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Very superstitious

Photo: Duje Dukan

As sports fans, we’re drawn to games partly because of their unpredictability. At kickoff, tipoff, or when the puck drops, there’s no telling what will happen. Student-athletes face the same unpredictability. But many know, from practice and preparation, that there’s comfort in the repetition and predictability of routine. Ritual and superstition offer a sense of control. And as long as they're winning, those routines are hard to surrender.

Top Stories

Faculty Senate approves tenure policy revisions

Photo: Bascom Hall

The Faculty Senate on Monday approved revisions to UW–Madison’s tenure policy in response to legislative changes to faculty employment protections. The recommend-ations will be forwarded to the Board of Regents, which has indicated that it would like a consistent policy throughout the system.

Exact Sciences shifts plans to research park

Graphic: Exact Sciences logo

Exact Sciences Corp., which had been planning a new headquarters in downtown Madison, announced Monday that it is in discussions to develop a biotech campus that expands the company's existing facilities in the UW's University Research Park.

Grad Students: Professional Development

More than 100 events are featured on the fall 2015 professional development calendar.  Sign up for reminders and tips with GradConnections Weekly.

Around Campus

Radiolab’s Wheeler to be fall Science Writer in Residence

Photo: Soren Wheeler

Soren Wheeler, an author and senior editor at Radiolab, has been named UW–Madison’s fall 2015 Science Writer in Residence. Wheeler serves as a producer, editor and reporter of the popular, two-time Peabody Award-winning show. He will be on campus the week of Nov. 9 and will give a public talk on the 10th.

Visitors experience Taliesin without leaving campus

Photo: Visitor in virtual Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin near Spring Green has been visited by thousands, but some recent "guests" had a unique experience. A group of about 40 gathered for the first tours of Virtual Taliesin inside the CAVE, a fully immersive 3-D environment at WID’s Living Environments Laboratory.

Outside UW

Grant funds camp to recruit girls to become EMTs

Photo: EMT and "Rescue Diva"

Helicopters, hazmat suits, fire extinguishers, search-and-rescue dogs — in many places, a summer camp boasting these kinds of things would likely be targeted at boys. But in Ashland, Rescue Divas is a camp for middle-school girls that aims to attract new recruits to the field of emergency medical services.

Inside Info

Talk to your doctor about breast cancer risk

Photo: Female doctor talking to female patient

The new American Cancer Society guidelines on breast cancer screening are closer to, but not exactly the same as, the guidelines UW Health follows. While conflicting advice from different sources can be confusing, all expert groups still agree that screening for breast cancer with mammography saves lives.

Crossroads lecture cancelled

Today’s ‘Crossroads of Ideas’ lecture by Cecelia Klingele is cancelled and will be rescheduled for the spring semester. The next Crossroads lecture will be held on Dec. 1.


Office 365 can now filter your email for ‘clutter’

Graphic: Office 365 email icon

You may have noticed something new in your Office 365 list of email folders. When turned on, a new feature will learn your email reading habits (in Outlook or Outlook Web App) and move less important emails to a ‘Clutter’ folder. Most of the mail going into the folder should be ads and messages from mailing lists.

In Memoriam

Brown led medical school from 1978-92

Photo: Arnold Brown

Arnold Lanehart “Bud” Brown Jr., dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health from 1978 to 1992, died recently at age 89. When Brown became dean, the newly built Clinical Science Center (better known as UW Hospital and Clinics) had just been completed on the west end of campus.

In the Media

Wisconsin Idea remains high on Channel 3’s agenda

Graphic: Wisconsin Idea light bulb

At the beginning of the year, WISC-TV Editorial Director Neil Heinen had the Wisconsin Idea high on his list of agenda items for the next 12 months. Little did he realize, Heinen says in a new commentary, how newsworthy the Wisconsin Idea would be in 2015 — for totally unexpected reasons.


Business accelerator leaders to visit Nov. 11

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"Accelerators and Incubators – Models from around the country and across town" will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Discovery Building as part of "Entrepreneurons" — an ongoing series focused on bringing the fundamentals of getting a new venture started to the UW–Madison community.

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