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  • Hands-on learning and connection for military families at Military Kids University June 2, 2015 Children and families with a parent, guardian or sibling in the military will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus June 12 to 14 for the third annual Military Kids University. The family camp is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development and the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center.
  • Photo: Alan Rubel and Tracy Schroepfer Community of practice helps faculty and staff step into role of online learner May 14, 2015 This past year, more than 20 faculty and instructional staff received another chance at being a student — a role reversal that allowed each of them to explore the opportunities and challenges facing today’s online learners and instructors.
  • Photo: Jenny Saffran UW-Madison expert on infant learning elected to American Academy April 22, 2015 Jenny Saffran, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of psychology and an expert on how infants learn, is among leaders in academia, business, public affairs and the arts elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, it was announced today (April 22, 2015).
  • Portal offers growing menu of flexible and online degrees and certificates March 24, 2015 Last month, the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched AdvanceYourCareer.wisc.edu, highlighting 44 convenient graduate programs for working professionals who want to continue their education. Since then, thousands have visited the site, and the university is adding two programs that address Wisconsin’s dynamic workforce needs.
  • UW-Madison center sees hope for more diversity in children’s books Feb. 18, 2015 As the face of America becomes increasingly diverse, the number of children’s books by and about people of color has remained stubbornly stagnant over the past 25 years, according to annual data compiled by UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center. But the most recent figures, released Wednesday, may contain a sliver of good news for those hoping that kids’ books will one day better reflect the population at large.
  • Photo: Elizabeth Odders-White Review identifies keys to financial well-being for children and young adults Feb. 13, 2015 What's the best way to raise children who are financially savvy?
  • Photo: Jeffrey S. Russell UW-Madison launches new website for flexible and online degrees and certificates Feb. 5, 2015 In an effort to highlight the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s growing menu of flexible and online degree and certificate programs, the campus is launching a new one-stop Web portal, advanceyourcareer.wisc.edu. The portal presents information about these offerings in one place, making it easier to learn about more than 40 online, hybrid, accelerated and evening/weekend programs. It also connects nontraditional students to special career services available for adult learners and community members.
  • Photo: Senior Christian Hernandez (left) and faculty associate Andrew Lokuta Innovative teaching practices encourage students in STEM Feb. 4, 2015 Like many seniors majoring in biology, Christian Hernandez is pursuing the pre-med track. However, he nearly didn’t make it past his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison As a Latino first-generation college student, Hernandez says he had no role models to help him achieve his career goal: to change the face of medicine in the United States. But then he took Physiology 335.
  • Illustration: “Atomic Size Matters” comic book No joke: Chemistry thesis transmuted into comic book Jan. 28, 2015 As thesis writing approached, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Veronica Berns faced a conundrum. She knew how hard it was to describe her work to friends and family — indeed, anybody outside the tight clan of structural chemists. And that was particularly true since she concentrated on a category of should-be-impossible structures called “quasicrystals.” However, Berns liked drawing and using “normal, English-language words,” and so about a year before graduation, she opted to accompany her traditional Ph.D. thesis with a comic book version.
  • Photo: Aldo Leopold UW–Madison offers free Leopold’s land ethic online course and February event Jan. 22, 2015 The University of Wisconsin-Madison will offer its next round of six Massive Open Online Courses beginning Jan. 26 with “The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold and Conservation.” MOOCs are free online, noncredit learning experiences that allow people from around the globe to participate. Participants watch educational videos, engage in discussion forums, read articles and often take quizzes or complete educational activities. More than 135,000 registrants from approximately 140 countries and all 50 states signed up for UW-Madison’s previous phase one pilot of four courses.
  • Photo: Career Fair ‘Career Kickstart’ kicking off next year at Ogg Residence Hall Dec. 11, 2014 Graduation is years away for many students, but it’s never too early to think about what comes next. Starting fall 2015, Career Kickstart will offer a head start for thinking beyond the diploma. Available to students who have completed their first year, Ogg Residence Hall will provide tools for those eager to work on career development.
  • Photo: Curb Magazine Curb Magazine looks at role of nature in Wisconsin communities through multimedia stories Dec. 9, 2014 This fall, 21 journalism students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison broke out of the classroom to get into communities across the state and tell stories about the impact of nature on Wisconsin.
  • ‘Active learning’ takes center stage at School of Nursing Nov. 20, 2014 The classroom is changing. Massive lecture halls used to mean you could sit quietly in the back, with rows of fellow students perched above a lecturing professor. But you won’t find any lecture halls in the School of Nursing’s Signe Skott Cooper Hall. For students at the new Active Learning Classroom (ALC), the learning is — well, active.
  • Photo: WisCEL classroom WisCEL invites faculty and staff to collaborate on active-learning courses Nov. 11, 2014 The Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL) is inviting faculty and staff interested in teaching active learning and technology-enhanced courses to apply for space during the fall 2015 semester by December 1.
  • Photo: Emily Auerbach Professor wins national honor for expanding access to education Oct. 30, 2014 She may be an expert on Jane Austen and 19th century literature, but University of Wisconsin-Madison English Professor Emily Auerbach's real passion is helping people use education as a springboard out of poverty.
  • Astronomy students Report, experts analyze surging STEM activity at UW-Madison Oct. 30, 2014 A recent report on instructional activity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows significant advances in enrollment and degrees since 2000, which campus experts attribute to a number of factors, including job placement, greater career opportunities and enhanced teaching methods.
  • Photo: WISCIENCE WISCIENCE to expand possibilities for science education, outreach Oct. 28, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Biology Education is announcing its expansion to become the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement, or WISCIENCE. The new mission extends across the natural sciences and expands responsibility for facilitating cross-campus collaboration and coordination in the areas of science outreach and support for groups underrepresented in science.
  • WCER: Five decades of improving teaching and learning Oct. 16, 2014 One of the first centers of its kind, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is preparing to celebrate 50 years of educational policy research and initiatives.
  • 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.