Charming a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 people with a charismatic, joyful attitude, His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasized a need for religious coexistence and strengthening Tibetan identity Tuesday at the Madison Masonic Center. His remarks are part of a string of public appearances in Madison this week as part of during the religious leader’s 10th visit to the area. “We should make this a century of love, a century of compassionate love,” he said.
The UW Foundation announced Friday that the Great People Scholarship has raised $44 million to provide aid for low-income UW-Madison students since the gift matching initiative began. More than 21,000 alumni have donated to the Great People Scholarship since the UW Foundation Board of Regents allocated $20 million to match gifts for need-based scholarships in 2008, according to a university release.
UW-Madison spin-off company WeightUp Solutions has developed computerized monitors to track weightlifting, a system that is currently being used by the UW-Oshkosh football team.
MTV’s “Real World” is coming to UW-Madison Wednesday for an open casting call Wednesday to potentially find strangers to be featured on the 32nd season of the hit reality TV show. The show, which is the longest-running program in MTV history, has often been cited as the show that kick-started modern reality TV.
Moda Magazine wrapped up its UW Fashion Week with their annual runway show Friday night, where student designers and Madison area retailers showcased their collections at Union South. About 500 students and residents gathered in Union South’s Varsity Hall to watch UW Fashion Week’s finale show with eight featured collections, ranging from student and local designers to boutique retailers.
UW-Madison announced Thursday the university will award photojournalist Lynsey Addario, biochemist William J. Rutter and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson honorary degrees at a spring award ceremony.
Snowballs flew across Bascom Hill Thursday night as students fought for victory in the annual Battle for Bascom.
Blind Side, a politically minded student group, is running a slate of 23 students in the upcoming Associated Students of Madison elections, which include 29 open Student Council seats and three open Student Services Finance Committee seats.
The Associated Students of Madison Finance Committee approved Wunk Sheek’s requested $14,260 grant Tuesday night for the student organization’s annual powwow event. Fifteen people—including current UW-Madison students, university employees and UW-Madison graduates—spoke about the meaning of the powwow and why the grant should be approved.
Members of the UW-Madison community met Tuesday night at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery to hear a lecture given by UW-Madison professor of life science and communication Dietram A.
UW-Madison’s Great World Texts program will host its annual student conference April 20 at Union South where high school students will present their projects surrounding a classic literary text. The Great World Texts program aims to provide high school students across Wisconsin an opportunity to spend a school year studying a work of classic literature and then share their experience through projects they create and present.
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is a part of UW-Madison’s School of Education, launched a program earlier in February to address the need for education interventions.
Five fraternities came together Saturday to attend the first Greek Life Cross Council Diversity Discussion to raise awareness about different issues regarding race on the UW-Madison campus. The members discussed a wide array of topics, including white privilege, microaggressions, institutionalized racism and the prison-industrial complex. Members of five Greek organizations—including Pi Lambda Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Sigma Beta, Chi Sigma Tau and Lambda Theta Phi—attended the event. UW-Madison students Stanley King, Kenneth Cole, Devon Hamilton, Cheta-Chukwu Agwoeme and John Schroeder had been in communication to organize the event for roughly two weeks.
UW-Madison spin-off organization Stemina Biomarker Discovery is attempting to create a biological method to diagnose autism by screening blood samples. CEO Elizabeth Donley and UW-Madison professor in the Department of Animal Sciences Gabriela Cezar founded the company in 2006, according to a university release. The company received $2.7 million from the National Institute of Mental Health in August 2015 to fund the study, which is titled the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project.
UW-Madison’s 135-year-old Washburn Observatory will reopen for free public viewings Wednesday night after being closed for nearly two years due to repairs. The observatory closed in April 2014 due to an unexpected malfunction in the sliding door on the dome of the observatory, according to a university release.
UW-Madison is seeking nominations for the 2016 Administrative Improvement Award. The award acknowledges candidates who have performed exceptionally “in administrative roles that support academics, research, student services, outreach and administration,” according to a university release. Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell said administrative work is vital to the continued success of the university. “This Administrative Improvement Award program acknowledges that our students’ success is supported by the operations and administration of the university,” they said in a joint statement.
Twelve UW-Madison faculty members have been announced as winners of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award, created in 1953, aims to recognize UW-Madison “faculty members whose teaching is of such quality that it merits recognition and award,” according to a university release.
350 Madison Climate Action Team joined with the UW-Madison campus branch of 350 UW in Varsity Hall at Union South to address topics on climate change in a joint Q&A session, called “Rising to the Challenge of the Climate Crisis.” The event targeted questions surrounding progress made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris and how that progress translates to the United States. Lauren Peretz, leader of 350 UW and a UW-Madison student, and Erik Anderson, member of 350 Madison and UW-Madison student, relayed questions from the audience to the two expert panelists.
Three UW-Madison professors have been awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, according to a university news release.
A research team led by UW-Madison atmospheric and oceanic sciences professor Galen McKinley released new information regarding the capacity for oceans to absorb carbon dioxide emissions, according to a university news release.