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Sky’s the limit

Photo: Students looking at Earth on TV screens

From taking an umbrella to work to taking shelter in your basement, it’s always best to be prepared for the weather. So let’s pause for a moment to appreciate the pioneering role UW–Madison has played in modern meteorology. For starters, the first weather satellite was built here. And today, our scientists are helping forecasters in Wisconsin and around the world be more accurate than ever. Find out how they put their research into action — and how it feels to be named The Weather Channel’s Geek of the Week.

Top Stories

VCFA conversations on diversity and inclusion

Photo: Participants at diversity session

A series of conversations among employees under the vice chancellor for finance and administration is taking place across campus over the next two weeks focusing on how to make UW–Madison a more welcoming place for students, faculty, staff and the public. The first such conversation was held Monday.

McArdle’s Bradfield named interim WID director

Photo: Christopher Bradfield

Christopher Bradfield, a UW-Madison professor of oncology, has been appointed interim director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). Bradfield takes the reins from David Krakauer, who is leaving the UW to assume the top leadership role at the Santa Fe Institute.

2015 Commencement Dinner
May 15 & 16

Celebrate with friends and family at your home in the heart of campus – the Fluno Center.
View sample menu and make your reservation today!

Around Campus

Ice Cream Social moved to Birge Hall

Photo: Ice cream being scooped into dish

The annual Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social, set for this afternoon beginning at 1, will be moved indoors to Birge Hall due to the rainy weather. Free ice cream will be served until 2:30 or until supplies run out, whichever comes first. Sherbet, custard and dairy-free items will be available upon request.

Two honored with entrepreneurship awards

Photo: W crest

The UW–Madison Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards this year honor a graduate of the Department of Computer Sciences who co-founded the company that’s now WebMD, and a Department of Animal Sciences professor who has turned his patented technologies into startup companies.

Political violence and war crimes examined

Graphic: Letter H

An artist who confronts political violence and a war crimes journalist spoke at the Humanities Without Boundaries series, which brings conversation with thinkers, artists, writers and activists who are radically engaged with questions of what it means to be human.

World premiere expresses feelings about extinction

Illustration: Passenger pigeon

Concerned about issues of species extinction, music Professor Laura Schwendinger is collaborating with a string quartet and a French animator on “Creature Quartet,” a work about endangered, extinct or mythological creatures that will have its world premiere at the Wisconsin Union Theater Friday at 8 p.m.

Outside UW

Linguist opens doors to Wisconsin’s Amish communities

Photo: Amish buggies

For German Professor Mark Louden, translation isn't just about language. Through outreach with Wisconsin's Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities, Louden is working to break down stereotypes of these misunderstood groups — and build bridges between the state's cultures in the process.

Inside Info

Athletes need a good night’s sleep

Photo: Man sleeping on pillow

Athletes striving to achieve peak results often look to what’s going on during the day, such as workout routines and diet, to see if they can make performance-improving changes. But those who want to run faster or jump higher or generally play better may want to examine what they’re doing at night.

Make 8 Great — Vote Now

The Eighth Edition of The Red Shirt™ is up for a vote. Choose your favorite design. Vote by May 17. The fate of Badger fashion is in your hands.


Digital Media Center to close; consultations continue

Photo: Video camera on tripod

Due to a realignment of resources, the Digital Media Center (DMC) will close on May 22. The DMC has long served the campus with poster printing, media conversion, equipment rental and media consultations. Consultations will continue to be provided through DoIT Academic Technology.


Water@uwmadison will highlight campus research

Photo: Tree along Lake Wingra shore

Did you know that UW-Madison has more than 100 faculty and scientists involved in water-related research and scholarship? At a symposium next Monday, May 11, nearly half of them — spanning biological, physical and social sciences, arts and the humanities — will highlight their work.

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