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The Frankenpianist

Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor’s office doesn’t look like the lair of a mad genius. It lacks the medieval gloom of Victor Frankenstein’s castle or the pharmaceutical range of Henry Jekyll’s London atelier or the isolation of Dr. Moreau’s island. But a lair it is, nevertheless. Taylor’s cramped space on the fourth floor of the Mosse Humanities Building is a laboratory for the relentless pursuit of the unique. Within it, he creates and curates a collection of things that can be found nowhere else in the world.

Top Stories

UW grads succeed on campus, in the community

Graduation tassel

With spring Commencement set for this weekend, we've assembled an impressive collection of interesting and inspiring graduates whose stories sum up the transformative nature of a UW-Madison education. Related: Getting around campus on Commencement weekend.

State Street Mall construction to begin

State Street Mall

The State Street-Library Mall project will get underway on Monday, May 19, with the goal of providing an exciting new look to the area where the city meets the campus. The tired-looking streetscape will be refreshed by a new design.    

Reminder: Ice Cream Social Today in Birge Hall

The Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social is today at 2 p.m. in the Birge Hall lobby, due to rainy conditions. Enjoy free ice cream and celebrate the close of another academic year.

Ice cream

Around Campus

New undergraduate Sustainability Certificate launching

Photo: Forest in UW Arboretum

A new certificate in sustainability will be available to undergraduates beginning this fall. Offered through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with support from the Office of Sustainability, it will allow students to diversify their major course of study with interdisciplinary coursework in sustainability.

Chazen Museum receives gift of 67 Jim Dine artworks

Ancient Fishing

An extraordinary gift from Jim Dine, one of the country's most significant artists, will be on view at the Chazen Museum of Art from May 16-Aug. 17. One of the 67 Dine artworks, a bronze sculpture called  "Ancient Fishing," was installed this week outside the museum and will be on permanent display.  

Business clinic connects entrepreneurs, students

Grainger Hall

What if entrepreneurs had a way to vet ideas before investing too much time and money? The Business and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the Wisconsin School of Business is helping local startups do just that. The clinic connects students and entrepreneurs in a way that benefits both groups.  

Campus Initiatives

Symposium focuses on transforming education

Photo: Katherine McMahon

The 2014 Teaching and Learning Symposium, a two-day event taking place May 19-20 at Union South, will focus on “Transforming Education” as this year’s theme. Related: Teaching and Learning Innovation Award winners announced.

Inside Info

Beware of unsolicited calls on retirement benefits

phone keypad

The Department of Employee Trust Funds says some state retirees have received unsolicited phone calls from persons offering to come to their homes to discuss their retirement account. ETF is not associated with these calls and does not share member information with third parties.


Video and story: Efficiency in electric vehicles

Electric truck

Graduate student Phil Kollmeyer discusses conversion of a gas-powered truck to a one-of-a-kind electric vehicle designed for data collection. Detailed in this Wisconsin Energy Institute story and video, the project aims to understand the technologies at play.

In Memoriam

Remembering Chuck Salmon

Chuck Salmon

The UW-Madison civil engineering community lost one of its most accomplished and fondly regarded members when Charles “Chuck” Salmon passed away on April 28. During his nearly 60-year career in the department, Salmon built a formidable legacy both as a researcher and dedicated teacher.

In the Media

Tropical cyclone intensity shifts toward poles

Photo: satellite image of tropical cyclone

UW research showing that the intensity of tropical cyclones is shifting toward the poles, putting more coastal cities at risk of devastating flood and storm damage, has received international publicity, including this story in Climate Central.

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