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Vitto, voting and yaggering

Photo: Student voting at early voting site

As folks head to the polls today, it’s a good time to recognize some of the campus community’s contributions to Election 2016. Thousands of people have already voted on campus, taking advantage of one-stop registration and early voting at Union South and the Student Activity Center. That’s just one of the resources made available to help students navigate their way to the polls. Read more about those efforts, as the "yaggering" comes to an end. Related: Election night coverage on WPR/NPR and WPT/PBS.

Top Stories

Blank addresses Faculty Senate on noose incident

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank told the Faculty Senate Monday that the university will suspend the season tickets of the fans involved. "We will learn from this incident and do better next time," she said, adding that stadium policy changes will be announced later this week.

Annual Benefits Enrollment ends Friday

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The Annual Benefits Enrollment period, your opportunity to review your benefits coverage and make choices for 2017, ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. You may be eligible to change coverage for health, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts.

Apply now for 2017 global health/4W grants

Global Health Institute and 4W Initiative grants are available for faculty, staff and grad students.

Around Campus

‘Accidental engineer’ has had interesting journey

Photo: Morgan Price

Engineering Ph.D. student Morgan Price says she didn’t realize when she entered the field how few women were in it. “Then what sur-prised me more was being a woman and a person of color. That is uber rare." Price's goal: Make engineering "more palatable and OK for younger girls, and specifically girls of color."  

Team looking at potential sources for new antibiotics

Photo: Caitlin Carslon

Despite the emergence of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” antibiotic discovery has largely been stagnant over the past decade. Soil has historically been the prime source of new antibiotics, but it seems to be tapped out. So now, a team of researchers is turning the search to insects, plants and marine life.  

Hard times for police horse Vegas

Photo: Police horse Vegas

Some of you might have noticed that the UW Police Department's horse, Vegas, hasn’t been around as often over the last year. Sadly, this very important member of the UWPD family was diagnosed with an incurable disease and his rider, Asst. Chief Kari Sasso, decided that Vegas could not continue to work.

Outside UW

Researchers study how to help women farmers in Mali

Photo: Women farmers in Mali with mangos

Jeremy Foltz, a professor of agricultural and applied economics, studies gender, agricultural productivity and sustainability in Mali. One of his grad students focused her research on issues that cause women’s farm fields to have lower yields than those farmed by men. Com-peting domestic duties are largely to blame.  

Buzz

7 simple steps to make your devices more secure

Graphic: Padlock with a 7 on it

Keeping your computers and other devices safe can appear daunting, but these 7 steps go a long way toward that goal. Among them: protect yourself from viruses; keep your devices’ operating systems up to date; and always protect your devices with a password or other security measure.

Milestones

Gulbrandsen joins Investor Hall of Fame

Photo: Carl Gulbrandsen

Carl Gulbrandsen, who grew investment programs within the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and helped make WARF a force in the state’s early stage economy, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame during a Nov. 16 dinner tied to the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium.

Events

Political reporter will dissect election

Photo: David Weigel

Dave Weigel, a political reporter for The Washington Post, will be on campus next Tuesday to discuss the historic 2016 election during two public events: "Covering the 2016 Election: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird," and "Now What? The 2016 Election" feat-uring Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes.

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