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  • Photo: PJ Liesch Wisconsin’s new ‘bug guy,’ insect detective arrives on campus Oct. 23, 2014 His favorite insect is one he has actually never seen alive in the wild. It lives on snowfields and glaciers in the American West, aptly named an ice crawler. But PJ Liesch, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new “bug guy,” continues to search for it. “I’ve been out West looking for them a couple of times and haven’t had any luck, so they’re kind of one I have on my bucket list, just to see one of those out in the wild,” says Liesch. The insect specialist officially took over as manager of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab this summer.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • Employee Assistance Office to host open house Oct. 2, 2014 UW–Madison’s new Employee Assistance Director, Sherry Boeger, hopes that many in the campus community will take time out of their busy day to enjoy some light refreshments and meet her staff at an open house at the Lowell Center on November 7 from 3-5 p.m.
  • Photo: Employee Benefits and Resource Fair UW employee benefits enrollment starts Oct. 6 Sept. 30, 2014 The Annual Benefits Enrollment period for University of Wisconsin–Madison employees, when an employee may enroll or make changes to existing benefit plans, is Oct. 6-31. Any changes become effective Jan 1, 2015.
  • Photo: Christopher Murdoch After 26 years in flight, Murdoch lands with UW Naval ROTC Sept. 30, 2014 Capt. Christopher Murdoch, who spent 26 years on active duty in some of the world’s major trouble spots as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, has taken command of the UW-Madison Naval ROTC unit. During a July ceremony, Murdoch took over for Capt. Russ Haas, who retired after three years as Wisconsin ROTC’s commanding officer.
  • Internal communications improvements underway Sept. 30, 2014 Robust internal communications are essential to a well-functioning workplace. An Administrative Process Redesign project recently completed a study of the issue on campus and is suggesting a set of improvements on behalf of UW employees.
  • Sharon Dickey Mainstay clerk celebrates 50 years of reliability at UW Hospital Sept. 9, 2014 The Neurosciences ICU on the fourth floor of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is normally a hushed and darkened spot. It’s kept that way for the comfort of patients, who have recently survived brain surgery, stroke or some manner of head trauma. But on a Thursday in May, there was an uncharacteristic party going in the employee break room. It was a celebration of health unit clerk Sharon Dickey’s 50th anniversary at the hospital.
  • Sarah Mangelsdorf Campus does anything but cease in the summer Sept. 2, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is host to boundless opportunities, happenings, changes and more — even when school’s out for the summer. Whether you were around to experience some of the new developments yourself, or taking a break from the everyday bustle of campus life, there was no shortage of activity at the university over the summer.
  • Jeff Novak New director right at home — literally — in University Housing Aug. 28, 2014 The mission statement of University Housing really resonated with Jeff Novak: “Be the place where everyone wants to live” — to the point where “everyone” includes Novak himself. Novak has been on campus for just a few weeks, but he is already feeling at home in his new position as director of University Housing for UW-Madison.
  • Waclaw Szybalski Legend in genetics at forefront of book about heroism during 20th century's darkest hours Aug. 20, 2014 Waclaw Szybalski, 92, a genius of genetics who has been repeatedly mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize, grew up as an aspiring scientist during World War II in the eastern part of Poland. Many of Szybalski's most significant wartime roles concerned a decidedly applied type of science: He cooked TNT so the Polish resistance could sabotage rail lines. He participated in smuggling typhus vaccine to Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. And he fed lice and supervised "louse feeders."
  • Carla Pugh Eight honored by UW–Madison as Outstanding Women of Color July 22, 2014 Eight winners of the 2014-15 Outstanding Women of Color awards, who are heavily involved in the campus as well as the Madison community through their work toward research and civic enrichment, have been announced by UW–Madison.
  • Recent sightings: The Wisconsin Idea on tour May 20, 2014 Forty UW-Madison faculty, academic staff and administrators are on a swing through the state known as the Wisconsin Idea Seminar.
  • Photo: Michael Bernard-Donals Public presentations scheduled for vice provost positions May 20, 2014 Candidates for the positions of vice provost for teaching and learning and vice provost for faculty and staff will give public presentations starting this week.
  • Photo: Darrell Bazzell Committee calls for new campus budget model Feb. 18, 2014 UW-Madison should develop a budget model that aligns resources with the university’s core missions, rewards innovation and provides flexibility necessary to accommodate change and growth, a campus committee is recommending.
  • Photo: students lining up to get free hot cocoa Campus deals with continuing frigid weather Jan. 28, 2014 The prediction that it will be a balmy 24 degrees on Thursday came as cold comfort to more than 60,000 students, faculty and staff who rolled out of bed today to encounter subzero temperatures again.
  • Critical Compensation Fund to address competitive salary gap Nov. 14, 2013 For the second year in a row, funding will be reallocated to a Critical Compensation Fund aimed at offering targeted salary increases to UW–Madison faculty and staff.
  • HR Design leaders invite employees to update sessions Nov. 12, 2013 The next in a series of quarterly information sessions updating the campus community on the HR Design project are set for November.