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  • To practice mindfulness, start by counting your breaths Oct. 15, 2014 It's as simple as breathing in and breathing out.
  • Great Lakes to support UW initiatives to increase number of STEM graduates Oct. 14, 2014 Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates has committed $7.2 million to assist two University of Wisconsin-Madison initiatives in helping disadvantaged students complete degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pursue careers in these in-demand fields.
  • Photo: Wisconsin Science Festival Highlights start early in four-day Wisconsin Science Festival Oct. 14, 2014 You name it, and the fourth annual Wisconsin Science Festival has it all — dance, star-gazing, fossils, art, museum and stage shows — spread over four days and venues in 25 Wisconsin cities. While the curious of all ages are immersed in hands-on exploration, and visitors marvel at the research underway and specimens on display around campus and the state, several of the festival’s marquee events may be of interest to faculty and staff on campus. The festival runs from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 16-19.
  • Committee offers recommendations on new budget model Oct. 14, 2014 A committee reviewing the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s internal budget process is recommending a new model that would establish transparent, objective metrics to drive resource allocation decisions in the areas of instruction and research.
  • Photo: WARF logo WARF grants more than $70 million to support UW-Madison Oct. 14, 2014 The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the nonprofit foundation that helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment at UW–Madison, has granted the university $59 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
  • UW to expand research into advanced, economically viable bioproducts Oct. 13, 2014 Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota and Argonne National Laboratory will explore ways to produce renewable plastic precursors and other substances from biomass with a recently announced $3.3 million grant from the United States Department of Energy.
  • Photo: Maj Fischer UW to help Wisconsin companies develop international internships Oct. 10, 2014 To compete in today’s global marketplace, Wisconsin companies need people who have the skills to operate abroad. Studies, however, indicate that this need is not being fully met. A $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will enable the University of Wisconsin–Madison to work with eight to 12 small- and medium-sized Wisconsin companies on developing the global talent they need, while creating more opportunities for UW–Madison students to cross the bridge from academics into practice.
  • Balancing birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields Oct. 9, 2014 In Wisconsin, bioenergy is for the birds. Really. In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scientists examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat. The research team found that where there are grasslands, there are birds. Grass-and-wildflower-dominated fields supported more than three times as many bird species as cornfields, including 10 imperiled species found only in the grasslands.
  • Photo: Home economics education major teaching high school students Class of ’64 returns for half-century reunion Oct. 9, 2014 According to Joan Lappin, there were eight things women were allowed to be when she graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1964: school teacher, bank teller, secretary, stewardess, librarian, department store buyer, nurse and social worker.
  • Photo: Lee Wilke Company developing radio frequency technology to localize breast tumors Oct. 9, 2014 Breast cancer may inspire more public discussion, advocacy and charitable giving than almost any other disease besides HIV and AIDS. But people rarely talk about the specific experiences to which cancer patients are subjected.
  • Subject experts to lead HR Design sessions Oct. 9, 2014 The fall 2014 HR Design informational sessions are slated for Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 and 4. Since the inception of HR Design, regular information sessions have been held to keep the UW–Madison campus community fully informed about innovations and progress on the HR Design project.
  • Photo: Laptops Registrar educates students about personal information privacy Oct. 8, 2014 From time to time, students may notice that third parties can email wisc.edu addresses with various offers. This happens because campus email addresses are considered public information under state law, and UW-Madison is required to provide that information to third parties upon request. Students who would like to stop receiving emails have a couple of options, says Greta Petersen, the associate registrar for student services. However, there are consequences for opting out.
  • Photo: Haley Laundrie UW-Madison student represents state as Miss Wisconsin USA Oct. 8, 2014 At first glance, UW-Madison junior Haley Laundrie may seem like your typical college student. The 20-year-old from Lake Mills, Wisconsin, studies communication arts and legal studies, works with the Wisconsin Business World, a summer business camp for high school students, and volunteers for UW-Madison’s chapter of Best Buddies, which connects students with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Outside of the classroom, however, Laundrie represents the state as Miss Wisconsin USA.
  • Noted journalist and author to talk about power of investigative reporting Oct. 8, 2014 When those in power lie, the public is often in the dark until it’s too late to do anything about it, says a leading American investigative journalist.
  • 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.