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‘Social’ science

Illustration: Professor in white coat writing on blackboard

As many as 30 percent of UW faculty members use social media at least three times per week to find science news and insights. And that's a positive development, according to UW researchers. A recent study found a connection between “h-index” — a measure of the quality of a researcher’s work and influence — and whether the scientists interact with reporters and get mentioned on Twitter. In short, researchers say, social media activity can enhance reputation. Related: See social media through the eyes of the UW community. (Illustration by Dusan Petricic for The Scientist)

Top Stories

Grad School dean search is underway

Photo: Bascom Hall

The search for the next dean of the Graduate School is officially underway, with a 15-member search committee seeking candidates. The deanship is the key leadership post for all of UW-Madison graduate education, a landscape that encompasses more than 9,000 students pursuing graduate degrees.

L&S initiative will boost careers for liberal arts grads

Photo: Graduate in cap and gown holding up diploma cover

The College of Letters & Science has launched a new, coordinated approach to preparing students for careers. The Letters & Science Career Initiative (LSCI) will help liberal arts graduates use their diverse skill sets to contribute to today’s rapidly changing economy.

Faculty & Staff Apple Appreciation Event
November 21

Purchase select iPad and Mac models and get a $50 or $100 Tech Store gift card. Quantities limited. Pre-order required to guarantee product availability.

Around Campus

Exploring the confluence of religion and environment

Photo: Anna Gade

Connections between faith and the environment have been a growing focus in evangelical Christianity. But other religions, including Islam, have also been exploring this relationship, according to the Nelson Institute's Anna Gade. Gade has a passion for religion and environmental understanding.

Badgers and Gophers team up for epilepsy awareness

Graphic: 1 in 26 in purple circle

To show support for Coach Jerry Kill and the 1 in 26 people who will develop epilepsy in their lifetime, players at the Wisconsin-Minnesota football game Nov. 29 will mark epilepsy awareness month by wearing purple stickers on their helmets — and fans are encouraged to wear something purple to the stadium.

Outside UW

Camp Badger brings engineering to eighth graders

Photo: Camp Badger

In 1998, UW professor Philip O’Leary founded Camp Badger with the goal of introducing middle school students in Wisconsin to engineering and technology. Now, the six-day camp has expanded to two other UW campuses and has hosted more than 3,000 students in the past 16 years.

Inside Info

Does daylight saving time actually save energy?

Photo: Blue alarm clock

So, you've set your clocks back and started noticing that it's getting dark earlier on your way home. Daylight saving time, originally viewed as an energy-saving measure, is over for the year. So, how much energy did you save since you sprung ahead? The answer might surprise you.

Noon @ the Niche

Bring your lunch to the 3-D niche and discover a CRISPR approach to genome editing. Jill Wildonger will speak at noon, Wed. Nov. 12, Discovery Building.


Brenner wins award for women in science

Photo: Katie Brenner

L’Oreal USA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have selected postdoctoral researcher Katie Brenner as one of five female scientists in the U.S. to receive the For Women in Science Fellowship this year. Brenner is developing technology to help in the early diagnosis of illness in premature infants.

Four receive Fulbrights to take scholarship abroad

Graphic: Fulbright logo

Four faculty members have received Fulbright Scholar Awards to lecture and/or conduct research abroad during the 2014-15 academic year. They are among approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will take part in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

In the Media

State Journal: Bacon has arrived

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On doughnuts, in lip balm, even on your smartphone, it's hard to escape baconmania. Not just for breakfast or BLTs anymore, bacon has “kind of taken on a life of its own,” Jeff Sindelar, a UW-Madison and UW-Extension meat specialist, tells the Wisconsin State Journal.


Audience to vote on “Cabinet of Curiosities”

Illustration: Antique cabinet

After reaching your hand into a Hazmat glove, you pull a BlackBerry Curve 8300 from a slick of crude oil. The “extinct device” — meant to represent a future fossil — is one of 25 objects that will be presented Nov. 8-10 at The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.  

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