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50 years at UW Hospital

Photo: Sharon Dickey

The Neurosciences ICU on the fourth floor of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is normally a hushed and darkened spot. But in May, there was an uncharacteristic party going in the employee break room — a celebration of health unit clerk Sharon Dickey’s 50th anniversary at the hospital. Nearly every fresh-faced resident or new nurse has a story about being scared to death of Dickey at the start. But slowly, they learned the secret that everyone does: Under Dickey’s gruff exterior beats an even softer heart.

Top Stories

U.S. News ranks UW-Madison 13th best public college

Photo: W banner on Bascom Hill

UW-Madison is 13th among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report's latest college rankings. The College of Engineering ranks seventh among the publics, and the Wisconsin School of Business is sixth. The rankings will be included in the 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

Open house weekend to reopen Union’s west wing

Photo: View of entrance to Wisconsin Union Theater from Lake Mendota

After two years of construction, Memorial Union’s west wing will reopen with an open house weekend highlighting the new and renovated spaces and the Madison World Music Festival with aerial dance troupe BANDALOOP. West wing tours will start at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents Elhanan Borenstein: Meet Your Inner Microbial Zoo, Wed., Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

Campus begins treating for emerald ash borer

Photo: Emerald ash borer

Crews will soon begin treating 17 ash trees across campus for emerald ash borer, an exotic wood-boring beetle that is known to attack ash trees in North America. It was confirmed found in Madison last November, and campus has treated ash trees for emerald ash borer in the past.

Morgridge launches microfluidics foundry

Photo: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building

The idea that computer processing power doubles every two years may have its equivalent in biology, where microfluidics technology is taking the smaller-faster-cheaper quest to new levels. The Morgridge Institute, responding to increased demand, has launched a new microfluidics foundry

2014 Cool Science Image collection on display

Photo: Rat brain cortex

The winning images from the 2014 Cool Science Image (CSI) contest are now on display at the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery, part of the McPherson Eye Research Institute. The contest is an initiative of The Why Files, a science web magazine produced at UW-Madison.

Outside UW

University spinoff aims to scan the brain precisely

As brain surgeons test new procedures and drugs to treat conditions ranging from psychiatric disorders to brain cancer, accuracy is becoming an ever-greater issue. A new company is testing technology to make such intricate measurements more precise.

Retirement Happiness: Planning the Next Stage

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Global Health Institute director heading to Ethiopia

Photo: Jonathan Patz

A Fulbright Scholar grant will take Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute, to Ethiopia to work on issues involving livable cities, climate change and health during the spring semester of 2014-15. He will also work with the World Health Organization on climate and health issues.

In the Media

Donna Shalala retires from University of Miami

Photo: Donna Shalala

Former UW-Madison Chancellor Donna Shalala is retiring as president of the University of Miami, the AP reports. Shalala announced her decision Monday. She led the Madison campus from 1988 until 1993, when she became secretary of health and human services in the Clinton Administration.


Thai writer-activist Sivaraksa to speak on campus

Photo: Sulek Sivaraksa

Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned Buddhist writer and Thailand’s preeminent social activist, will offer Reflections on Non-Violence and Religious Activism Today on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in Grainger Hall. Sivaraksa has survived periods of imprisonment for his activism. The event is open to the public.

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