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Drawing a crowd

Photo: Lynda Barry

When award-winning cartoonist and author Lynda Barry distributes her hand-drawn syllabus to students on the first day of class, she skips introductions. "We just start with drawing and writing to see that we're all in the same place," says Barry, who thinks creating conditions for insight through drawing and writing can fuel creativity in a person's work in his or her discipline. Barry originally came to the university as an artist in residence, but has now joined the faculty as an assistant professor of interdisciplinary creativity at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Art Department.

Top Stories

More use smaller devices, but laptops still dominate

Photo: laptop computer

While the popularity of mobile devices and tablets has been increasing, UW-Madison students are not using them as anticipated, according to a survey by DoIT. Just over a quarter of students surveyed own a tablet computer, but only 37 percent use them for coursework.

Affordable Care Act communications begin

Image: Physician symbol

Employees have started receiving information about the federal Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Distribution of information to all UW-Madison employees, including student hourlies, began on Friday, Sept. 20.

Contemplative Well-being Conference

Join scholars and practitioners Oct 14-15 for presentations on applications of contemplative practice; poster session and yoga.

Around Campus

September kicks off flu shot clinics on campus

University Health Services (UHS) is reminding members of the campus community to get a flu shot — the single best thing you can do to stay healthy and prevent spreading the flu. A full list of clinics for faculty/staff is available on the UHS website.

The Brittany Run planned for Sept. 28

A fundraising run for the Madison Crime Stoppers reward fund in memory of Brittany Zimmermann, Kelly Nolan and other victims of crime will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28

Walnut Street open; Highland Avenue still closed

Photo: construction sign

The City of Madison storm sewer project on the west side of campus is done and Walnut Street is now open between Observatory Drive and University Avenue. However, the reconstruction of Highland Avenue between Campus Drive and UW Hospital will continue until November.

Outside UW

UW brings outreach to Epic’s ‘Deep Space’

"Outside UW" is a new section showcasing the university's connections and impact off campus, around the state and beyond. Today, read about touchable plasmas and a machine capable of launching a rocket using household objects ranging from mousetraps to strings, showcased during the Epic Systems Annual Users' Group Meeting.


Parking attendants keep things moving during events

Steve Pschorr and his fellow parking attendants keep things moving on game days. He's one of 40 limited-term employees employed by Transportation Services throughout the year. Home football games, like Saturday's win over Purdue, are among his busiest days every year.

Explore and experience the Wisconsin Science fest

Unleash your curiosity and explore science from every possible angle Sept 26-29. Free admission across campus; programs and fun for all interests and ages.


Micro-cameras flex their way into future of imaging

Imagine sticking a sheet of microscopic cameras around a pole to provide 360-degree surveillance of an intersection. UW researchers Hongrui Jiang and Li Zhang have received a $1 million NSF grant to develop smart micro-camera arrays mounted on thin, flexible polymer sheets.


Cordray to speak at financial literacy hearing

Richard Cordray, director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will speak at a field hearing of the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission on "Starting Early: Youth and Post-Secondary Financial Education" at Union South on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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