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http://www.news.wisc.edu/wisweek December 10, 2008
Retention: Keeping pace as competition intensifies Forums to focus on
By Brian Mattmiller
The worldwide demand for higher educa-
tion seats is expected to double by 2025
of the fact that retention pressure has essen-
tially doubled since 2003 — from 2-2.5 fiscal challenges
to 200 million seats, and competition for percent of all faculty five years ago to 4-5 The opportunities and challenges fac-
Timothy Donohue admits that it’s a good available faculty will accelerate in kind. percent today. ing higher education in today’s slumping
problem to have, but being recognized as a While UW-Madison received high-profile At the November meeting of the UW economy will be the focus of three cam-
national research leader in a hot field like publicity in the past year suggesting the System Board of Regents, Farrell noted that puswide educational and brainstorming
alternative energy comes with its share of campus has been hit the increasing costs of recruitment and sessions during the week of Dec. 15.
competitive pressure. disproportionately retention have eaten into the university’s Chancellor Carolyn
“The reality is, when you’re a leader on hard by outside offers, base budget. For example, covering the “Biddy” Martin is
a game-changing research initiative like new data compiled by costs of faculty startup packages has grown inviting all students,
bioenergy, you’re on everyone else’s radar,” Provost Patrick Farrell’s more expensive and has created a $5 mil- faculty and staff to
says Donohue, director of UW-Madison’s staff tell a different lion shortfall that must be covered from the participate in the ses-
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. story: UW-Madison is university’s base budget, he says. sions to share ideas
“Bioenergy is a major growth area for the holding its own on the Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin says a about the role of
country, so this pressure is only going to faculty recruitment and Donohue core problem overriding all of these issues higher education in
continue.” retention front. is the lack of competitiveness in faculty sal- a recessionary econ- Martin
Having assembled a team of more than The fall 2008 aries. UW-Madison ranks at the bottom of omy and beyond.
200 people supported by the $125 million study indicated that its 12-campus peer group on salaries and is “I think it’s important that we all under-
Department of Energy project, Donohue’s UW-Madison contin- $13,500 below the median for full faculty. stand the current economic backdrop
attention has also turned to keeping the ues to retain about 68 Martin says one of her top priorities will be and recognize that in addition to posing
team in place. In the last few months alone, percent of faculty who to elevate UW-Madison faculty salaries to challenges for the university, it also brings
Donohue says three of the center’s top receive outside offers, the median of its peer group. opportunities that we could seize on to
researchers have been targeted for offers a rate that is consistent “The fact that we can say that things are enrich our mission and build Wisconsin’s
by other institutions trying to establish the with recent history and not deteriorating in spite of low salaries economy,” Martin says.
with the rates of peer Farrell right now is remarkable, but a continuation
same reputation UW-Madison enjoys. The sessions offer a chance to think
Two of those retentions were successful, institutions. New hires are also competitive, of these circumstances puts us more and creatively about the future of higher educa-
while one scientist — sustainability expert with the campus achieving a 70 percent more in jeopardy of decline,” she says. tion and the role UW-Madison will play.
Jonathan Foley — was recruited away by acceptance rate among new faculty receiv- Martin says the state’s $10 million invest- Economic, budget and policy experts will
the University of Minnesota. Successfully ing offers. ment in high-demand faculty last year be on hand to answer questions and pro-
retained was biochemist John Ralph, a Overall faculty numbers also have has been extremely valuable, and the UW vide context.
global leader on the challenge of remov- remained relatively stable. The faculty Foundation’s commitment to fundraising The sessions will be held on:
ing lignins from biofuels, who received headcount in 1998 was 2,135, compared to for faculty support provides additional n Monday, Dec. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m.,
“unprecedented” offers from other institu- 2,198 in fall 2007, Farrell’s study found. strong tools for retention. But larger sys- Room 109, Union South.
tions. What is causing concern, however, are temic problems, such as the growing n Tuesday, Dec. 16, noon-1 p.m.,
Donohue’s research center is a prime budgetary and demographic trends that inequity between faculty who receive reten- On Wisconsin Room, Red Gym.
example of what’s at stake as UW-Madison will continue to stress UW-Madison’s abil- tion offers and their equally talented peers n Friday, Dec. 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m.,
works to retain its best talent in the face ity to stay competitive in the years to come. who haven’t entertained outside offers, .B.
F Power Commons, Rennebohm Hall.
of growing international competition and UW-Madison is retaining more than two- must be addressed through a competitive The forums are co-sponsored by the
a spike in faculty retirements nationwide. thirds of faculty with outside offers in spite Retention, continues on page 15 University Committee.
Some suggestions to help give the gift of UW-Madison this holiday season
By Kiera Wiatrak ing the quarterly WAA magazine, Badger a holiday greeting card from the School of good conversation to the Pro Arte Quartet.
firstname.lastname@example.org Insider, or exclusive, custom-framed prints Veterinary Medicine. For a suggested $10 All CDs are available at the school’s online
of your favorite campus landmarks and tra- donation per card, the school will send the CD store, http://wisccharge.wisc.edu/
ith the holiday season comes ditions. And don’t forget about that spouse indicated recipients a greeting card explain- music/, for between $15 and $25, or for
the opportunity to give gifts to or significant other that deserves a little ing that a donation was made in their name discounted prices in the main office of the
loved ones. Here are some pos- something more, especially for listening to to the School of Veterinary Medicine. This School of Music, 3561 Mosse Humanities.
sibilities for your favorite Badger fan. you scream at the TV all football season. year’s card features artwork from nation- All proceeds go to scholarships in the
Something for everyone 1 For that special someone, the Badger ally renowned Wauwatosa artist Carolyn School of Music.
