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‘It takes a campus’

Gregg Mitman was shooting a documentary in Liberia this summer when Ebola hit the headlines. Tony Goldberg (above) has studied bats and the diseases they carry in Uganda. Alta Charo provides a legal and ethical perspective on balancing public health with civil rights. As the world grapples with the Ebola outbreak, professors Mitman, Goldberg and Charo discuss how UW–Madison is involved in holistic, cross-disciplinary efforts to understand the crisis and propose solutions. Related: Ebola panel on campus Wednesday night.

Top Stories

Blank: Budget model provides transparency, flexibility

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the proposed new budget model for campus will provide transparency and flexibility, and better meet the needs of a great public university in the 21st century — with incentives for efficiency and innovation to keep the university strong. Related: Campus forums scheduled.

WISCIENCE to expand science education, outreach

Photo: Science outreach

The UW's Institute for Biology Education is expanding to become the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE), extending across the natural sciences and emphasizing outreach and support for groups underrepresented in science.

Trick or Treat at the Tech Store on Halloween

Wear a costume to a DoIT Tech Store location on Oct. 31 for a $5 Tech Store coupon, free goodies, and spooky good deals on MacBooks and iPads.

Around Campus

2015 Annual Benefit Enrollment period ends Friday

Photo: UW crest

The Annual Benefits Enrollment period, a yearly opportunity for eligible employees to make changes to select benefit plans, ends Friday, Oct. 31. All changes become effective Jan. 1, 2015. If no action is taken during the period, nearly all of your benefits will continue in 2015 — though exceptions do exist.

UW to serve as national hub for mentor training

Illustration: play figures holding puzzle pieces

UW-Madison will serve as a national hub for research mentor and mentee training for the National Research Mentoring Network recently announced by NIH. A primary goal of NRMN is to address the disparities in the full participation of biomedical research by underrepresented minorities.

Campus Initiatives

Project puts campus compost to use

Photo: Compost bin

Thanks to an ongoing partnership, consumer food waste collected on campus is being taken to the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, where the resulting compost is used for research programs or sold to bulk buyers. Collection sites can be found throughout campus.  

Inside Info

Poultry Club taking Thanksgiving turkey orders

Photo: Thanksgiving turkey

The UW Poultry Science Club is offering fresh Thanksgiving turkeys. The annual sale, a tradition dating back more than half a century, is the club’s main fundraiser. Orders can be placed until Nov. 7; supplies are limited.

Milestones

Stahl wins ‘green chemistry’ award

Photo: Shannon Stahl

Chemistry professor Shannon Stahl is one of five scientists nationwide to receive a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of his research on using oxygen from the air in chemical reactions.  

In the Media

Bo Ryan, UW students team up for cancer fundraiser

Photo: #makebopay event

Madison.com reports on the third annual #MakeBoPay fundraiser for cancer research. Men's basketball coach Bo Ryan and his wife, Kelly, pledged to donate $10 for free throws and $1,000 for half-court shots converted by students. After matching gifts, the event raised $276,775.

Events

Haunted house proceeds go to feed families

Photo: Old Horse Barn haunted house

Things will be spooky at the UW Horse Barn this Wednesday and Thursday. The Saddle and Sirloin club’s Haunted House will be open from 7-10 p.m. Lights will be on for children until 8. Admission is either $1 or a non-perishable food item. Three meals can be provided to families in need for every $1.

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