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The peacemakers

Photo: Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng

When a war ends in Africa and leaders finally gather at the peace table, half of humanity is typically missing: women. UW-Madison is hosting a project to explore women’s roles in African peacemaking and see what lessons can be gleaned from their mostly informal initiatives. Peace is much more than the absence of war, says Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng, an activist from Uganda visiting here as part of the project. "Peace is when my child can go to school, when I can put food on my table; it’s about the well-being of humanity.”

Top Stories

Five recognized by national scientific organization

Graphic: AAAS logo

Five faculty members have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Election as an AAAS Fellow is recognition by peers for distinguished contributions to advance science or its applications.

UW-Madison dips in research ranking

The National Science Foundation has released its 2015 Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey data, showing that UW-Madison — while still near the very top of the list at just under $1.1 billion — has slipped from fourth to sixth in the rankings after being in the top five every year since 1972.  

Top 4 police chief candidates to visit campus

Graphic: UW Police logo

The campus community will have opportunities next week to meet and talk with finalists for UW-Madison chief of police. Each of the four candidates will give a presentation and answer questions. They also will meet with police department staff, university leaders, and faculty, staff and student groups.

Around Campus

Reminder for employees of winter weather policy

Photo: Snow-covered Lincoln statue

With cold weather and icy conditions just around the corner, employees should be aware of campus inclement weather guidelines. The chancellor is responsible for determining if classes will be canceled or postponed. Decisions will be based on the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff.

Small business advocate gives funding advice

Photo: Winslow Sargeant

Winslow Sargeant, a UW-Madison alumnus and longtime champion of small business, urged faculty and student engineers in a recent campus appearance to leverage their training across disciplines and strengthen relationships in pursuit of federal funding. "It's better to be at the table than on the menu," Sargeant said.

Outside UW

Awards recognize social entrepreneurship

Photo: John and Tashia Morgridge

Four Wisconsin businesses that merge entrepreneurship, social change and sustainable practices each received a $25,000 “Force for Positive Change Award” Friday, made possible in part by John and Tashia Morgridge. The winners work in the fields of forestry, organics, job training and real estate.

Inside Info

Transitioning through life

Photo: Shilagh Mirgain

Is there really such a thing as a "midlife crisis?" The short answer is no, says UW Health's Shilagh Mirgain, but it’s a myth that has endur-ed partially because we may not manage life's transitions in the best way. Recognizing what's going on and remaining true to ourselves can help us feel excited for what lies ahead.


‘Wonderful Life’ is wonderful live

Photo: Scene from Its a Wonderful Life

University Theatre presents a new twist on the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" in the form of a 1940s-style radio play. Performances at the Ronald F. Mitchell Theatre in Vilas Hall will begin with a preview Thursday, Dec. 1, and opening Friday, Dec. 2.


Student competed for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Photo: Deshawn Mckinney

Deshawn McKinney, a senior majoring in English, made it to the finals of the Rhodes Scholarship competition. Winners were announced this weekend, and while he didn't snag the Rhodes, McKinney is already the winner of major scholarships recognizing public service and humanitarianism.  

In the Media

College basketball’s ‘most political locker room’

Photo: Nigel Hayes, Jordan Hill and Bronson Koenig

Three Badger men's basketball players are interviewed in The New York Times about "the challenges and opportunities of being athletes ... who want their voices heard." Says Nigel Hayes: "It does not make sense for me not to say something at the point of my life when I can have the most impact."


DNA researcher Svante Pääbo coming to campus

Photo: Svante Pääbo

How much of your DNA comes from ancient humans? Where do you think humans origi-nated and how did we spread across the globe? The Department of Biochemistry is hosting a talk Dec. 8 by Svante Pääbo, one of the founders of the field of paleogenetics, to explore answers to these questions.

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