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Photo: Winter birds at a bird feeder

Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate. According to UW-Madison wildlife biologists Benjamin Zuckerberg and Karine Princé, birds typically found in more southerly regions are gradually pushing north, restructuring the communities of birds that spend their winters in northern latitudes — a change that may have untold consequences for North American ecosystems.

Top Stories

Great Lakes supports efforts to increase STEM graduates

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Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates has committed $7.2 million to assist two UW-Madison initiatives in helping disadvantaged students complete degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pursue careers in these in-demand fields.

Nominations invited for enrollment management post

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A national search is underway to fill the position of vice provost for enrollment management, and members of the campus community are encouraged to submit nominations. Steve Hahn has served as interim vice provost since June 2013, when he replaced Joanne Berg upon her retirement.  

UW Leadership Development Certificate

Now offering six workshops to build your leadership skills. Take individual courses or earn a full UW Leadership Development Certificate. Learn more.

Around Campus

UW unveils revamped Bookin’ It With Bucky program

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Student-athletes and the Athletic Department understand the importance of literacy. For more than ten years, they have worked with Madison public schools on the Bookin’ It With Bucky literacy program. Now, Athletics has partnered with the School of Education to revamp the program. 

Five decades of improving teaching and learning

Photo: Professor Robert Mathieu and student

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is preparing to celebrate 50 years of policy research and initiatives. From offices in a former grocery store and, later, a reconfigured dormitory, it has developed into one of the largest university-based education research centers in the world.

Outside UW

CALS specialist to support winemaking industry

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Soon, winemakers will be able to call on a UW outreach specialist whose job is to support the state’s wine and hard apple cider industry. Wisconsin now has about 110 wineries and has been adding around a dozen new ones each year in recent years. Many of these operations could use some help.

Inside Info

Extension will prompt you to check your credit report

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Federal law gives everyone the right to a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus every 12 months. UW-Extension makes it easy for consumers to review their reports through its “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign.

In Memoriam

School of Education’s Judy Holt dies

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Judy Holt, former public relations coordinator for the School of Education, died at age 69 after a yearlong battle with leukemia. Holt, also a UW-Madison alumna, handled communication and events for the school, launched its first online newsletter, and prepared updates for Wisconsin legislators.

In the Media

Herbarium acquires rare lichen collection

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the Wisconsin State Herbarium's acquisition of a rare collection of 60,000 lichen specimens from a German collector. It now holds an estimated 70 percent of the world's known lichen samples, which can be studied for myriad environmental indicators.


Newsmaker who called out Microsoft CEO to speak at UW

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Last week, when Microsoft's CEO told women in tech fields to wait to be rewarded rather than ask for raises, he was challenged by Maria Klawe, his interviewer. Klawe, Harvey Mudd College's president, will be on campus Friday to discuss women’s participation in science careers.

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