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Calm before the storm

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Nighttime falls over the illuminated windows of the Microbial Sciences Building in a peaceful scene from late July. In the background under a darkening sky is Lake Mendota and a silhouette of Picnic Point. Campus is now abuzz with activity for home football versus UNLV and the start of classes Friday.

Top Stories

Seminars cover financial strategies for employees

Resources are available for faculty and staff who may be dealing with difficulties related to increased health care and benefit costs and the associated decrease in take-home pay.

Related: UW System has updated its FAQ (PDF) on the impacts of the budget repair bill and the 2011-13 state budget on employees.

The Red Shirt

Put Bucky where your heart is by getting The Red Shirt! Proceeds benefit the Great People Scholarship. Bring out your Badger. It makes a difference.

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Around Campus

Caught on tape: Researchers track, help protect elusive bear in Ecuador

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While one of South America's most elusive animals makes its way through dense and rugged mountain forests, Nelson Institute researchers snap away, capturing images of the Andean bear. Or, at least, their hidden cameras do, set to automatically take pictures when motion sensors pick up activity.

Union renovation plans aired at public forum

The same plan that envisions an expanded lobby at the Wisconsin Union Theater would also boost the amount of Terrace seating area available near the theater, officials said Tuesday.

Inside Info

Letting go as your child leaves the nest

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With parents far more involved in their child's lives, "letting go" can be a greater challenge than ever before — both for parents and children. Gwen McIntosh, a UW Health pediatrician and School of Medicine and Public Health professor, shares advice on managing the transition to college and staying connected.

Notable Numbers

674: The number of women faculty in fall 2010, representing  25 percent of all faculty, compared with 17 percent in 2000. Source: Data Digest

Buzz

It’s game day!

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Get inspired for the new season by downloading these free MP3s of "On, Wisconsin!" and your favorite UW songs. Also, follow the band on Twitter at @badgerband.

Milestones

Longtime library director reflects on a career

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For Libraries director Ken Frazier, becoming a librarian brought him into collaboration with a wide spectrum of students, scholars and administrators. He reflects on his career as he prepares to retire in December.

Events

Karp Family concert

7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5, in Mills Concert Hall at the Mosse Humanities Building. The traditional opening of the School of Music's concert season features three generations of the Karp family and colleagues from the school's faculty. The event is free and unticketed.

Interact

Make your meetings more effective

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We've all endured bad meetings. The Office of Quality Improvement offers a series of best practices and resources, including audio clips, to make meetings more efficient. What's your best advice for meeting success?

Thanks to Marti Lindstrom of WHA for her advice to new students! She wins a UW coffee mug. Lastly, are you or someone you know participating in Ironman Wisconsin? We'd love to hear from you at insideuw@uc.wisc.edu.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.