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Dyeing for a cause

Photo: Closeup of hands with henna designs

Students sit intently applying henna to their hands. Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez holds up her open palm and explains her design. “Sí” is written repeatedly. “My country now is in a 60 years war, but they are asking the people whether they want peace or not,” she says. “I say, ‘Yes.’ Yes to peace.” The class is led by UW–Madison’s Arts Institute Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence Meeta Mastani. Her class will teach students about natural dyes and printing, but she also wants to encourage them to use their art to express their emotions and cultural and political beliefs.

Top Stories

MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ goes to UW-Madison alumna

Photo: Anne Basting

A UW-Madison theatre and drama graduate has won a prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant.” Anne Basting, a professor at UW-Milwaukee, was honored as an “artist and edu-cator demonstrating the potential of storytelling and creative expression to improve the lives of elders experiencing cognitive impairment.”

Committee honors Outstanding Women of Color

Photo: Fabu Phillis Carter

The Outstanding Women of Color Selection Committee has announced six Outstanding Women of Color for 2016. They are Fabu Phillis Carter (pictured), Joan FujimuraBinnu Palta HillSagashus Levingston, Denise Thomas, and Julissa Ventura. A recognition event will be held in March 2017.  

UW’s rank among world’s universities rises

Photo: Research assistant in lab

UW-Madison has risen five spots this year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The rankings judge research-intensive universities for their learning environment, research income and reputation, research citations, international outlook and knowledge transfer.

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Around Campus

Goodbye binders, hello iPads

Photo: iPad with Bascom Hall picture

Wisconsin Executive MBA students this fall were not weighed down by bulky binders with hundreds of pages of course materials. Instead, they each received an iPad con-taining all of their coursework, case studies, student handbooks, student directories, and the other resources they need.  

New study space is especially for grad students

Photo: Ed Van Gemert

This fall, graduate students have a new area in Memorial Library dedicated to their unique needs, as the Graduate Study Room opens this week. “For too long, our graduate students have been relegated to the famed ‘cages,’” says Ed Van Gemert, vice provost for libraries and university librarian.

Shain gift endows chemistry chair

Photo: Irving Shain

The newly created Irving Shain Chair in Chemistry will endow the position of depart-ment chair. It is made possible by a gift from the UW-Madison chancellor emeritus's sons. Shain joined the chemistry faculty in 1952, was department chair from 1967 to 1970, and served as chancellor from 1977 until 1986.

Odyssey program targets voting mysteries

Photo: Unidentified participant in Odyssey program

UW–Madison's Odyssey Project helps adult learners overcome barriers to higher educa-tion. Sometimes, those obstacles get in the way of participating in elections. To demystify wards and ballots for Odyssey students and community members, the program has organized “A Celebration of Voting” on Oct. 8.

Outside UW

UW partners with Monona on city needs

Photo: Monona sails

This fall, the city of Monona will serve as a living lecture hall for many UW students thanks to a new program aimed at strengthening the connection between the university and communities across the state. The UniverCity Year program pairs faculty, staff and students with projects identified locally.

WARF patent drawings and gallery reception

Artistry of Innovation: art meets science in this new exhibit at Union South. Register for reception Fri., Sept 30, 5-7 p.m.. Show runs thru 11/14.


AHEC wins National Program of Excellence award

Photo: Nurse doing research

The Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program won a national award for exemplifying community and university partnerships and having a significant impact on improving access to health care. The program operates out of the School of Medicine and Public Health.


Astronomy friends help planets star at symphony

Photo: Saturn as seen through Hubble Space Telescope

There is a bit of music to the universe — and maybe vice versa, says astronomy Professor Sebastian Heinz. With support from friends of UW Astronomy, the Madison Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Planets: An HD Odyssey.” Images captured by NASA probes and telescopes will accompany the music.

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