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Can this democracy be saved?

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We’re a nation divided — by complex issues, by political parties, by seemingly irreparable differences. Yet, citizens are still going to the polls, despite a somewhat broken voting system. Teachers are finding ways to civilly discuss civics in the classroom. The phenomenon of social media is getting young people involved in politics — and getting out the vote. In this special section, On Wisconsin magazine turned to UW experts to examine the state of our democracy and tell us if there’s reason to hope.

Top Stories

WARF grants more than $70 million to support UW

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WARF, the nonprofit foundation that helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment at the UW, has granted the university $59 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year, with funding for all university and affiliated organization categories totaling more than $73 million.

Committee offers recommendations on budget model

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After reviewing UW-Madison's internal budget process, the Budget Model Development Committee is recommending a new model that would establish transparent, objective metrics to drive resource allocation decisions in the areas of instruction and research. Two campus forums have been scheduled.    

Wisconsin Science Festival

From dinosaurs to dance, supernova to supper clubs, chemistry to cartoons, the science fest has something for everyone. Unleash your curiosity!

Around Campus

Nonprofit with UW roots supports women in science

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Tracey Holloway was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in 2002 when she and five colleagues created an informal support network for women in their field. Now, the newly nonprofit Earth Science Women's Network is a diverse group of more than 2,000 women across the globe.

DoIT workshops help faculty with technical challenges

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Technology is increasingly essential to classroom education — but even tech-savvy faculty may not have the resources needed to instruct students in specific technical skills. In response, DoIT is offering technical instruction to students and faculty through Custom Technology Workshops.

Campus Initiatives

New initiative to help develop international internships

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To compete in today’s global marketplace, Wisconsin companies need people who have the skills to operate abroad. A new grant will enable the UW to work with local companies on developing the global talent they need, while creating more opportunities for students to cross over from academics to practice.

Inside Info

How to prepare for sick college students from afar

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Your college-age kid texts, "Not feeling well." But what do you do when he or she is miles away? Parenting from afar is part of the growing up process, but take time to prepare: review common medications, make sure he or she knows how to contact student health, and send along a first-aid kit.

Big Data and Brain Research

How has big data impacted neuroscience research? Get a glimpse as researchers share learnings from data-driven deep dives into brain function.
Friday Oct. 17, 3 p.m.


WID alumna solves problems for Twitter

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When employees need hardware at Twitter Inc., they turn to Sarah Rich, a Wisconsin Institute for Discovery alumna who determines what they need and where within Twitter’s sophisticated infrastructure they need it. As a capacity planning engineer, Rich often uses skills developed at the UW.


UW expert joins Peabody Awards Board

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Jonathan Gray, an author and UW professor of communication arts, has been approved to join the George Foster Peabody Awards Board, which selects recipients for the prestigious electronic media award. Gray's research focuses on how media entertainment and its audiences interact. 


Highlights start early for Wisconsin Science Festival

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You name it, and the fourth annual Wisconsin Science Festival has it — dance, stargazing, fossils, art, museum and stage shows — spread over four days and 25 Wisconsin cities. Faculty and staff are encouraged to check out some of the campus events, which run Thursday through Sunday.    

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