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Waisman welcome

Photo: Waisman Center Children's Theatre performance

For thousands each year, the Waisman Center is more than a place for groundbreaking research. Its Children’s Theatre  provides a welcoming atmosphere for families using the center’s early intervention, educational and outreach resources. “It’s got to be nice knowing that this place isn’t just where you got that scary test; we can say, ‘Here; come have this great experience,’” says Teresa Palumbo of Friends of the Waisman Center. The theatre's final public performance of the year is Sunday.  

Top Stories

Botanical Garden flourishes in the heart of campus

Photo: tulips blooming in Botanical Garden

Historic Chamberlin Hall stands to the left; Lathrop Hall to the right. Buses and bicycles rush along University Avenue by the minute. Quiet, but not forgotten, is the UW-Madison Botanical Garden, a small yet well-traveled green space on campus since 1961.

DARE gets new funding to continue work

Photo: stack of volumes of Dictionary of American Regional English

Last month, the financial picture looked bleak for the Dictionary of American Regional English. But the situation has improved with new on- and off-campus funding that will allow DARE to continue the work of updating the dictionary.

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Around Campus

Free bike repairs, bagels at Discovery building May 13

Photo: man bicycling in traffic

Participants in this year’s Bike to Work Week will find free bike repairs, bagels and coffee at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building on Monday, May 13, from 7 to 9:45 a.m. The commuter station will be the only official stop on campus as part of the annual event.

$10 million project will adapt dairying to climate change

Photo: Holstein dairy cows

Agricultural scientists from across the nation, led by UW-Madison, are embarking on a new five-year, $10 million effort to identify dairy production practices that minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses and will be more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Middle schoolers learn with heart cells

Photo: middle school students studying experiment results

A teaching lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is most likely the only place in the country — if not the world — where adolescent learners conduct real science using the kinds of stem cells on the front lines of modern biology. A group of 12 Madison middle school students recently shared the experience.

Inside Info

Birding 101: How to get started bird watching

Birds on campus do a fantastic job making their presence known each spring, singing and chirping up a storm. Yet casual observers may not realize what a great spot campus is for bird watching — and how easy it is to get started, says Jamie Nack, a wildlife outreach specialist with the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and UW-Extension.

Buzz

SoundWaves combines concerts, science

Photo: trombone player

UW’s new SoundWaves series offers audiences an intellectual smorgasbord, combining science talks with concert performances. On Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the public is invited to the final SoundWaves event of the 2012-13 academic year.  

Milestones

Montana joins states adopting law drafted by Mitchell

Montana has become the third state to enact the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, signed into law April 22 by Gov. Steve Bullock. Professor Thomas Mitchell of the University of Wisconsin Law School, working with the Uniform Law Commission, served as primary drafter of the act.

In the Media

UW puts Madison among top science cities

Photo: aerial view of downtown Madison

Madison frequently makes the list of the top 20 centers for physics, writes Richard Florida in The Atlantic Cities, drawing from a new study published in Nature's Scientific Reports based on citations in American Physical Society journals from 1960 to 2009.

Events

Innovation is theme for teaching and learning event

In the spirit of UW–Madison's Year of Innovation, the 2013 Teaching and Learning Symposium theme is educational innovation: reinvigorating how we teach for the 21st century. Registration is now open for the event, which will be held May 22-23 at Union South.

Interact

What are you looking at? Gordon meeting room

The waves shown on Monday are from sculpted and wavy-wood wall paneling in a meeting room at the Gordon Dining and Event Center. Cynthia Blankenship in the Graduate School was among those who answered correctly. She wins a UW mug.

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