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‘Servants by heart’

Photo: Joe Rasmussen

Joe Rasmussen, veteran services and GI Bill benefits coordinator for UW-Madison, knew he wanted to help veterans, having served in the Marines working on weapons systems of F-18 fighter aircraft. And Rasmussen, who completed the UW's Master of Social Work (MSW) program in 2012, is not alone. Social work is an increasingly popular choice for veterans returning to graduate school — just under 20 percent of graduate students receiving veterans benefits at UW-Madison are pursuing a master’s degree in the field.

Top Stories

Blank seeks transparency with Budget in Brief

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To make the UW-Madison budget more transparent, Chancellor Rebecca Blank has released the Budget in Brief — a 20-page booklet detailing the campus's revenues and spending. Related: Chancellor's budget outreach to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Researchers link basic science to economic success

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Steve Ackerman, associate vice chancellor for research in the physical sciences, wants to help the economy thrive through commer-cialization of discoveries. But in response to questions about the relevance of research, there's also a strong argument for expanding the field of knowledge, he tells the Cap Times.

Faculty & Staff Apple Appreciation Event
November 21

Purchase select iPad and Mac models and get a $50 or $100 Tech Store gift card. Quantities limited. Pre-order required to guarantee product availability.

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Around Campus

WisCEL invites collaboration on active learning courses

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The Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL) is inviting faculty and staff interested in teaching active learning and technology-enhanced courses to apply for space during the fall 2015 semester. WisCEL serves 55 courses and more than 4,500 undergraduate students this academic year.

Cutting-edge master’s program to launch next fall

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A new UW-Madison professional master’s program, Resource and Energy Demand Analysis, will train students to evaluate the massive amounts of data being gathered by “smart devices” and work toward high-tech energy conservation. It's the only training program of its kind in the U.S.

Interdisciplinary Research Competition opens

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The Spring Interdisciplinary Research Competition is opens to applicants Dec. 1. The emphasis will be on innovative interdisciplinary scholarship that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more divisions or bodies of specialized knowledge.

Outside UW

Partnership offers culturally relevant science

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A CALS initiative is engaging Native American kids in science by integrating indigenous knowledge into teaching and learning. The students are participating in a pilot curriculum with the mission of helping prepare Native American students for bioenergy and sustainability-related studies and careers.

Inside Info

Making sense of nutrition information

Photo: Laptop computer with pizza on its display

It seems like every week, the media is filled with stories about diets or supplements that can help you live longer and healthier (or not). Whether it's coffee, red wine, red meat or carbs, it can be confusing to know how to maintain a healthy diet.

WARF Essential Topics

Commercializing campus-produced software. Part II: Copyright, authorship, ownership and open source licensing. Thurs., Nov. 13, Discovery Building.

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Buzz

DoIT asks: Why aren’t we voting online?

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The smoke has cleared from last week's election. Still, a question that popped up this election cycle went unanswered. Is the U.S. ready for online voting? Would you trust your cellphone with your ballot? A DoIT expert says it may be coming — but don't hold your breath just yet.

In the Media

Art professor finds inspiration in surprising places

Photo: Tom Loeser

The State Journal profiles art professor Tom Loeser, a renowned art-furniture maker. He specializes in furniture with quirky formations — sometimes using materials from woodpiles or the curb. He's also the lone professor in the UW's wood/furniture program, adding, "I'm the shop tech and the janitor."

Events

Friday event to discuss, highlight MOOCs

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UW faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend presentations on Massive Open Online Courses Friday at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The presentations will define MOOCs and highlight their use at the UW. Related: New MOOCs website launches.

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