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Keeping construction on track

The construction of new buildings, renovation of older buildings and the reconstruction of much of the university’s utilities infrastructure has made hard hats a familiar sight across campus. But all of the construction doesn’t happen without careful planning, mountains of details and experts such as  FP&M's Julie Grove, pictured above, to help make the projects run like clockwork.

Top Stories

Bob Lavigna: Update on HR Design

Photo: Robert Lavigna

Bob Lavigna, UW–Madison director of human resources, provides an update on the HR Design Strategic Plan and clarification on some of the plan's important elements. Academic staff and faculty governance groups are expected to vote on the plan in coming days.

Benefits open enrollment ends Friday

Photo: employee benefits fair

Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 2, is the last day to make changes to your health insurance and other major benefit plans for 2013 during the annual open enrollment period. Find the latest information here.

2012 UW Energy Summit

Missed the conference on Tuesday? Don’t miss the conversation. Use #uwenergy12 for track the conversation and check this Storify piece for an overview of topics discussed.

Around Campus

Science writer David Dobbs to visit campus

Author and science journalist David Dobbs will be visiting UW–Madison during the week of Nov. 4 as the 2012 fall Science Writer in Residence. He will give a free public lecture, "Working the Mystery: How to Write Real about Genes, Mind, Science, and Culture," at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Memorial Union.

Friends Fall Book Sale starts Nov. 7

Photo: Book sale

If you love books, you won't want to miss the Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries Fall Book Sale, Wednesday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 10.

Inside Info

School lunch: the healthy eating balancing act

Photo: lunch box

Many schools are introducing healthier choices into their lunch menus, but dietitians say the best choice of all may be packing a lunch at home — which isn't always practical. So, what's a parent to do? Here are some tips from UW Health.


Meet Sara McKinnon

Photo: Sara McKinnon

Sara McKinnon ponders home and hospitality, but not in the Martha Stewart vein. A scholar of transnational feminist theory and intercultural rhetoric, McKinnon, an assistant professor of communication arts, examines what happens when women fleeing persecution in their own countries seek asylum in the west.

In Memoriam

Campus historian John Jenkins dies

John W. Jenkins, who documented UW–Madison’s history as co-author of a widely acclaimed book series, died on Oct. 23. “John was obsessed with getting things right, but also with exploding myths,” says Eric Olmanson, who took over the University History Project after Jenkins retired.

In the Media

What political kids pick up at home

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Do politically aware young people follow in their parents' partisan footsteps? Some evidence says yes, but that may be changing, UW experts tell the Wisconsin State Journal. Take a closer look, and read tips from Curriculum and Instruction professor Diana Hess on talking to your kids about politics. (At bottom, registration may be required.)


‘Fallout’ exhibit follows Go Big Read theme

"Fallout" is an exhibition of artifacts focusing on subjects such as the early use of X-rays, hazards of working with radiation, the military use of X-rays, the history of tanning, a UW connection with Marie Curie, bomb shelters in the 1960s, and more. It begins Nov. 1 in the Historical Reading Room at the Ebling Library.

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