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New path to Native health

An innovative partnership between UW-Madison and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is drawing on Native culture, from birch bark canoe building to traditional winter games such as snow-snake throwing, to promote public health. The tribe's work recently won a national prize that will enable it to scale up its efforts.

Top Stories

UW police chiefs voice opposition to campus carry

The UW System's 13 campus police chiefs have written state legislators voicing their opposition to a proposal to allow concealed weapons on Wisconsin campuses. The chiefs cited research showing that such laws are associated with an increase in violence, rather than a decrease.

Student debt rises, remains below average

Photo: graduation cap on pile of money

For those UW-Madison students who borrow to pay for school, the average debt load rose by about 4 percent in 2014-15. The number of students graduating with debt dropped slightly. The university's new comprehensive campaign aims to boost student aid.

Give a little, change a lot through Partners in Giving

The annual Partners in Giving campaign changes lives locally and around the world through the generous gifts of UW and state employees. The goal for this year is to increase the number of donors by 5 percent. Here's how to help.

Tudor Holiday Dinner Concerts

Fine dining, old English pageantry and choral presentations by Madison’s Philharmonic Chorus. Join in the warmth and history of this Wisconsin Union event.

Around Campus

Cows are ‘texting’ their metrics to farmers

Photo: Holstein cow

Texting cows? Well, sort of, says Douglas Reinemann, a UW-Madison professor and UW-Extension milking equipment specialist. Modern communication systems allow dairy farmers to monitor the health, milk yield, movement and other metrics of cows by cell phone. Hooves-free, of course.

‘Queen of Green’ boosts sustainability at UW Health

Photo: Shannon Bunsen

If you get her on the topic of eco-friendly anything, she can talk enthusiastically for days. She's Shannon Bunsen, the UW Health sustainability program coordinator and chair of its Environmental Sustainability Committee. Bunsen has been initiating efforts to reduce UW Health's ecological footprint.

Greenler owns muddy boots, knows value of inquiry

John Greenler and his team at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center connect hundreds of science educators and students with scientists whose research explores today’s energy-related challenges.

Outside UW

Ethiopians look to Madison’s bicycle-friendly culture

When the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, looked for a way to reclaim its bicycling culture, it turned to UW-Madison. Bahir Dar is a lot like Madison — a university city on a lake, where many people favor riding bikes to school, to work and for pleasure. What it doesn't have are roads made safe for bikes.

Inside Info

Great American Smokeout is today

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Will this finally be the year you kick the habit? The American Cancer Society's annual Great American Smokeout is today. UW Health says the best way to quit is whatever works for you, and there's plenty of help along the way. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW will help you develop a plan.

Get Cooking with iBamboo

Bring the power and convenience of the iPad into the kitchen with iBamboo cutting boards with shield screen, iPad and knife storage. Available at the DoIT Tech Stores.


Popular Mechanics cites Ma’s work as ‘breakthrough’

Photo: Jack Ma

Zhenqiang "Jack" Ma's work in developing an environmentally friendly microchip is among 15 'breakthrough' inventions honored by Popular Mechanics. The microchip offers a landfill-friendly alternative to microchips that contain rare, expensive or harmful elements such as silicon, gold, gallium and arsenic.

In the Media

UW-Madison can help displaced Oscar Mayer workers

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The UW can help the 1,000 soon-to-be displaced Oscar Mayer workers land on their feet, Division of Continuing Studies Dean Jeffrey Russell writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Free career and educational planning are available, offering practical advice to job seekers.

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