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‘Modern Family’ man

Steve Levitan

We go on the set of TV's  hit comedy "Modern Family" with Steve Levitan, the show's creator and producer. He discusses his writing, directing and producding career and his student years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Looking back on those years, Levitan says: "If I were to give advice to a student going to Wisconsin, I'd say, 'Never stop looking for opportunities, because in every one of those buildings there are cool things going on that you should be taking part in.'"  

Top Stories

Bus-pass fee to remain the same; parking rates rise

Parking sign

Transportation Services has announced its rate structures for next year, maintaining the current $24 employee bus-pass fee and raising parking rates. The changes are the second step in a six-year plan to condense the campus parking rate categories from three rates down to two.

Chancellor: Looking back on the year

Rebecca Blank

As final exams are in full swing and Commencement approaches, Chancellor Rebecca Blank reflects on the successes of the past academic year. "My idea of a good job is one where I learn something new every day and I haven’t been disappointed," she says of her first year.

Third Thursdays on The Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

Join us this Thursday from 4-7 p.m., for complimentary appetizers, cash bar, and live music by All That Jazz on The Pyle Center’s lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

UHS promotes student civic engagement

Photo: Student speaking behind UW podium

A new initiative through UHS Prevention Services is aimed at measuring and documenting the extent to which a UW-Madison education promotes civic engagement and the development of civic competencies in our students.

Authors say privatizing digital education has dangers

Digital education may be an innovative path forward for the American public schools system, but many virtual teaching programs have serious flaws, according to a new book co-authored by two WCER researchers. Many districts are moving too quickly into unfamiliar territory, the authors say.

Outside UW

License plate program supports need-based aid

UW plate

One easy way to help support UW-Madison students is to renew your license plates. A UW plate featuring Bucky supports need-based aid.  

Campus Initiatives

Spring game donation fuels literacy efforts

Football field

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics presented a check to the School of Education for $27,500 from proceeds of the annual spring football game to aid with literacy programs run through the School of Education with community partners.

Buzz

Can’t travel without your computer? Don’t risk it; rent it

If you're traveling over the summer, DoIT has a better idea than taking your laptop and everything on it along. Instead of risking the security of sensitive data if your computer is stolen, rent a device especially for your trip.

Milestones

Mackie wins highest medical physics honor

Photo: "Rock" Mackie

Thomas "Rock" Mackie, director of medical engineering at the Morgridge Institute for Research, will receive the highest honor in the field of medical physics. Mackie becomes the fourth UW-Madison medical physicist to receive the William  D. Coolidge Award.

In the Media

Odyssey Project sets students on a path to a new future

Odyssey class

Michael Martin tells The Cap Times he is a different person than he was in September when he walked into the UW's Odyssey Project.  “I think differently,” said Martin, as he and his classmates were gathering for their final class in the free humanities course for adults. Related: See Channel 15's account of program graduation.

Events

WARF holds Discovery Challenge spring event

Pipette and petri dish

WARF is holding the third annual Discovery Challenge, a research competition for UW-Madison graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all departments and fields of study, on May 21 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Register for the free event by Wednesday, May 14.

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