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Bringing order to artifacts

Photo: Danielle Benden

Danielle Benden was hired by the UW-Madison anthropology department in 2007 to sort and systematize the final resting place for the department's collection of pots, bones, baskets, spear points, clothing, musical instruments, kayaks and effigies. The collection, gathered on six continents for more than a century, was gathering dust in a warehouse until Benden converted much of the hoard into a functional scientific resource.

Top Stories

Higgs shares Nobel; UW plays key role in research

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The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Peter Higgs and François Englert, who nearly 50 years ago predicted the existence of a new particle central to the process by which matter has mass. UW–Madison teams have played crucial roles in the two main experiments that discovered the Higgs boson in July 2012. Related: Original story on the UW's role in the Higgs discovery.

Fall forum will discuss state of diversity issues

Photo: Patrick Sims

With a new chancellor, new campus diversity leaders, like Patrick Sims, and a new framework for inclusivity and diversity on campus in the works, the 2013 Fall Diversity Forum will offer a lot to discuss. “Diversity and Educational Achievement: A Wisconsin Agenda,” takes place Oct. 21-22.  

Sign up for Bioenergy Showcase Oct. 15-16

Highlighting promising UW–Madison bioenergy research for industry leaders, investors, government representatives and the public. Sign up to present your work or attend.

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Around Campus

Weeklong Homecoming celebration underway

Photo: Homecoming 2011 parade

Thousands of alumni will be returning to campus for the annual commemoration of Homecoming featuring a weeklong celebration of UW graduates. The week will be capped by many Board of Visitors sessions, along with Friday's Spirit Day and parade. Related: Schedule of events.

International students contribute to U.S., state economies

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In 2011-12, Wisconsin universities and colleges enrolled 9,987 international students, who contributed nearly $256.5 million to the state’s economy. About half of the state’s international students lived in Madison, where 4,840 attended UW. Another 2,396 attended institutions in the Milwaukee area.

Outside UW

Brito wins grant to compare legal access for poor

Photo: Tonya Brito

Which is better: providing poor litigants with attorneys, or giving them the resources to represent themselves in the court system? Law Professor Tonya Brito aims to find out by comparing the legal resources available to the indigent in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Inside Info

Moreno book advises parents about kids on the Internet

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A new book based on UW research serves as a toolkit for parents on the dangers and benefits of the Internet and social media to their children. Related: Tips from Megan Moreno's book, "Sex, Drugs and Facebook."

Annual UW–Madison Employee Benefits & Resource Fair – TODAY

Stop by Union South from 9 am – 3 pm for details about 2014 benefits. Explore the event program for more information. Flu shots available.

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Buzz

CALS research influences end to online comments

Image: Popular Science cover

Research by the UW's Dominique Brossard and Dietram Scheufele carried weight in a decision by Popular Science magazine to shut off comments to its online articles. The magazine citied evidence that “even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story.”  

In the Media

Q&A: Traffic lab director on Madison bike safety

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The past 12 months have seen three fatal bike-car crashes in Madison, even as the city is significantly ramping up its efforts to make Madison more bike friendly. David Noyce, director of the College of Engineering's Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory, tells the Cap Times about his research on bicycle and pedestrian issues.

Events

Free talks tonight for mental health week

Image: green ribbon for mental illness awareness week

Two UW psychiatrists will address "Mental Health: Healthy Variation or Cause for Concern?" during free community talks this evening as part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week. The speakers are David Plante, a specialist in sleep disorders, and Marcia Slattery, who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Interact

What’s your shortcut?

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What's the best way from Point A to Point B on campus? Whether it's a secret passageway  time-saving route or guide to getting up Bascom Hill, we'd like to hear about some of your best and most overlooked ways to get around. Share your thoughts.

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