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Oliver Smithies, a renowned geneticist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007.

Nobel laureate and former UW geneticist Oliver Smithies dies at 91

Oliver Smithies, a renowned geneticist, Nobel laureate and former UW-Madison professor, died Tuesday at the age of 91. The British-born scientist was best known for developing a method of introducing genes into the genome of a mouse, which allowed future scientists to observe the effects of thousands of genes and better combat disease. Smithies, along with two other scientists, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007 for his work, much of which he performed during a 29-year stint at UW-Madison. “Just before he left here he did the major piece of work [for which he won the Nobel Prize],” the late UW-Madison genetics professor James Crow said in 2007, according to a university release.

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UWPD horse, Vegas, dies

UW-Madison Police Department’s police horse, Vegas, died Tuesday after more than one year of suffering from Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Disease. Vegas, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2015, was euthanized at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, according to a release.

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Aggravated battery reported near campus

Madison Police Department responded to an act of aggravated battery Friday that occurred at the intersection of University Avenue and Hawthorne Court near the UW-Madison campus. Around 1:30 a.m., three unidentifiable men knocked a 19-year-old male Madison resident unconscious by continuously kicking and punching him, according to an MPD incident report. He suffered severe facial injuries and did not immediately remember the assault. Passersby said his head bounced off the pavement, according to the release.

Sales from licensed merchandise earned UW-Madison more than $4.4 million in royalties during a record-breaking year.

Record merchandise sales go to financial aid, athletics

UW-Madison received more than $4.4 million from royalties made off the sale of licensed merchandise in the 2015-’16 fiscal year, exceeding the university’s previous high mark by $561,000. University officials said UW-Madison has transferred nearly $3 million of the funds to the Athletic Department and the Student Financial Aid Office to support Bucky Grants, a program designed to provide need-based financial aid to undergraduate students. UW-Madison ranked 12th among nearly 200 schools licensed through the Collegiate Licensing Company, and third in the Big Ten, after the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Trademark Licensing Director Cindy Van Matre attributed the success to strong football and men’s basketball seasons, along with well-managed programs and an increase in the royalty rate the school charges.

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