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Spikes and smiles

Photo: Debi Machotka and Jaxson

Jaxson Trickle was nothing but a champ after having yet another surgery, only five months after a kidney transplant. But when you’re 7 years old and just want to be at home playing with your Scooby Doo Legos, it’s tough to sit at your hospital room window in a wheelchair, looking out at a gray, rainy morning. So when Debi Machotka entered Jaxson’s room at American Family Children’s Hospital, she was a ray of sunshine. Her tools? A comb, a spray bottle, a pair of shears and several tubes of hair chalk, in all colors of the rainbow.  

Top Stories

UW using online benefits enrollment tool

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UW-Madison is using "eBenefits" for the 2017 Annual Benefits Enrollment. By using the automated eBenefits enrollment tool, employees will receive a confirmation statement of their benefit elections and will experience convenient, flexible and time saving enrollments using paperless technology.

Vaccinations for undergrads begin Thursday

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University Health Services is recommending that all UW–Madison undergraduates be vaccinated against meningococcal disease serogroup B, starting Thursday at the SERF. Please encourage students to get the free vaccines. Two students are recovering from the illness.  

Zika spotlighted at Wisconsin Science Festival

UW disease experts put the epidemic in context Sat., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Discovery Building. Panelists talk potential impact abroad and at home.

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Around Campus

UW-Madison loves to ride

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UW-Madison took top honors in Love to Ride Madison, a citywide program designed to encourage bicycling. Madison employers competed to see who could get the most employees to ride a bike between Sept. 12 and Oct. 7. UW finished 1st in the over-500-employees category.

Gallery: National spotlight fuels football frenzy

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The score was regrettable, but the atmosphere was unforgettable. As if a night game at Camp Randall wouldn't offer enough excitement, campus was buzzing earlier Saturday with ESPN's College GameDay broadcast from Bascom Hill. Here's a gallery of what you missed if you weren't there.

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New faculty focus: Revel Sims

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Revel Sims' work deals with urban displace-ment and gentrification. A bike commuter with varied interests, Sims strives in his work to create practical knowledge that can be used to improve people's living conditions. Related: If you've joined the faculty during 2016 and would like to be featured here, email us!

WARF Essential Topics

Why is STEM engagement important to innovation? USPTO’s Christal Sheppard & WARF’s Erik Iverson present at #WiSciFest. Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., Discovery Building.

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Buzz

Kriegel takes political analytics to high level

Photo: Elan Kriegel

In the 2016 presidential election, alumnus Elan Kriegel may count more than anyone else. That’s not to say he’s more important. But as cofounder of BlueLabs, Kriegel — chief data analyst for the Hillary Clinton campaign — counts up people, places and things, and then tries to make sense of all those numbers.

Milestones

Office wins international award for achieving impact

Photo: Maury Cotter

UW-Madison’s Office of Quality Improvement has received an award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). The office, directed by Maury Cotter, provides services to campus including strategic planning, project management, restructuring, process improvement and change management.

In the Media

Budget proposal wins newspaper’s support

A "W" crest banner hanging on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin is pictured in relation to an out-of-focus view of the Wisconsin State Capitol dome during autumn on Sept. 30, 2010. While the two icons are nearly one mile apart, a telephoto lens was used to create the compressed-perspective view. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

The Wisconsin State Journal is on board with the UW System request for a $42 million budget increase. "UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is right: It’s time to reinvest in Wisconsin’s universities after a $250 million cut in the last state budget," the State Journal says in an editorial.

Events

Peter Krsko: ‘Art and Technology Inspired by Nature’

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Explore how nature inspires new advanced technologies and engaging works of art. Peter Krsko will present his work ranging from microscopic art to large-scale public art. Participants will get a chance to design and build hexagonal patterns by learning from bees. Thursday at the Elvehjem Building.

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