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‘Bug guy’

Photo: Patrick Liesch

PJ Liesch — or less formally, UW-Madison's new “bug guy" — had an eventful journey to the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab. He grew up in a “little farm town” in Racine County. He studied biological sciences at UW-Parkside. After graduating in 2007, he found himself working on his master’s degree just two doors down from the Insect Diagnostic Lab. And not long after earning that degree and continuing his research, an opening emerged at the lab. Liesch stepped in as its manager on an interim basis — following the retirement of longtime manager Phil Pellitteri — and was officially dubbed the new “bug guy” in July.

Top Stories

Although risk is low, UW exercises Ebola preparedness

UHS logo

For the past four months, UW-Madison and University Health Services (UHS) officials have actively planned for the possibility of an Ebola case on campus. Colleges are on the low end of risk, UHS says, but they are prepared to deal with the Ebola virus, should the need arise.

Spring commencement to remain at Camp Randall in 2015

Photo: commencement at Camp Randall

On a beautiful Saturday last May, 6,000 students celebrated their graduation with a crowd of over 44,000 family members and friends at Camp Randall Stadium. Thanks to the success of this year’s ceremony, spring commencement activities will return to Camp Randall in 2015.

Global Energy Outlook Summit

Join WEI, international leaders and experts for a day-long event on energy, sustainability, policy and planning challenges facing cities. Register today!

Around Campus

Homecoming parade to close some downtown streets

Photo: 2013 Homecoming Parade

Some major downtown streets will be closed Friday, Oct. 24, for the annual UW Homecoming Parade. For the safety of parade participants and spectators, road closures will be in effect through the afternoon and evening. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Related: Homecoming traditions.

Max Kade Institute moves to the heart of campus

Photo: University Club

After 31 years in the historic Keystone House, the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies has moved to a new home in the heart of campus: the University Club. An open house to welcome the campus community to the institute’s new location will be held on Friday, Oct. 31 from 3-6 p.m.

Outside UW

Statewide outreach projects eligible for grants

Banner and Lincoln

Grants of up to $500 are available to faculty, staff and students who have ideas for creating awareness of the value UW-Madison provides to the state of Wisconsin. The Office of University Relations is seeking applicants for the Statewide Outreach Incentive Program.

Campus Initiatives

Partners in Giving maximizes impact of gifts

The theme of this year’s Partners in Giving campaign, “Many Causes. One Community. Your Choice,” emphasizes the collective impact of thousands of charitable donations — and the freedom to pick the causes that matter most to you. The campaign runs through Nov. 28.  


Multimedia wrap-up shows off ‘Best of the Fest’

The Wisconsin Science Festival engaged thousands over four days of science-driven programming. The Morgridge Institute has put together a multimedia "Best of the Fest" recap of the statewide event, which has become a celebration of creativity and scientific discovery for audiences of all ages.


Meredith McGlone to head news and media relations

Photo: Meredith McGlone

UW-Madison has hired an experienced newspaper editor with deep ties to Wisconsin as its new director of news and media relations. Meredith McGlone, a senior editor at The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, will begin Dec. 1. She succeeds Dennis Chaptman, who retired in July.


Registration opens for self-sustainability conference

Photo: Madison SPA logo

The Madison Student Personnel Association will host its annual conference Oct. 30 with the theme “Building a Sustainable Self.” Faculty and staff who work in student affairs are especially encouraged to attend.


What are you looking at?

Kelsey Baubie of the Department of Zoology correctly guessed that Tuesday's image was the puck-marked boards at LeBahn Arena. Kelsey, you can collect your mug in 27 Bascom.

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