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Passion for patients

Photo: Jeff Mahlum

When Jeff Mahlum suffered a spinal cord injury during a diving accident in 2011 that left him paralyzed from the chest down, he had the unfortunate opportunity to learn how daunting the health care system can be. He decided to use the gap year between undergraduate and medical school at the UW to learn how he could further understand the needs of his future patients. Mahlum soon discovered patient advocacy and the program that would give him tools to better help his future patients: the Center for Patient Partnerships.

Top Stories

Study urges action on health effects of climate change

Photo: Sun over Milwaukee buildings

Eastern and midwestern U.S. cities could experience three times as many extremely hot days by 2046, according to a new study that synthesizes existing climate data. The study authors, led by Jonathan Patz, seek to encourage efforts that benefit both the health of the planet and the health of people.

Campus reminded of guidelines for political activity

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Members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in the political process by voicing their opinions on state and national issues. Students, staff and faculty, however, are reminded of campus and UW System policies regarding appropriate spaces for political activity. Related: Student voter IDs.  

Global Energy Outlook Summit

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Around Campus

Mitman reflects on ‘ecology of fear’ in Ebola crisis

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The Nelson Institute's Gregg Mitman visited Liberia with a film crew in June, before news of the Ebola outbreak had made global headlines. In an essay published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Mitman reflects on the "ecology of fear" that is shaping the unfolding crisis.    

Wisconsin residents well-represented in freshman class

Photo: First-year students singing "Varsity" at Kohl Center

The freshman class at UW-Madison is the third largest in school history, with 6,264 students, and features the second-largest number of Wisconsin residents in the past 13 years. According to official figures released today, this year's class includes 3,750 students from Wisconsin.

Duo has amazing summer on ‘The Amazing Race’

Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren had a truly epic summer, but they can't tell you about it. The UW-Madison food science grad students spent the month of June zipping around the globe as part of the cast of the 25th edition of "The Amazing Race," the Emmy Award-winning CBS television reality show.

Campus Initiatives

Electronic Lab Notebooks now available

Photo: Electronic lab notebook shown on laptop screen

Researchers have long relied on the venerable paper lab notebook for keeping an orderly record of research data. Soon, researchers on the UW-Madison campus will have a new option to store and organize these activities in the form of Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) software.

Inside Info

Hot lunch vs. cold lunch: How should a parent decide?

Photo: Sandwich in lunchbox

Public school lunches have improved greatly. The school lunch program now serves portions of food in accordance with the child’s age. It also must provide low-fat dairy, a fruit and a vegetable at every meal. How do you assess the program at your child's school and decide whether hot or cold lunch is better?

75th Anniversary McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research

Join us Thursday, October 2 to celebrate McArdle with tours, ribbon cutting and refreshments at the new location at the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.

In Memoriam

Kikkoman establishes scholarship to honor Lucey

The Kikkoman Foods Foundation has donated $50,000 to the La Follette School of Public Affairs for student scholarships in the name of former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey. The donation was announced recently at a memorial service for Lucey, who died earlier this year at the age of 96.

In the Media

‘Science to the people’ touts UW outreach

The Cap Times reports on UW-Madison's science outreach efforts. Featuring a number of campus programs and faculty, the article notes that outreach "helps fulfill the Wisconsin Idea" and moves the UW toward its goal of "remaining competitive in winning research-sustaining grants."


Summit seeks to ‘End Violence on Campus’

Photo: Patrick McGann

University Health Services' End Violence on Campus (EVOC) staff team and other sponsors are hosting hosting an annual summit Oct. 1 and 2. Registration is required, except for a workshop with Patrick McGann of Men Can Stop Rape regarding gender-based violence prevention.

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