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Cleaning off 130 years of dust

Bit by bit over the last two decades, the iconic Washburn Observatory has been restored to its original sheen. The dome was refurbished in the 1990s and the building itself was restored and updated in 2009. And last week, a final but crucial touch up — the cleaning and refurbishment of the glass lenses — was completed with the help of John Augustine (pictured), an antique instrument specialist from Parkman, Ohio.

Top Stories

Campus construction projects getting underway

The academic year is quickly coming to a close, and that means another round of road closures and construction projects in the campus area. Learn how to avoid getting snarled in traffic on campus this summer.

Search for chancellor to begin this fall

Photo: Kevin Reilly

The national search for UW-Madison’s next chancellor will begin in the fall with the formation of a campus search and screen committee, to be appointed by UW System President Kevin P. Reilly. The goal is to have a new chancellor in place by summer 2013.

Third Thursdays – Pyle Center

Join us on Thursday, May 17, for this free event featuring live music from the Dang-Its, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar on the Pyle Center’s Rooftop Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota.

Around Campus

Coping as part of the Sandwich Generation

The Office for Equity and Diversity is once again offering a full-day session covering issues of the "Sandwich Generation." The May 21 session, which will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at 21 N. Park St., will cover information for those caring for aging parents while supporting their own children.

Wisconsin Film Festival marks 2012 success

Ticket-takers scooped up more than 28,000 tickets during this year’s five-day run of the Wisconsin Film Festival, maintaining its status as the largest film festival of its kind in the nation, organizers say.

Employee Recognition Ice Cream Social is today

Ice cream

More than 40 tubs of Babcock Hall ice cream will be on their way up Bascom Hill this afternoon, as university employees are invited and encouraged to attend the annual Employee Recognition Ice Cream Social today at 1 p.m. (Sherbet and frozen yogurt will also be available.)

Inside Info

How to become a novelist: Start writing now


Nov­els are sim­ply a char­ac­ter with a prob­lem, says Chris­tine DeSmet, a fac­ulty asso­ciate who teaches writ­ing for the Division of Con­tin­u­ing Studies and offers advice on how to unlock the inner novelist in all of us.

Tips for Managing Your Seasonal Allergies

For the more than 35 million Americans who have allergies, it sometimes seems as if there are only two seasons – allergy season and winter. Luckily, there are actions allergy sufferers can take to help ease their symptoms, according to UW Health allergists.


Mitman receives Welch Medal for “Breathing Space”

Gregg Mitman, Nelson Institute interim director and professor of History of Science, Medical History and Environmental Studies, has been awarded the William H. Welch Medal for his book "Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape our Lives and Landscapes."

Landweber named to Internet Hall of Fame

Photo: Lawrence Landweber

The decision to put Lawrence Landweber in the "Innovators" circle of the newly created Internet Hall of Fame is not likely one that cost the nominating committee any sleep. Landweber joined 31 other Internet luminaries in the hall's first class of inductees.  

Musolf, longtime secretary of the faculty, to retire

After 19 years as the secretary of the faculty, David Musolf has announced that he will retire. Musolf has worked a combined 50 years on campus in a number of different positions.    


Enroll in the CNCS Summer Institute

The Council for Non-represented Classified Staff (CNCS) will hold the CNCS Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 6. All classified non-represented employees are invited to attend this free event. This year's topics include: HR Design, workplace climate issues and performance management.


Thanks, Mom

We celebrated Mother's Day this past Sunday-- how did your mother help you in your career and in reaching UW-Madison? Share your thoughts.

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