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Summer rewind

Rebecca Blank arriving, Kevin Reilly leaving. Budget cuts and tuition freezes. Even if you were vacationing and largely unplugged over the summer, it was hard to miss these headlines. But you can be excused for not being on top of everything that happened on campus while you were away. Inside UW-Madison reviews the highlights. 

Top Stories

Memorial Union to unveil preliminary designs

Organizers of the Memorial Union Reinvestment project are set to present preliminary floor plans, site plans and design ideas for the next phase of the renovation. An open forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, in Memorial Union (TITU).

Video: UW research benefits auditory improvements

UW researchers Ruth Litovsky and Tom Yin study binaural hearing — the ability to hear sound with both ears. Animal research is an important part of their work and has led to advancements in improving human hearing, while also receiving scrutiny from animal activists.

Get great deals at Tech Demo Day!

Come to the DoIT Tech Store, 333 East Campus Mall, Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy product demos, music, giveaways and deals, plus a visit from Bucky.

Around Campus

Weekly farmers’ market begins at Union South

Starting today, area vendors will sell local and organic products during a weekly Campus Farmers’ Market on the north lawn of Union South. Featured item: Bucky’s Bacon Bread.

Ironman Wisconsin coming to campus this weekend

Photo: Ironman athletes running

More than 2,800 athletes will converge upon Madison for the 12th annual Ironman Wisconsin competition Sunday, Sept. 8. A portion of the event will bring competitors through campus, affecting traffic. Runners will be on campus from approximately noon to midnight on Sunday with the heaviest period for the runners from 5 to 8 p.m.

Campus Initiatives

Interim classified staff secretary chosen

John Lease is serving as the interim secretary of the classified staff, a new position he began Aug. 19 and will hold through December. Lease will assist the Classified Staff Advisory Committee in an election this fall that gives the nearly 5,000 classified staff employees the opportunity to elect nine classified staff members to the first-ever Classified Staff Executive Committee.

Inside Info

Learn CPR as part of National Preparedness Month

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the UW Police Department is hosting three upcoming CPR/AED classes at no charge. CPR is cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED is automated external defibrillator, both life-saving techniques. Visit OHRD to register for the free class.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Simon Levin: The Ecology of Society, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Buzz

Found in the Archives: Green caps for green men

These days, it’s not so easy to pick out the new kids on campus. Sure, they may be decked out in head-to-toe Badger gear or sporting the latest fashions from whichever city they call home. But by and large, baby Badgers easily blend in to the campus landscape. One hundred years ago, it wasn’t so easy to remain an anonymous freshman.

Milestones

Van De Velde added to UW Athletics senior staff

Bruce Van De Velde, who has more than 30 years of experience in college athletics including positions as director of athletics at three different Division I institutions, has been named senior associate athletic director at UW-Madison. He served most recently as director of athletics at Louisiana Tech University.

Yackee wins award to study FDA policy decision-making

From drug recalls to the amount of arsenic allowed in foods, the rules issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have a widespread effect on health and the economy. Political scientist Susan Webb Yackee, the new director at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, is studying how public participation shapes those rules.  

In the Media

Smithsonian Magazine features Strier research

UW anthropology and zoology professor Karen Strier has been studying Muriquis, peace-loving Brazilian primates and their egalitarian lifestyle, for decades. A new story in Smithsonian focuses on her research, which "has upended conventional wisdom about primates and may have a surprising thing or two to say about human nature."

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