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Sunday, May 19, 2024

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The causes of death for one-third of UW-Madison students who died between 1998 and 2017 remain unknown. With hopes of identifying trends in order to coordinate prevention services on campus, University Health Services staff are working through a process to obtain these students’ death certificates and fill in these blanks.

UHS resurrects two decades of missing student death data

Of 192 students that died from 1998 to 2017 while enrolled at UW-Madison, one-third did not have causes of death recorded in data collected by University Health Services. Now, UHS staff is in the process of obtaining formal documents to reveal these missing causes. Adequate data will allow them to identify trends and determine if actions can be taken to prevent numbers of certain causes from rising.


The public university’s future in private funding

Within the next three years, private donations through this endowment will rival the combined contribution of tuition dollars and state funding to UW-Madison’s revenue. This is the school’s only growing revenue source, but the foundation hasn’t grown nearly enough to make up for that gap left by lacking state contributions. A study done by the university found that among peer institutions, UW-Madison was last in terms of revenue growth.

Madison Metropolitan School District and UW-Madison work together to facilitate enrichment programs for high school students in order to bridge achievements gaps among student demographics.

Madison schools, UW strive to close disparities among student demographics

Programs created through collaboration between Madison Metropolitan School District and UW-Madison address the “achievement gap” exists among high school students of color have historically been given fewer educational resources — and some students are left behind with an “educational debt,” compared to advantaged peers. She said we can’t assume it is the student’s responsibility to catch up, but rather society's responsibility to invest in education for students of color.

UW-Madison PhD student Jacob Hellman attempts to sell jewelry to customers at his stand Wearable Archaeologies, a job he said “doesn’t feel like a job” because of his love for it.

Long waits for local markets prove beneficial

Though it is not “competitive,” Dane County Farmers’ Market Manager Sarah Elliot said hopeful vendors can sit on a waitlist for two to four years. Once current members choose to give up their booth at the market, those near the top of the list are invited to join the community.

UW-Madison students who suffer from invisible illnesses, both mental and physical, combat alienation and discomfort daily with help from collaborative resources within University Health Services. 

Invisible illnesses burden more students than meets the eye

Invisible disorders, like digestive problems and depression, among numerous others, are seen at UW-Madison more often than students may realize, according to Lisa Webne-Behrman, a psychologist at University Health Services. Webne-Behrman gave examples of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities.

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