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Sending a message on Bascom Hill

Photo: flamingos on Bascom Hill

Plastic flamingos from University Housing are among the more creative ways messages are conveyed to students on Bascom Hill. Day in and day out, organizations across campus use the lower third of the hill as a way to publicize events, recruit members and raise awareness. It’s a low-tech way to reach target audiences in a high-tech world.

Top Stories

University earns high rankings from two magazines

Washington Monthly magazine’s 2012 College Guide puts UW-Madison at No. 18, up from a 29th-place ranking last year. And Reform Judaism magazine’s annual “Top 60 Schools Jews Choose” ranks UW-Madison 10th among public institutions.  

Ironman to complicate campus traffic on Sunday

Photo: Ironman runners

Ironman Wisconsin will take place Sunday, Sept. 9 and the event's running course involves several campus and city streets as well as the university's Howard Temin Lakeshore Path. The event will complicate travel on campus, and police warn that the course's route might make getting to campus difficult.

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Around Campus

New name for data-analysis office

The university office that provides analysis of data and trends to support campus policy-making efforts has changed its name. Academic Planning and Analysis, a branch of the provost’s office, has become Academic Planning and Institutional Research, director Jocelyn Milner says.

Retired farm vet shares experience with Short Course students

Photo: Dave Rhoda

For nearly four decades, Dave Rhoda was a highly sought-after and award-winning farm veterinarian. Now that he’s retired, he’s a highly sought-after and award-winning instructor of aspiring young dairy farmers.

Talented ecologists carry on UW tradition

Photo: Damschen corridors

For many of the brightest minds in the field, the university is the base camp from which to study some of the world’s greatest conservation challenges.

Inside Info

Virtual colonoscopy screening uncovers silent killer

When Charles Snowdon scheduled his virtual colonoscopy he was pleased to have an option that was less invasive and less time-consuming than the more conventional procedure for screening for polyps (growths) in the large intestine. The procedure ultimately saved his life.


Sweet! Keeping an eye on a honeybee hive

Photo: Bee hive

This week's Buzz video has serious "buzz." In the Microbial Sciences Building, doctoral student Kirk Grubbs maintains an observation honeybee hive next to his desk in bacteriologist Cameron Currie's lab. Related: Research on hive microbes.


Gaines, Zarov appointed to Law School posts

Meg Gaines, clinical professor of law and director of the Center for Patient Partnerships (CPP), is the new associate dean for academic affairs and experiential learning at the Law School. Jonathan Zarov has been hired as associate dean for external affairs.


Play examines woman’s life in male world of MIT math

Photo: Gioia De Cari

On Sept. 20-21, audiences will have the chance to visit "MIT's male math maze," at performances of "Truth Values," a one-woman play written and performed by Gioia De Cari. The play is this year's Denice D. Denton Distinguished Lecture.


Good luck, Ironman Badgers!

Photo: Ironman runners near UW-Madison campus

Are you competing in Ironman Wisconsin this weekend? If so, we're in awe-- and we'll be cheering for you. Post in the comments section so we can recognize your accomplishment and your co-workers can wish you luck.

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