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Landing at UW

Photo: Christopher Murdoch

Capt. Christopher Murdoch, who spent 26 years on active duty in some of the world’s major trouble spots as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, has taken command of the UW-Madison Naval ROTC unit. He took over in July for Capt. Russ Haas, who retired after three years as the unit's commanding officer. During his Navy career, Murdoch, who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard, trained staff and task forces with U.S. Joint Forces Command and served on the staff at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Top Stories

UW employee benefits enrollment starts Oct. 6

Photo: Employee Benefits and Resource Fair

The Annual Benefits Enrollment period for UW–Madison employees, when an employee may enroll or make changes to existing benefit plans, is Oct. 6-31. Any changes become effective Jan 1, 2015. The Employee Benefits and Resource Fair will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Union South.

School of Music presents plans for new recital hall

Photo: School of music illustration

The School of Music is moving ahead with plans to construct the first phase of a new performance center at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue. Architects will soon present drawings for a 325-seat recital hall, rehearsal room and lobby.

Saturday Science at Discovery

Can you build it? Kids and families are invited to experiment with engineering through interactive exploration stations, Sat., October 4.

Around Campus

UW embraces national campaign against sexual assault

Photo: It's On Us campaign

UW-Madison has joined the White House and other universities in a major campaign to better address sexual assault on college campuses. The campaign, It’s On Us, aims to fundamentally shift the way we think, talk about and act around sexual assault.

Five finalists for climate change solutions announced

Photo: Climate Quest

The Climate Quest competition to spur innovative climate change solutions is down to a field of five. The winning ideas range from meat processing to mindfulness.

Big Data: Taking on ‘a challenge of our time’

With each tweet, status update, playlist and purchase, we heap new layers of data on top of the existing mountains. UW-Madison’s statistics department is responding by creating a new data science option within its master’s program, with enrollment beginning in fall 2015.

Campus Initiatives

Work team focuses on internal communications

Banner and Lincoln

Robust internal communications are essential to a well-functioning workplace. An Administrative Process Redesign project recently completed a study of the issue on campus and is suggesting a set of improvements on behalf of UW employees.

Inside Info

Nasal flu spray recommended for children ages 2 to 8

Photo: Nasal flu shot

New flu vaccine recommendations for children might be a relief for both parents and kids who dread being poked by needles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that healthy kids ages 2 to 8 get the nasal flu spray when available.


Wisconsin Science Festival recognized

Wisconsin Science Festival

The Phi Beta Kappa Society will recognize the Wisconsin Science Festival with a Key of Excellence Award, conferred in recognition of a strong record of interdisciplinary success, at a special reception and ceremony Oct. 16. This year's festival is slated for Oct. 16-19.

In Memoriam

Ray Owen paved the way for organ transplantation

Photo: Ray D. Owen

Ray Owen — who uncovered the phenomenon of immune tolerance while at UW-Madison and Caltech — died Sept. 21 in Pasadena, California, at the age of 98. His discovery fueled a revolution in immunology and laid the foundation for the successful transplantation of human organs.

In the Media

Morales answers questions about public markets

A proposal by Mayor Paul Soglin for a public market in Madison got the attention of UW professor Alfonso Morales, an expert on food systems in urban areas. Morales tells The Capital Times the benefits of public markets are more than just economic.

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