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Equal footing

Photo: Kathryn Clarenbach and Lady Bird Johnson

When Kathryn Clarenbach (above right with Lady Bird Johnson in 1966) came to UW–Madison in the 1930s, women were not allowed to sit in the Rathskeller. Her response? In silent protest, she would walk through as slowly as she could on her way to the Paul Bunyan Room, where women were permitted to study. Over time, Clarenbach's persistent efforts at the UW and her work throughout Wisconsin to gain equality for women formed the backbone of the modern women’s movement. So why isn’t she a household name?

Top Stories

Next round of UW2020 funding offered for innovation

Photo: Bascom Hall

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education has announced Year 2 of the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative. The program funds research projects that have the potential to fundamentally transform a field of study or require significant development before applying for external funding.

Your role in talking to students about alcohol

Photo: "W" crest on Kohl Center

The Division of Student Life reminds faculty, TAs and staff of your critical role in discouraging alcohol misuse among students. You are expected to balance being a confidant with being an authority figure. Needless to say, it can be challenging. Related: Compliance with the Drug-Free Schools Act

Red Gym won’t be used as Amazon site

Photo: Red Gym

UW–Madison is no longer considering the Red Gym as a potential site for an Amazon pickup point, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller said Wednesday. The UW will work with Amazon to find an alternative location that has less impact on campus space and programs.

Academic discounts on Microsoft Surface!

Pick up the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 bundle or the Microsoft Surface Book bundle for 10% off at the DoIT Tech Store!

Around Campus

National Geographic science writer to visit

Photo: Nadia Drake

Nadia Drake, a veteran science journalist and contributing writer for National Geographic, will be the fall 2016 UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence. She has written about subjects as diverse as giant spiders, human ancestry, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Drake will give a public lecture Oct. 4.

Monks’ intricate sand art makes quick impression

Photo: Sand mandala

To broaden cultural awareness on campus, the Wisconsin Union Directorate invited monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery to their annual World Music Festival to share their art. It's hard to say which is more surprising — the intricate sand mandala seen in this video, or what they do with it after it's done.

WARF displays artistic patent drawings

Image: Patent drawing of vacuum pump

For decades, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has helped UW–Madison inventors transform their ideas into reality, whether it’s a solar cooker, a self-tying shoelace device or even the DNA of the bubonic plague. Now WARF is displaying the visual beauty — and wide variety — of all those ideas.

Outside UW

UW center studies well-being with Madison police

Photo: Yellow police line tape

The Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison and the Madison Police Department are launching a pilot study to better understand the impact of mindfulness-based practices on officers’ physical and mental well-being. The research will focus on the stressors police experience on the job and in the organization.


New faculty focus: Rourke O’Brien

Photo: Rourke OBrien

Rourke O'Brien's experiences growing up in a family that emphasized service sparked his interest in how public policy shapes people's lives. When he first visited Madison, his future colleagues showed him a frozen lake and urged him to imagine how great the Terrace is in the summer. "Now, I get it!" he says.

In Memoriam

Sweeney ‘cared deeply about helping students’

Photo: Joan Sweeney

To Joan Sweeney, work-study jobs meant a lot more than just a paycheck. She helped pay for her own education at UW-Madison as a student employee in the Work-Study office. And she stayed in the office for more than 40 years, touching generations of students with her advocacy, advice and good humor.


Conference for professionals who work with students

Photo: LaMar Campbell

Registrations are still being accepted for tomorrow's Student Personnel Association conference "Inspiring Stories, Inspiring Action." Former NFL player LaMar "Soup" Campbell of the UW-Madison Office of Student Athlete Development will be a featured speaker, along with 12 sessions on a variety of topics.

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