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Commencement 2017

Photo: Two students in caps and gowns embracing

Nearly 7,200 students participated in spring commencement exercises — 6,296 bachelor’s, master’s and law students Saturday at Camp Randall, and 903 graduate and professional students Friday at the Kohl Center. Steven Levitan, co-creator of the ABC comedy “Modern Family,” got laughs by thanking Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf for a colorful last name that “makes me feel like I’m at the commencement for Hogwarts.” View: Levitan speech (video); photo gallery

Top Stories

Taking the case for research to the public

Photo: Research assistant in lab

Drawing on historical background and current examples, Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Vice Chancellor Marsha Mailick are making a public case for government support of UW research. In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, they cite medical and technological breakthroughs that could only have happened with basic research.

Observatory Drive work starts on west campus

Photo: Detour sign

If you drive through the west campus, heads up: Utility trenching across Observatory Drive will cause detours over the next few weeks. Observatory between Elm Drive and Easterday Lane will be one-way westbound until about May 29. Then, starting May 30, the street will be closed in both directions for about a week.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, May 18 from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on the Rooftop Terrace at Pyle Center.

Around Campus

UW part of winning renewable energy challenge team

Photo: Discovery Building at night

The EPA has recognized UW-Madison and the Big Ten as leaders in using renewable energy. The six participating Big Ten schools used the most renewable electricity of 36 conferences. Our share totaled more than 70 million kilowatt-hours — 15 percent of annual campus electricity usage.

Lasers, gongs and nonlinear dynamics

Photo: Matt Allen with gong

Matt Allen shoots lasers at a traditional East Asian gong in the name of science. Allen, who leads the College of Engineering's Structural Dynamics Lab, hopes his gong research will help the U.S. Air Force in its effort to develop an aircraft that could fly at more than five times the speed of sound.

Slideshow: The weather, captured as it happens

Photo: Lightning in night sky

Each year, the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences photo contest encourages scientists to share their most impressive and inspiring photos from around the world — photos that capture the weather at its finest and most intense moments. See their creations from near and far.

Campus Initiatives

Project teaches how to encourage classroom discussion

Photo: Students engaging in classroom discussion

High-quality classroom discussions don't just happen, says UW-Madison educational researcher Paula McAvoy. They need structure and planning. The Discussion Project, a new faculty and academic staff professional development opportunity she is leading on campus starting this fall, addresses that need.

Inside Info

Over-the-counter drugs: Taken as directed?

Graphic: Illustration of pill bottle

When your head is pounding, do you always limit yourself to the recommended dose of medicine? A UW marketing professor is studying why people sometimes ignore the label directions on over-the-counter pain relievers. Neeraj Arora's goal is to improve labeling and promote consumer education.

Wisconsin’s children need your help

How can we improve the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s children and families? Join Provost Mangelsdorf and more for the Prenatal to Five Summit. June 2.

Milestones

Dawn Crim accepts DPI leadership position

Photo: Dawn Crim

Dawn Crim, associate dean in the School of Education, is leaving her post to become assistant state superintendent for the Division for Student and School Success in the Wisconsin DPI. The division is responsible for ensuring that all children attain proficiency in meeting the Wisconsin Academic Standards.

In the Media

Hayes’ principles playing well with pro teams

Photo: Nigel Hayes shooting basketball

Nigel Hayes says as he prepares for the NBA draft, teams are responding positively to his social activism. "I've said black people should be treated better, fairly, equal and (student) athletes ... should be paid. If you disagree with one of those two things, I think that says more about you than it does about me."

Events

Get fit with Bucky at the stadium

Photo: Participant in Bucky's Workout

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Bucky's Workout at Camp Randall May 24 to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer break. High-energy exercise routines will be led by Rec Sports fitness instructors. Accommodations will be made for all physical abilities.

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