Bring your Badger spirit home for the holi- Marketplace offers sterling silver jew- Kenney-Carter who depicted her Kipling Raise the steaks
days by gift shopping for your relatives at elry and key rings, TAG Heuer and M. in a portrait, “The Cat Who Walked by Give your family a meaty surprise when
the Badger Marketplace. Lahart men’s and women’s watches, and Himself.” Order at http://www.vetmed. you bring home a variety of meat products
Run by the Wisconsin Alumni various collectibles. Order at http://www. wisc.edu/data/holiday_card/ or contact the from Madison’s Meat Science and Muscle
Association, the online store fea- uwalumni.com/home/marketplace/ school’s Office for Advancement, 265-9692. Biology Laboratory’s store. Only five months
tures Badger-themed folding marketplace.aspx or visit the WAA Tralalalala… old, the store offers a variety of fresh meats,
chairs and coolers for your Marketplace for more information and Give the gift of song this holiday season by including sirloin, lamb chops, Polish sau-
sports fanatic cousin, and ideas. Three-day shipping is avail- purchasing a CD from the School of Music. sage, steak and Jordan and Clayt’s Hot
sporty caps that able until Dec. 19. Call WAA, Recordings boast both faculty and student Sticks — a tasty treat developed by two
can be custom- 262-2551, with any questions. talents with a diversity of styles and instru- dairy science students who work in the lab.
ized with a school For your four-legged Badger ments including brass, symphonic, piano, The store, located adjacent to the lab at
and graduation To honor the family pet, or for jazz, guitar, opera, vocal and more. Jump 1805 Linden Drive, is open only on Fridays
year for that the cat lady that lives down and jive to swing tunes from the jazz band between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
aunt that went the street, consider sending or relax with a bottle of chardonnay and Travel in style
to Wisconsin 1 Let your Badger pride drive you to pur-
Law — and won’t chase a personalized university license
let anyone forget it. For that particularly plate this holiday season from the depart-
nostalgic sibling, consider a membership to ment of motor vehicles. In addition to
the Wisconsin Alumni Association, includ- Gifts, continues on page 16
Short Cuts N ews in B rief
To report news
Campus mail: 28 Bascom Hall
Centralized arts ticketing system
has new phone number
To publicize events The Wisconsin Union Theater and Vilas
Wisconsin Week lists events sponsored Hall box offices announce a new centralized
by campus units. We must receive your Campus Arts Ticketing system and phone
listing at least 10 days before you want number.
it published. The next publication dates The new number, 265-ARTS (2787),
are Jan. 14, Jan. 28 and Feb. 11. will allow patrons to order tickets for any
Campus mail: 28 Bascom Hall
UW-Madison arts event.
Representatives from the two box offices
began collaboration in 2005 to develop an
To find out more efficient ticketing process to better serve
n Campus Arts Tickets 265-ARTS (2787) the needs of arts patrons. Last fall, the rep-
n Arts Information www.arts.wisc.edu resentatives selected an electronic ticketing
www.utmadison.com system that allows performance-goers to
purchase tickets for arts events at either
office and online. Now, the central campus
Photo: Bryce Richter
n Film Hotline 262-6333
arts phone number will further streamline
n Concert Line 263-9485 the ticketing process.
n Chazen Museum of Art 263-2246 Patrons now have three centralized ways
n TITU http://www.union.wisc.edu/ to order tickets to campus arts events:
Recent Sightings: Glass act
online at http://www.uniontheater.wisc.
Daily news on the Web edu, http://www.utmadison.com or http:// Glass artist Yuki Wakamiya works with an assortment of tools and blown air to shape a piece
Bookmark this site for regular campus news of molten glass during a demonstration at the Glass Lab open house.
www.arts.wisc.edu; by stopping at the Vilas
updates from University Communications:
Hall box office or the Union Theater Box
n http://www.news.wisc.edu/ Office; or by using the centralized phone
number, 265-ARTS. from UW-Madison in 1952 and his master’s of gallery show, a series of performances,
Calendar on the Web
The switch to the centralized phone num- of business administration in 1955. As an an online course or another type of creative
Bookmark this site for continually
updated campus event listings:
ber will not immediately affect patrons who undergraduate, Nicholas played guard for endeavor.
currently use the separate Vilas and Union the Badger basketball team and was twice First prize receives $2,000 to put the
box office numbers; calls from these num- named all-Big Ten and once to the All- winning proposal into action, along with
Weekly news by e-mail bers will be forwarded to the centralized America team. mentoring by Stephanie Jutt from the
Sign up for a weekly digest of campus news, number for one year. In October 2003, Nicholas made a $6.4 School of Music and Samantha Crownover
with links to more: million gift to establish what is now known from the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society.
Gift endows business school deanship as the Nicholas Center for Corporate Second prize will receive $500.
aboutwire.html A gift from longtime university supporter Finance and Investment Banking at the All proposals will be evaluated in a pre-
Albert O. Nicholas and his wife, Nancy business school. He also provided a lead liminary round by a panel of judges. Two to
Delivery problems? Johnson Nicholas, has created an endowed gift for construction of Grainger Hall, $10 four student entries will then be selected to
Not getting Wisconsin Week on time deanship at the Wisconsin School of million for the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion at participate in the final round, where each
or at all? Check with your building manager Business.
or departmental mail coordinator to get the Kohl Center, and $8 million for a build- proposal will be evaluated on a written plan
The donation creates the Albert O. ing addition and renovation at the School of and an oral presentation. Finalists will be
the problem fixed. Call 262-3846 to get
Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Human Ecology. matched with a professional mentor to help
the paper you missed.
Business, which will cover the costs of the The endowed deanship at the Wisconsin prepare for the final presentation.
school’s deanship, which were previously School of Business is the second named Applications stating an intent to compete
paid primarily by university funds. deanship on campus. In 2004, a gift from are due Monday, Jan. 5. Completed pro-
Knetter, dean of the Wisconsin School of the estate of Frederick W. Miller established posals are due Tuesday, Jan. 20. The final
Business, says he hopes the deanship will the Frederick W. and Vi Miller Dean of the round, which will be open to the public,
be a reflection of Nicholas’ considerable Law School. will take place during the Arts Enterprise
achievement, both in the business world Symposium, to be held at the Pyle Center
and in his support for the campus. Contest to fund arts entrepreneurship
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.
