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Steeped in ideas

Photo: Claudio Gratton demonstrated how his lab measures the effects of different crops and crop diversity on native insect populations.

You might not think something as low-tech as a teacup would play a contributing role in groundbreaking scientific research. But at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, teatime is idea time. Every afternoon at 3, people with hot beverages engage in conversations that span disciplines and just might inspire collaboration. Teatime has also caught on at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, where Claudio Gratton (displaying his research bees, above right) finds you can sometimes connect with colleagues over a plate of cookies more readily than you could in a round of phone tag.

Top Stories

Rec Sports wants input for facilities upgrades

Photo: Men running on track at the Shell

The Division of Recreational Sports wants your feedback on its facilities and is gauging interest on whether they need to be renovated or replaced. An online survey is one of a number of opportunities to weigh in. With aging facilities showing signs of wear and tear, Rec Sports needs the input for its plan for upgrades.

Stiftskeller to undergo much-deserved work

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Der Stiftskeller, the area of Memorial Union adjacent to Der Rathskeller, will be closed until early 2014 for much-deserved renovation and restoration work. The space is set to reopen in late January or early February.

Share the Wonderful

Do you find it hard to explain why you’re proud to be a Badger in just 140 characters? Try something new and create your “Words On, Wisconsin!”

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Around Campus

My UW portal to get a makeover

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Call it an overhaul, a makeover or a remodel – My UW-Madison is due for some major changes. A redesign is under way, with the goal of an upgraded version being launched next summer. Learn more about the features and proposed changes.

Inside Info

Gerhart: Don’t just live with low back pain

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In the latest installment of her popular Wisconsin State Journal column, UW Health Family Medicine physician Jacqueline Gerhart discusses the prevalence of low back pain and steps you can take to address it. (Top tip: See your physician.)  

Buzz

Students #MakeBoPay $66,130 to fight cancer

Photo: Bo Ryan

A year ago, Bo Ryan challenged the  student body to determine his donation to the American Cancer Society, and the Badgers responded in impressive fashion – making him donate $41,279.  In year two of the Shooting Down Cancer event, the UW students outdid themselves, upping the donation to an incredible $66,130.

Milestones

WARF winners offer a better oat, infection disrupter

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A new oat offering tasty ways to lower cholesterol, and compounds capable of disrupting serious bacterial infections earned top honors in the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Innovation Awards — chosen from among more than 350 invention disclosures submitted to WARF over the past 12 months.

In the Media

Campus history in the news

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The UW Archives  and the UW Digital Collections (UWDC) have received some well-deserved media attention lately—and timely, too, as October is American Archives Month. The depth and breadth of these fantastic collections provide images rich in history and culture, and provide users with many opportunities to easily explore campus life at the UW.

Events

Libraries celebrate Open Access Week

Photo: Open Access Week

Through Oct. 27, UW–Madison libraries are celebrating “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and reuse those results as you need. Two main events are scheduled: a brown-bag panel with academic librarians and a forum featuring librarians and faculty.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.