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It’s only natural

Photo: Colorful florescent minerals in Geology Museum display

In 1849, the Board of Regents of the new University of Wisconsin directed the curation of the state’s plants, animals and minerals in a “cabinet of natural history.” Now, that founding piece of scientific inquiry is re-forming — digitally. The databases of the university’s five natural history museums will be centralized, linking their combined 9 million-plus specimens that span all seven continents, the moon and Mars.

Top Stories

Students ‘share a common identity as Badgers’

Photo: Students leaving convocation

At Convocation on Tuesday, Chancellor Rebecca Blank encouraged new students to get to know each other and themselves better. “Despite all of our different backgrounds, you now share a common identity as Badgers," she said. Related: Chancellor's welcome message outlines plans, progress.

Repealing DACA puts promising students at risk

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank denounced the Trump Administration's repeal of protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — some of them now UW-Madison students. She outlined what the university will and will not do in response.

Finance wrap-up motion contains UW items

Capitol dome

The Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance concluded its work on the 2017-19 state budget on Wednesday with a wrap-up motion containing provisions on employee compensation increases, faculty workload and chancellor credentials.

From casual to formal …
the Fluno Center does it all!

Did you know the Fluno Center offers full-service dining options for breaks, receptions or meals for your events or meetings? Explore the options.

Around Campus

Law School hosts Supreme Court justice

Photo: Elena Kagan

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will appear on campus Friday to share insights on her life in the law. Her visit is sponsored by UW Law School and its dean, Margaret Raymond. Tickets are limited, but you can watch the event later on Wisconsin Eye or WPT.

Slideshow: Let the semester begin

Photo: Students walking up Bascom Hill

Campus was bustling with activity as classes commenced Wednesday on the first day of the fall semester. This was the serious side of the start of the school year, while a wave of Wisconsin Welcome events, including Sunday Funday, served as icebreakers.

A different kind of power walking energizes Union South

Photo: Close-up of feet walking on floor

A high-tech flooring prototype at Union South harvests the energy of footsteps and converts it into electricity. The 96-square-foot rectangle of modified wood panels inside the Orchard Street entrance conceals technology that could provide a new source of renewable energy.

Health Sciences Learning Center improvements coming

Photo: Aerial view of Health Sciences Learning Center

Remodeling of the Health Sciences Learning Center is underway. The enhancements include quiet study space, an Active Learning Center, a new home for the Native American Center for Health Professions and multicultural affairs office, and improved building security.

Campus Initiatives

Google book digitization project renewed

Photo: Memorial Library stacks

In 2006 the UW–Madison Libraries formed a partnership with Google to digitize books and make them available online. After a break, the partnership is being restarted. Three library staffers working on the project full-time send a semi load of items to Google every month.

Introducing...

New faculty focus: Immunologist Matt Reynolds

Photo: Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds is working on methods to "design HIV vaccines, cure HIV infection and, potentially, develop immunotherapy for cancer." But he might not be at the UW if it weren't for a thrilling Ohio State game at Camp Randall in 1993, when he decided this was the place for him. Now he's a new faculty member.

Support student career development

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 happening this month.

Buzz

New phone app provides virtual ‘guardians’

Graphic: UWPD logo

Faculty, staff and students can now download WiscGuardian — an app that turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. Users can set up a network of contacts who act as remote "guardians" to friends or family members traveling around campus.

Events

Free tickets available for Cap Times Idea Fest

A limited number of free tickets to the Cap Times Idea Fest, Sept. 16-17, are available to UW faculty and staff. Registration is required (use the promo code IdeaFestUWMadison). The event will bring 60+ notable speakers to campus from politics, culture, journalism and education.  

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.