Funding for the endowed deanship comes Faculty and staff are encouraged to alert An intent to compete form, complete
from a gift made by the Nicholases as part of students to a contest that funds entrepre- instructions on entering and more informa-
last year’s Wisconsin Naming Gift, in which neurship in art. The UW-Madison New tion on the challenge are available at http://
13 donors partnered to give $85 million Arts Venture Challenge seeks individuals or www.artsenterprise.wisc.edu/challenge.
to ensure that the school’s name remains teams of up to three to develop and present php.
wisconsin week unchanged for 20 years. a proposal that will result in an arts event,
Nicholas is chair and chief executive exhibition, series or project that demon- UW Credit Union, members boost
Vol. XXIII, No. 8, Dec. 10, 2008
officer for the Nicholas Co., an investment strates creativity, innovation, added value to scholarship effort
Wisconsin Week, the official newspaper of record
for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, carries management firm in Milwaukee. He earned the arts and potential for success. The UW Credit Union and its members
legally required notices for faculty and staff. his undergraduate degree in economics Potential proposals could be a new kind are stepping forward to support the UW
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Ask Bucky is an e-mail
Foundation’s “Great people. Great place.” and live chat service BUCK
initiative. Inclement weather guidelines for employees provided by Visitor & LIVE CHAT • EMAIL
The credit union has made an outright Information Programs.
The chancellor is responsible for deter- time in a manner consistent with their
$215,000 gift to campuswide need-based For more information, call 263-2400,
mining if, for the safety and welfare of responsibilities, as approved by their stop by the Campus Information Center
undergraduate scholarships, and through
students and staff, classes will be post- supervisor. in the Red Gym or the Welcome Center
Dec. 31 it is matching contributions from its
poned or some services suspended due If represented classified employees are at 21 N. Park St., or visit us online anytime
members as well.
to inclement weather. Some university directed not to report or are sent home at http://www.vip.wisc.edu. Below are
The UW Foundation board of directors
services and functions must remain in they will be treated in accordance with two recent questions Ask Bucky received.
already has made a one-to-one match avail-
operation regardless of weather condi- the terms of their respective collective Q: Where can I find out about things to do in
able for gifts to unrestricted need-based
tions, e.g. University Housing, UW Police bargaining agreements. (Note: At this Madison during winter break?
support. That match will be in place for the
Department, power plant operations, etc. time some collective bargaining agree- A: The Greater Madison Convention &
total gifts coming from the credit union and
University Communications staff ments provide that the employee will be Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) offers a compre-
will work with the chancellor to pro- compensated as if the time were worked hensive Web site that showcases countless
Through Nov. 27, credit union members
vide appropriate announcements to when the employer directs employees to things to see and do in and around Madison.
had made gifts of $100,563 to the initiative.
the media. Deans and directors should leave work or not to report to work.) On the Web site, you will find an extensive
With the UW Credit Union match of a like events calendar featuring a variety of fun
receive authorization from the Office of All employees not covered by collective
amount, that resulted in $201,126 being and interesting activities to do each day
the Chancellor before directing employ- bargaining agreements who are directed
eligible for the UW Foundation matching as well as descriptions of local restaurants
ees not to report for work or sending not to report or are sent home will nor-
funds. After the UW Foundation match, the and hotels. This year, as part of their Winter
employees home. Unless directed other- mally be treated as follows:
total was $402,689 for undergraduate stu- Getaway event, GMCVB is providing fantastic
wise, employees are expected to report n Classified (nonexempt from over-
opportunities to experience Madison on a
to work as scheduled. Each employee is time) may use available annual leave budget by offering package specials. To find
“Wisconsin residents have reason to
expected to use discretion in determining (vacation), accrued compensatory time, out more, click on the “Visitor Info” section of
be proud of our excellent universities,
if travel is safe. An employee who reason- available holidays or leave without pay http://www.visitmadison.com.
but there is an urgent need to make sure
ably determines that travel would not to cover each hour absent. Nonexempt
talented young people are not excluded, Q: When and where is winter commence-
be safe will not be subject to discipline employees must account for each hour of ment?
simply because they can’t afford to attend,”
for not reporting to work. Supervisors employment. If an employee’s supervisor A: Winter commencement is on Sunday,
UW Credit Union President and CEO Paul
are expected to honor the reasonable determines that the work unit can benefit Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All com-
Kundert says. “Some families simply don’t
requests of employees to arrive late or to from services provided by the employee mencement ceremonies are held in the Kohl
have the capacity to borrow what is needed
leave early because of inclement weather. at other than regularly scheduled times, Center, located at 601 W. Dayton St. The
to meet the gap in the cost of attendance.
Employees are expected to make a rea- the employee will be allowed to make up, ceremonies are open to the public, and no
We thank the many UW-Madison faculty,
sonable effort to notify their supervisors if during the remainder of the workweek, tickets are required for admission. For all the
staff and alumni who have already made a details on commencement, see page 8.
they cannot report to work or will report as much of the time as is beneficial to the
gift and hope that those who have not given
late. work unit. Wisconsin Alumni Association brings
will consider making a gift to this scholar-
Employees who are absent from work n Classified and Unclassified (exempt
Badger fans to Champs Sports Bowl
because of the inclement weather nor- from overtime) may use available annual The Wisconsin Badgers are set for an
UW Credit Union members may make
mally must use available annual leave leave (vacation), available holidays, leave appearance at the Champs Sports Bowl on
gifts at any branch location or through the
(vacation), available holidays, leave with- without pay or, when appropriate, com- Saturday, Dec. 27, and fans can follow the
credit union’s Web branch at http://www.
out pay or, when appropriate, accrued pensatory time to cover the absence. An team to sunny Orlando, Fla., as part of the
compensatory time to cover the absence employee and the employee’s supervisor official Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA)
Kohl Center light sculptures or must arrange with the supervisor to may agree that the employee may account bowl tour.
to brighten arena’s plaza make up the time. Employees not exempt for the time of the absences in another The WAA Champs Sports Bowl tour is
for overtime must account for each hour manner consistent with the exempt open to all alumni, friends and families.
