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For the love of plants

Photo: Irwin Goldman

Irwin Goldman, professor and chair of the Department of Horticulture, is an eminent researcher in vegetable breeding and genetics, with a particular interest in carrot, onion and table beet. But teaching remains one of his greatest passions. A student who took his new "Plants and Human Wellbeing" class, which explores, questions and celebrates our connections to the vegetable kingdom, interviewed him to learn more about a fascinating subject — and what excites Goldman about teaching it.

Top Stories

UW to legislators: Don’t ban fetal tissue research

State Capitol

Proposed legislation on fetal tissue research will have a devastating impact on the ability of researchers to create lifesaving treatments for patients, School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden told members of a Senate committee Tuesday. Related: WARF weighs in; Vos says bill won't pass without changes.

New travel policies to begin in October

Photo: Restaurant guest check

Effective Oct. 5, the UW System will be implementing a new travel program rate structure and policies. The changes will affect meals and incidental expenses, lodging, vehicle usage, miscellaneous travel-related expenses, and general provisions for all university funded or sponsored travel.

What Parents Need to Know about the HPV Vaccine

Why should your son or daughter get the vaccine? Join three UW Health experts for a FREE talk with Q&A. Tues., Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

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Around Campus

Where and when you can get your flu shot

Photo: Vaccine being administered to woman's arm

It's that time again: Each year, influenza strikes many faculty, staff and students — causing them to miss up to five days of work and class. To limit the effects of flu on the campus community, University Health Services (UHS) is coordinating employee flu shot clinics beginning Sept. 29.

Research administrators advance university’s mission

Photo: Group of research administrators

Hundreds of research administrators promote and facilitate UW-Madison's research, education and outreach missions, supporting programs in disciplines ranging from the arts and humanities to biological, physical and social sciences. Watch this tribute in honor of their national day of recognition tomorrow.

Pharmacy garden grows plants that heal

Photo: Medicinal plant in pharmacy garden

Our campus has many beautiful gardens, but the one in front of Rennebohm Hall is a little different. As befits a School of Pharmacy, it is filled with an array of medicinal plants thanks to former Dean Jeanette Roberts. "The garden beautifies the area," she says, "and it's a real teaching tool."

Campus Initiatives

Online course brings Mosse to new audience

Photo: George Mosse

George Mosse was one of UW-Madison's iconic professors: a pioneering historian with a gift for connecting the past to the present. A new online course will bring his lectures to a new audience. From Oct. 5-31, "What History Tells" plans to recreate the exhilarating experience of sitting in Mosse's classroom.

Grad Students: Professional Development

More than 100 events are featured on the fall 2015 professional development calendar. Sign up for reminders and tips with GradConnections Weekly.

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Milestones

Paré named executive director of L&S careers unit

Photo: Rebekah Paré

Rebekah Paré has been named executive director of the newly-merged L&S Career Initiative and Career Services in the College of Letters & Science. “This new model will ... allow us to transform the ways in which we deliver services to prepare students for the 21st century workplace,” she says.

In the Media

Boxing making comeback as club sport

Photo illustration: Pair of boxing gloves

UW-Madison's boxing club is featured in, of all places, The Wall Street Journal. Long gone as an intercollegiate sport, boxing is making a comeback among fitness enthusiasts who aren't in it to fight. “The majority of people are there just to exercise,” says club president Courtney Miller. “It’s a fun way to get in shape.”

Events

Fun run/walk to raise money for police K9 unit

Photo: dog on leash

UWPD's second annual Dog Jog — a fundraiser to raise money for its K9 and mounted patrol units — will be Sunday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. It starts at Lot 60 and continues two miles along the Lakeshore Path. Cost is $25 if you register in advance online, or $30 on the day of the event.  

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