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Work is her work

Photo: Angela Byars-Winston

Angela Byars-Winston describes herself as "a social scientist in an M.D. world.” She’s a vocational psychologist — someone who studies and practices the psychology behind how people choose careers — and an associate professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health. This year, Byars-Winston joined the Board on Higher Education and Workforce, which delves into national issues on workforce development and higher education. In this Q&A, she discusses the unique perspectives she brings to this critical challenge.

Top Stories

Move-in day marks coming of a new school year

Photo: Man pushing overflowing cart

The controlled chaos of move-in day has had campus buzzing since last week as students move the things they can't live without into their new residence hall rooms. Thousands have been pushing, pulling and clutching their belongings as they prepare to make UW-Madison their address for the next year.

American Family pledges $40 million over 10 years

Photo: Dan Kelly and Rebecca Blank

UW–Madison and American Family Insurance will expand their longtime partnership in support of academics, research, athletics and charitable activities. The insurer has pledged $40 million, building on a legacy that includes projects like American Family Children’s Hospital and dozens of shared ventures.

It Is a Small World After All!

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Around Campus

UW merchandise royalties climb 10 percent in 2014-15

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Propelled by the men’s basketball team's second consecutive push to the NCAA Final Four, UW-Madison’s royalties from the sale of licensed merchandise rose 10 percent in 2014-15, exceeding $3.8 million. The proceeds are split between athletics and need-based financial aid to undergraduates.  

Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology wins contract

Photo: Robert Hamers

The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, based at UW-Madison, has inked a new contract that will provide nearly $20 million in federal support over the next five years. Directed by Robert Hamers, the center focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems.

Outside UW

Business students help Capital Brewery keep up

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The craft beer market is booming, which is good news for Capital Brewery, one of Wisconsin's first craft breweries. But the craft scene shifts quickly, and to keep up, Capital recently enlisted the help of MBA students from the Wisconsin School of Business in Tom O'Guinn's brand management course.

Campus Initiatives

Activities scheduled for first Campus Fire Safety Month

Photo: Cab of fire engine

The Environment, Health & Safety department, in partnership with University Housing and the Madison Fire Department, will host the first UW-Madison Campus Fire Safety Month in September. Interactive educational events include hands-on fire extinguisher training and firefighter turnout gear to try on.

Badger Bash – Game Watch

Join us for game watch at Union South. Catch the UW football away games on the giant TV screen.  Enjoy food, drinks and camaraderie.  Free admission/open to the public.


American Chemical Society honors three professors

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The American Chemical Society has honored three UW-Madison professors — Nicholas Abbott, Ronald Raines and Shannon Stahl — for excellence in research. The society works to demonstrate the value of chemistry to society and to support professional scientists in chemistry and chemical engineering.

Morgridge selects Pagliarini to lead metabolism initiative

Photo: Dan Pagliarini

Dave Pagliarini will help define the future of Wisconsin metabolism science at the Morgridge Institute for Research. Pagliarini will be charged with hiring cutting-edge new research talent, creating a central hub for collaboration, and ensuring research facilities and technologies reach their fullest potential.

In the Media

He knew his proposal had to be good, and it was

She: Researches marriage proposals for her doctoral thesis. He: Knew his had better be good. But: The ring got lost in the mail between Canada, England and South Dakota before winding up back in Madison. Finally: The big moment arrived — at a completely unexpected time and place, reports News 3.


Organic Vegetable Field Day features tasting event

Photo: Collection of organic vegetables

Do you love your veggies? Would you like to help plant breeders make them taste even better? Attend the Organic Vegetable Field Day on Sept. 8 at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station to sample a wide variety of vegetables being grown, evaluated and improved by UW researchers.

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