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Classified staff excellence

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Five members of the university's classified staff have been chosen to receive 2012 Classified Employee Recognition Awards for their outstanding contributions. They are Rosana Perez-Ellmann, Michael Hansen, Teresa Legler, Rosanne Richgels and Jeff Savoy. Hansen, pictured, is a restoration project coordinator for the Arboretum.

Top Stories

New graduates have compelling stories

Every UW-Madison graduate has a story. Read the personal stories of eight students who will receive their degrees at commencement ceremonies this weekend, ranging from a triple major to a 16-year-old. Related: Alumni, alumae, alumnus. What do you call a graduate? The Wisconsin Alumni Association breaks it down.

Four HR Design teams offer draft recommendations

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HR Design teams are looking for feedback on a new round of draft recommendations to develop a new, more effective personnel system for the university. And, more engagement sessions have been set for May.

Behind the scenes at commencement

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This weekend's commencement spotlight falls on graduates, their family and friends. But to produce five ceremonies requires the efforts of hundreds of people working behind the scenes to ensure a smooth weekend. Related: Congratulate grads through social media.

Arboretum Trolley Tours

Take a free narrated tour aboard the Badger Trolley on May 20th! See what’s in bloom and learn about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. Click here for details.

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Around Campus

Students’ frozen dessert idea gets the Babcock test

Visitors to Babcock Hall’s Sensory Evaluation Lab had a rare opportunity earlier this month: a chance to taste a student-designed frozen dessert before it’s judged by food product development experts at the 2012 Institute of Food Technologists conference in Nevada in late June.

New Spanish language service for UW parents

The Parent Program has launched a new service for Spanish-speaking parents and family members of students, giving it the ability to respond to email inquiries in Spanish. Faculty and staff are encouraged to direct Spanish-language requests they may receive to the service.

Even for driving pros, distractions raise crash risk

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Behind the wheel is no place for texting or fussing with electronic gadgets. An accident can happen in an instant, says driver distraction researcher John Lee, a professor of industrial and systems engineering.      

Buzz

Protect your home wireless network from strangers

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Having Wi-Fi at home is incredibly useful and convenient. However, be aware of the security threats that home wireless technology invites and take additional precautions when you transmit personal information through the airwaves, according to DoIT experts.

Milestones

Wetterneck begins as Medical Society president

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Tosha B. Wetterneck, who cares for patients at UW Hospital and Clinics and is an associate professor of medicine, has been inaugurated as president of the Wisconsin Medical Society. She will serve a one-year term.

Researcher wins Klaus Biemann Medal

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The American Society for Mass Spectrometry has awarded Josh Coon, a professor of chemistry and biomolecular chemistry, its Klaus Biemann Medal for "significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry made by an individual early in his or her career."

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Inside UW switches to summer schedule

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The semester is ending! Inside UW will reduce its regular publication schedule to once per week -- on Tuesdays -- during the summer, through the week of Aug. 14. There will be no issue during the week of May 28. Please continue to send your story ideas and feedback to insideuw@uc.wisc.edu.

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