Twelve high-tech light sculptures designed
of scheduled duty. Employees exempt nature of the employee’s work assign- Tour packages start at $403 per traveler.
and built by UW-Madison art professors
The official WAA tour package includes lodg-
have been placed along the two Dayton from overtime may account for their ment.
ing, game-day transportation, a game ticket
Street promenades leading to the Kohl in the Wisconsin section, admission to the
Center. official pregame tailgate, the Badger Blast/
The 17-foot-tall sculptures, funded pri- the competition is Monday, Dec. 15, and istration: Each year, OFFR administers Huddle and exclusive invitations to Badger
vately by a gift from U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, nominations may be submitted at http:// the University Fellowship competition celebrations.
whose earlier lead gift in the 1990s led to www.polisci.wisc.edu/alumni/gladfelter. designed to recruit stellar graduate students The Classic Bowl Land Tour includes
the construction of the Kohl Center in the php. to UW-Madison programs. In addition, accommodations on Friday and Saturday,
late 1990s, are intended to add dimension Dec. 26 and 27, at the team hotel, the Rosen
Nominations are judged on their creativ- OFFR and the Graduate School’s Office
and color to the plaza and front lawn of the Shingle Creek, special Badger gatherings and
ity, feasibility and potential impact. of Diversity Resources collaborate with
a complete game-day package.
arena. Established through a gift from the the Graduate Research Scholar communi- Fans can book official WAA Champs Sports
The light sculptures, designed by faculty Milwaukee Foundation Corp. to the UW ties in the administration of the Advanced Bowl tours and find more details at http://
members Steven Feren and Gail Simpson, Foundation, the awards are named for a Opportunity Fellowship (AOF) program uwalumni.com/bowltours. Packages are
consist of a light standard supported by former Milwaukee Journal government aimed at increasing the diversity of the also available through the WAA Bowl Hotline
a stainless steel structure and wrapped reporter. graduate student population and supporting at 866-373-5073. WAA bowl representatives
with ribbons of bronze. The sculptures are fellows’ research and professional growth. can assist travelers with arrangements for air
mounted on decorative precast concrete Renamed Graduate School office transportation.
n Clearinghouse of graduate student
bases. plans open house In addition, day-of-game packages,
funding information: OFFR is working to
Each of the sculptures contains 200 In response to an evolving funding optimize database resources that promote including game ticket and admission to the
energy-efficient LED lights, which are landscape for graduate students, the pregame Badger Blast/Huddle tailgate, are
funding opportunities specifically aimed at
computer controlled and are capable of Graduate School’s newly renamed Office available at http://uwalumni.com/bowl.
graduate students. The office is arranging its
of Fellowships and Funding Resources Tickets to the Badger Blast/Huddle are also
generating millions of color variations — information collection and serving as a con-
(OFFR) is changing how it does business. available for separate purchase.
ranging from a single, solid hue to brilliant, duit for other organizations on campus that
ever-changing combinations of colors. This reorganization will involve expanded already effectively address student needs, Stanford professor featured
educational and informational activities and such as the Writing Center and the Grants in neuroscience, public policy lecture
Innovative government ideas, programs a greater collaboration with units within and Information Collection. In addition, OFFR Stanford University professor of law Henry
sought for Gladfelter competition beyond the Graduate School. is developing a file of sample proposals for (Hank) Greely will visit campus on Friday,
Public workers with innovative ideas on To celebrate the venture and to introduce Dec. 12, to present a Neuroscience and
internal and external funding sources, often
how to improve the quality and efficiency campus to OFFR staff, the Graduate School Public Policy lecture titled “Neuroscience
requested by students as they prepare their
of government in Wisconsin are invited to is holding an open house from 2-4 p.m. on and Law: Hope, Fear and Hype.” He will
compete for the Lloyd D. Gladfelter Awards. Tuesday, Dec. 16, in 231 Bascom. speak at 4 p.m. in Room 1111 Genetics/
n Graduate student funding advising:
The competition, administered by the The Graduate School Office of Biotechnology.
OFFR works closely with the Graduate Greely is co-director at the MacArthur
Department of Political Science, annually Fellowships and Funding Resources (OFFR) School’s Office of Professional Development Foundation Project on Law and Neuroscience
recognizes problem-solving and resourceful facilitates collaboration across units in the and Engagement to develop workshops and chairs California’s Advisory Committee
ideas generated by nonelected government area of graduate student support. OFFR on funding aimed at graduate students, on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
employees that lead to the improvement of engages in educational and informational to advise departments and other units on He is also active with the Stanford Stem
federal, state, county or municipal public activities, serving as a conduit for bringing campus on external fellowships and funding Cell Research Oversight Committee, and
services. resources together and distributing them packages, to prepare a FAQ Web site on stu- Neuroethics Society.
Winners receive a cash prize and an efficiently. Three core functions define For more information on the lecture,
dent funding, and to advisestudents on an
award certificate and are honored at an OFFR’s work: contact Jessica Karis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
appointment or walk-in basis.
awards ceremony. The deadline for entering n Graduate School fellowship admin-
December 10, 2008 3
Employee F aculty and S taff
Bringing modern roots to traditional collection
This column is prepared by staff from
the Office of Human Resources. E-mail
questions to email@example.com or call
262-5650. For more information, visit http:// By Jill Sakai
Year-end tax statements and
Fellowship/Scholarship Information fter 10 years in New York City, Ken
letter Cameron was ready for a change.
