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Collaboration is key

Photo: John Dunne

As the new Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, John Dunne focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemp-lative practice, specifically where they coincide with cognitive science and psychology. Dunne appreciates being part of a cross-disciplinary team that conducts research to ultimately benefit people throughout the world. “Part of what drives me is an interest in practical benefits,” he says. “It’s the future of the humanities. It’s already very much a part of the sciences.”

Top Stories

Academic calendar changes approved

Photo: Keith Woodward teaching class

The Faculty Senate has approved revisions to the Academic Calendar for academic years 2017 through 2021, including more predictable, even-length semesters of 69 days of instruction over 15 weeks. The summary period will also be shortened by one day and no exams will be held on the day of commencement.  

UWPD begins $4.8 million headquarters expansion

Illustration: UWPD expansion artist rendering

Work is underway on a construction project that will more than double the size of the current UW-Madison Police Department headquarters building on Monroe Street. The $4.8 million expansion will add more offices and much needed larger training space for the department.

Curious Case of Descartes’s Fabulous World

Why was Descartes too scared to publish his first book? Professor Steve Nadler will answer the question Wed., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., 1100 Grainger Hall.

Around Campus

Register for Diversity Forum

Photo: Rabia Chaudry

Registration is open for the 2016 UW-Madison Diversity Forum, ALL INclusive: Our Diversity Commitment in Practice, Nov. 1 at Union South. The keynote speaker is Rabia Chaudry, whose work focuses on the empowerment and inclusion of American Muslim communities in the national security realm.  

The tricky task of teaching about politics

Photo: Trump and Clinton

As the election approaches, educators have an opportunity to help students better under-stand American politics. Not everyone feels comfortable discussing the candidates or teaching about hot-button issues. But simply steering clear of controversy isn’t the answer, says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.

Free vaccine for undergrads starts today

Photo: Vaccine being administered to woman's arm

University Health Services begins admin-istering free meningococcal vaccine today at the SERF. UHS recommends that all under-graduates through age 25 be vaccinated, in response to two recent cases in students. Vaccine will also be given Friday and next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Outside UW

Student’s idea thwarts invasive species

Photo: Buckthorn plants

The problem was simple: Invasive buckthorn trees kept resprouting in Matthew Hamilton's backyard every time he cut them back. The solution was equally simple, and within a few months, his patent-pending cure would annihilate the weed tree once and for all — without herbicides. Meet the Buckthorn Baggie.

Campus Initiatives

Students urged to #SpeakUp in campus climate survey

Graphic: 'W' crest

UW-Madison is asking students to participate in a campus climate survey now through Nov. 7. The results will be used to guide efforts to make campus safer, more welcoming, and more productive for all students. Remind students to check their email for the link.


New faculty focus: Pavana Prabhakar

Photo: Pavana Prabhakar

Pavana Prabhakar ensures that structures maintain their integrity in the face of extreme conditions — in other words, that our buildings, ships and vehicles don’t break. The assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering is passionate about engaging women in the engineering field.

David L. DeMets Lectures in Health and Quantitative Investigation

Biostatisics & Medical Informatics event. Thurs., Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 4, noon. Featured Speaker, David Heckerman, MD, Ph.D.

In the Media

Data officer assesses the state of analytics

Photo: Jason Fishbain

UW-Madison Chief Data Officer Jason Fishbain tells EdTech magazine how univers-ities could use data to personalize the student experience. "The next generation of students grew up with personalized experiences, inter-acting with Netflix and Amazon, for example," he says. "I think some students expect it."

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