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Tales from SWAP

Photo: Dishes for sale at SWAP

If surplus is your cup of tea, SWAP is for you. An ever-changing selection of cast-off items from UW–Madison and other government agencies is offered at low, low prices at Surplus With a Purpose, and customers respond in droves. While many of the wares are commonplace, like the bargain plates and cups pictured above, some others are downright bizarre.

Top Stories

Business community weighs in on chancellor search

Local business leaders told the committee charged with finding UW–Madison’s next chancellor that they want a leader for the university who recognizes the opportunities provided by active collaboration with the city and business community.

UW–Madison ranks 4th in research

Photo: Bascom Hall

UW–Madison ranks fourth in the nation in research expenditures for the 2011 fiscal year, according to new figures from the National Science Foundation — down from third place the previous year, but still increasing in value to more than $1.1 billion.

Find the Perfect Holiday Gift at the DoIT Tech Store

Try out the hottest new products and get advice from the tech experts on the perfect gift. Special after hours shopping event at 1210 W. Dayton from 5-8 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 12!

Around Campus

‘Bringing the Universe to Wisconsin’ begins

Photo: IceCube project

It took seven years and an international collaboration of scientists to turn the South Pole ice into the world's largest, most innovative telescope: the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. A new outreach project is now bringing the benefits of this worldwide effort back to its Wisconsin roots.

Wisconsin Idea grants, seminar taking applications

Graphic: Wisconsin Idea logo

Two meaningful ways to advance the Wisconsin Idea are open for applications. The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment offers competitive grants to foster public engagement efforts. And the Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a bus tour highlighting the educational, industrial, social and political realities of Wisconsin.  

Campus Initiatives

Your guide to creating an Educational Innovation plan

While there are numerous outlets to demonstrate innovation here at UW–Madison, focusing on one of five areas may help get you started. For each area, there are Educational Innovation experts able to guide you with the process.

Inside Info

Boost the value of your food-drive donations

Community groups often host food drives to fill local food pantry shelves this time of year. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can enhance the value of your food donations.

Avoid annoying meeting behaviors

Cartoon: talking at meeting

What makes some meetings more effective than others? Well, here are seven things that definitely do not contribute to productivity at the conference table. Do you see yourself or your colleagues on this illustrated list?


Click to support the Odyssey Project

Photo: Emily Auerbach

Every click for Pro­fes­sor Emily Auer­bach on a Godiva Choco­late program's website will help her win a grant to be used edu­cat­ing com­mu­nity adults through the UW’s Odyssey Project. Anyone can click every 24 hours through Dec. 20 to sup­port this Con­tin­u­ing Studies program.


Mobile markets increase access to produce

Photo: Fresh Moves produce bus

Access to fruits and vegetables is something many people take for granted. But for those who live in “food deserts,” it’s an obstacle to healthy eating. Chicago-based Fresh Moves has been working to improve access by providing mobile produce markets. Director Julian Champion will talk about them from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Morgridge Center.  

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