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Becky Blank, meet Becky Blank

Photo: Two Rebecca Blanks meet

While Chancellor Rebecca Blank (right) is close to the heart of campus in her Bascom Hall office, referee Becky Blank (third from left) is closest to the action on the court during college women's basketball games. When news of the new chancellor's selection broke, a number of referee Becky’s friends and coworkers sent her emails and texts congratulating her on her new job. Since then, she has received several misdirected emails intended for the chancellor per week. It's a hazard of being among the name-tag doppelgängers on campus.

Top Stories

UW remains strong in 2014 U.S. News rankings

Photo: Bascom Hall

UW-Madison held steady in U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of 270 national doctoral universities, again tying for 41st overall. The university tied for 11th among public institutions in rankings released today in the 2014 edition of "Best Colleges." Last year, the UW placed 10th.

Regents, legislators discuss common ground

Photo: State Capitol

The Board of Regents reached out to legislators Thursday to find common ground regarding public higher education in the state. “We need to ‘reboot’ the longstanding partnership between Wisconsin and its public universities,” Regent President Michael Falbo said. Related: Discussion over fund balances.

Nominations being accepted for classified staff election

Photo: locksmith Chris Crawford

Nominations for UW-Madison’s first-ever Classified Staff Executive Committee are being sought from classified staff members. Nine people will be elected, representing nearly 5,000 employees. Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 3. Ballots will be mailed to voters’ homes starting Oct. 18.

Great deals at Tech Demo Day!

Come to the DoIT Tech Store, 333 East Campus Mall, TODAY, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy product demos, music, deals and giveaways, plus a visit from Bucky.

Around Campus

Accessible Observatory Hill shuttle offered

Photo: Observatory Drive seen from Van Hise Hall

Getting up Observatory Hill will now be easier for members of the campus community who are not physically able to make the trip. A new, accessible shuttle will run until the Route 80 campus bus, detoured due to construction, can once again return to its regular route.

AHABS building renamed in honor of Hanson

Photo: Robert P. Hanson

The Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences (AHABS) Building, 1656 Linden Drive, one of the major campus facilities housing faculty and laboratories of the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been renamed in honor of the late Professor Robert P. Hanson.

Views on UW System, presidential search to be aired

Graphic: UW System logo

A video conference for faculty, staff, and community constituents to share priority issues for the UW System and the qualities sought in a new system president will be held this Thursday at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.


McLimans is a Madisonian to know

The Wisconsin State Journal recently featured Melissa McLimans, digital services librarian at the UW Digital Collections Center (UWDC) in its "Know Your Madisonian" column. She shared her perspective on the importance of digital collections for preservation, and how to engage with users on social media. (May require registration.)

Waisman Center Symposium

Register for this October 3 symposium to celebrate the Waisman Center’s 40th anniversary. This event is free and open to all.


Tweets contribute to animal, human well-being

By collecting information from Twitter and news stories, the Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN) is creating a more complete picture of wildlife health that could signal the early stages of emerging, significant threats to human and animal health.


Retired Dow exec joins UW, will focus on innovation

Bill Banholzer recently retired as an executive vice president and chief technology officer of the Dow Chemical Company. Now, he has joined UW-Madison with appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and in the Wisconsin Energy Institute.

In the Media

WID games development cited on NBC

Screen Image: NBC News Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman

NBC Nightly News on Saturday mentioned work being done by WID's Games+Learning+Society research group in a report on the benefits of video games in helping kids with thinking and focus. The games it has developed were cited as showing that "video games can be much more than child's play."      

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