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Finding Private Gordon

Photo: tinted photo of Pvt. Gordon in uniform, saluting

On Aug. 13, 1944, German soldiers retreating from a U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol in Normandy blew up an armored car. Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, a 28-year-old Canadian enlistee, likely died in the explosion and fire. Nearly 70 years later, Gordon remains among the more than 73,000 members of the U.S. military listed as missing during World War II. As Veterans Day approaches, a Middleton man and the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center’s DNA Sequencing Facility hope to end that mystery and provide some closure for Gordon’s Canadian family.

Top Stories

Searching for the next provost

Photo: Paul DeLuca

A committee to help select the next provost has begun its work, with a successor to Paul M. DeLuca Jr. expected to be in place sometime during the spring semester. DeLuca, who has served as provost since 2009, announced in June that he will return to the faculty.

Research park veteran to be interim director

Photo: researcher working at University Research Park

With last Friday's retirement of longtime University Research Park Director Mark Bugher, associate director Greg Hyer is assuming the role of interim director of the successful, 260-acre park on the West Side of Madison. A national search for a new director will be completed next year.

Grad Students!

The annual Virginia Horne Henry competition is open. Apply for a fellowship or grant funds related to women’s physical education and movement.

Around Campus

Science writer in residence visiting week of Nov. 11

Siri Carpenter, an editor at the popular science magazine Discover, will visit UW as Science Writer in Residence Nov. 11-15. Carpenter is a senior editor at Discover magazine and co-founder and co-editor of The Open Notebook, an online publication dedicated to the craft of science journalism.

Demanding, beloved legal studies prof Katele retires

Irene Katele’s students rave about her engaging, dynamic lectures, her passion for her course material and her commitment to those in her classes. She retired in May on her doctor’s advice after serving as the associate director of UW-Madison’s Legal Studies Program since 2002.

Inside Info

How can you help someone who has cancer?

Photo: Lisa McGuffrey

Lisa McGuffey of the UW Carbone Cancer Center delivers psychological services to oncology patients in all phases of treatment. She offers suggestions for how to help someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Related: Nursing professor Kristine Kwekkeboom receives a grant to test an inter-vention for patients receiving chemotherapy.


Six receive Fulbright awards for doctoral research

Graphic: Department of Education logo

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 2013 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad awards to six doctoral students from UW–Madison. They will use their Fulbright fellowships to conduct research abroad for periods of six to 12 months.

Ratner-Rosenhagen wins historical book prize

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Merle Curti Associate Professor of History, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 John H. Dunning Prize for her book "American Nietzsche: A History of An Icon and His Ideas." The prize is awarded biennially by the American Historical Association.

In Memoriam

Famed chef, UW alum Charlie Trotter dies at 54

Photo: Charlie Trotter in chef's uniform

Chicago restaurateur and UW alumnus Charlie Trotter, who died Tuesday, worked one of his first restaurant jobs at The Monastery in Madison, where he dressed in monk garb as a bartender and waiter. A political science major who graduated in 1982, Trotter delivered the winter commencement address here in 2001.


What’s behind the blank stare of a teenage boy?

What goes on behind the blank stares of teenage boys? What are they think­ing when they roll their eyes when adults speak? Ros­alind Wise­man, a par­ent­ing expert whose book inspired the pop­u­lar film, “Mean Girls,” will speak at a UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies con­fer­ence Nov. 15. She relates com­mon themes about the social hier­ar­chies and the unwrit­ten rules of boys’ lives.

Pulitzer winner to explore journalism in digital age

Steve Coll, the new dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will be on campus on Monday, Nov. 11, to deliver a talk on "Journalism in the Digital Age." His lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center.

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