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Pardon our dust

Photo: Library Mall construction

You can be excused for wondering if construction at the heart of campus will ever be done. While crews will continue to be raising dust in and around the State Street and Library Malls in the coming years, it's all in the name of spiffing up our front door. Find out what's happening with Memorial Union, the Historical Society, Alumni Park, the mall makeover and more.

Top Stories

Safety enhancements stem from workplace fatality

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The death of a Physical Plant instrument maker has led to several important safety procedures being reviewed and re-emphasized, according to workplace safety officials. Kenneth Newman, 63, an employee of the Physical Plant Machine Shop, died in April when a loading dock lift fell on him while he was conducting repairs.

The Wisconsin Science Festival is underway

The next four days offer exploration into technology, art, music, food, health and history with hands-on activities. Let your curiosity be unleashed!

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Around Campus

Upcoming events address campus safety

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Dean of Students Lori Berquam and the UW Police Department are holding two upcoming events to share information and seek community input on campus safety in the wake of a series of recent armed robberies. Related: Join Friday's web chat.

Shell affected by recent flooding

Photo: The Shell

A ruptured water pipe caused the closure of the Shell over the past few days. But there's good news: The ice arena portion of the facility has reopened and all intramural ice hockey leagues will officially start on Monday, Sept. 30.

Outside UW

Moving forward to battle childhood obesity

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Health professionals and the public are encouraged that following years of weight increases among children of all ages and income levels, the most vulnerable population — two- to four-year-old children — appears to have stemmed the tide of obesity, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Inside Info

Finding a balance between school and sports

Photo: Soccer

With school back in session, young athletes may find themselves trying to balance the demands of their sport with their academics. The challenge is how to prioritize the two and what to do when things feel out of balance, according to Shilagh Mirgain, sports psychologist with the UW Health Sports Medicine program.  

You’re invited

Join Chancellor Rebecca Blank on Wednesday, Oct. 2 for an ice cream social in the Chazen Museum lobby. Meet the chancellor and try the ice cream named in her honor.

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Buzz

John Hawks explores how celiac disease evolved

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Celiac disease — commonly known as gluten intolerance — is an evolutionary paradox, says UW-Madison anthropologist John Hawks. "We learned that celiac disease is something that is probably characteristic of much more ancient humans," Hawks says.

Milestones

Nordlund, McGuirk honored by dairy industry

Photo: Ken Nordlund

World Dairy Expo has named UW-Madison veterinarian Ken Nordlund the 2013 “Industry Person of the Year.” Also, Nordlund and UW colleague Sheila McGuirk share another award. Bovine Veterinarian magazine has named them among the 20 most influential beef and dairy veterinarians in North America.  

UW Emeritus Lectures celebrate 20 years

Photo: Emily Auerbach

Elegance and Eminence, a free public lecture series presenting UW-Madison emeritus professors, has shared knowledge and research in both the humanities and sciences for the last 20 years. The series was established by Emily Auerbach of the English Department, Continuing Studies and director of UW-Madison’s Odyssey Project.

Events

Nursing lecture to focus on Affordable Care Act

Photo: Peter Buerhaus

Author, scholar, and chair of the fifteen-member National Health Care Workforce Commission, Peter Buerhaus, will speak on "Shaping Health Care Systems: An Opportunity for Nursing," at a Friday event sponsored by the School of Nursing.

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