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Convergence zone

Photo: Converging railroad tracks

Spinoffs. Patents. Technology transfer. These terms often describe the outcomes of mixing academia and business. But they don’t tell the whole story about how research institutions and industry can benefit from more productive interactions. This is where the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery's Hybrid Zone X and its director, Carrie Pagliarini, see tremendous opportunity. To facilitate this interface, Pagliarini leads new “Exchange” events that yield unconventional collaborations — and potentially entrepreneurial ventures — at the convergence of research and business.  

Top Stories

Campus lowers tuition balance by 41 percent

Photo: Bascom Hall

In response to state legislative directives, UW–Madison has lowered its tuition balance by 41 percent from 2013 to 2014. Of the $84.5 million in tuition balances, $80.5 million is obligated or planned for expenses the campus will incur in 2014-15. Only $4 million is a true reserve.

‘Bigger is better,’ Blank says in State of the University

Rebecca Blank

“A lot of liberal arts colleges attract students and faculty by ... claiming that ‘small is beautiful,’" Chancellor Rebecca Blank noted Monday. “I’m firmly committed to the idea that, when it comes to education and research, ‘bigger is better,’” Blank said during her State of the University address.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Dave Ackley: Artificial Life for Bigger & Safer Computing, Wed., October 8, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Pink flamingos beckon givers to Fill the Hill today

Photo: Pink flamingos on Bascom Hill

Pink flamingos are making Bascom Hill home once again to recognize gifts and pledges to the university through 5 p.m. today. As part of the UW's Annual Campaign, alumni and friends are encouraged to “Fill the Hill” by making a gift to the university today.

Multicultural events to make Homecoming more inclusive

Photos: Attendees at Multicultural Homecoming

Homecoming is one of the longest-running traditions at UW-Madison. A campus coalition led by WAA is working to make the occasion more inclusive. In 2013, more than 170 attendees participated in the first Multicultural Homecoming, and this year the event is poised to expand.

Outside UW

Faculty to study ‘makerspaces’ in Madison libraries

UW faculty Erica Halverson (left) and Rebekah Willett have secured a grant to study “makerspaces,” workshop environments where people come together to produce arts and artifacts. They will work with the Madison Public Library and its maker-focused Bubbler program.

Campus Initiatives

New shared governance website debuts

Photo: W banner on Bascom Hill

Shared governance is one of the most important aspects of the UW System, with its principles specifically noted in state statute and Regent rules. A new website offers help for academic staff, classified staff, faculty and students who are interested. Related: Shared governance reception today.


UW names first international safety director

Photo: Ronald Machoian

To help ensure safe and trouble-free travels for faculty, staff and students, the Office of Risk Management in the Business Services Office recently created the position of international safety and security director and hired Ronald Machoian, who comes to the UW from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Grant and Fellowship Funds

The annual Virginia Horne Henry competition is open. Apply for a fellowship or grant funds related to women’s physical education and movement.


Brower a finalist for UW Colleges/Extension chancellor

Photo: Aaron Brower

Aaron Brower, a former UW-Madison vice provost, is among four finalists for the position of chancellor at the UW Colleges and UW-Extension. The finalist selected will succeed Ray Cross, who was named UW System president effective Feb. 15. Brower is currently the interim chancellor.


Animal research ethics discussion to be held Thursday

Bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn (left) and veterinary pathologist Eric Sandgren will meet Thursday evening for a discussion of animal research ethics. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building.

Madison to host Oral History Association conference

Photo: Oral History Association

Madison will be front and center during the Oral History Association’s 48th annual meeting from Oct. 8-12. The meeting will take place at the Madison Concourse Hotel with the theme “Oral History in Motion: Movements, Transformations, and the Power of Story."

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