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) will As the director of the primary
produce three 2008 year-end tax statements: molecular research lab at the New York
W-2, 1042-S, and the Fellowship/Scholarship Botanical Garden, Cameron had been work-
Information letter. These documents contain ing at a world-renowned institution with a
information you may have to report on your first-rate team of botanists and had access
annual tax forms. Statement explanations to some of the finest resources available. But
are available at http://www.bussvc.wisc. something was missing.
“I had one of the greatest jobs in my field ...
statement explanation has a picture of the
But in the back of my mind I always felt a
form and gives a description of how the dollar
amount is derived for some of the boxes.
little unfulfilled, because I like to teach, and
I like to interact with students, and I like
Who will receive a W-2?
the academic environment of a university,”
All UW System employees with earned
income in 2008 will receive a W-2, including
rehired annuitants and some international “There were maybe three or four places
visitors (see “Who will receive a 1042-S” that if they ever came knocking or if a posi-
Photo: Bryce Richter
below). tion opened up I might consider it. And the
Who will receive a 1042-S?
University of Wisconsin in Madison was
Foreign nationals with treaty benefits in 2008 one of those places.”
will receive a 1042-S. You may also receive a Cameron joined the faculty earlier this Ken Cameron, director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium and associate professor of botany,
W-2 for wages beyond what is allowed under year as an associate professor of botany and searches through the catalogued plant specimens inside Birge Hall
your treaty benefits. Fellowship stipends paid director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium.
to nonresident aliens will also be reported on He cites the botany department — one of
ally pressed and dried, used for research The historical context offered by the
a 1042-S. a relative few remaining university botany
and teaching. “The main purpose is to herbarium is also helping studies of con-
What is a Fellowship/Scholarship departments, most having folded into larger
document plant variation and diversity,” temporary issues such as climate change
Information letter? biology departments — as a strong draw,
This letter contains the amount of payment
Cameron says. “People often are surprised and the spread of invasive species. “What
along with the mix of teaching, research and
you received as an advanced opportunity to find that we don’t just collect one of we’ve done, without thinking about it, is to
administrative duties offered by his joint
fellow, fellow, graduate intern or trainee, everything, but in many cases we might establish a historical record of which plants
scholar, trainee, or postdoctoral fellow. IRS have dozens or up to 100 specimens of the were growing where, when they were flow-
He brought many of his research inter-
Publications 505 and 970 can help you same species. The main reason for that is ering, and what the land features were like,”
ests with him, including a specialization in
determine if you must report these payments obvious if you considered the human spe- Cameron says. “For example, herbarium
on your federal tax return. the study and classification of Vanilla and
cies as an example. You couldn’t define specimens have been used in the last few
related orchids. He finds this appealing
Where will my tax form be mailed? Homo sapiens by one human, you’d have to years to document climate change. Plants
because of their unusual mix of complex
Your annual tax form will be mailed to the see the whole range of variation. We do the are usually collected when they’re in flower,
home address listed on the payroll system.
and primitive characteristics. While his
same with plants — and you’d be surprised and by plotting the flowering dates of cer-
If you have access to the “My UW” Madison roots lie in using genetic techniques to
how variable [they are].” tain species, especially spring-blooming
portal: https://login.wisc.edu/?appurl=my. decipher plants’ evolutionary relationships,
UW-Madison’s collection is one of the plants, researchers have been able to show
wisc.edu/portal, you can verify your address he also has extensive experience working
largest at any public university. Established that a lot of our spring wildflowers are
on the Work Record tab. If the address is in the field and a deep appreciation of the
in 1849, shortly after the university was blooming progressively earlier and earlier.”
incorrect, you are also able to request a importance of traditional natural history
founded, the Wisconsin State Herbarium As the herbarium’s uses grow, he is also
change right from that tab. If you do not collections like the herbarium.
have access to the portal, you can contact contains more than one million specimens hoping to expand its audience on campus,
A herbarium is a collection of preserved
your departmental payroll coordinator to of everything from fungi and mosses to throughout the state and even worldwide,
and catalogued plant specimens, usu-
obtain the Employee Campus/Home Address grasses and flowering plants — each care- by moving many of its resources into a
Change Form (UW1035). fully labeled mounted in a digital domain. As of this summer, the
When should I expect to receive paper folder, and filed in one Wisconsin Botanical Information System
my year-end tax statements? of the hundreds of cabinets (WBIS), an online repository of information
The documents should begin arriving at your that fill the herbarium’s home about the state’s plants, fungi, algae and
home address after Tuesday, Jan. 20. You in Birge Hall. The herbarium lichen, now contains data on the herbari-
can also find your year-end tax statement(s) also has an extensive collec- um’s entire collection of Wisconsin vascular
at the “My UW” portal, http://my.wisc.edu, tion of maps, field notes and plants — more than a quarter-million
after Jan. 26 on the Work Record tab. botanical literature. records — plus an additional 87,000 speci-
If you do not have access to the “My UW”
Herbaria hearken back to mens from other herbaria in the state.
Madison portal and need to request a dupli-
a time when scientific study With the vascular plant database virtually
cate 2008 statement, we will start accepting
requests on Monday, Feb. 16. If needed,
emphasized natural history complete, Cameron and the other her-
a duplicate statement can be ordered by collections, which are now barium staff are now developing a similar
calling 262-5931, or you can request one largely overshadowed by database of their impressive lichen collec-
using the Duplicate Tax Statement Request modern laboratory-based tion. The Wisconsin State Herbarium is also
form at http://www.bussvc.wisc.edu/ecbs/ techniques like genet- part of a large, multi-institutional project to
UW1180ee.html. ics and molecular biology. scan and digitize many of the world’s most
Could I receive other non-Office But Cameron stresses the valuable plant samples, those known as
of Human Resources year-end tax forms? importance of combining the “type specimens” — the individual physical
You may receive other year-end tax forms modern with the traditional specimens chosen by scientists to represent
produced by other sections of the University: to answer basic questions their species. Wisconsin’s type images will
1098-T (tuition), 1098-E (interest on student about plant diversity, relation- be combined with those from other institu-
loans), 1042-S and 1099-MISC (the latter
ships and evolution. tions to create a standardized online library.
both relating to accounts payable payments).
