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A new mission

Photo: Jake Wood with Haitian girl

UW-Madison graduate Jake Wood left the Marines as a decorated veteran and faced a big decision: what’s next? “It was really that feeling that I was going to never do anything again in my life that was going to be so purposeful,” Wood says. When a massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, he made his choice. That moment was the origin of Team Rubicon, an organization that mobilizes volunteers — mostly veterans — to help in the hours, days and weeks after earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and other natural disasters.

Top Stories

Funds provided for merit- and market-based raises

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UW-Madison will provide funds for merit- and market-based salary adjustments for some employees this academic year. The funding aims to recognize strong performance, support faculty and staff who are in high demand elsewhere and address compensation imbalances. It does not provide across-the-board raises.

UWPD officers using Body Worn Cameras

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UW-Madison Police Department officers are now using Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for all contacts with the general public "to ensure the best possible customer service on behalf of our officers." The cameras can also assist the department with cases, disputes and complaints that need investigation.

Plan Ahead for your Spring Commencement Celebration

Event spaces are still available but going fast! Contact us today for reservations to celebrate this proud UW tradition. Kristh Meredith, 608.441.7108 kmeredith@fluno.com.

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Around Campus

Student veterans balance hard-earned skills, blending in

Photo: Sam Soderberg

Sam Soderberg is one of hundreds of military veterans attending UW-Madison. Their needs are not always understood by those who haven’t served. That’s where John Bechtol and Joe Rasmussen come in. Veterans themselves, they staff the Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center.

Words Count: A Rantum Scoot through DARE

Photo: Wood carving of a bittern

A bittern by any name looks striking in bird's eye maple. This sculpture is one of a collection of objects representing terms catalogued by the Dictionary of American Regional English, along with statistics on each spoken variant. The exhibit, dubbed a "rantum scoot," can be viewed online or at Memorial Library.  

Barbara Nichols advocates nursing diversity

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Barbara Nichols, the School of Nursing's 2015 Littlefield Leadership Lecturer, called for more leadership opportunities for nurses of color. Nichols, the first black president of the American Nurses Association, challenged other nurse leaders in the audience to strive for greater diversity within the nursing workforce.  

Outside UW

Center helps special needs families regain coverage

Photo: Stethoscope on health insurance form

The parents of children born with disabilities were devastated when state health insurance coverage for vital therapies was being dropped. So they contacted the UW's Center for Patient Partnerships, which helped them develop an advocacy strategy that won a rare victory in a year of health insurance cuts.

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Adamczyk making strides toward advanced prostheses

Photo: Peter Adamczyk

The split-second after you start to stumble determines whether your walk continues uninterrupted or leads directly to a hospital bed. Peter Adamczyk would prefer to keep you on your feet. Adamczyk, who joined the College of Engineering this fall as an assistant professor, studies the biomechanics of walking.

Will Democracy Survive
the Sex Bureaucracy?

Jeannie Suk, Harvard Law Professor, tackles this bureaucratic turn. Free talk from the Center for the Humanities, Thurs. Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m.

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In Memoriam

Inspiring researcher Craig Schuff dies

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Craig Schuff, a Ph.D. candidate who was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2011 diving accident, died in October, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. “He did all the work. He was an incredible kid, extremely focused. He had to be,” said emeritus engineering Professor Gerald Kulcinski.

In the Media

John Hawks describes find on Whad’Ya Know

Photo: Homo naledi hand reconstruction

Anthropologist John Hawks told fascinating stories on Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? of how really skinny spelunkers discovered the fossils of homo naledi, the species that expanded the human family tree. How did he learn so much from the bones? "You have to science the crap out of it," Hawks explained.

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