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  • Illustration: ESWN logo New nonprofit supports women in science Oct. 8, 2014 Tracey Holloway was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in 2002, Ph.D. from Princeton University freshly in hand, when she and five colleagues teamed up to create an informal support network for other women in their field.
  • Photo: Fill the Hill flamingo Recent sightings: Fill the Hill Oct. 7, 2014 Plastic pink flamingos flock to Bascom Hill Tuesday, Oct. 7, for the annual "Fill the Hill" event, an initiative of the UW’s Annual Campaign. Event volunteers place a pink flamingo on Bascom Hill for each donation between 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 5 p.m. Oct. 7.
  • Seven international centers at UW-Madison to share $3.4 million in federal grants Oct. 7, 2014 Seven area and international studies centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will receive more than $3.4 million in federal Title VI grants for the 2014-15 academic year under the National Resource Centers (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the department, UW-Madison has been awarded $1,641,580 for NRCs and $1,776,000 for FLAS scholarships for 2014. Over the four-year cycle of these awards, the university stands to receive nearly $13.7 million through 2018.
  • Photo: Yoshihiro Kawaoka Influenza researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka wins Breakthrough Award Oct. 7, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Yoshihiro Kawaoka has been recognized as a 2014 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award recipient for his efforts to understand and prevent pandemic influenza.
  • New website promotes shared governance Oct. 7, 2014 Shared governance is one of the most important aspects of the University of Wisconsin System, with its principles specifically noted in state statute. Wisconsin Chapter 36 established the right to have this important voice and role on campus.
  • Photo: Rebecca Blank ‘Bigger is better,’ Blank says in State of the University speech Oct. 7, 2014 After a year on campus, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says she has come to appreciate that the scope and breadth of the University of Wisconsin–Madison is what makes it a world-class university.
  • UW–Madison tuition balance drops by 41 percent, UW System reports Oct. 6, 2014 In response to state legislative directives to reduce fund balances, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has lowered its tuition balance by 41 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to a new report.
  • Photo: Pink flamingos ‘Fill the Hill’ helps Annual Campaign fly high Oct. 6, 2014 What began as a prank has become part of University of Wisconsin-Madison lore. And now, this quirky campus classic is set to come alive once again when pink flamingos return to roost this week on Bascom Hill. This time, they’ll be flocking to their grassy home as part of the UW’s Annual Campaign. For the second year, alumni and friends are encouraged to “Fill the Hill” by making a gift to the university via the Annual Campaign’s website, sharethewonderful.org.
  • Photo: Jeffrey Kahn Animal research ethics discussion to focus on UW anxiety study Oct. 6, 2014 Bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn and veterinary pathologist Eric Sandgren will meet on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus Thursday evening for a discussion of animal research ethics focusing on a particular program employing monkeys in the study of anxiety and depression. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, 425 Henry Mall.
  • Photo: Pamela Kreeger With NIH New Innovator Award, engineer to study how ovarian cancer spreads Oct. 6, 2014 With approximately 22,000 diagnoses annually in the United States, ovarian cancer isn't among the most commonly occurring cancers. Yet, the mortality rate for women who have ovarian cancer hovers above 60 percent.
  • Photo: Dow protesters The power of a story: Hundreds expected for Oral History Association conference Oct. 6, 2014 Wisconsin, and Madison in particular, will be front and center during the Oral History Association’s 48th annual meeting. The meeting will take place at the Madison Concourse Hotel from Oct. 8-12. This year’s theme, “Oral History in Motion: Movements, Transformations, and the Power of Story,” speaks to the rich history of Wisconsin, and Madison, says Ed Van Gemert, University of Wisconsin–Madison vice provost for libraries and university librarian.
  • Alt: Collegiate Inventors Competition Two UW student teams named finalists in national inventors competition Oct. 3, 2014 Two University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate teams are among only seven finalists for the 2014 National Collegiate Inventors Competition, which honors the latest in student creativity and innovation.
  • Photo: Marianne and Sheldon Lubar Lubar gift innovates to diversify Law School research Oct. 3, 2014 A $3 million gift will allow the University of Wisconsin Law School to support top legal scholars in a new and creative way, Dean Margaret Raymond announced today.
  • Photo: Satellite image of Hurricane Igor, taken by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, September 13, 2010 CIMSS Tropical Cyclones Group to receive AMS Special Award Oct. 3, 2014 The Tropical Cyclones Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) has been selected for an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Special Award.
  • Sigma-Aldrich employees partner with SCIENCountErs program Oct. 2, 2014 To provide more opportunities for young people to engage in science, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) and Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) have partnered on a wide range of science outreach programs. The effort was recently bolstered by a new three-year partnership with Sigma-Aldrich, a global life sciences and technology company based out of St. Louis, Missouri, with facilities in Madison and Milwaukee.
  • Photo: Marsha Mansfield Immigrant Justice Clinic gets creative to meet the needs of children facing deportation Oct. 2, 2014 Since last October, the U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended more than 60,000 Central American children who crossed the nation’s southern border on their own.
  • Photo: Bipartisan Issues Group logo Bipartisan Issues Group strives to find solutions Oct. 1, 2014 While Congressional gridlock in Washington continues to attract public ire and media attention, a UW-Madison student organization is working to promote bipartisanship across campus. The Bipartisan Issues Group, or BIG, has entered its third year on campus. According to the group’s mission statement, its goal is to “prove that realistic solutions to America’s . . . toughest problems do indeed exist.”
  • New reports offer a statistical portrait of Wisconsin’s Latino population Oct. 1, 2014 Wisconsin's Latino population is 74 percent larger and significantly more homegrown today than it was at the beginning of the century, according to a report by University of Wisconsin-Madison demographers.
  • Photo: Justin Vandenbroucke Physicist turns smartphones into pocket cosmic ray detectors Oct. 1, 2014 Soon, the growing capability of your smart phone could be harnessed to detect cosmic rays in much the same way as high-end, multimillion-dollar observatories. With a simple app addition, Android phones, and likely other smartphone brands in the not-too-distant future, can be turned into detectors to capture the light particles created when cosmic rays crash into Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Unique MOOC with in-person sessions offered for future and current college STEM faculty Oct. 1, 2014 A new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offering an in-person twist — local weekly facilitated meetings — debuts next week to help future and current college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) faculty become better teachers. It is designed to be of special interest to grad students planning to teach professionally.