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Mentor magic

Photo: Patrick Heaney holding small tools

When 4-year-old Patrick Heaney broke a plastic sword while play-fighting, he unwittingly showed that materials can always stand improvement. Today, he has spun that insight into NCD Technologies, a Madison startup that is developing a super-hard diamond coating for industrial cutting tools. When NCD finally makes a profit, some of the credit will go to a high-tech, high-touch UW-Madison program called MERLIN Mentors.

Top Stories

UW, WARF announce Discovery to Product partnership

UW-Madison and WARF today announced a major new partnership focused on entrepreneurship. D2P — Discovery to Product — seeks to more effectively cultivate a culture of campus entrepreneurship and better support the formation of new companies.

Classified staff members elect first executive committee

Nine employees have been selected by their peers to serve on UW’s first-ever Classified Staff Executive Committee. More than 1,000 votes were cast, with 92 candidates running. The goal of the committee is to provide shared governance opportunities for classified employees similar to those for academic staff, faculty and students.

Giant TVs at Badger Bash

Join Mike Leckrone and the UW Marching Band for this ultimate tailgate experience at Union South. Be a part of the fun starting at 8:30!

Around Campus

UW-Madison ranks sixth in study abroad

Photo: international flags

UW-Madison ranked sixth among U.S. universities and colleges in the number of students studying abroad in 2011-12 and 22nd in the total number of students hosted, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

Know a great advisor? Nominate them for award

The Office of Undergraduate Advising is accepting nominations through Dec. 20 for its annual awards, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to advising at the university. Staff and faculty award winners will receive up to $2,000 apiece as reimbursement for advising-related professional development.

Campus Initiatives

HR Design invites employees to update sessions

Logo: HR Design project

The next in a series of information sessions updating the campus community on the HR Design project are set for November. Project leaders will discuss the revised timeline and provide information on performance management, the applicant tracking system and classified staff governance.

Inside Info

Fox sightings provide a wild glimpse of nature

Photo: two foxes by drainage grate

There’s a story going around Nancy Nicholas Hall about a professor, teaching with his back to the windows, who was interrupted mid-lecture by his students pulling out their cell phones and taking pictures of a red fox walking along the wall behind the building — one of a number of recent sightings in the Observatory Hill area.


Wheel of thought: Andrews unwinds by unicycling

It’s not every day you see a math professor pedaling through campus on a unicycle. But Uri Andrews finds this balancing act a great way to unwind. After three years as a post-doctoral researcher, Andrews has found the terrain to his liking.


Communication sciences and disorders faculty honored

Three faculty members in UW-Madison’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will receive awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) next month.


Top economic adviser to visit on Nov. 18

Jason Furman, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, will give a free, public lecture on campus on Monday, Nov. 18. The Department of Economics is hosting Furman, who will speak at 5:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. His lecture is titled, “Fiscal Policy: Achievements, Opportunities & Challenges.”


Memories of November, 1963

On campus in November, 1963? For an upcoming story about President John F. Kennedy (pictured here during his 1960 visit to the Field House), Inside UW is looking for faculty and staff who have memories of how campus reacted to his assassination. Share your thoughts.

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