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Move over, beer

Photo: Nick Smith

Wisconsin is known for fermented products like cheese, pickles and beer. Now it’s adding even more to that blossoming list: wine and cider. And the Badger State’s 110 wineries and commercial cider makers have a new resource: Nick Smith. Since he started earlier this year as the university’s first wine and cider outreach specialist, Smith has been traveling the state, meeting Wisconsin’s wine and cider makers. “It’s a growing industry, and it’s going to grow without us,” he says. “But the UW can help it grow better.”

Top Stories

Graduate assistantship stipend policy to change

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UW-Madison plans to implement changes in the policy by which graduate assistantship stipends are set in order to remain competitive in attracting the best possible graduate students across all disciplines and to ensure that graduate students are students first and employees second.

Black Out March raises awareness about race issues

Photo: Protestor speaking into bullhorn

The Black Out March on Thursday night was the beginning of a movement to raise awareness about race issues at the University of Missouri and also in Madison, organizers say. Hundreds of marchers listened to impassioned speakers before making their way from Bascom Hall to the state Capitol.

Gathering pays tribute to Paris attack victims

Photo: Student speaking with microphone

UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Madison community gathered at the French House last night to show solidarity and support for the victims of the attacks in Paris. Participants heard student and faculty speakers and signed a guestbook that will be delivered to the mayor of Paris.

Apple TV: The Perfect Holiday Gift

If it’s worth watching, there’s definitely an app for that. The new Apple TV changes what you expect from your TV.  Available at the DoIT Tech Stores.

Around Campus

Study abroad participation reaches all-time high

Photo: Students in Tiananmen Square

The number of UW-Madison students participating in study abroad has climbed to an all-time high. According to the 2015 Open Doors Report, 2,276 UW-Madison students earned academic credit outside the United States in 2013-14, up from 2,157 the previous year. Italy was the most popular destination.

Tantalus storage ring designated as historic site

Photo: Ed Rowe with storage ring

The world's first dedicated source of synchrotron radiation, an electron storage ring at UW-Madison named Tantalus, has been designated a historic site by the American Physical Society. About the size of a backyard trampoline, the scientific workhorse was the basis for more than 2,000 papers.

Outside UW

Helping educators teach about American Indian nations

Photo: Tribal members in traditional costumes

Twelve American Indian nations call Wisconsin home. Each has its own customs, its own identity, its own story. A new website is helping educators throughout the state tell those stories to students from kindergarten through high school with resources on each of the tribal nations and suggested lesson plans.

Inside Info

Bucky’s Butchery offering holiday ham and prime rib

Photo: Knife slicing ham

Bucky’s Butchery, campus’s own meat shop that’s largely run by CALS animal sciences students, has started taking orders for holiday ham and prime rib. Orders for dry-aged prime rib are due on Friday, Nov. 20 and for other choices Monday, Dec. 7. Orders can be placed by email or at the store.


Matthew Mayrl arrives as chancellor’s chief of staff

Photo: Bascom Hall

Matthew Mayrl, a UW–Madison alumnus with a background in public sector management, has joined Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s office as chief of staff. Mayrl replaces Becci Menghini, who left for a post at the University of North Carolina. Marianne Bird Bear has been filling the position on an interim basis.

In Memoriam

Computer innovator, alumnus Amdahl dies

Photo: Gene Amdahl

UW alumnus Gene Amdahl, a pioneer in computer science, died last week in California at the age of 92. Amdahl, who held a master's in physics and Ph.D. in math and physics from the UW, designed groundbreaking mainframe computer systems for IBM. He later left IBM to build a company to rival it.

In the Media

Daily Cardinal cuts back to two days a week

Image: Front page of Daily Cardinal

The Daily Cardinal will no longer be daily. Editor-in-Chief Jim Dayton tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the 123-year-old publication will publish two days a week and focus more on Web and mobile products. The Badger Herald, which also used to be a daily, continues to publish weekly and online.

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