“There is a notion that a “When I got here, there was already a foot
You must contact those departments with
herbarium is kind of an old- into the 21st century with these databases.
questions about these forms.
fashioned, dusty-museum My hope is that my legacy will be to expand
Photo: Courtesy Ken Cameron
What if I want more information?
kind of a place that maybe that online presence and our public pres-
You can visit http://www.ohr.wisc.edu or
doesn’t have relevance in this ence,” Cameron says. “We’re this gem of an
new modern, molecular age. incredible resource tucked away in Birge
But I would strongly say that Hall that very few people in the state realize
is a false impression,” he says. exists.”
A specimen sample of an Onoclea Sensibilis, or Sensitive Fern, “The old techniques and tools
from the collection of the Wisconsin State Herbarium inside are just as relevant as the
4 Wisconsin Week
f aculty and s taff Milestones
Ian Duncan, a neurology professor in the
School of Veterinary Medicine, has been
Smeeding brings expertise to poverty research institute inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame in the Health
New director hopes to “One thing we learned was that if a coun-
try makes it a priority, they can do something
knowledge to Main Streets across the state
and beyond. Allen Ebert, an alumnus of the Department
fulfill Wisconsin Idea about poverty,” Smeeding adds. “In England,
Gordon Brown and Tony Blair were able to
“We want to be the leaders in academic
scholarship in the causes and costs of pov-
of Theatre and Drama, has been named
operations director of the Wisconsin Film
throughout the state halve absolute poverty within 10 years by erty,” Smeeding says. “I feel that I’m also Festival.
making poverty reduction a national goal here to fulfill the Wisconsin Idea — a public Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
By Dennis Chaptman and devoting 1 percent of national income to university making the lives of the state’s resi- Newborn Screening Director Gary Hoffman is
firstname.lastname@example.org that goal.” dents better. We shouldn’t be isolated from the inaugural recipient of the Harry Hannon
Now, Smeeding’s equation is coming into the problems of the state. We should be part Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn
play at the institute, which for 42 years has of the solution. Screening, an honor of the Association of
Tim Smeeding knows something about
Public Health Laboratories.
horses, and about success. provided the scholarship and the outreach to “My role of improving the lives of people
He strides to his office chalkboard, and address the causes and in the state is to try to help The Chazen Museum of Art has appointed
in an animated style, picks up a piece of effects of poverty on a reduce the number of poor Mary Carr Lee as assistant director for
chalk and starts scribbling away. An equa- national scale. people and help make external affairs. This is a new position at
“We shouldn’t be isolated from the the museum, created to further develop the
tion comes into view: “Success = an idea, the Although Smeeding their lives more stable and
membership base, enhance community and
money, and the horses to came to IRP from problems of the state. We should be their children healthier, so
corporate relations, and establish volunteer
get it done.” Syracuse University, when we compare the U.S.
part of the solution. programs and opportunities.
Smeeding, the new he earned master’s and and U.K., we look better,”
director of the Institute doctorate degrees in eco- Smeeding adds. The History of Science Society has awarded
nomics at UW-Madison
— Tim Smeeding His work with the the organization’s highest award, the Sarton
for Research on Poverty,
Medal, to Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale
has lived out that equa- and has been one of IRP’s Luxembourg Income Study
Professor of the History of Science, Medicine
tion many times. research affiliates since earned Smeeding an honor-
and Technology, in recognition of a lifetime of
Notably, he used it 1980. He was the co-organizer of the insti- ary doctorate from Stockholm University, scholarly achievements.
as the founder of the tute’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2006. where he was honored this fall alongside
Smeeding The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s
Luxembourg Income “Being involved with that event gave me Swedish musician Benny Andersson, of the
Medical Education and Research Committee
Study (LIS), an inter- a chance to see how much has been accom- pop group ABBA.
has awarded four $90,000 awards to assis-
national trove of data on wealth, the labor plished, but also a window on how much Smeeding’s research focuses on the eco-
tant professors for innovative health ideas,
market and demographic information still needs to be done,” he says. “This country nomics of public policy, especially social including: Weibo Cai, radiology; Corinne
encompassing more than 30 nations. really doesn’t treat its poor people very well. policy and at-risk populations; national and D. Engelman, population health sciences;
“It’s the gold standard. If people are going We tell them to go to work, and they’ve cross-national comparisons of income and Christopher J. Francois, radiology; and Ana
to compare country A and B with respect gone to work. But if you work full time and wealth inequality; poverty; social policy; and P. Martinez-Donate, population health
to poverty and equality and economic well- pay your taxes and have the same values social mobility. But his goal as the institute’s sciences.
being, they want to know what LIS says, ” as the rest of us, you shouldn’t be poor. new director is delivering change. Researchers at the Wisconsin State
says Smeeding, who directed the study for Unfortunately, many people in this country “The university can help the state in terms Laboratory of Hygiene received a $1.5 million
23 years. “We learn what works and what do play by the rules, and they’re still poor.” of the problems it has with poor families grant from the Centers for Disease Control
doesn’t from those comparisons.” Smeeding, who is also on the faculty and children,” he says. “I hope there will be and Prevention for a pilot study to imple-
The LIS is mainly funded by the national at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, change and I’d like very much to say that I ment Severe Combined Immune Deficiency
science and social science research founda- knows the value of establishing and main- helped the institute make a difference of the newborn screening in state public health
tions of its member countries and now boasts taining contacts between academics and lives of people, including those in the state laboratories. Babies born with SCID, some-
datasets from 34 countries. The news media the practitioners who are working each of Wisconsin. We’re part of the Wisconsin times known as “Bubble Boy Disease,” have
day to eliminate poverty. He also values the Idea.” a defect in both T-cell and B-cell production,
regularly cite the study as the most reliable
and the disorder is severe and usually fatal
source of comparable data on inequality and Wisconsin Idea and believes that the institute See http://www.irp.wisc.edu/ for more.
