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Powering the future

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Trisha Andrew wants to save billions of watt hours by revolutionizing, well, just about every electronic device in existence. She suggests this be done by controlling the spin on electrons, and then shutting down devices if the proper spin is absent. That's a lofty goal — but Andrew, who's also working on a new method to make flexible solar cells that are cheap enough to be disposable, is no stranger to big ideas. "If you have a really good idea in America, and have an entrepreneurial spirit and can make it work," she says, "you can benefit civilization."

Top Stories

Plant picked during Civil War battle lands in herbarium

Photo: Close-up of plant sample and letter

On Aug. 14, 1864, in a Union Army camp in Georgia, a captain from Wisconsin plucked a plant, pressed it onto a sheet of paper, and sent it to a scientist in Wisconsin. “Stained with the blood of heros!” the soldier wrote. Recently, the Civil War plant and its remarkable history were found on campus.

Nominations invited for vice provost for diversity

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A search is underway to fill the position of vice provost for diversity/chief diversity officer, and members of the campus community are encouraged to submit nominations. Patrick Sims has served as interim vice provost for diversity and climate since August 2013, when he replaced Damon Williams.

Free gift wrap at Tech Store

Free gift wrapping on purchases at the Computer Sciences DoIT Tech Store from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in December. Enjoy refreshments while you shop.

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Around Campus

New research and graduate education structure: FAQ

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The move to create two separate but linked leadership structures, one that focuses on research and the other on graduate education, continues to be the topic of many questions. In this FAQ, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education tackles the most common ones.

Decaying trees being removed in lakeshore preserve

Photo: Removal of dead tree from Muir Woods

Crews will begin removing about 80 decaying and dead trees soon in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. All trees identified for removal were either already dead or showed signs of significant decline. The trees are located near paths or roads and are considered hazardous because they could fall.

Badgers promote purple for epilepsy awareness

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The Wisconsin and Minnesota football teams will show support Saturday for the millions affected by epilepsy, including Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill. Players will have purple decals on their helmets, and fans are encouraged to wear something purple to the game along with their team colors.

There’s still time to donate to Partners in Giving

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Partners in Giving runs through Nov. 28, and it looks good compared to this time last year. In Week Five of the campaign’s collection period, 1,597 donors from UW-Madison and UW Hospitals and Clinics have contributed a combined total of $530,374. But the campaign still has a long way to go.

Outside UW

UW ecologist advocates smaller deer herd

Photo: Don Waller

Botany Professor Donald Waller is a pioneer in exploring the impact of deer in natural habitats. Waller — who counts himself among the state's deer hunters — has led research on the economic, health and environmental impacts of deer. In this Q&A, Waller talks about deer, plants, hunters and balance.

Buzz

DoIT offers tips for safer online shopping

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According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will do 44% of his or her holiday shopping online this year. Yet in the excitement of the merry season, it’s easy to forget to be safe online shoppers. Here’s a list of seven tips from DoIT to help you protect yourself.

Milestones

AAAS honors four professors for advancing science

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Four members of the UW–Madison faculty have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The world’s largest general scientific society elects fellows based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science.

In the Media

Fifth Quarter keeps fans hopping after ‘Jump Around’

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The New York Times hails the UW Marching Band's Fifth Quarter. Two decades before “Jump Around,” the band adopted the “You've Said It All” jingle for the performance that thousands of fans now enjoy after home football games. Related video: The Nov. 15 Fifth Quarter.

Events

Hoofers’ Ski and Snowboard Resale to be held Dec. 6-7

Photo: Hoofers' Annual Ski and Snowboard Resale

The Hoofers Ski and Snowboard Club has announced its 51st annual Ski and Snowboard Resale, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7at Union South. Proceeds from the sale help fund Hoofers Nordic, Alpine, and Freestyle teams, as well as Hoofers discounted trips.

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