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Opening up advising

Photo: Wren Singer at door to advising office

For many years, undergraduates consistently rated their satisfaction with UW advising services lower than their counterparts at comparable universities. In 2011, the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA) was established to make some changes. The office’s director, Wren Singer, hopes advisers can shift from “transactions” with students about degree requirements to more holistic conversations. On Wisconsin talked with Singer about her vision of campus advisers becoming much more than the folks who hand out major-declaration forms.

Top Stories

Record grant allows inner-city asthma work to continue

Photo: Young girl using inhaler

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded the School of Medicine and Public Health $70 million for its continuing work on the Inner-City Asthma Consortium. The goal is to reduce the severity of asthma in inner-city children, and to lead research efforts toward preventing it.

OHR reminds campus of winter weather guidelines

Photo: Tractor with snow brush

With winter-like weather returning, the Office of Human Resources is reminding employees about campus inclement weather guidelines. The chancellor or her designee is responsible for determining if classes will be canceled. Colleges, schools and other campus units cannot close on their own.    

Geospatial: Supporting WI’s Communities & Traditions

Don’t miss UW-Madison GIS Day. Free and open to the public. Keynotes/sessions/ exhibits at Union South, Wed. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Around Campus

CALS teams with UWPD to teach healthy cooking

Photo: Officer rolling out homemade pizza dough

While most officers in UWPD forgo the stereotypical coffee-and-donuts breakfast, many struggle with healthy eating. What’s a hungry cop to do? This fall, 18 of them sought the answer by signing up for a hands-on cooking course led by food science instructor Monica Theis.

Interdisciplinary Research Competition opens Dec. 1

Photo: Researcher in rubber gloves with pipette

Inside UW-Madison reported this week that the Interdisciplinary Research Competition was open for applications. Actually, the application period begins Dec. 1. The competition fosters scholarship that comes from two or more divisions or bodies of specialized knowledge.

Interactive map plots Wisconsin’s fatal traffic accidents

Photo: Interactive map plotting alcohol-related fatal accidents in Wisconsin in 2013

The UW's Traffic Operations and Safety Lab, and the Wisconsin DOT have created an interactive map that plots fatal traffic accidents in Wisconsin dating back to 2001. Map data include the locations, dates, number of fatalities and causes of accidents.  

Outside UW

Nanomaterials could lower cost of solar energy

Photo: Mike Arnold

When Mike Arnold thinks about solar energy, he thinks big, as in the “more than one-hundred-million-billion watts of sunlight that the Earth continuously bathes in.” But he also thinks small, exploring how a nanomaterial could reduce the price of producing electricity with solar cells.

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.


Are you still saving things to your hard drive?

Illustration: laptop computers connected to clouds

Remember in grade school when the teacher told you to “get your head out of the clouds?” If only they knew. Cloud data storage has moved pass the buzzword phase and is part of our daily lives. Why? Because saving to your hard drive has always been a risky proposition.


Henry Sapoznik honored for national impact

Photo: Henry Sapoznik

Henry Sapoznik, director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, has been named to the Forward 50 list of "American Jews who have had the most impact on our national story." Spoznik is an award winning author, producer and performer of traditional Yiddish and American music.

In the Media

Family ‘jump-starts’ UW research on eye disease

Photo: David Gamm

The State Journal reports on the research of Waisman Center ophthalmologist David Gamm, and the family who “jump-started” his work. David Walsh raised over $1 million, vowing to cure Usher syndrome after his sons were diagnosed with the disorder that causes blindness.

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