without early diagnosis and treatment.
poverty across rich nations. plays a crucial role in bringing university
Administrative Process Redesign project moves forward with training
By Dennis Chaptman improvement.
email@example.com New Web resource available “I am not aware of any other projects
A new Web resource has been launched team discovered that many supervisors are like APR on campus and believe that the
It was a year of community building, prob- to improve obtaining access to campus unaware of all the IT tools their employees need project will be able to fix problems at the
lem solving and broadening the reach of the information technology (IT) systems. and how to request access. In response, the source,” Spychalla says. “Current processes
Administrative Process Redesign project, the It’s called the IT Access List, and it can team developed a list of campus IT systems — on campus force faculty and staff to be too
campus’s broad-based effort to create better be found at http://www.cio.wisc.edu/ the IT Access List, which includes contact and dependent on the departmental expert of a
itaccess/. access information. certain process. APR will improve and stan-
business practices and systems.
This improvement was made as a result An improvement has also been implemented
“We’ve been able to harness an incred- dardize processes so departments will not
of the work of the Administrative Process in the Classified Human Resources Information
ible amount of energy and creativity to help have to keep reinventing the wheel.”
Redesign (APR) team, IT Access for Transferring System (CHRIS) so that shortly after most
improve some of the ways we serve our cus- Employees, in partnership with Division of appointments are approved within CHRIS,
The project has also focused team mem-
tomers,” says Alice Gustafson, project leader. Information Technology staff who helped supervisors will be prompted to use the new IT bers on the values and expectations of
“It’s been a ground-up effort that’s changing develop this new resource. Access List. internal and external customers, with the
the way we think about improvement and This APR redesign team focused on decreas- Questions or comments about this resource idea that until they understand customers
change.” ing the time it takes to gain access to IT can be directed to CHR@OHR.wisc.edu. they can’t make headway on identifying
APR, which began in the spring of 2007, systems. In listening to those involved, the — Dennis Chaptman improvements.
has brought the expertise of people closest “People have come to realize that APR is a
to the daily tasks together to find ways to to reducing time for processing grant sub- from one to 147 days to complete. The goal way to build respect,” says Gustafson. “We’re
improve work processes. Teams of employees agreements to a pair of projects focused on is to create a more consistent process that understanding that it’s not people who are
— more than 80 persons in all — worked to improving how UW Foundation gift funds takes an average of two days and no more at fault — it’s the processes that are broken.
streamline practices, leverage technology and are transferred to the university and tracked. than 14 days. People are sorting things out in a different
focus the campus on reducing frustration, Another four projects — which began late Mary Czynszak-Lyne, office administrator way and having more productive, open con-
preserving resources and providing high- last June — are expected to begin implemen- of the College of Letters and Science Honors versations.”
quality customer service. tation in January. Program and vice president of Local 2412, Through Lean Six Sigma, one of the most
They received specialized training — by They involve improving IT access to says the training was especially helpful. revealing moments often comes when team
UW-Madison experts — in Lean Six Sigma the mainframe system for new employees, “I really appreciate the Lean Six Sigma members “walk the process,” shorthand for
process improvement techniques designed improving the process for requesting and training — especially the emphasis on hav- following a problematic process from start to
to accurately identify and correct defects in approving overload and cutting the time ing a systematic method to identify process finish to identify improvement areas.
business practices. The teams then applied needed to make corrective non-salary cost improvement,” says Czynszak-Lyne, a mem- “One of the things that surprised team
that knowledge to 10 different problems, six transfers, and creating a process for setting ber of the project’s leadership team. members was when they’ve come to an office
in the project’s first generation and another up collaborative research approvals across Brenda Spychalla, a senior informa- to walk the process, people have been very
four in a second round. multiple departments. tion processing consultant in the School welcoming. They’re more than happy to be
The first round of projects ranged from The team working on the collaborative of Education and a member of the APR asked to help solve the problem, and that’s
managing information technology access for research approvals found that the process Information Technology Team, says the great,” Gustafson says.
new, transferring or departing employees is inconsistent across campus and can take project provides a framework for lasting Visit http://www.vc.wisc.edu/APR/.
December 10, 2008 5
For nanotechnology, religion in U.S. dictates a wary view
By Terry Devitt Science Foundation-funded Center for
-2 “Nanotechnology is morally acceptable” +2
firstname.lastname@example.org Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona
State University. 10
When it comes to the world of the very, The survey findings, says Scheufele, are
very small — nanotechnology — Americans important not only because they reveal the U.S.
have a big problem: Nano and its capacity paradox of citizens of one of the world’s elite
to alter the fundamentals of nature, it seems, technological societies taking a dim view Ireland Italy
are failing the moral litmus test of religion. of the implications of a particular technol-
In a report published Dec. 7 in the jour- ogy, but also because they begin to expose
nal Nature Nanotechnology, survey results broader negative public attitudes toward sci- Spain
from the United States and Europe reveal a ence when people filter their views through U.K.
sharp contrast in the perception that nano- religion. Germany
technology is morally acceptable. Those “What we captured is nanospecific, but France Sweden
views, according to the report, correlate it is also representative of a larger attitude Denmark
directly with aggregate levels of religious toward science and technology,” Scheufele
views in each country surveyed. says. “It raises a big question: What’s really
In the United States and a few European going on in our public discourse where sci-
countries where religion plays a larger role ence and religion often clash?”
