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Field days

Photo: Tom Brock walking toward geyser

Tom Brock’s inquiries into the hot and acidic springs of Yellowstone helped usher in modern molecular biology. In a new book, Brock has turned his notes from those years into a personal account of life as a field researcher. What began as a desire to study relationships between microbes ultimately challenged assumptions about the nature and resilience of life. "This is why basic research is so important," Brock says. "The more knowledge you get, the better."

Top Stories

Determined grads stuck with it to the end

Photo: Brandon Shields

This weekend, 8,123 students will graduate from UW–Madison. Some overcame immense challenges to get here. Many persevered through adversity to earn their degrees; all have achieved a cherished goal. Here are a few examples of how members of the Class of 2017 made their mark.

CU Boulder investigator will be next Title IX coordinator

Photo: Lauren Hasselbacher

Lauren Hasselbacher has been hired as the university's new Title IX coordinator. Hasselbacher, a UW-Madison graduate, most recently worked at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she investigated allegations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct on campus.

From casual to formal…
the Fluno Center does it all!

Did you know the Fluno Center offers full-service dining options for breaks, receptions or meals for your events or meetings? Explore the options.

Around Campus

Award winners help campus run more smoothly

Photo: Bascom Hall

There's always room for improvement, goes a familiar maxim. Three teams and one individual took that to heart, and their efforts led to substantial improvements in administrative services at UW-Madison. They have been selected to receive the 2017 Administrative Improvement Award.

Advisors recognized for fostering student success

Banner and Lincoln

A department's first full-time advisor, another who created a leadership and ethics course, an advisor who started a humanities career initiative, and a booster of diversity in STEM are winners of this year's Undergraduate Advising Awards. All are credited with guiding students toward post-college success.

Alumni Park opening date, first featured grads announced

Graphic: Architectural rendering of Alumni Park

Alumni Park, a new gathering place occupying 1.3 acres between Memorial Union and the Red Gym, will officially open to campus and the community Friday, Oct. 6. The timing coincides with Madison's Gallery Night, showcasing the work of artists and makers who contributed to the park's design.

Student-athletes earn NCAA academic honors

The UW football, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's golf and women's hockey teams all earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting academic achievement scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. The award is based on eligibility, graduation and retention each semester.

Outside UW

Potato partnership, from test tube to table

Photo: Potato cultivars in test tubes

Years before that french fry landed on your plate, the plant that would give rise to the spud your fry was cut from was sealed away deep in a secure-access building, growing slowly in a test tube inside a locked chamber. At least, it was if it was the product of the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program.

Campus Initiatives

Canvas learning management use reaches 35%

Photo: Man monitoring computer displays

Canvas, the centrally supported learning management system replacing D2L and Moodle by 2018, is now being used to teach more than a third of UW-Madison's over 6,000 credit-based courses in six schools and colleges. Find out more about Canvas and see when your unit will be transitioning.

The best tech deals of the year are on May 18

One day only savings on select Mac and iPad models, Payroll Deduction, and much more at the DoIT Tech Store.

Milestones

Governor proclaims employee appreciation day

State Capitol

Gov. Scott Walker has sent a message of thanks to all state employees, including the UW. "In honor of your hard work and dedication to the State of Wisconsin and its citizens, I have proclaimed ... May 10, 2017, State Employee Appreciation Day."

Events

Jazz fundraiser for Child Care and Family Resources

Photo: Lynn Margulies

The Office of Child Care and Family Resources is hosting its 20th annual Jazzin' event May 25. This is the office's primary fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting five campus early care and education centers. Jazz vocalist Lynette Margulies and her quartet will provide entertainment.

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