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.
Approximately 400 students, faculty and staff members took part in the “Moving Forward: Conversations on Racial and Ethnic Diversity” event Wednesday at Gordon Dining and Event Center.
Journalist and author Jon Ronson highlighted negative outcomes of social media during his Distinguished Lecture Series talk Tuesday at Memorial Union.
Six panelists from the university held a town hall meeting Tuesday to address a Jan. 26 incident where photos of Hitler’s face and swastikas were taped to a student’s door in Sellery Hall. Three weeks after the incident, photos of the door began circulating Feb.
UW-Madison graduate student Amy Alstad released survey findings Friday about human influence on the rate of species change in Wisconsin prairies.
President Barack Obama announced earlier in February that the Director of Metabolism at the Morgridge Institute for Research Dave Pagliarini is one of the 105 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award, which was created in 1996, is given to scientists who show great potential in the early portion of their careers.
UW South Madison Partnership celebrated its one-year anniversary of community outreach and collaboration between UW-Madison professionals and Madison citizens Tuesday.
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.