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Showman or scientist?

Photo: Jeff Vinkour on Whoopi show

At the tender age of 24, Jeff Vinokur has an agent and a publicist. He appears on national and local television with regularity, wowing audiences with dazzling demonstrations in his role as "The Dancing Scientist." He is also on the horns of a dilemma. Vinokur would love to become a working scientist, and he is well on his way to that goal. So, what’s the problem? “I essentially have two careers right now,” he explains. “Is it possible to do both well? I don’t know the answer to that yet, but it is a great problem to have.”

Top Stories

‘State of the University’ discussed at Faculty Senate

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank delivered the annual State of the University speech Monday at Faculty Senate, touching on a broad array of topics, including nonresident enrollment, budgets, tenure and the UW's relationship with the state. Related: Faculty Senate reviews tenure proposal.

UW-Madison grad William Campbell wins Nobel Prize

Photo: William Campbell

William C. Campbell, a master's and doctoral graduate of UW-Madison, has been awarded a share of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Campbell was cited for his work that led to dramatically lowering the incidence of diseases that afflicted tens of millions of people in the world's tropical regions.

Celebrating Healthy and Purposeful Aging

Enjoy this free, family-focused exploration of health, happiness and well-being, Sat., Oct 10 at Discovery. Entertaining talks and hands-on activities. Register.

Around Campus

Period to sign up for or change benefits begins

Photo: Benefits fair

The Annual Benefits Enrollment period is open and runs through Oct. 30. This is the time when an employee may enroll in or make changes to existing benefit plans. Employees can also learn about benefit changes at the Employee Benefits and Resource Fair, today until 3 p.m. at Union South.

Campus honors Outstanding Women of Color

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This year's recipients of the eighth annual Outstanding Women of Color Awards will be recognized at a reception Wednesday. The awards recognize service in several areas, including scholarly research, writing, speaking and/or teaching about race, ethnicity and indigeneity in American society.

Faculty, staff invited to shared governance reception

Photo: Bascom Hall at night

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the UW-Madison Shared Governance Reception Wednesday from 3–5 p.m. in Varsity Hall at Union South. Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf will be there, and Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell will deliver remarks. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

WARF draws top inventors, entrepreneurs for series

Graphic: WARF logo

To cap its 90th anniversary, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is hosting a four-part discussion series starting Oct. 14 exploring the cycle of innovation. The focus will be on the four pillars of innovation: research leading to discovery, invention, commercialization and investment.

Campus Initiatives

Enrollment proposal linked to workforce needs

Photo: Student speaker at convocation

UW-Madison officials are hoping to help meet the talent needs of state businesses by accelerating the recruitment of top Wisconsin high school students, continuing to guarantee the enrollment of at least 3,500 Wisconsin high school grads, and waiving the nonresident enrollment cap for the next four years.

Grants offered for showing UW’s value to state

Illustration: Map of Wisconsin counties

Grants of up to $500 are available for projects or initiatives that create awareness of the value UW-Madison provides to the state. The Statewide Outreach Incentive Grant Program provides funding for activities targeted at communities outside of Dane County.

WARF’s 90 Years: Decade by Decade

WARF’s Decade by Decade series concludes with a look at our brick and mortar relationship with the university.

Graphic: WARF 90th anniversary logo


Yin is new director of China Initiative

Photo: Jerry Yin

Jerry C.P. Yin has been named faculty director of the Wisconsin China Initiative. The initiative, launched in 2007, is the contact point for information about UW–Madison connections with China and the region, and to bring together faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government.

In Memoriam

Barbara Martinez enjoyed Ogg Hall tales

Photo: Barbara Martinez

Barbara J. Martinez, who retired from University Housing in 2003 after more than 16 years, died Sept. 28 after a long illness. Martinez loved the students she worked with in Ogg Hall and enjoyed telling stories of her experiences with her unique sense of humor. A private celebration of her life will be held.


Cramer to speak on ‘Politics of Resentment’

Kathy Cramer

The Morgridge Institute's Crossroads of Ideas tonight will feature political scientist Kathy Cramer talking about her upcoming book, "The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker," in which she examines rural resentment toward cities and its political implications.

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