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Celebrating innovation

Photo: Laser lab

From dairy science to dance to vitamin D to stem cells, the UW has pushed the boundaries of what is known and the limits of what is possible for more than 160 years. To mark this pioneering spirit, the campus will celebrate the Year of Innovation during the 2012-13 academic year.

Top Stories

UW maintains top 10 U.S. News ranking

UW-Madison tied for 10th among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of "Best Colleges." We also improved our ranking among 281 national doctoral universities, tying for 41st compared to 42nd last year.

Campus responds to PETA research allegations

Allegations made Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about UW sound localization studies are "a gross misrepresentation of the research and the care and treatment" of animals in the study. Related: View a site detailing animal research policies, rationale and discoveries.

Arboretum Native Plant Garden Tour

Free tour focusing on native plants in flower and dispersing seed as autumn approaches.

Around Campus

Instructor works to combat domestic violence

Photo: hand grabbing wrist

Aphra Med­nick, a new out­reach spe­cial­ist in the Department of Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment and Applied Stud­ies, comes to DCS after work­ing in the fields of health care and domes­tic vio­lence. She has developed a Nov. 5 work­shop, Domes­tic Vio­lence: Aware­ness and Pre­ven­tion.

Annual Brittany Run gets new name and new location

The renamed, third annual Brittany Run/Brittany Zimmermann 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29. Help honor Zimmermann's memory and raise money for Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

Universe in the Park takes astronomy to state parks

Universe in the Park, a popular outreach program of the university's Department of Astronomy, introduces the public to astronomy during sessions in state park campgrounds. The program continues until Oct. 31.

Inside Info

Looking back to see future trends

When David Egan-Robertson was asked to project Wisconsin’s population trends 30 years into the future, he went 30 years into the past. Egan-Robertson, a demographer in the CALS-based Applied Population Laboratory, is the author of a report on the state’s 30-year population projections issued in July.    

Buzz

Choices available under state cell phone contracts

UW employees who need cell service for their work now have several choices through new state vendor contracts, according to the Division of Information Technology.

Milestones

Professional development grants offered

The Academic Staff Professional Development Grant Program is being offered for all UW-Madison academic staff members who hold at least a 50 percent appointment.

R. Alta Charo appointed to NIH advisory positions

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has appointed R. Alta Charo to the Advisory Council for the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health.

Events

Houseplant sale set for Sept. 14-16

Photo: Houseplant

Are you hoping to hang onto some greenery as fall advances on Wisconsin? If so, the UW Horticulture Society has a plant sale that should be just the ticket.

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