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Mendota mornings

Photo: women's rowing team on Lake Mendota at dawn

Up before dawn and out on the lake at sunrise, UW rowers are legendary for their grueling practices that begin before the rest of campus is even awake. Whether they are gliding across a tranquil Lake Mendota or navigating rougher waters, they have been a memorable sight — and if you’re close enough, sound — for years. On Wisconsin Magazine takes a look at this longtime UW tradition.

Top Stories

UW makes it easier to report incidents of hate, bias

The university is taking steps to make it easier to report incidents of hate and bias, including a web form and in-person reporting. The program is designed to advance a commitment to a living, working and learning environment that is safe, inclusive and respectful.

Reminder: Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social

Photo: Babcock ice cream

All faculty and staff are invited to the Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social on Thursday, May 16, starting at 1 p.m. on Bascom Hill.

New awards program to recognize administrative work

Do you know someone who has streamlined a process, saved a department time or money, or contributed in an outstanding way to a service improvement? They may be a candidate for a new awards program that focuses on administrative achievement.

Attend The Mendota Seminar

Cultural Intersections and Collisions 1: Science

Join the UW English Dept. for talks on the intersection of science with literature, writing and linguistics, June 23-26.

Around Campus

Retiring Berg looks forward to a life of mystery

Photo: Joanne Berg

If Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Joanne Berg’s career history were to be summed up in a book title, it might be called “The Case of the Woman Who Wore Many Hats.” But her next role, as owner of a mystery bookshop, could be the most intriguing.  

Chancellor’s Scholars program seeks new director

A committee of 12 faculty and staff members will assist in finding a new leader for the Chancellor’s Scholars and Powers-Knapp Scholars Program. Mercile Lee, retiring as assistant vice provost for academic affairs, founded the scholarship programs in 1984.

Roberts to add year as Pharmacy dean

Jeanette Roberts has agreed to remain dean of the School of Pharmacy into 2014, adding to 10 years of successful leadership of one of the oldest and most highly regarded schools in the field. Despite a strong slate of candidates, the university will start a search for a successor anew in the fall.

Campus Initiatives

Funding awarded for 21 EI projects

Logo for Educational Innovation

Funding has been awarded for 21 projects that continue to advance UW’s commitment to Educational Innovation (EI). Those that were chosen represent a variety of topics including virtual anatomy instruction, virtual patient advocacy, flipping classrooms and blended learning, among others.

Inside Info

Support available to campus during finals

As the semester and school year come to a close, higher levels of stress related to exams, grades, and relationships can create issues in day to day life. UWPD reminds the community that a variety of services for those who may be in need of mental health or wellness counseling.


Video: Gina Slesar and overlooked campus history

In this video profile, UW senior Gina Slesar shares how history professor Will Jones and a forgotten piece of campus history — 1962's so-called "Gay Purge" — unlocked her passion for research, history and advocacy.

In Memoriam

Jan Rapacz, pioneering immunogeneticist

Jan Rapacz, 84, a UW immunogeneticist whose mutant pigs became a standard in heart disease research, died recently in Krakow, Poland, writes the Wisconsin State Journal. He worked at UW from 1971 to 2004. (Registration may be required.)  


Documentary film portrays mindfulness research

Groundbreaking UW research at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds is the focus of the new documentary film, “Free the Mind,” which debuts in Madison tomorrow, May 15. Related: Watch a simulcast of the visit of the Dalai Lama on Wednesday.


Inside UW shifts to summer schedule

Photo: UW crest

As finals begin to wind down, Inside UW's publication schedule will shift for the early summer. We'll be back with Commencement coverage on Tuesday, May 21 and then appear weekly through the summer beginning on June 4. As always, send your story ideas to

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