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Big data, big partnership

Photo: Ming Yuan

To statistician Ming Yuan, the challenge of dealing with big data reminds him of the Indian fable in which six blind men touch one part of an elephant and reach narrow conclusions about the nature of the animal. “All of the data we study is just one facet of a very big object,” says Yuan. Yuan is in a good position to explore the complete picture as a professor in the Department of Statistics and a full investigator with the Morgridge Institute for Research. The department and institute partnered on the unique hire this year.

Top Stories

SMPH earns national award for community service

Urban, rural, and everything in between: the numerous outreach and community service projects and programs undertaken by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) have earned the school the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Video: Partners In Giving gives back to community

Photo: volunteer reading book to child

Have you donated to this year's Partners in Giving Campaign? Chancellor Rebecca Blank talks about the importance of your support for local, state, national and international charitable organizations. Make your mark and consider making your donation today.

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 noon!

Around Campus

UWPD: Updates on crime-related communications

Since the beginning of the school year, you’ve likely noticed an increase in communications related to crime on and near campus. This is part of UWPD's continued effort to keep campus informed about recent incidents, and comply with federal law. Learn more about the types of information.

First Book Award supports junior faculty

Historian Emily Callaci and German scholar Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge are the winners of the First Book Award for junior faculty, presented by the Center for the Humanities. The goal of the award is to turn promising manuscripts into first-rate books.

Outside UW

UW shares eco-fruit growing strategies

Photo: apples

Apple growers wanted to find the best way to grow apples. Agricultural scientists wanted to reduce pesticide use. These groups, starting with different objectives, found a solution that benefited them both: eco-fruit farming. The Eco-Fruit Program is a collaboration between UW-Madison and apple growers around Wisconsin.

Inside Info

Runners education: Winter running

As fall races like the Madison Marathon are nearly upon us, it is important to remember that like all sports, running has three seasons: pre-season, in-season and post-season. Your off-season training program is the optimal time to restore balance to your body and improve your running performance.

China re-photography exhibit

Two photographers, separated by 100 years, capture environmental, economic and cultural change in western China. Photo exhibit runs through November; opening events Nov. 7.


Two honored for advancing status of UW women

Lynn Edlefson of the Office of Child Care and Family Resources and Steve Cramer, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, are the recipients of this year’s Women's Philanthropy Council (WPC) Champion Awards. Each will have the opportunity to designate a $5,000 grant to a campus initiative benefitting women.

Charo honored for Institute of Medicine service

Professor R. Alta Charo has been honored for her service to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Charo received the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal, an award given to a non-physician member who has made extensive contributions to IOM, through service on its boards, committees and forums.  

In the Media

Mills Library and a menagerie of music

Mills Library made an appearance in a recent New York Times article, “A Menagerie of Music Lives in a Box,” about the release of a Paramount Records boxed set featuring 800 songs. Paramount Records was a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Chair Company, which crafted phonographs in need of records.


UW philosophers tackle contemporary issues

Poster for marriage equality talk

In an effort to promote the Wisconsin Idea, the UW-Madison Philosophy Department sponsors a lecture series entitled "UW Philosophers Tackle Contemporary Issues." On Nov. 7, department chair Russ Shafer-Landau will continue the series with "On Marriage Equality" at 7 p.m. in 1100 Grainger.

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