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Flight assurance

Photo: Student using flight simulator

While most professors wouldn't sanction it, there is one class on campus where students are encouraged to have their heads in the clouds. Welcome to Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics 601, a.k.a. Introduction to Private Pilot. Focused on a simulator that can alternate between a calm cruising altitude and a terrifying nosedive, the aspiring aviators are getting more than thrills and chills. They're getting a leg up on the competition to enter careers in the aerospace industry.

Top Stories

UC approves faculty layoff protection proposal

Photo: W crest

The University Committee on Monday approved and distributed to all faculty a report regarding tenure protections and program changes. Faculty listening sessions on the recommendations are scheduled for later this month. The Faculty Senate could vote on the proposal as early as its Nov. 2 meeting.

May stepping aside as nursing dean in 2016

Photo: Katharyn May

Katharyn May, dean of the School of Nursing and currently the longest-serving dean on campus, will step aside after 15 years of service. Under her leadership, the school has consistently ranked among the nation's best. May spearheaded construction of the new nursing building, Signe Skott Cooper Hall.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

Thursday, September 17 from 4-7 p.m., enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

Fetal tissue proposal opposed by top business group

Photo: UW banner in front of Capitol

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's largest business lobbying group, has come out against a bill curtailing fetal tissue research, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. WMC's leader says while it has been narrowed, the proposal will still hurt the bioscience industry. Related: Chancellor and Board of Regents discuss the issue.

Wisconsin Science Festival: ‘Made in Wisconsin’

Photo: Man in cage adjusting headphones

A robot zoo, carbonated fruit and virtual reality simulations are just a handful of the experiences to be had at the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival, held this year from Oct. 22 to 25. Now in its fifth year, the festival continues to grow — with more than 30 communities hosting activities statewide.  

History, traditions figure in On Wisconsin redesign

Photo: Cover of On Wisconsin magazine

On Wisconsin, UW-Madison's quarterly alumni magazine, has undergone a facelift for its print and online versions. Besides its new graphic design, more content about campus history and traditions will be featured in response to surveys showing them to be among the publication's most popular topics.

Outside UW

UW, city selected for ultra high bandwidth applications

Photo: Suman Banerjee

UW-Madison will participate in an effort to foster the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefits. The program will help create innovative wireless services and apps based on new technology created in the lab of Professor Suman Banerjee.

Campus Initiatives

Two meetings on campus master plan scheduled

Open houses to discuss the UW-Madison campus master plan will be held tonight and tomorrow night. The master plan team will present a conceptual framework that will guide development of the plan, which will emphasize infrastructure, landscape architecture, and making outdoor spaces more usable.

Inside Info

Psychologist’s study challenges the notion of ‘gaydar’

Photo: Cutaway of mans face

The notion of "gaydar" seemed to get a scientific boost from a 2008 study that concluded people could guess someone's sexual orientation based on photographs of their faces. But in a new paper, the UW's William Cox says gaydar isn't accurate and is actually a harmful form of stereotyping.

Carbone’s Race for Research

Register today for this 5k run/walk and help raise funds for new research initiatives at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Sat., Oct. 10, UW Campus.

In the Media

UW role in Homo naledi discovery noted nationally

Photo: Homo naledi hand reconstruction

UW-Madison's role in the discovery of a new branch of the human family tree was noted locally and nationally after last week's announcement of the historic Homo naledi find. Read a sampling of the coverage from NPR News, The AtlanticThe Wall Street Journal, and To the Best of Our Knowledge.

Events

Constitution Day events tomorrow and Thursday

Photo: The words "We the" on the U.S. Constitution

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day in the U.S. All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the U.S. Constitution. A number of talks and presentations will take place on the UW campus. All are free and open to the public.

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