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Glass act

Photo: Torch heating glass tube

In a lab built around tools and techniques that are more than a century old, Tracy Drier performs miracles of construction and reconstruction. When someone in the Chemistry Department breaks a piece of glassware, Drier and his panoply of torches and specialized equipment are ready to make a fix that can't be detected by an untrained eye. "I can work from arm waving," Drier says. "I help translate arm waving onto paper and into glass." Read more | Watch video

Top Stories

Union Terrace preview set for graduation weekend

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Most of the Memorial Union Terrace will temporarily reopen May 12-15 for Commencement activities. All but a small portion of the Terrace in front of Der Rathskeller will open for students, Union members and their guests, faculty and staff. Construction will resume the following week.  

Major change proposed in who’s considered hourly

Photo: "W" crest on Kohl Center

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed increasing the salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act. FLSA, the law that governs minimum wage, overtime, and child labor protections, requires overtime com-pensation for employees who are covered by the law, for all hours worked over 40 in a week.

Friday the 13th is your lucky day at the DoIT Tech Stores

One-day only! On Friday, May 13, get $100 off Macs, $50 off iPads, treats all day, and more at the DoIT Tech Stores.

Around Campus

Twelve professors receive Romnes Faculty Fellowships

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Twelve promising young members of the faculty have been honored with Romnes Faculty Fellowships. Romnes awards recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. Winners receive an unrestricted $50,000 award for research, supported by WARF.

UW-Madison’s reputation among academics goes up

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UW-Madison has risen in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, placing 35th this year — up from 38th last year. The World Reputation Rankings 2016 employ the world's largest invitation-only academic opinion survey, based on the judgment of senior, published academics.

Wallmann inspires young jazz artists

Photo: Johannes Wallmann

Johannes Wallmann is not the kind of guy who likes to rise at 6 a.m. As a UW-Madison jazz professor and pianist, he puts in late hours at rehearsals and concerts with college students and performing at local jazz clubs. But when it comes to encouraging young musicians, he doesn’t hesitate to set his alarm.

Outside UW

Helping the school garden movement grow

Photo: Children looking at vegetable garden

Spring is in the air and gardens are on our minds — so why not school gardens? “We know that children are much more likely to both try and like fresh fruits or vegetables that they help grow or harvest in the garden,” says Nathan Larson, who helped launch the Wisconsin School Garden Network.

Campus Initiatives

Administrative teams win improvement award

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Five teams that shaped improvements leading to better service delivery, efficiency, use of technology and campus sustainability have been selected to receive UW–Madison’s 2016 Administrative Improvement Award for their work supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration.

Inside Info

Advice on maintaining your lawn from a grass expert

Photo: Man on riding lawn mower in yard

Dreaming of a lush, green lawn? Bruce Schweiger of the UW Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab in Madison offered some tips on Channel 3's Live at Four. And here's good news for those of you who aren't exactly yearning to do yard work: "We over-maintain our lawns," Schweiger says.

Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale

Join us Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Choose from hundreds of species and get advice from experts.

Events

Washburn to open for safe viewing of Mercury transit

Photo: Washburn Observatory

On Monday, the planet Mercury will make a rare transit of the sun and (weather permitting) Washburn Observatory will be opened to the public for safe viewing of the event. A planetary transit is analogous to a solar eclipse, but unlike the moon, planets can never completely block the sun.

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