Student Newslink — Dec. 16, 2009
UWPD: Use common sense to foil thieves over break
Students, faculty and staff can help prevent burglaries and thefts during finals and the upcoming winter break by using common sense and taking simple security precautions.
UHS offers art-themed study break, stress-management tips
UHS offers numerous tips and resources for students feeling stressed out, run down or anxious. This evening (Dec.–Madison are cosponsoring a study break called The Art’s on Us! There will be free art supplies for students from 7–9 p.m. in the Project Work Room of the Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall.
New structure could produce efficient semiconductor laser sources
UW–Madison researchers have achieved a nanoscale laser structure they anticipate will produce semiconductor lasers in the next two years that are more than twice as efficient as current continuous-wave lasers emitting in the mid-infrared.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on track for December 2010 opening
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery has reached several key milestones as construction progresses on the innovative facility designed to spark collaboration among researchers and engage the public in science and learning.
Living & Learning
Interactive animations give science students a boost
Many difficult scientific concepts are still conveyed through dry lectures or ponderous texts, but that could change if science professors take a cue from a new UW–Madison study on the use of interactive animations in the college science classroom.
Fighting the Grinch who stole Wisconsin’s Christmas trees
For Wisconsin Christmas tree farmer Dan Hanauer Jr., the Grinch is very real. It lurks in his soil, greedily munching on the roots of his trees and stealing his chances for a profitable holiday season.
Slide show: Snowball fight on Bascom during campus snow day
Responding to the cancellation of classes, students converged on Bascom Hill for a massive — and good-natured — snowball fight.
Winter commencement set for Dec. 20
UW–Madison’s midyear commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 20. They will be held at 10 a.m. at the Kohl Center. Each ceremony will be about two hours long.
Coming up on the Big Ten Network
From discussions with prominent professors to profiles of noted alumni, as well as a documentary about the history, lore and meaning of UW–Madison-related programs in the coming weeks.
Cinematheque hosts Communication Arts Showcase
Highlighting works produced in media production courses in the communication arts department, this 90-minute program is curated by the instructors of film, video and animation courses and gives new filmmakers the opportunity to present their films on screen for the first time. 7:30 p.m. 18, Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall.
Celebrate Park Street neighborhood at Space Place Event
Socialize with fellow neighbors, businesses, organizations and fans of the Park Street area. See video clips of some businesses that make Park Street unique. Enjoy great Park Street eats and drinks. The event is sponsored by Park Street Partners, South Metropolitan Planning Council, St. Mary’s Hospital, Meriter and UW today (Dec. 16) Park St.
Agriculture lecture paired with great food
Enjoy a delicious meal and hear a lecture by John Kinsman, president of Family Farm Defenders, who will discuss “Agriculture: Crises and Opportunity.” Seating is limited. 6–7:30 p.m. 16), TITU Memorial Union. Cost: $7.50 students with ID; $12.50 faculty, staff, Union members and guests.
40th Christmas chemistry lecture to air on public TV stations
This holiday season brings the 40th incarnation of chemistry professor Bassam Shakhashiri’s wildly popular Christmas lecture, “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri.” All tickets for the show, a chemistry demonstration show that has attracted nationwide attention and is televised across the country, were spoken for within days of the release in early November. However, the 40th anniversary Christmas lecture will be broadcast by Wisconsin Public Television at 1 p.m. on Dec. 21; 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 24; and 1 p.m. on Dec.28.
Exams run from Dec. 17–23
Final exams begin on Thursday, Dec. 23.
Plenty of learning support in ‘Undergraduate Advising Toolkit’
From drop-in hours with the Greater University Tutoring Service in a variety of subjects to help with the Writing Center, the university makes a variety of resources available to students completing their coursework.
ASSC offers adult student scholarships
Madison-area adult students who are currently enrolled at or were recently admitted to UW–Madison can apply for several scholarships supported by generous donors. The two main categories of awards administered by the Adult and Student Services Center are returning adult students and single-parent students. The application for these awards is online and the deadline is March 1.