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Nano kids climb on carbon

Photo: Carbon playground

John Moore hopes that the "Carbon Playground," conceived at UW–Madison and installed at a Rockford, Ill. children's museum, will be a hook that gets children interested in nanoscience. "We chose carbon because it exhibits a lot of different structures, and you could consider making them into playground equipment," says Moore, a professor of chemistry.

Top Stories

Finalists for university librarian announced

Photo: Memorial Library

Four finalists for the position of vice provost for libraries and university librarian will visit campus over the next six weeks, meeting with campus and community constituencies and participating in a series of public presentations. The new librarian will succeed Ken Frazier, who retired in December following 19 years at the helm of the General Library System.

UW scientists play key role in plotting Sandy’s track

Image: satellite map of Hurricane Sandy

Parked in front of banks of monitors Monday on the second floor of the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science Building, about 20 scientists picked through storm plots, barometric pressure readings and water temperatures, and were able to predict the path of the "perfect storm" with remarkable accuracy. See the latest images here. Related: Berquam providing student support.

Year of Innovation

Did you attend the Counterfactual Campus Kick-off or the 2012 Energy Summit? Tweet about your experience using #uwinnovation to join the conversation about UW’s yearlong celebration!

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Around Campus

UW faculty receive Fulbright program grants

A group of UW-Madison faculty and students have received 2012-13 grants from the Fulbright Program, the country's flagship program for international educational exchange. UW has been among the leading U.S. research institutions producing Fulbright fellows and scholars.

Community forum to focus on fracking, sand mining

Photo: Alan Carroll

Fracking, the controversial technology for opening natural gas deposits, will be the focus of a three-part Community Environmental Forum series beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building and featuring geoscience Professor Alan Carroll.

Introducing...

Meet new CALS faculty member Damon Smith

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Damon Smith is a new assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and UW-Extension field crops pathologist. He joined the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences this past September and is an expert in addressing disease concerns of soybeans, field corn, and wheat.

Buzz

Long shots raise money to fight cancer

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Swish! At $10 per free throw made, and $1,000 for each successful half-court shot, Coach Bo Ryan opened up his checkbook to the tune of $41,000 for the Coaches vs. Cancer challenge at the Kohl Center. See who made the longest shots in this UW Athletics video.  

Milestones

Moynihan’s research recognized

Photo: Donald Moynihan

Two public administration organizations are honoring Professor Donald Moynihan for his expertise in public management. Moynihan received the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration.

Kindig wins Folkert Belzer Award

Photo: David Kindig

Each year, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health presents the award for the lifetime achievements of one of its faculty members. Dr. David Kindig, emeritus professor of population health sciences, is known nationally for his work to improve population health equity and policy.

In the Media

Why, oh why, do kids ask why?

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Sometimes it may be as simple as just a way to keep a conversation going, says educational psychology professor Chuck Kalish, who studies how children learn and think. But most questions probably serve a broader purpose also, he tells the Wisconsin State Journal.

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