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Finding that piece of research equipment just got easier

Posted on September 18, 2017

Have you ever tried looking for a needle in a haystack? Probably not, but you still might know what that feels like. UW-Madison is an expansive and complex campus with many moving parts. That makes it an exciting place to conduct research, but it also makes finding the resources you need to do your job a challenge at times. Maybe you wanted to know if a certain cutting-edge technology was available on campus, or you were looking for expertise in high-speed digital circuits on campus. There has been no easy way to locate these resources. Now that’s changed. On June … Read more of Finding that piece of research equipment just got easier

A #UWSummer to Remember

Posted on September 13, 2017

On July 18, hundreds of people enjoyed classes, leisure activities and beautiful views on campus from early morning until late at night. They shared their impressions on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #UWSummer, showing the whole world what UW-Madison’s Summer Term looked like on a typically glorious day. It’s not surprising that so many students, staff, and faculty members participated in the university’s creative crowdsourcing activity. There’s tremendous energy surrounding Summer Term. As many of you know, we launched an effort two years ago to reorganize and reframe Summer Term at UW-Madison, opening a host of … Read more of A #UWSummer to Remember

Welcome back to fall semester

Posted on September 6, 2017

Welcome to a new academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As we embark on the fall semester, I want to recap some highlights from the summer, and look ahead to some priorities in 2017-18. Chancellor Rebecca Blank, left, and Dean of Students Lori Berquam, at right wearing a cap, hand out Kind snack bars on Bascom Hill on the first day of classes for the 2017-2018 academic year. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison) The state Legislature is wrapping up its budget deliberations, and we are thankful that the budget includes a funding increase for the … Read more of Welcome back to fall semester

A message to our UW-Madison Community

Posted on August 16, 2017

Chancellor Blank emailed the message below to all students, faculty and staff on Aug. 16. Members of our Campus Community, We had planned to wait until later in August to welcome you to our UW community ahead of the fall semester, but events across the nation compel us to reach out to you today. We, like many of you, were appalled by the scenes from last weekend’s protest and rally in Charlottesville and horrified by the actions that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer. The use of violence in the service of racist and anti-Semitic ideology is … Read more of A message to our UW-Madison Community

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Update from Chancellor Rebecca Blank on Title IX

September 23, 2017

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