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One for the books

Go Big Read has a history of going big. Among the campus common-reading program's past selections, one author went on to win a Nobel Prize, another a Pulitzer, and still another's book is soon to be a major motion picture. To this literary list, GBR will add J.D. Vance's "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” — his much discussed, best-selling account of growing up in the Rust Belt of Ohio and escaping generations of poverty.

Top Stories

Research universities urge support for partnership

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Chancellor Rebecca Blank was among members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) voting unanimously to adopt a statement about the importance of the research partnership with the federal government. Related: How science fares in the federal budget deal.

Sims reports on diversity and inclusion efforts

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A year after passing a resolution to support cultural competency as part of professional development, the Faculty Senate heard Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims provide an update Monday on the status of diversity and inclusion efforts. Related: Task force announced for climate survey.

Call for Posters

The Wisconsin ADRC invites researchers to submit poster abstracts on topics pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Deadline: Friday, June 2

Around Campus

UW works to reverse decline in research rankings

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What can be done to improve the UW's standing in national research rankings? The university has taken some concrete steps and is weighing others, says Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick. Despite slipping out of the top five, Mailick says, "We have a lot to be proud of."

Education honor society chapter forms

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Education Professor Carl Grant was teaching middle school in Chicago when he first heard about Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. On May 4, UW-Madison will establish a new chapter of KDP, whose members include students, educators, administrators and researchers.

Badger Promise would have been a ‘godsend’

Photo: Kim Krautkramer

If the Badger Promise had been in effect when she was an undergrad, Kim Krautkramer says she could have focused more on her studies and less on making ends meet. The proposal would provide a tuition break for qualifying first-generation college students transferring here from a two-year campus.

Campus Initiatives

Volunteers needed to make move-out sustainable

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As over 7,400 students prepare to move out of their residence halls, University Housing is asking for volunteers to help residents say goodbye sustainably to items they no longer need. Volunteers might staff a recycling site, assist with sorting items, or even deconstruct unusable futons.

Inside Info

Schedule time for a scoop on May 15

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All faculty and staff are invited to gather on Bascom Hill for the annual Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social Monday, May 15, beginning at 1 p.m. Free Babcock Hall ice cream, including a first — lactose-free vanilla — will be served until 2:30, unless supplies run out earlier.

Milestones

Global Health Awards cross disciplines

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Drawing on expertise from schools and colleges across campus, the 2017 UW-Madison Global Health Institute grant recipients showcase the breadth of disciplines needed to ensure health for all — from infectious diseases to economics, dairy science to biochemistry to medicine.

Events

Black Cultural Center grand opening tomorrow

Photo: Karla Foster at Black Cultural Center

The university’s Black Cultural Center, located on the first floor of the Red Gym, will mark its grand opening on Wednesday. Festivities throughout the day will include drop-in events and gatherings that celebrate the contributions of black culture to the Wisconsin Experience.

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