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McKinnley’s journey

Photo: McKinnley Murray with mother

Born in February at American Family Children's Hospital with a complex heart defect, McKinnley Murray would not survive without undergoing a risky surgery. Her situation was further complicated by her prematurity — she weighed less than 3 pounds at birth. On April 14 the baby's parents, Jenny and Jeff, said a tearful goodbye as McKinnley was taken to the operating room. “We knew she was in great hands, but we didn’t know at that moment if we’d see her alive again.” The family allowed UW Health photographer John Maniaci to follow them on every step of their excruciating journey.

Top Stories

Q&A on tenure protection proposal

Photo: Bascom Hall

An ad hoc committee of faculty members charged with writing policies to continue strong tenure protections in response to legislative changes in the state budget has released a report with recommendations. Here is a Q&A explaining the key points. Faculty listening sessions begin next week.

Officials announce results of sexual assault survey

Photo: Sarah Van Orman

Campus officials have shared the results of a survey that will be used to enhance ongoing efforts toward preventing and responding to sexual assault. The survey confirms that sexual violence is a serious problem at UW-Madison and on campuses nationwide, according to UHS director Sarah Van Orman.

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Around Campus

New MOOC is about forests and humans

Photo: Buttresses of a ficus tree

Beginning Sept. 30, UW-Madison will launch its second-to-last MOOC of the year, “Forests and Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar.” Participants will learn about the ecology, geography and economic significance of the world’s forests, and how humans interact with these environments on a daily basis.

Limited edition of The Red Shirt on sale Oct. 12

Photo: Virgil Abloh in Wisconsin t-shirt

A special, limited edition of The Red Shirt goes on sale Oct. 12. It is designed by Virgil Abloh, a 2003 graduate of the College of Engineering. Abloh has a successful line of high-fashion streetwear — Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh — and also works as Kanye West’s creative director.

Outside UW

Sea Grant aids shipping and wildlife in Green Bay

Photo: Piping plover

Many migratory birds fly over Green Bay en route to wintering grounds, often stopping along the way on the Cat Island chain. Below the flight path, ships plow along toward the Port of Green Bay, moving tons of asphalt, coal and other products. UW Sea Grant is working on a project to benefit both.

Buzz

UW professor’s map could improve Internet

Graphic: Internet map of Eastern U.S.

Even though the Internet can be considered public infrastructure, its physical dimensions have never been plotted — until now. The UW's Paul Barford says his map of the fiber optic cables that carry the Internet across the nation could help make it less vulnerable to accidents and attacks.

Milestones

Blank recognized for contributions to policymaking

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has been chosen to receive the Exemplar Award from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. In addition to being chancellor, Blank is a tenured faculty member in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Economics.

In the Media

Morgridges concerned but not discouraged

Photo: Tashia Morgridge

Tashia Morgridge says she and her husband, John, are concerned that cuts to the university budget might have an impact on donors — concerned, but not discouraged, especially after the response to their $125 million matching gift. "It was astounding," she tells the Wisconsin State Journal.

Events

Energy summit focuses on air quality

Photo: Smoke billowing from smokestacks

The 2015 Energy Summit will tackle the challenges that industry, regulators and the public face in meeting goals for clean air and reliable energy. Air & Energy/The Path Ahead for U.S. States will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Union South from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is required.

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