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Badgers capitol-ize

Photo: UW Day at the Capitol

Fans chanting “Badgers, Badgers!” can often be heard at the Kohl Center, but on Wednesday the refrain could be heard in the halls of the State Capitol as UW basketball players Josh Gasser and Nigel Hayes stopped in for a visit. While many were dazzled by the star student-athletes, the research on display during UW-Madison Day at the Capitol also amazed many visitors. The event, sponsored and organized by University Relations, filled the Capitol Rotunda with red as dozens of legislators and staff and hundreds of members of the public streamed through the displays.

Top Stories

Legislative Fiscal Bureau says revenue will be flat

Photo: Joint Finance Committee sign

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau says that while 2014-15 tax collections may exceed earlier estimates, collections for the next two fiscal years are expected to grow more slowly than expected, meaning no extra revenue for the 2015-17 state budget and uncertainty for the size of UW's budget cut. Related: JFC co-chairs will not support public authority.

Sims appointed vice provost and chief diversity officer

Photo: Patrick Sims

Patrick J. Sims, interim vice provost and chief diversity officer since 2013, has been named to the role on a permanent basis. Sims is a professor of theatre and founding director of UW-Madison's Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness. Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf made the announcement Wednesday.

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Around Campus

Union Terrace renovation set for September

Illustration: Architect's drawing of Terrace improvements

While the Union Terrace is regularly maintained to fix small issues, it undergoes a larger renovation about every 20 years. The next one will start September 1, addressing accessibility and pavement issues, and improving the stage to provide enhanced programming for students and visitors.

Multicultural affairs: Changing the world of health care

Photo: Diversity officers

The Office of Multicultural Affairs of the School of Medicine and Public Health works with trainees from groups underrepresented in medical fields to help them enter health care and make a difference in the world. Its goal is to foster a diverse workforce that, in turn, will help reduce health care disparities.

Outside UW

Qatar looks to Wisconsin for asphalt expertise

Illustration: Highway intersection in Qatar

The small but wealthy nation of Qatar is on course to build an entirely new transportation infrastructure in less than a decade. To make sure its swiftly growing network of roads can withstand the extreme climate conditions of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar is working with a UW-Madison engineering professor.

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Jing Li: Championing hardware in a big-data world

Photo: Jing Li

As the computing field builds programs and machines to take on ever more demanding workloads, "the emphasis is all in the software domain," says new engineering Assistant Professor Jing Li, "but hardware is ultimately the foundation.” Li, a former researcher at IBM, wants to close that gap.

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Live stream of Blank’s Moynihan lecture available

Photo: Rebecca Blank

A live stream will be available at 1:30 this afternoon of Chancellor Rebecca Blank delivering the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture in Washington, D.C. The lecture is given each year by the winner of the Moynihan Prize. Blank will speak on the factors driving American economic competitiveness.

Milestones

Professors win Law and Society Association awards

Photo: Law Building

Spanning legal theory from colonial South Asia to modern day LGBT politics, two law professors have been honored for works published in 2014. The awards are from the Law and Society Association, a leading professional organization for scholars interested in law and the social sciences.

Events

Carillon memorial to commemorate students’ lives

Carillon Tower

The campus will remember UW-Madison students who passed away during the past summer and academic year in a brief ceremony Friday afternoon at 1 at the Carillon Tower. Carillonneur Lyle Anderson will perform portions of individual musical selections. A moment of silence will follow.

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