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Cybersecurity gap

Illustration: Padlock in front of circuit board

In a time when security breaches of household name corporations regularly make headlines and complicate lives, learning basic cybersecurity tactics is surprisingly not on the front burner at most universities. The Software Assurance Marketplace housed at the Morgridge Institute for Research has been working to address this skills gap through a unique partnership that offers a national model for integrating cybersecurity into the curriculum.

Top Stories

Campus offers dozens of ideas to improve climate

Photo: W crest

In March, Chancellor Blank challenged the campus community to think broadly and creatively about ways to make UW-Madison more welcoming to all. In response, faculty, staff and students submitted more than 100 proposals – among the ideas are academic courses, social and cultural programming, and campus dialogues. View them.

Student financial aid director finalists announced

Photo: graduation cap on pile of money

Two finalists for the position of director of student financial aid have been invited for campus visits starting tomorrow. The candidates are Nicholas Prewett, director of financial aid at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Susan M. Teerink, director of financial aid at Marquette University.

ROTC graduates commissioned as officers

Family members help with a pinning ceremony as graduates from UW-Madison's ROTC-Army, Navy and Air Force units participant in an officer commissioning ceremony at Gordon Dining and Event Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on May 14, 2016. Pictured from left to right are Army Second Lieutenant Josh. J Blusko of Mosinee, Wis; Navy Ensign Benjamin N. Fritz of Lakeville, Minn; and Air Force Second Lieutenant Brianna N. Hendrich of West Bend, Wis. The event followed UW-Madison's spring commencement ceremony and formally recognized 37 graduating members as officers in the military. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

On Saturday, military officials honored 34 cadets and midshipmen for completing the ROTC program during their studies at UW-Madison. The graduates are future leaders in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. They will continue their training and disperse throughout the country and the world.  

Around Campus

Then and Now: Pomp and Circumstance

Photo: Graduate at 1991 commencement

Photographer Jeff Miller has spent 25 years looking for the unique moments that make each graduation ceremony distinct. In his monthly "Then and Now" feature, he shows us the one thing that hasn't changed: "the pride and joy on the graduates’ faces as they become Badger alumni forever."

Exploring the unknowns of nanomaterials

Photo: Joel Pedersen in lab

Although so tiny they are invisible, it’s easy to see that nanomaterials are becoming a big thing. Yet there are many unanswered questions about their safety. Soil science Professor Joel Pedersen is part of a research team exploring these unknowns as part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

Matt Desmond praises sociology department

Photo: Matthew Desmond

Matt Desmond, the alum whose book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is this year's Go Big Read selection, can't say enough about the Department of Sociology. "I felt pushed and formed by my many friends and incredible mentors, all taking the Wisconsin Idea very seriously," he says.

Campus Initiatives

Interactive MOOCs: How well did they work?

Photo: Woman holding hunting rifle

Tromping the Wisconsin backcountry with a group of beginning hunters, rifle in hand and snow in your boots, is not the typical massive open online course (MOOC) experience — unless you took a MOOC from UW-Madison in 2015. It was called a "targeted interactive event." Campus leaders analyzed the results.

Introducing...

Building reactors to withstand changing environments

Photo: Adrien Couet

For Adrien Couet, one of the most important questions in nuclear engineering is how we can design materials for nuclear reactors and power plants that will be able to withstand the pressures of an aggressive environment. Couet recently joined the Department of Engineering Physics as an assistant professor.

Buzz

Video: The Class of 2016, in their own words

Graduates put their creativity on display with decorated and Wisconsin-themed mortarboards during UW-Madison's spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on May 14, 2016. The outdoor graduation was attended by approximately 5,600 bachelor's and master's degree candidates and their guests. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Who are they thankful for? Where do they hope to work? What will they remember fondly? What surprised them? And what if they’d known then what they know now? University Communications cameras caught up with members of the Class of 2016 in their final days on campus.

Milestones

Vilas professors and investigators honored

A "W" crest banner hanging on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin is pictured in relation to an out-of-focus view of the Wisconsin State Capitol dome during autumn on Sept. 30, 2010. While the two icons are nearly one mile apart, a telephoto lens was used to create the compressed-perspective view. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Twenty professors were named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award recognizing exceptional scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service. Also honored were Vilas research investigators, including categories for early- and mid-career faculty.

In Memoriam

Meredith Ross taught English, law

Photo: Meredith Ross

Law Professor Meredith Ross, who died in April, attended UW-Madison for graduate school and then taught in the English Depart-ment. She later went to UW Law School and upon graduation became a clinical professor of law. Within several years, she was named director of the Frank J. Remington Center.

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