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The disease detective

Photo: Tony Goldberg and team in a stream

From the forests of Uganda to the suburbs of Chicago, Tony Goldberg has spent decades tracking down pathogens. Once, he returned from Africa with (ick!) a tick lodged in his nose, but the annoyance led to insights into how disease can spread from chimps to humans. Goldberg has studied West Nile in Illinois and “Fishbola” in Wisconsin. He has discovered viruses that threaten our health, economy and quality of life. “Our goal,” he says, “is to catch emerging diseases in the early stages so that we can contain them.”

Top Stories

Chancellor touts student stories, statistics

Photo: Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank looks back on the just-ended semester with a nod to student achievements. Two in particular stand out, she says: a PEOPLE program participant who promoted equity and diversity, and a 40-something grad who went to college after 20 years as a blue-collar worker.

Phillips will head admissions office

Photo: Andre Phillips

André E. Phillips has been named director of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Phillips has worked in the office since 2011, first as senior associate director and, since August 2016, as interim director. He will serve as the chief designer of local, national and international recruitment strategy.

Schutt will be new leader at WAA

Photo: Sarah Schutt

Sarah Schutt has been named chief alumni officer and executive director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, succeeding Paula Bonner. Schutt has worked for 25 years in higher education, nearly all of it at UW–Madison. She has served in a number of roles on campus and at WAA.

Advisory committee to review student services structure

Photo: Bascom Hall

UW-Madison has been a leader in the delivery of student services and creating a life-changing experience for students. To review the delivery of student services and ensure that the university’s structure is positioned to meet future challenges, Chancellor Rebecca Blank has created an ad hoc advisory committee.

The best tech deals of the year are today!

Stop into the DoIT Tech Store today for one day only savings on select Mac and iPad models, Payroll Deduction, and much more!

Around Campus

Foundation awards more than $300,000 to UW programs

Photo: Aerial view of Bascom Hill

The Capital Times’ charitable arm, the Evjue Foundation, is awarding $322,500 in grants to 30 programs at UW–Madison. The recipients include the Odyssey Project, UW-Madison Libraries, Center for the Humanities, Morgridge Center for Public Service, and many other UW-affiliated units.

Center to study improving students’ career readiness

Photo: Student performing maintenance on an experiment

The new Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions will give voice to students, particularly those from marginalized populations, who are usually subjects rather than active participants in debates about college-to-work pathways. The center will hold its first symposium May 22.  

Newer faculty members learn about teaching and learning

Photo: Teaching and learning program graduates

Eighteen assistant professors graduated recently from the Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence program. The two-semester mentorship program aims to improve learning by helping early-career faculty become fast, efficient, effective and satisfied starters in teaching.

Rawjee is new leader for international students office

Photo: Roopa Rawjee

Roopa Rawjee will be the new director of International Student Services (ISS) in the Division of Student Life. Roopa will provide leadership on immigration regulations, transition, support and education of UW-Madison’s nearly 6,000 international students and their dependents.

Introducing...

Bucky as an art form will adorn campus, community

Bucky on Parade is a free public art event that will bring over 100 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County in spring 2018. Local and regional artists will transform the statues into works of art, which will be on display from May through September.

What do Wisconsin’s children need? Experts like you!

Let’s work to improve early development for all of Wisconsin’s children. Join childhood experts from across the state June 2 for the Prenatal to Five Summit.

Milestones

Honors for staff who work with students

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The Madison Student Personnel Association recognized the work of eight employees who work in student services. Founded in 1956, the SPA exists to create connections among people who work with students to support, enhance and reinforce the university’s learning mission.

Venturelli is named a Shaw Scientist

Photo: Ophelia Venturelli

Ophelia Venturelli, an assistant professor of biochemistry, is one of two researchers in the UW System to earn seed funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist Program to pursue innovative approaches to advancing human health while supporting their career development.

Goldsmith cited for early-career teaching and research

Photo: Randall Smith

Randall Goldsmith, an assistant professor of chemistry, is among the 13 U.S. early-career faculty members in the chemical sciences to win a 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Goldsmith's research group works to develop methods to examine the behavior of individual molecules during chemical reactions.

Events

Dream team supporting Berquam in Komen race

Photo: Lori Berquam

The Dean's Dream Team will be running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Saturday in honor of Dean of Students Lori Berquam, who announced in April that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. You can make a donation online.

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