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Urban growth

Photo: Julie Dawson in vegetable garden

When Julie Dawson starts making farm visits, she may face a problem many of her fellow UW-Madison agricultural extension specialists don’t — battling city traffic and finding a place to park. Dawson, a new urban and regional food systems specialist who joined the university in July, will support the state’s urban and regional farmers and community gardens, including those in cities where residents have limited access to good-quality, fresh produce.

Top Stories

Regents reaffirm compensation commitment

The UW System Board of Regents unanimously approved adjustments to the salary ranges for top UW leaders at its Friday meeting. “All of these decisions ... are consistent with this board’s commitment to competitive compensation for all faculty, staff, and academic leaders,” said Regents President Michael Falbo.

Pink flamingos will ‘Fill the Hill’ again Wednesday

Flamingos have been native to Bascom Hill since 1979. They’ll be flocking to their grassy home once again as part of the Share the Wonderful annual campaign. From 5 p.m. today through 5 p.m. tomorrow, alumni and friends can “Fill the Hill” by making a gift online at the Share the Wonderful website.

Go Big Read: Have a question?

Submit it in advance of author Ruth Ozeki’s campus visit. Then join in on the discussion of our 2013 Go Big Read selection, A Tale for the Time Being, Monday, Oct. 28.

Artwork: cover of book "A Tale for the Time Being"

Around Campus

UW ahead of national average in student loan repayment

Photo: graduation cap on pile of money

Student loan repayment rates of UW-Madison students are well above the national average, according to recently released federal data. Students here had a 1.11 percent default rate on federal Perkins Loans in 2012. The national average is about 11 percent.

Microbiome meets big social science

A September workshop sought to bring biologists and social scientists together to explore the microbial dimensions of human health. “Until recently, the biologists and the social scientists weren’t talking to each other,” explains Alberto Palloni, a professor of sociology and an organizer of the recent workshop.

Outside UW

Rare procedure rebuilds canine triceps tendon

Thanks to a cutting-edge orthopedic surgical procedure conducted at UW Veterinary Care, Molly, a 2-year-old miniature poodle mix, has returned to her old playful ways following a major injury. "She does as much as she did before," says owner James Connor. "It’s hard to explain how happy we are.”

Campus Initiatives

Mobile UW may boost Madison Metro ridership

A recent study shows that Wisconsin residents have driven fewer miles in their cars for each of the last eight years and a Madison Metro spokesperson gives some credit to Mobile UW for boosting ridership.


Business students launch app to ‘Fetch’ grocery deals

Photo: Fetch aisle in grocery store

You scan items with your smartphone as you walk through the grocery store. An app keeps track of the bill and offers you deals based on what you've already scanned. That's the idea behind Fetch Rewards — a startup two UW-Madison business students have launched.  


Davis gift to Human Ecology to benefit design students

Photo: coat on mannequin

During her 30 years as a professor in the School of Human Ecology, Ruth Danielson Davis showcased student work in the rooms, hallways, and cabinets of the Human Ecology Building. Now, a $4.6 million gift from her estate to the School of Human Ecology will play a major role in getting student work even more exposure in the future.

In Memoriam

WARF’s Bremer remembered as tech transfer legend

Sustained by a passion to improve people's lives, Howard Bremer's enduring commitment to innovation fueled his work and his life. Bremer, 90, a patent attorney with UW degrees in law and chemical engineering, passed away Friday, ending a remarkable career at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation that spanned 53 years.


Banding together to beat cancer

On Nov. 9, as the Badger football team faces BYU, the UW Marching band will take the field wearing black sashes to show their support for cancer patients and their families. Between now and Oct. 18, people can donate to have the name of a loved one placed on the sash a band member will wear throughout the day. Donors receive the sash after the game.  

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