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Five who thrived

Photo: Theo Loo at Mount St. Helens

Every one of the 6,517 students graduating this week has a unique story to tell about their UW–Madison experience. Today, we focus on five who represent their class with distinction. Shannon Davis and Brandon Tillman both are passionate about restorative justice. Tiffany Merritt-Brown became an award-winning choreographer. Michael Donovan endured a grueling Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course. And Theo Loo (above) took a class on health and global environmental change that led him to a village in South Africa. Interactive: Where in the world are our grads from?

Top Stories

Posthumous doctorate for determined engineer

Photo: Craig Schuff and lab mates

A swimming accident in 2011 left Craig Schuff paralyzed from the neck down, but he pressed on as a grad student until he tragically died in October — only months away from wrapping up his doctoral dissertation. UW–Madison will award him a rare posthumous Ph.D. during commencement ceremonies Friday.

Road work scheduled during summer break

Photo: Construction flag sign

You know those two seasons Wisconsin supposedly has? Well, the one that's not winter — road construction — is about to begin. Crews will use the summer to improve campus streets, which will mean temporary closures starting next week. The dates will depend upon weather and other conditions.

Workshops on Engaging Students

Join Research-to-Classroom Studio 5/23-6/3 for strategies to help students think critically and apply their knowledge.

Around Campus

Terrace reopening so close you can taste it

Photo: Back of Terrace chair

After a tantalizing commencement weekend preview, the Wisconsin Union anticipates the Memorial Union Terrace will reopen for good May 20. Weather will continue to play a significant role in the actual opening date. Watch this video and you'll practically be able to taste those brats.  

Highly anticipated undergrad research journal debuts

Photo: Cover of JUST journal

Seven undergraduates now share a point on their CVs with their professors and mentors: author credit for a published scientific study. Last week, The Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology (JUST) — completely run by undergraduate volunteers — published its first issue.

Dairy science professors focus on cow health

Photo: Heather White

Heather White (left) and Laura Hernandez have secured $1 million in grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It will support their research on using cutting edge laboratory techniques to find solutions to ailments that harm dairy cattle productivity and efficiency.

Writer in residence puts politics into historical context

Photo: Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate magazine, often looks to the past to explain the present. Bouie spent three days on campus in April as writer in residence. His reading list extends to writers who don't share his views. "It’s precisely because I think they’re wrong that I think they’re worth reading.”

Outside UW

IT students bring 3rd graders’ ideas to life

Photo: UW student with 3rd grader at computer

What can third graders learn from college students studying information technology? Emerson Elementary School students got to help decide. After exchanging letters with Information Technology Academy students at the UW, they got to try out 15 educational computer games created based on their ideas.

Milestones

Brennan to lead largest biomedical library

Photo: Patricia Flatley Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan, a professor of nursing and industrial engineering, has been named director of the National Library of Medicine — an institution that traces its beginnings to 1836 and is now the largest repository of medical knowledge anywhere. Related: Q & A with Brennan about her new post.

In the Media

More campuses pass no-confidence resolutions

Photo: UW-Milwaukee faculty meeting

Faculty at UW-La Crosse, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and UW-River Falls have joined UW-Madison's Faculty Senate in approving resolutions of no confidence in UW System President Ray Cross and the Board of Regents. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has details on the UWGB vote.

Events

Union Theater announces 2016-17 season

Photo: Member of Blind Boys of Alabama

The Wisconsin Union Theater has announced its 2016-17 concert season, offering a mix of classical, world, jazz and Disney, together with Americana, gospel and more. Watch a preview to get you in a musical mood.

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