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Master gardener

Photo: Mo Fayyaz

To hear Mo Fayyaz tell it, raising plants is straightforward: Get the right light, temperature, soil and water. If one thing doesn’t work, try something else. And if everything fails, choose another plant. Fayyaz has also applied that practicality to his personal life. A native of Iran, Fayyaz did not intend to stay in the U.S. after he received his Ph.D. at the UW in 1977. But history got in the way while he was teaching in Tehran, and Fayyaz came back to the UW to secure his present job: director of the Botany Garden and Greenhouse.

Top Stories

Blank touts Milwaukee ties at GE Healthcare

Photo: Rebecca Blank with GE Healthcare officials

Chancellor Rebecca Blank met with officials of GE Healthcare last week to highlight the longstanding research partnership between GE and the university and the need to promote cooperation between the Madison and Milwaukee regions. The visit was part of Blank’s two-day tour of the Milwaukee area.

Parents’ Weekend to bring campus to life

Photo: Parents' Weekend

Friday afternoon lectures, Friday evening activities, Saturday morning pregame tailgates, Sunday strolls around campus. What may sound like a standard fall weekend for students will be experienced by their parents during Parents' Weekend from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21.  

Stem Cell Science

This Sept. 30 session examines the state of stem cell science at UW-Madison. Attend Where It Began, Where We’re Going and learn about promising frontiers in stem cell research on campus.

Around Campus

First flu shot clinic for faculty and staff is Wednesday

Photo: flu shot

Flu season will soon be upon us. Every year, UW-Madison sees its share of influenza. The first flu shot clinic of the season for faculty and staff will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, at WARF from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be clinics at 12 other locations through Oct. 29.

Johnson to be Science Writer in Residence

Photo: Mark Johnson

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Mark Johnson will bring his experience and expertise to campus as the fall 2014 Science Writer in Residence. A health and science reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson will spend time with students, faculty and staff the week of Sept. 22.

Constitution Day observed Wednesday

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

Every Sept. 17 is designated as Constitution Day in the U.S., and all colleges that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the Constitution. To mark the day in 2014, a number of talks and presentations will take place on campus.

Red Shirt makes a difference for students in need

Photo: Female student wearing red shirt

Now in its seventh year, The Red Shirt has helped to give 123 students to date the chance to earn a UW-Madison degree. That’s because proceeds from sales go toward the Great People Scholarship. And as of 2014, The Red Shirt has contributed $250,000 toward this need-based scholarship.

Inside Info

Police watching for unsafe rail crossing behavior

Photo: Railroad crossing sign and lights

Next time you encounter a train on campus, be forewarned: There may be a police officer on board watching you. In an effort to promote safety at railroad crossings, UW Police are riding along and radioing patrol officers to ticket people who are violating safety laws that are there to protect us.


Photographer and writer are artists in residence

Photo: Alec Soth and Brad Zellar

The Arts Institute and the Art Depart-ment are welcoming photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar as artists in residence for the fall semester. Soth and Zellar are teaching an interdisciplinary course called “Truth, Lies, Memory, and Imagination: The Photograph as Story.”

Third Thursday on The Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, September 18 from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and music on The Pyle Center’s lakeside rooftop terrace.


Instigators of campus humor to return

Photo: Fake Statue of Liberty head

Pink flamingos dotting Bascom Hill, the Statue of Liberty “frozen” in Lake Mendota, and the embellished headlines of The Onion all share a great common denominator: They’re funny. Now, the alumni behind these examples of college humor are coming back to campus Sept. 19.

Integrated prom exhibit opens Wednesday at Hillel

Photo: Integrated prom couple

UW Hillel is welcoming photographer and alumna Gillian Laub for an exhibit of her recent work documenting the racial integration of proms in Montgomery County, Georgia. Laub will present an artist’s talk Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. followed by an opening reception at 7.

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