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Matched, and more

Photo: John and Tashia Morgridge

Last fall, two of the university’s most generous benefactors, John and Tashia Morgridge, made the largest individual gift in the university’s history — $100 million — to match other donors in endowing professorships, chairs or distinguished chairs. Today, Chancellor Rebecca Blank announces that the Morgridges' goal has not only been met, but surpassed. More than $124 million has been contributed — bringing the total value of the Morgridge match to nearly $250 million. Related video: The Morgridges tell why they made their transformative gift, and a grateful university says thank you.

Top Stories

New commercial highlights cutting-edge research

Screen shot: Caption "Car paint that gets developing nations on the grid"

Did you see the new UW-Madison TV commercial during the Alabama game? The spot is meant to arouse curiosity about the cutting-edge research happening here and shows the audience where to find details, focusing on two particularly innovative examples.

UW responds to fetal tissue amendment

State Capitol

On Friday, legislators announced changes to a controversial bill on fetal tissue research, but Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick says the proposal would still close the door on countless treatments and cures. Related: News coverage of the proposed amendment.

Badger Bash

Join us at Union South for gameday’s best tailgate.  Badger Bash features music by the UW Marching Band, food and fun for the whole family.  Free admission and open to the public.

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Around Campus

Two finalists chosen for financial aid director

Photo: W crest

Two candidates have been selected as finalists for director of the Office of Student Financial Aid. The candidates are Carly S. Eichhorst of Augsburg College and Kirk M. Yats of Central Michigan University. Each candidate will give a public presentation on the financial aid landscape later this month.

Summer Term helps students advance studies, careers

Photo: Students studying outside Union South

About 13,000 students enrolled in UW-Madison’s 2015 Summer Term — some to complete their degrees faster, others to get hands-on experience to prepare for career success. Summer Term is becoming a bigger part of the UW learning experience and an integral part of the university’s growth.

Night at Overture sets tone for first-year students

Photo: Students singing karaoke

Several thousand freshmen and transfer students turned out Friday night for a Wisconsin Welcome event at the Overture Center, enjoying a variety of arts, comedy, dance and music performances. The event was organized by the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE).

Outside UW

Josh Medow: Doctor-inventor who saves lives

Photo: Josh Medow

At Josh Medow's first job at UW Hospital and Clinics, he saves lives. His patients have endured strokes, car accidents and shootings. At his second job, he puts his engineering talents to work inventing devices to make his first job — director of the Neurocritical Intensive Care unit — a bit easier.

Introducing...

Expert in how communities react to mining joins faculty

Photo: Leah Horowitz

Leah Horowitz is trading in her sun visor for a cheese hat as she joins the Nelson Institute as an assistant professor of environmental studies. Horowitz comes to Madison from New Caledonia, an archipelago in the South Pacific where she has been exploring community responses to multinational mining projects.

Blue Sky Science Sign up

How do seedless plants start? Explore answers from Blue Sky Science experts in this Morgridge Institute for Research and Wisconsin State Journal collaboration. Sign up today.

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Milestones

Kalin wins prize for depression and anxiety research

Photo: Ned Kalin

Ned Kalin, chair of psychiatry at the School of Medicine and Public Health, has received a major award for his work in uncovering the signature of anxiety and depression in the brain. Kalin has spent his career researching how anxious temperament is inherited in people and in nonhuman primates.

In the Media

Donation enables new era for University Opera

Photo: Music Hall

A donation by the surviving spouse of Karen Bishop, an active opera booster who died earlier this year, has the potential to transform the UW-Madison opera program, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. It creates an endowment that will be used to support scholarships, facilities and resources.

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