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Homecoming 2015

Photo: Trombone players in UW Band

It happens every year, but each Homecoming brings its own distinctive collection of spirited sights and sounds. A week of activities for students, alumni and fans led up to Friday night's traditional parade up State Street, and culminated in Saturday's football victory over Purdue. Homecoming is one of the most fruitful photo ops for University Communications photographers Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter, who bring us these memorable images.

Top Stories

‘All Ways Forward’ campaign officially underway

Photo: All Ways Forward kickoff event

With the pomp of a chancellor’s address and the enthusiasm of a Homecoming crowd, “All Ways Forward” — the university's largest-ever fundraising campaign — was officially launched Thursday night at the Kohl Center. The campaign's target is $3.2 billion by the end of the decade. Related: Hill successfully filled.

What’s in a name? UW-Madison’s rank in research

Photo: Jocelyn Milner

In automated university rankings, computers may be missing much of UW-Madison's intellectual output because researchers don't call the university by its proper name. Associate Provost and APIR Director Joceyln Milner says we would rise in the rankings if everyone used one of three preferred variants.

Keeping the Great Lakes Great

An expert panel explores how the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth stay vital during the Wisconsin Science Festival, Sun., Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

Around Campus

Academic calendar changes lock in commencement

Photo: Graduation at Camp Randall

The Faculty Senate has approved revisions to the Academic Calendar for academic years 2016 through 2021, including a fixed date for spring commencement and a new summer session. The spring semester will start based on counting backwards from commencement, which will be the second Saturday in May.

Jury awards WARF $234 million in Apple lawsuit

Photo: Computer Science Professor Gurindar Sohi

A federal jury has awarded WARF $234 million in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The dispute centered on technology invented by Gurindar Sohi and his grad students that greatly improves the efficiency and speed of computer processing. Apple used the technology in iPhones and iPads.

University Staff painters refresh Bascom Hall

Photo: Bascom Hall

If you've noticed the exterior of Bascom Hall looking refreshingly spiffy lately, thank the University Staff painters who put in 500 hours brightening up the iconic building's east facade. It took five painters using two 85-foot work platforms, 57 gallons of paint and 72 tubes of caulk to get the job done.

Outside UW

New social network caters to Wisconsin seniors

Photo: David Gustafson

UW researchers have launched a free website for seniors living anywhere in Wisconsin that offers practical information and tools for independent, active living as they age. Called Elder Tree, the site is based on work led by David Gustafson, who directs the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies.

Inside Info

Caramel apples should be fresh or refrigerated

Photo: Caramel apples

How long have those tempting caramel apples been sitting out? UW-Madison food science researchers say if you're going to indulge, look for either fresh or refrigerated ones. Left out for too long, the sweet treats can harbor listeria bacteria. But, the researchers found, neither the apple nor the caramel causes it.

DoIT Apple Customer Appreciation Event Nov. 11

Purchase select Mac or iPad models and get $100 or $50 off. One day only, discount applied day of event. While supplies last.

Milestones

Mathematician Melanie Wood is Packard Fellow

Photo: Melanie Matchett Wood

Melanie Matchett Wood, an assistant professor of mathematics whose research takes new approaches to classic questions of number theory, has been named a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering. Fellows each receive a grant of $875,000 — funding they can use to expand the frontiers of their field.

Monica Turner to lead national ecology group

Photo: Monica Turner

Monica Turner, who has made a career of studying ecosystem resilience in the face of ecological challenges, from severe forest fires and bark beetle outbreaks to climate and land use change in Wisconsin, has been named to a one-year term as president of the Ecological Society of America in its centennial year.

In the Media

UW researchers: Climate change worse than it sounds

Photo: Migratory birds in flight

Salon.com reports on UW research suggesting climate change is worse than it sounds. The researchers say although it might be nice for us humans to have a shorter winter, it will mess with migratory birds as they discover that food in their breeding grounds is already gone by the time they get there.

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