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Family ties

Photo: Sculpture of mother badger & cubs

Badger parents are protective of their young, whether out in the wild or at home, in touch with their sons and daughters at the UW. Mom and Dad's involvement in their college students’ lives has increased in recent years. Two decades ago, their communication was limited to maybe one long distance call a week. Now, contacts average 22 a week. Our nationally recognized Parent Program helps parents embrace their new role as mentors and coaches.

Top Stories

Fall welcome from Chancellor Blank

Photo: Rebecca Blank

After an eventful summer, Chancellor Rebecca Blank is welcoming employees back to campus. Highlights of the summer included the hiring of a new vice chancellor for finance and administration, discussion of ways to make the campus more inclusive, and anticipation of budget discussions at the state legislature.

Nicholas leaves lasting legacy with match campaign

Photo: Ab and Nancy Nicholas

As part of a $50 million gift, the Ab and Nancy Nicholas family earmarked $20 million for UW Athletics with the idea that others would match it for a total of $40 million. That project, which began in June of 2015, has reached the finish line, with 66 parties combining to provide gifts totaling $20 million.

Apply now for WARF Discovery Challenge!

Grad students/postdocs: You could win $7,500 for your research! Submit a new collaborative project to the WARF Discovery Challenge by Sept. 16.

Around Campus

Ironman’s return will affect campus traffic

Photo: Ironman runners near UW-Madison campus

Madison is once again hosting the Ironman Wisconsin competition Sunday, Sept. 11, starting at 7 a.m. In addition to the large crowds, several campus and downtown streets will be closed or restricted on Sunday to accommodate the biking and running portions of the race. Expect delays and plan ahead.

6th master plan open house coming up

Graphic: Campus map

The sixth in a series of open houses on the Campus Master Plan will be Sept. 13. The presentation will include improvements anticipated for campus in the decades to come as well as major plans and recommendations for building redevelopment, transportation and landscape development.

Public affairs professor Moynihan leads La Follette

Photo: Don Moynihan

Don Moynihan has succeeded Susan Webb Yackee as director of UW-Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs. Moynihan hopes to heighten awareness of the school’s pioneering research and its work with local, state, national and international agencies and organizations.  

Connor named to interim research policy post

Photo: Nadine Connor

Nadine Connor has been appointed interim associate vice chancellor for research policy and compliance. Connor will oversee many facets of research policy on campus, including human subjects and animal research. She is taking over for Dan Uhlrich, who is returning to his faculty position.

Outside UW

UW, city team up for Smart Gigabit Communities program

Photo: Suman Banerjee

As the ultra-high-speed Internet access known as gigabit Internet grows in availability, a new partnership is supporting the creation of applications that will serve the public through this technology. Madison is one of 15 “Smart Gigabit Communities." Development here is being led by the UW's Suman Banerjee.

Inside Info

You can now text 911 — but should you?

Photo: Hands holding iPhone

Text-to-911 is here, but UW Police say it's not always the best way to call them in an emerg-ency. Speaking directly to a 911 dispatcher is still the quickest, most efficient way to get the help you need. However, in some situations, if it’s not safe or prudent to call, that’s when the texting option makes sense.  


New faculty focus: Claudia Persico

Claudia Persico is interested in the causes of autism and learning disabilities, and the social inequality among low income children who perform worse than their higher income peers. Learn more in this Q & AIf you joined the faculty in 2016 and would like to be featured in New faculty focus, drop us an email.

Kawaii: Fraught Innocence in Asian (American) Commodity Culture

Anthropologist Christine Yano discusses Hello Kitty’s “empire of cute” in this Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities. Wed., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.

In the Media

Undocumented immigrant is Ph.D. student

Photo: Laura Minero magazine cover

Laura Minero is featured in a fascinating Madison Magazine story, headlined: “Out of the shadows: Laura P. Minero is one of many undocumented Latino immigrants who’ve had a long journey to a better life in America — and the journey is not over.” Minero is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education.

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