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‘Then and Now’

Photo: Photographer's proof sheet

Visually documenting what happens on a campus with the breadth and depth of UW-Madison is an ever-evolving mission. Photographs are a unique medium, providing a sense of place and time; capturing people, styles and milestones; and preserving a historical record. Since 1990, University Communications senior photographer Jeff Miller has captured many such moments. To mark his quarter century on campus, Miller is returning to subjects from his first year to highlight the changes and continuities in campus life. His monthly series begins today.

Top Stories

New e-newsletter highlights UW partnerships in state

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Chancellor Rebecca Blank has launched a new e-newsletter called "Wisconsin Ideas" to highlight the work UW-Madison is doing beyond the boundaries of campus. It will be sent to Wisconsin business, community and government leaders, with the first issue featuring the university's industry partnerships.

Chazens pledge $28 million to support art education

Photo: Jerry and Simona Chazen

Jerome and Simona Chazen, whose gift a decade ago made the Chazen Museum of Art's expansion possible, have pledged another $28 million in the form of several valuable pieces of art from their private collection, $5 million for the museum building, and $3 million to fund distinguished chairs in art and art education.

Public Lecture Series: Crossroads of Ideas

An exciting new lecture series on critical current issues, Crossroads of Ideas, debuts Oct. 6 with UW-Madison political scientist Kathy Cramer exploring ‘The Politics of Resentment.’

Around Campus

Financial aid director Susan Fischer to retire

Photo: Susan Fischer

Susan Fischer had never heard of financial aid when she was an undergrad at UW-Madison. In the years since, she has helped thousands of students navigate the complicated world of loans, grants and scholarships to make college more affordable. Fischer is retiring as director of the Office of Student Financial Aid Oct. 2.

Tickets available Thursday for Shakhashiri show

Photo: Bassam Shakhashiri and Santa Claus

Bassam Shakhashiri will host his 46th annual holiday science presentation – “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri” – on Dec. 5 and 6. Free tickets will be available starting Oct. 1. If you don't make it to the live event, you'll be able to watch it later on Wisconsin Public Television.

Rec Sports sponsors late night Homecoming run

Photo: Man running at night

Rec Sports is teaming up with the UW Homecoming Committee to host a late-night Badger-themed run/walk Oct. 14. Run or walk along Lakeshore Path as part of this midweek Homecoming celebration. Registration closes Oct. 11; register before Oct. 1 to guarantee your choice of t-shirt size.

Outside UW

Student helps bring geothermal energy to rural areas

Photo: Eleanor Bloom

Eleanor Bloom is hopeful that geothermal systems will soon be used more frequently to heat and cool homes in Wisconsin. The grad student helped monitor a system that was installed at a home in Grand Marsh, evaluating its energy efficiency and hoping to reduce costs and improve feasibility.

Campus Initiatives

Flexible Option growth ahead of projections

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Less than two years after its launch, the number of Wisconsin’s working adults taking advantage of the innovative UW Flexible Option program is larger than anticipated and growing. The program allows them to earn credit for what they have learned throughout their lives, whether in school or on the job.

Inside Info

Nutritionist: How to spot a fad diet

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Rapid weight loss! Miracle pills! No exercise needed! Drop pounds in your sleep! Does this sound too good to be true? Then it probably is, and it's your first clue to spotting a fad diet. Kavita Poddard, a UW Health clinical nutritionist, is concerned with how these tempting quick fixes affect people's health.

Run, walk and roll with us!

Join us for the first annual Waisman Whirl 5K Run, Walk and Roll for All Abilities. October 18, 10:00 a.m. Events are wheelchair accessible.

Buzz

Need to clear some space on your phone?

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The more photos and videos you take, the more you may notice signs that your smartphone is starting to fill up. Some iPhone users have even received notices that they must clear space on their phone to upgrade to iOS9. Here are some options to free up space by storing your photos in the cloud.

Events

Sensenbrenner to speak on phone surveillance

Photo: Jim Sensenbrenner

Congressman James Sensenbrenner, a 1968 UW Law School grad, will present the 2015 Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture this Friday. Sensenbrenner will speak about the USA Freedom Act, which imposes limits on the bulk collection of Americans’ phone data by the intelligence community.

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