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Summer recap

Photo: Memorial Union Terrace

The UW is host to boundless opportunities, happenings, changes and more — even when school’s out for the summer. Whether you were around to experience some of the new developments yourself, or taking a break from the everyday bustle of campus life, there was no shortage of activity. Catch up on the campus renovations, summer programs, research, preparations and staff changes that kept the UW humming throughout the summer months. Related: View a greeting from new Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf.   

Top Stories

Blank’s Slate: A welcome back, a look ahead

Photo: Rebecca Blank in academic regalia speaking at podium

One of the things Chancellor Rebecca Blank likes most about working on a campus is the bustle of activity that comes each year when students return in the fall. In her latest Blank's Slate post, she takes a few moments to turn toward the future to a year that is full of promise for the UW.

A new tradition: The W Project

Photo: Camp Randall Stadium seen from the air

Camp Randall won’t host its first football game of the season until Saturday, but its field will see plenty of action a couple of days before kickoff. First-year students will take part in the W Project on Thursday, when they will flow onto the field to form the UW’s Motion W for an ambitious snapshot.

Internet of Things Lab Info Session, Tues. Sept 9

Interested in developing prototypes and experimenting with emerging technologies? Get involved in the UW IoT Lab.

Around Campus

John Lease named secretary of classified staff

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After a year serving on an interim basis, John Lease has been named secretary of the classified staff. Lease will provide administrative support to classified staff representatives throughout the campus in their various shared governance roles.

Mobile Learning Lab thrives on collaboration

Illustration: man pushing play button with finger

What happens when teachers, education theorists, software engineers and game designers collaborate? The Mobile Learning Lab’s goal is to co-create dozens of mobile games, apps and hackathon events that explore the intersection of digital media design and contemporary education research.

Marketing prof studies ‘outsourced parenting’

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With work pressure rising and selective sharing through social media gaining prevalence, modern parents have more options than ever to enlist the market for help with parental duties. Amber Epp, assistant professor of marketing, calls this practice “outsourced parenting.”

Outside UW

Verona Clinic’s program encourages healthy lifestyles

Photo: Participants in 2020 program with clinic staff

A community health initiative recently piloted at the UW Health Verona Clinic has helped patients there eat better, exercise more, and live healthier lives. The 20-week Verona Clinic 2020 Fitness and Lifestyle Challenge served about 20 patients to help them make healthier choices.

Inside Info

Why you’re more sedentary than you realize

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With a world full of modern conveniences, we've become quite good at being sedentary — so good, in fact, that 30 minutes, five days a week of exercise may no longer be enough. UW Health's Jackie Kuta Bangsberg has plenty of tips on what we can do.

Expert Care for Your Pets

Access more board-certified specialists than any clinic in the state at a convenient on-campus location. Big and small, UW treats them all! Learn more.


DoIT tech tools for the upcoming year

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DoIT has been busy this summer implementing and improving existing services to help you improve your courses, increase office productivity, facilitate collaboration with your co-workers, and more. Check out these tech tools

In the Media

Olver looks to growth as he preps to helm research park

Photo: Aaron Olver

New University Research Park director Aaron Olver talked to about his plans for an updated strategic blueprint as URP's new site gears up for business. Olver says he's passionate about working with technology companies and entrepreneurs, and using real estate to create community. 

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