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Honoring Brock’s basic research

Photo: Tom Brock

Over time, the esoteric quests of science have proven easy targets for politicians looking for a cheap headline. In 1966, microbiologist Tom Brock's treks to Yellowstone National Park to study life in the park's thermal springs might easily have been singled out as yet another feckless science project, deserving of a "Golden Fleece Award." But Brock found something that validates investments in basic science. Now, he is being recognized with the Golden Goose Award, an award aimed at celebrating "seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact."

Top Stories

Library Mall design options proposed

Map: Library Mall design proposal

An oval. A great lawn. Or something more historic? Those are the three main options for the remake of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall. The campus community will have an opportunity to provide feedback at 5 p.m. tomorrow in Memorial Union.

Celebrate Bucky’s Birthday at Badger Bash Sept 21 at Noon!

Don’t miss the UW Marching Band at Badger Bash, the ultimate tailgate experience, before the Purdue game. Food and fun starts at noon at Union South.

Around Campus

Humanities fellows step into ‘real world’

Five members of the first cohort of UW-Madison Public Humanities Fellows have started their jobs at Madison community organizations. The Center for the Humanities has worked with local institutions to create opportunities for graduate students and faculty in the humanities to contribute to civic life and explore careers outside of academia.

Humans vs. Zombies returns to campus

Photo: student with Nerf blaster

Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) has returned to the UW-Madison campus.  This is a week-long modern-day game of tag in which students use Nerf blasters to protect themselves from “zombies” — in turn, zombies are to tag those designated as humans, turning them into zombies. As with any large event, safety is key.

Campuswide fire drills continue this week

Photo: Fire alarm

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to listen for and participate in campus fire/building evacuation drills taking place  through Thursday across campus. Drills are conducted annually in all UW-Madison buildings and are a part of the university’s emergency preparedness plans.

Inside Info

The best and worst ways to help students study

With another academic year upon us, the Washington Post's Valerie Strauss figured now would be a good time to look at the latest research on the best ways to study. To get an informed sense of what works — and what doesn’t — Strauss examined a study co-authored by UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan, a professor of the learning sciences.  

Introducing...

Stephanie Elsky, Renaissance woman

In her professional life, Stephanie Elsky sifts through Renaissance literature and teases out the relationship between law and literary form. So naturally, in her free time, she’s apt to crack open a good book. “I know that sounds exactly like what I do for my job, but I love murder mysteries,” the recently hired assistant professor of English says.

Learn more: Faculty Development in Vietnam

This January 2014 program aims to help professors add an international dimension to their research and teaching. Partial sponsorship may be available.

Milestones

Jacobs named associate dean for arts and humanities

Photo: Lea Jacobs

Lea Jacobs is still getting used to trekking between her familiar office in Vilas Hall and her new one on the third floor of Bascom Hall. The walk is worth it. Since being named associate dean for the arts and humanities in the Graduate School, Jacobs has enjoyed many new opportunities for faculty and student engagement.

40 years of Africa at Noon

Originally known as the Sandwich Seminar, the African Studies Program's Africa at Noon series has been taking place at noon on Wednesdays since 1973. Join the group tomorrow in 206 Ingraham Hall to hear Emilie Sonoglo, senior academic librarian at Memorial Library, who will present on her efforts to collect and digitize commemorative fabrics from across Africa.

In the Media

Appleton paper interviews Blank on Fox Valley trip

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank last week made the Fox River Valley the latest destination in her series of outreach visits around the state. Read a transcript of her interview with the Appleton Post-Crescent, in which she discusses budget challenges, tuition solutions, and political realities.

Events

Plant sale to benefit Horticulture Society

Graphic: Horticulture Society logo

The Horticulture Society is holding its annual Fall Plant Sale Fundraiser Friday through Sunday at the Stock Pavilion. There will be a large variety of indoor and outdoor plants, including tropicals, cacti, orchids, mums, asters, vines, orchids, small trees, succulents and bromeliads.

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