a colorful garden. Wisconsin Public Radio interviews Doug Soldat, an associate professor of soil science who specializes in turfgrass, about minimizing chemical use, while maintaining a lush lawn.    


National Academy of Sciences adds three from UW

National Academy of Sciences logo

James Dumesic, professor of chemical engineering, Samuel Gellman, professor of chemistry, and Margaret McFall-Ngai, professor of medical microbiology and immunology, are among 84 new members of the 151-year-old academy.

Global Health Institute staffer’s background inspires novel

Lori DiPrete Brown

In the 1980s, Lori DiPrete Brown worked in a Honduras home for orphaned and abandoned teenage girls. The experiences of accompanying some of the girls to obtain documentation from their places of birth and to search for their birth mothers inspired her to write a novel, "Caminata: A Journey."  

In the Media

Goffman’s fieldwork of total immersion

Alice Goffman

When newly minted Ph.D.s go on the job market, they have questions about the teaching load, research money and tenure prospects, The New York Times reports. Alice Goffman, now an assistant professor of sociology at UW-Madison, had another query: Would she be allowed to get arrested and go to prison?


Keep baby safe: Recycle car seats on May 3

Car seat

It's tempting to save by passing down used car seats, but it's not recommended. American Family Children's Hospital, Safe Kids Madison, Kohl's and AAA have teamed up on Car Seat Recycle Day, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon outside of Kohl's at East Towne and West Towne.

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