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Doctor Ninja?

Photo: Kemmerer leaping across steps

You’ll find Zachary Kemmerer, looking mild-mannered in his Clark Kent glasses, inside a UW-Madison lab 10 hours a day. But outside, the nimble grad student ties on a headband and takes on his alter ego: aspiring American Ninja Warrior contestant. If he’s chosen for the reality TV show, Kemmerer might be just be the first Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry to make the cut. Watch as his twin passions for academics and athletics keep him constantly in motion.

Top Stories

Chancellor welcomes new students at convocation

Photo: Students singing "Varsity"

For students new to UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Experience officially begins when they meet Chancellor Rebecca Blank at the Kohl Center for the Chancellor’s Convocation. It offers a chance for first-year and transfer students to come together as a class for the first time. View photos.

Alumni Tom and Karen Falk make $10 million gift

Photo: Karen and Tom Falk

Tom and Karen Falk, who worked their way through UW-Madison in the 1970s caddying and working at Rennie's, are donating $10 million to ensure that future generations can afford a UW-Madison education — and that the UW will have the faculty who make that education one of the best in the world.

Help students find career success

September is “Career and Internship Exploration Month,” a great time to encourage your students to think about their career development goals and to attend one of the many events.

Around Campus

Forbes ranks UW-Madison high on latest lists

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Forbes Magazine has ranked UW-Madison as one of its Top Colleges in the United States. The university placed 11th for the second year in a row among the best public colleges and 69th overall, up from 70th last year. It was also ranked 23rd on the list of Best Value Schools, up from 24th last year.

What does the dean of students do over the summer?

Photo: Lori Berquam behind fence

Who's been clipping the hedges, watering the flowers and painting the pillars in preparation for the new school year? Don't let Lori Berquam fool you — nobody singlehandedly whips the campus into shape over the summer. Watch her give it a shot, and stick around for a final task from the chancellor.

Inside Info

El Niño: Q and A with climate scientist Dan Vimont

Photo: Satellite image of El Nino storm

With forecasters predicting that the developing El Niño could rival the strongest on record, UW–Madison’s Nelson Institute asked Associate Professor Dan Vimont to explain the weather phenomenon and its potential effects. Vimont studies interactions between weather and climate, including El Niño and its impacts.

Campus Arts Cards Now on Sale!

Take advantage of multiple arts events on campus for an amazing low price! Students pay $40 and faculty and staff pay $80 for 8 events throughout the year.


Following Badgers easier with updated Gameday App

Photo illustration: Game day app on cellphone screen

UW Athletics has released an improved Badger Gameday App, which makes getting game news and updates easier. Fans will get real-time stats, scores, news and alerts from the Badgers wherever they are and will be able to use "proximity technology" at Camp Randall and the Kohl Center.  


Vanderby named to interim Grad School post

Photo: Ray Vanderby

Ray Vanderby, professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics and rehabilitation, has been appointed interim associate dean of the Graduate School. Vanderby directs the university's Orthopedic Research Laboratories. His research focuses on orthopedic tissue engineering and regeneration.

In Memoriam

Linda Halsey grew Pharmacy development program

Photo: Linda Halsey

Linda D. Halsey, who helped grow a highly successful development program within the School of Pharmacy in her role with the UW Foundation, died Aug. 28. She has been described as having the "highest level of trust, work ethic and collegiality and was a respected role model and mentor to many."

In the Media

Lack of eye contact hampers driverless cars

Photo: Google self-driving car

The New York Times quotes John Lee, a UW professor of industrial and systems engineering, on the hazards of the driverless car. Humans in traffic make eye contact, he says. "On the fly, they make agreements about who has the right of way. Where are the eyes in an autonomous vehicle?”


Mentoring event with 100 Black Men chapter

Illustration: 100 Black Men logo

The Mentoring, Mingling & Mama's Treats reception, co-hosted by UW-Madison and 100 Black Men of Madison Sept. 10, will offer social interaction and information sharing among a group of younger and older African-American men with similar career interests.

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