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Coaching the coaches

Photo: Gary Andersen and horse

Wisconsin Football Coach Gary Andersen files a horse's teeth, reaches into a cow's stomach and coaches a dog on an underwater treadmill in a new installment of the Big Ten Network television program "Forward Motion." At the UW Veterinary Care clinic, Andersen worked his way through a variety of jobs for the nationally broadcast show, produced by UW-Madison for the BTN. Getting equal time is Badger Women's Basketball Coach Bobbie Kelsey, who puts a full-court press on jobs at the Babcock Dairy Plant. The show will air around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, or immediately following the Badger women's volleyball game.

Top Stories

First UW–Madison pilot MOOC launches Thursday

The UW classroom is about to get a whole lot bigger. Nearly 80,000 people from all over the globe have signed up for one of four pilot Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with the first beginning Oct. 3.

Blank leads off University Roundtable series

Photo: Rebecca Blank

The 2013 Fall University Roundtable series kicks off Oct. 9 with a presentation by Chancellor Rebecca Blank about the future of UW-Madison. The series of lunchtime talks are from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are being held at Varsity Hall, Union South. The cost is $10.

Share the Wonderful returns

age: Share the Wonderful logo

The “Share the Wonderful” annual giving campaign returns today, running through the end of the year. It will again ask alumni and friends to share what the university means to them, and pledge their support to help keep the university strong.

Bioenergy Showcase

Highlighting promising UW–Madison bioenergy research for industry leaders, investors, government representatives and the public. Sign up for free to present your work or attend.

Around Campus

Tandem Press to host Gallery Night in temporary home

Photo: Robert Maser print

UW-Madison’s Tandem Press will open its doors to showcase its new transitional home by hosting a Gallery Night event on Friday, Oct. 4, featuring the Irish street artist Maser. The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1741 Commercial Ave.

Internet dangers highlighted at sexual abuse conference

Photo: hands on computer keyboard

The Inter­net and cell phones are con­ve­nient, and usu­ally offer fun diver­sions. But there’s a dark side to this new technology. At the 29th UW-Madison Con­fer­ence on Child Sex­ual Abuse on Oct. 21–23, hun­dreds of social work­ers, police offi­cers, men­tal health prac­ti­tion­ers and oth­ers will learn about the dan­gers in the dig­i­tal world.

UW researchers to put NIH under microscope

Graphic: NIH logo

The National Institutes of Health has dispatched three UW professors to probe its grant funding system for bias. The group’s work follows a 2011 study that showed black applicants were 13 percent less likely to secure NIH grants than their white peers.

Outside UW

Shakhashiri named state ‘Friend of Education’

Photo: Bassam Shakhashiri conducting experiment

Bassam Shakhashiri, known for his annual holiday season exhibitions of chemistry, has been named a "Friend of Education" by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, which said, "His science advocacy seeks to impart the joy of discovery, which he believes will lure future generations to careers as researchers, entrepreneurs, and teachers."  

Campus Initiatives

Annual security report available online

Everyone can play a role in enhancing safety, crime prevention and emergency preparedness on campus. In compliance with state and federal law, UW-Madison produces a detailed guide to campus security and fire safety, with crime statistics and safety resources (PDF). Related: Blank's Slate on safety issues.

Buzz

Students train computer to play Angry Birds

Photo: Anjali Narayan-Chen

Angry Birds sounds simple: Just slingshot a digital bird at a pile of evil pigs. You could teach a child to play. But could you teach a computer? “Well, I didn’t think we could when I heard about it,” says Anjali Narayan-Chen, a UW–Madison computer sciences student. “But we learned how.”  

Events

Colonial Jamestown archeologist to dispel myths

There are so many common myths about Jamestown — the first permanent English colony in North America — archeologist William Kelso keeps a list handy. Kelso will be in Madison Tuesday, Oct. 1, to tell the story of Jamestown and the rediscovery process in a free talk, "Jamestown: The Buried Truth."

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