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Demise of the dome

Photo: Bascom Hall with dome

One hundred years ago this Monday, Bascom Hall underwent a momentous change. The imposing dome that once topped the building burned on Oct. 10, 1916. Fortunately, the rest of the structure was spared and Bascom has survived looking pretty much the same for the century since. But go back further and you'll see some striking differences. This gallery of Bascom Hall images reveals how much the iconic landmark has evolved over the years before, during and after the fire.

Top Stories

Baldwin grants reward outreach, engagement

Banner and Lincoln

The Provost’s Office is soliciting outreach, research and public engagement proposals for funding through the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. Baldwin projects can receive up to $120,000, and mini-grants in smaller amounts will also be awarded. Pre-proposals are due Dec. 5.

Finalists for chief human resources officer named

Photo: W crest

Three finalists for the position of chief human resources officer will be giving public presentations on campus starting next week. The chief human resources officer provides leadership, policy direction and management oversight for all HR services for UW–Madison faculty and staff.

Big Ideas Busy Scholars at Wisconsin Science Festival

UW students and postdocs hit the stage for flash talks, Fri., Oct. 21, 4 p.m. in the Discovery Building. Starring some of the brightest bulbs on campus.

Around Campus

Shared governance reception is Tuesday

Photo: Bascom Hall

Academic staff, university staff, and faculty are invited to a reception to celebrate shared governance next Tuesday at Union South. Campus leaders are encouraging employees to participate in shared governance, which is — and will continue to be — crucial to the decision-making process at the university. Related: Learn how to get involved.

System provides guidelines on campaign activity

Photo: "Vote" poster on bulletin board

With the election near, UW System is providing guidance on political campaign activities at UW institutions. The document provides general guidelines for employees and students of the UW System who wish to engage in an important but regulated activity: political campaign involvement.

Research unit moves to better align missions

Photo: Gloved hand holding test tube

Research and Sponsored Programs will now be under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The move is intended "to enhance research support on campus, from proposal submission to closing out awards,” says Vice Chancellor Marsha Mailick. RSP's office will stay at 21 N. Park St.

Jack Williams: Why I’m staying at UW-Madison

Photo: Jack Williams

Geography Professor Jack Williams tells in a recent column why he is staying here despite an attractive job offer from a private university. "Being at the University of Wisconsin feels like being in the Marines or the Packers: You are with the best," he writes. "I stayed to stand by this great university in a tough time."

Campus Initiatives

University reaches out to working adults

Photo: Rebecca Blank

UW-Madison, while thought of mainly as a residential university, is increasingly serving nontraditional students through online, hybrid, accelerated, and evening/weekend programs, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says. "These are often busy professionals with adult respons-ibilities who can’t put their lives on hold."


New faculty focus: Michelle Schwarze

Photo: Michelle Schwarze

Michelle Schwarze says she has always been interested in why we are motivated to participate in political life in the ways that we do. The California native thought all the hype about Wisconsin winters was overblown when she visited on a June day. Then came the polar vortex — but she's OK with that.


Q&A: Director who targets incivility visiting campus

Photo: Julie Winokur

Julie Winokur had an existential moment after her son called her “intolerant” of other people’s political views. She decided to create a film — and a national movement — to understand why people believe what they believe. “Bring It to the Table” will be shown on campus tonight, then Winokur will lead a discussion.

In Memoriam

Daniel Bernstine: Lawyer, professor, dean

Daniel O. Bernstine, dean of the Law School from 1990 to 1997, has died at age 69. Before serving as dean, Bernstine was the first graduate of the William H. Hastie Fellowship Program at UW Law. After leaving Wisconsin, he served as president of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.


Astrophysicist brings climate change message

Photo: Frank Shu

Noted astrophysicist Frank Shu will talk about reversing climate change when he visits campus Oct. 12 to deliver the Hilldale Lecture in the Physical Sciences. Shu’s talk at the Discovery Building will address technology developed in his labs that he believes could halt the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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