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Great Texts program coordinator Manuel Herrero-Puertas speaks with a student at New Horizons Charter School.

UW-Madison program brings classic literature to Wisconsin high school students

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.

Five fraternities at UW-Madison joined together Saturday to discuss issues pertaining to race on the UW-Madison campus.

UW-Madison fraternities hold event to raise awareness about diversity issues

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.

CEO Elizabeth Donley founded Stemina Biomarker Discovery in 2006 with then-UW-Madison professor Gabriela Cezar.

UW-Madison spin-off company studies potential autism identifiers

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.


Washburn Observatory to reopen Wednesday

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.

The 2016 Administrative Improvement Award acknowledges those who perform exceptionally in administrative roles,  which Chancellor Rebecca Blank said is vital to the success of UW-Madison.

UW-Madison accepting nominations for 2016 Administrative Improvement Award

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.

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2016 UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award announced

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.

UW-Madison professor of applied economics Corbett Grainger stressed the importance of a global carbon tax to address climate change.

UW-Madison Q&A session addresses climate change

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.

Wisconsin state statutes obligate UW-Madison to purchase prison-produced goods from Badger State Industries, and the university spent nearly $1.6 million on these in the 2015 fiscal year.

State statute prioritizes profitability over prisoner rehabilitation

Wisconsin state statutes mandate UW-Madison and other tax-supported institutions purchase from a prison industry program that explicitly prioritizes profit over the rehabilitation of prisoners, while paying inmates a significantly lower wage than that paid in the private industry. UW-Madison purchased $1,596,515 worth of prison-produced goods—largely furniture and signage—from Wisconsin’s prison industry program, Badger State Industries, during the 2015 fiscal year. According to a Wisconsin state statute, a list of designated purchasing agencies, including UW-Madison and UW System schools, must “offer prison industries the opportunity to supply the materials, supplies, equipment or contractual services,” which the Department of Corrections lists periodically.

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