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Campus walkers

The campus — which combines a striking lakeshore, iconic vistas and an urban location — provides an ideal place for people who like to walk. This low-impact exercise offers health benefits and a chance to stroll in the outdoors, working off the daily stresses of work and study. Here are some tips for walkers and some routes to get you going.

Top Stories

Scientists on verge of cosmic creation

Photo: electron emitting cathode

Physics professor Cary Forest is on the verge of creating cosmic dynamos — the magnetic field-inducing phenomena at the hearts of planets, stars and galaxies — in an aluminum sphere in his lab that contains plasmas heated to 500,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Partners in Giving seeks to move mountains

Dane County’s largest workplace charitable giving campaign has kicked off for state, university and UW Hospital and Clinics employees. The Partners in Giving campaign, which runs through Nov. 30, solicits donations from public employees for more than 520 charitable organizations.

Happy Homecoming!

Oct. 26–27 — Be a part of the tradition 101 years in the making! Share your Homecoming this weekend with #UWHC.

Around Campus

Love Lights to support hospital now on sale

Each year, Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics, Inc., offers Love Lights as a special way to honor and remember loved ones through the sale of blue-and-white lights that adorn trees outside the main entrances of UW Hospital and Clinics.

Why I Give: Ann Hoyt and Robert Mathieu

Ann Hoyt and Robert Mathieu were on the Faculty Senate’s University Committee in 2008, with Hoyt as chair, when they led the Faculty-Staff Great People Scholarship Campaign. In separate interviews, Hoyt and Mathieu talk about the reasoning behind the Great People effort, why it matters and the rewards of giving.    

Signed girder ‘tops off’ new School of Nursing

Photo: Nursing girder

A steel girder signed by nearly 1,000 faculty, staff, students and friends of the School of Nursing was hoisted into place as part of a "topping off" ceremony at the new nursing facility. Workers added their signatures after installing the beam.

Campus Initiatives

Look to EI point people

Photo: Christopher Olsen

Educational Innovation is an opportunity for faculty and staff to build upon the university’s long history of innovation by finding ways to do what we’re already doing — just better. If you’re needing help getting started or have questions about resources, look to the team of EI Point People, including Chris Olsen (pictured).

Inside Info

Motivate your family in a positive direction

Photo: Family

Maybe the longest conversation you had with your teen recently was entirely through texting. Or you wish your youngest would turn off the video games and go outside to play with friends. View tips on positive motivation for your family from UW Health's Growing Up Healthy blog.


Graduate student’s curiosity garners video contest slot

Screen shot from 'Curiosity' video

“Curiosity is infectious,” says Jamin Dreyer in a short online video. The zoology graduate student is one of 14 finalists in a video contest celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship program. Vote here.


Nominate excellent teaching assistants for awards

The university employs more than 1,700 teaching assistants across a wide variety of disciplines, and their contributions are essential in the classroom, lab, studio, and field.  Each year, four campuswide awards are given for TA excellence, and nominations for those awards are due Friday, Nov. 2.

In the Media

Alum Josh Bycel’s work spans TV, developing nations

Josh Bycel returns to campus tonight for the Distinguished Lecture Series. Bycel will discuss being an executive producer for “Scrubs,” “Psych” and “Happy Endings,” and his foundation, OneKid OneWorld, which helps build schools in Kenya and El Salvador. The State Journal interviews him.

UW strives to encourage reporting of sexual assault

Monday’s Daily Cardinal published a letter from a graduate of UW–Madison outlining her experiences following a sexual assault while she was enrolled as a student. Dean of Students Lori Berquam, UWPD Chief Sue Riseling and UHS Director Dr. Sarah Van Orman explain how they're jointly working to end sexual violence on campus.

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