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A good read for ‘Big Read’

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“A Tale for the Time Being” spans both time and the globe, but at heart, it’s a story about the relationship between a writer and a reader. A novelist on a remote Canadian island — who bears more than a passing resemblance to author Ruth Ozeki — finds a diary, written several years earlier by a troubled teenage girl in Tokyo. The new novel from the critically acclaimed and best-selling author is the selection for the fifth year of Go Big Read.

Top Stories

MPD, UWPD investigate string of armed robberies

Three armed robberies in the Vilas neighborhood surrounding the UW-Madison campus over the past week have UWPD and MPD alerting the campus community and urging a focus on personal safety, even while indoors.

Presidential panel taps Burden’s election expertise

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Political science professor Barry Burden is providing research to a presidential commission looking into how to improve federal elections. The panel is a response to difficulties during the 2012 presidential election, when voters waited in line four to six hours to cast their ballots in some states.

Alumnus wins Lasker Award — the ‘American Nobel’

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Richard Scheller, a biotechnology executive who graduated from UW-Madison with a B.S. in biochemistry in 1974, has shared the 2013 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for work explaining how messenger chemicals move between nerve cells.

Explore, Experience, Volunteer at the Wisconsin Science Fest

Unleash your curiosity at the Midwest’s only science festival, Sept. 26-29. Free admission across campus; programs and fun for all interests and ages; volunteers needed.

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Around Campus

Center makes better professors of young scientists

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The UW-Madison-based Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) has received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation — funding that will help train 7,000 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows each year to become future faculty in the STEM fields.

Inside Info

Free mobile fish identification tools available

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Exactly 174 Wisconsin fish can now fit into your pocket. And they’re not even wet, or smelly. Visit UW Sea Grant’s Wisconsin Fish Identification website and download the free Android or iOS app to quickly identify the fish of Wisconsin’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. There is a mobile website as well.

Free Screening: The Flowers of Madison

This independent documentary film follows the lives of three women facing and overcoming the greatest obstacles in their lives. Tues. Sept 17, 5:30 p.m. Ebling, Microbial Sciences.

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Buzz

Artist in residence to explore cross-border exchanges

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Alex Rivera is a New York-based digital media artist and filmmaker whose work over the past 15 years has used a wild variety of forms to explore issues of labor, migration and other cross-border exchanges. The Arts Institute is welcoming him as the Fall 2013 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence.

Milestones

Ex-directors edit ‘Libraries and the Reading Public’

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Two former directors of the School of Library and Information Studies — Christine Pawley and Louise Robbins — are editors of a newly released book, "Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth Century America," from the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.

Akhter named new chief of cardiothoracic surgery

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Shahab Akhter has been appointed the new chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Hospital and Clinics, effective Sept. 3. He joins the UW from from the University of Chicago.

In the Media

Gratton bee research featured on PBS

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A PBS segment entitled “Meet the Natives: Wild Bees” featured CALS entomologist Claudio Gratton. The video follows Gratton — in the field and in the lab — as he studies native bees and their habitats in search of new options for pollinating plants.

Events

UW participates in Celebrate South Madison festival

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The connection between campus and a vibrant neighborhood community will be renewed this weekend during the Celebrate South Madison festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Labor Temple at 1602 S. Park St.

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