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MIU progress marked

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Students in an electrical and computer engineering course taught by faculty associate Michael Morrow collaborate on an assignment in the Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL) Active Learning Lab in Wendt Library. WisCEL is one of the major success stories made possible by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU), whose third-year progress report has just been issued.

Top Stories

Largest freshman class enrolls for fall 2012

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With official enrollment numbers in, UW-Madison’s entering class of new students includes the largest new freshman class ever and the largest number of new freshmen from Wisconsin since 2005. With this incoming class, 29,119 undergraduates are currently enrolled at the university, compared to 28,737 last year. Total university enrollment is 42,818, up from 42,441 last year.

Four chosen as engineering dean finalists

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Four finalists to succeed Paul Peercy, who is retiring as dean of engineering, have been chosen by a 16-member search committee. Each of the candidates will visit campus later this fall to meet with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and other groups.

Battle for the Ax

Don’t miss the Lumberjack Breakfast & Timberworks Lumberjack Show before the Wisconsin v. Minnesota game, October 20th. Learn more here!

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Around Campus

Kickoff event today: UW is “Innovation U”

Exhibits and demonstrations, breakout sessions, and flash talks will highlight today's kickoff of the Year of Innovation. The event — UW Is “Innovation U”: Building on a Tradition of Innovation — will run from noon-5 p.m. in the Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Related: A journalism professor's work with South Madison partners will be featured in the celebration.

Benefits open enrollment is underway

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The annual benefits open enrollment period has begun and ends Nov. 2. This is your chance to determine your coverage needs for next year and make changes. Related: The Employee Benefits and Resource Fair is today from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Union South. Meet with benefit representatives, attend presentations, assess your health, and more.

Inside Info

Website promotes tips on sustainable carpet

Photo: Sarmadi with carpet samples

Selecting the right carpet for your home should be a rewarding experience, says Human Ecology Professor Majid Sarmadi. His website Sustainable Carpet Selection & Care guides you through the process, with an eye on minimizing your floor covering's environmental impact.

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College of Engineering salutes innovation

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This video highlights the College of Engineering's role in innovation and entrepreneurship. It's one recognition of the Year of Innovation in 2012-13 and a reminder that the college has worked to cultivate innovation as a standard operating procedure.

Milestones

WID scientist Loewe wins prestigious NSF award

Photo: Laurence Loewe

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery researcher Laurence Loewe has received the NSF Career Award. Loewe is developing a computing language aimed at making it easier to describe biological systems in a way that scientists can simulate in computers.

In Memoriam

Geography professor Jim Knox dies

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Jim Knox, Evjue-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Geography, died Saturday. He was a much-loved teacher, explaining not only how streams and soils work, but why we should care about them. Although he had retired in 2011, Knox continued to work in Science Hall until a few days before his death.

In the Media

A bumper crop of pesky box elder bugs

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UW-Madison entomologist Phil Pellitteri helps the Baraboo News Republic  explain why box elder bugs — those black and red crawlies that cling to the warm side of our houses in the fall — are so plentiful this season.

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