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Live and learn

Photo: Female students studying together

You’ve heard it, and you’ve probably said it: “Live and learn.” The phrase takes on new meaning in UW–Madison’s Residential Learning Communities, where students with the same academic focus live together — and study together — in a single residence hall. One such community is WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), where female students support, encourage and challenge each other to succeed in male-dominated fields. When you’re stuck on a homework problem, says one, there’s nothing like knowing your next-door neighbor might have the answer.

Top Stories

Average time to graduate declines to record low

Photo: students outside Kohl Center

The amount of time it takes UW-Madison students to earn their degrees has decreased to 4.13 years — the lowest on record, according to a data-rich report by the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research. The report also showed improvement in the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate.

L&S surveys show liberal arts grads are working

Photo: graduates at commencement

New data from the College of Letters & Science shows the school’s liberal arts graduates are thriving in the job market after earning their degrees. Nearly 90 percent are employed full time, attending graduate school, or both, according to two surveys conducted by the UW-Madison Survey Center.  

Ebola in Context

A world-renowned panel revisits the Ebola outbreak and discusses future health crises during the Wisconsin Science Festival, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

Around Campus

Gift to expand focus on children and well-being

Photo: Dottie and Bob King

A $10 million gift from alumna Dottie King and her husband, Bob, will allow the university to recruit interdisciplinary faculty who focus on children and well-being to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the School of Education. The gift creates a partnership with the Kings' Thrive Foundation for Youth.

UW, Verona schools host minority student conference

Photo: Student holding schoolbooks

An estimated 250 student leaders from 10 states will gather Oct. 7-10 for the Minority Student Achievement Network Student Conference, hosted by UW-Madison and the Verona school district. Students will come up with ideas to create a more equitable educational environment for students of color.

What a business prof learned from roller derby

Photo: Roller Derby match

Markets exist not just for the exchange of goods and services for money, says business Professor Craig Thompson. They also provide for an exchange of ideas, enabling people to create identities for themselves. Thompson explains how this type of market operates, using the example of roller derby.

Outside UW

UW spinoff on track to build facility in Janesville

Photo: Greg Piefer

Shine Medical Technologies of Madison is moving ahead with an effort to make a vital medical isotope at a new plant in Janesville. Shine CEO Greg Piefer began pursuing technology that can make the isotope while a UW-Madison graduate student in the 1990s. The plant is expected to employ 150 people.

Campus Initiatives

Baldwin grants competition announced

Graphic: Wisconsin Idea light bulb

The Office of the Provost has announced the 2015-16 competition for the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grants. The program, open to faculty, staff and students, is designed to foster public engagement and advance the Wisconsin Idea. The deadline for pre-proposals is Dec. 1.

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.

In the Media

Doctor says report shows need for second opinions

Photo: Lee Wilke

What are the chances that sometime during your life, you'll receive a late or completely wrong medical diagnosis? Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Lee Wilke, director of the UW Breast Center, about a new report that says odds are, you will — with the potential for devastating consequences.


SPA meets to encourage student voices

Photo: Valyncia Raphael

The Student Personnel Association (SPA) conference Oct. 16 will focus on the theme “Encouraging Student Voices.” Speakers will include Valyncia Raphael (left), a doctoral student in educational leadership and policy analysis, and UW-Madison community relations director Everett Mitchell.

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