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Beyond words

Photo: Ron Wallace

Poet Ron Wallace arrived in Madison in the fall of 1972 on a one-year appointment carrying a simple piece of advice from an alumnus and family friend: “Make yourself indispensable.” Over the next four decades, he did just that, starting the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing,  the University of Wisconsin Press poetry series and helping found the university’s MFA program in creative writing. Now he's retiring, but he won't stop writing.

Top Stories

Student named Rhodes Scholar; another is finalist


Colin Higgins of Middleton, Wisconsin, completed his undergraduate studies in May and will earn a master's degree in the spring. A leader in campus sustainability efforts, he plans to use his time at Oxford to study environmental governance issues.

Survey: UW-Madison remains research powerhouse

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UW-Madison held its fourth place ranking in research expenditures among U.S. universities, despite a continuing erosion of federal and state funding, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation. For more than 25 years, the university has consistently ranked among the top five.

Admiral’s visit inspires Naval ROTC students

Admiral Michelle Howard, the U.S. Navy's Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks to more than 50 midshipmen in the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps Unit (ROTC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 20, 2015. Admiral Howard is the first black woman to attain three-star rank and the first woman to attain four-star rank in the Navy. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Adm. Michelle Howard, the second highest ranking officer in the U.S. Navy, gave a lesson in military history and leadership Friday to UW's aspiring Navy and Marine Corps officers. She's made history herself in multiple ways.

Crossroads of Ideas: Resurgent Street Markets

This lecture series on current critical issues continues Dec.1 with Alfonso Morales, professor of urban and regional planning, on the role of street markets in economic development.  Register today.


Around Campus

Reminder: inclement weather guidelines

A fresh snowfall covers the Abraham Lincoln statue and Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the morning of Dec. 21, 2012. In the background hang institutional W crest banners. The day before, university classes were canceled and the campus was closed as a Dec. 20 winter snowstorm with near whiteout, blizzard conditions left 16-plus inches of drifting snow. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

The Office of Human Resources is again reminding all employees of campus inclement weather guidelines. For the latest information on weather-related closings or changes to campus operations, visit or @uwmadison on Twitter.

Lubars’ gift helps expand Computer Sciences


Demand for computer science education is booming, as shown by enrollments that have nearly doubled over the last five years. A $7 million gift from Shel and Marianne Lubar will help UW-Madison meet that need.

Mentorship helps deaf Ph.D. student

Phu Duong, a doctoral student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Program who is deaf, communicates via the aid of a sign-language interpreter in a neurology research lab in Bardeen Medical Laboratories on Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Phu Duong, a Ph.D. candidate in neurology who is deaf, has used technology and tenacity to pursue his studies. "Experience with computers helped me to be able to talk to people. And it made science almost a self-guided activity for me.”

Campus Initiatives

SMPH ditches the sugary snacks, drinks

Photo: Collection of organic vegetables

With strong support from students, the School of Medicine and Public Health has adopted a new policy aimed at providing healthier snack and beverage choices. It's one of the first medical schools in the U.S. to do so.

Inside Info

Six tech tips to help promote a healthy holiday


DoIT might not come to mind as a health resource. But at a time when cookies seem to lurk around every corner, these tech-focused tips can help you decrease your caloric intake, increase your activity or just relax your stress away.


AAAS names five faculty members as fellows


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, has elected five UW-Madison faculty members as fellows based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science.

Republic Wireless Phone

Republic Wireless combines the power of cell and WiFi to offer you more coverage, in more places, for less money. Available at the DoIT Tech Stores.

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Then and Now – Big things start small

Photo: Photographer's proof sheet

Photographer Jeff Miller reconnects with chemistry Professor Robert Hamers. The two met 25 years ago when Miller was assigned to document Hamers' research in the newly evolving area of scanning tunneling microscopy and nanotechnology.

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