in everyday life, notably Italy, Austria and For the United States, the findings are
Ireland, nanotechnology and its potential particularly surprising, Scheufele notes, as 0
to alter living organisms or even inspire the country is without question a highly The average responses plotted here somewhat underrepresent the range of responses
synthetic life is perceived as less morally technological society and many of the dis- across all response categories. The proportion of respondents who disagree (i.e., -1 or -2)
that nanotechnology was morally acceptable was highest in the U.S. (24.9 percent)
acceptable. In more secular European soci- coveries that underpin nanotechnology and lowest in Italy (7.3 percent). The percentages for respondents who agree (i.e., +1 or +2)
eties, such as those in France and Germany, emanated from American universities and was highest in Belgium (82.4 percent) and lowest in Ireland (33.5 percent).
individuals are much less likely to view companies. The technology is also becom-
nanotechnology through the prism of reli- ing more pervasive, with more than 1,000
tivity and funding directed to science and people who already hold strong views on
gion and find it ethically suspect. products ranging from more efficient solar
technology by different countries. the technology are not necessarily seeking
“The level of ‘religiosity’ in a particular panels and scratch-resistant automobile
“We really tried to control for country- factual information about it.
country is one of the strongest predictors paint to souped-up golf clubs already on the
specific factors,” Scheufele explains. “But “There is absolutely no change in what
of whether or not people see nanotechnol- market.
we found that religion is still one of the people know about nanotechnology
ogy as morally acceptable,” says Dietram “It’s estimated that nanotechnology will
strongest predictors of whether or not between 2004 and 2007. This is partly due
Scheufele, a professor of life sciences com- be a $3.1 trillion global industry by 2015,”
nanotechnology is morally acceptable and to the fact that mainstream media are only
munication and the lead author of the new Scheufele says. “Nanotechnology is one of
whether or not it is perceived to be useful now beginning to pay closer attention to
study. “Religion was the strongest influence those areas that is starting to touch nearly
for society.” the issue,” says Scheufele. “There has been
over everything.” every part of our lives.”
The findings from the 2007 U.S. survey, a lot of elite discussion in Washington,
The study compared answers to To be sure that religion was such a
adds Scheufele, also suggest that in the D.C., but not a lot of public discussion. And
identical questions posed by the 2006 dominant influence on perceptions of
United States the public’s knowledge of nan- nanotechnology has not had that catalytic
Eurobarometer public opinion survey and nanotechnology, the group controlled for
otechnology has been static since a similar moment, that key event that draws public
a 2007 poll by the UW Survey Center con- such things as science literacy, educational
2004 survey. Scheufele points to a paucity attention to the issue.”
ducted under the auspices of the National performance, and levels of research produc-
of news media interest and the notion that
Q&A: Professor provides analysis of work on nanotechnology research
Life sciences communication professor Dietram factors such as education or a nation’s invest- posed by things like stem cell research, but we groups have spent a lot of money researching
Scheufele provides Wisconsin Week with a more ment in science and technology, is the driver for don’t read much about nanotechnology in that what kinds of messages make people more or
in-depth look at his research on nanotechnology this phenomenon? context. How come? less likely to support certain aspects of stem cell
and religion. DS: This is a fair question. It is reasonable to DS: Nanotechnology has not been an issue research, and they’ve put considerable effort
Wisconsin Week: Why has nanotechnology, assume, for example, that in countries where that has received systematic media attention. into framing the issue to their advantage.
as opposed to other kinds of science, become religion plays a more important role in everyday Our research shows that only seven journalists One thing that is frustrating in these public
a moral dilemma for many people as viewed life, religious views also shape educational in the United States have written more than 25 debates is that science is often virtually absent.
through the prism of religion? policies or even science funding, which, in stories on nanotechnologies, and two of them We have religious groups, we have Michael J.
Scheufele: I am not sure if nanotechnology turn, influence attitudes have just left their newspapers. In other words, Fox, but we really have very little discussion
is the only recent example of a scientific area about nanotechnology. the majority of coverage has been provided by about the scientific merits of stem cell research.
that challenged some people’s religious views. We therefore controlled journalists who have paid sporadic attention to WW: Do we need to rethink the way we talk
In fact, for genetically engineered organisms for a range of factors in the issue at best. As a result, many people are about science and its implications in America?
we saw similar discussions about “unnatural each country, including still unaware of the science underlying nano- DS: Absolutely. Effective communication with
science” and about scientists “interfering with students’ science per- technology, and our research shows no changes wide cross sections of society is probably more
nature” or “playing God.” But two things are formance in school and in levels of information about nanotechnology important now than it’s ever been. Issues like
different for nanotechnology. It has a potential research productivity rela- among the general public over the last few nanotechnology and stem cell research raise
impact on virtually all areas of life, ranging from tive to public funding for years. questions about what it means to be human,
medicine to materials and the environment. nanotechnology in each Scheufele At the same time, we are seeing three to four what kind of applications we want in the market
And as a result, the potential conflict between country. And the religious new nanotechnology consumer end products and how quickly. The tricky part is that, while
religiosity and science will likely be much more climate remained the strongest predictor. hit the market each week right now, according scientists generally realize how important it is to
salient for nanotechnology, in particular with WW: How do we explain the paradox of such to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, connect with the public, many people have taken
respect to nano-bio-info-cogno (NBIC) technolo- a dynamic and pervasive field of technology with the majority of products coming out of the the approach that it will be enough if we just
gies that may, in the future, enable us to create coming under a cloud of moral scrutiny in a United States This means that we are using put sound science out there. But unfortunately
synthetic life and intelligence without divine country that thrives on technology? nanotechnology in many of our daily activities that’s not really supported by our research.
intervention. DS: I am not sure if it is really such a paradox. without really being aware of much of the issues Rather, we need to realize that different
WW: How do the views of Americans differ Science and religion are not incompatible. And surrounding the science behind it. publics have different informational needs,
from those of people in countries where religion many of the questions that modern science WW: What does this research infer about our react very differently to information, and — most
is less a part of everyday life? raises do not have scientific answers. Is it moral public dialogue about science in general? importantly — are looking for answers to ques-
DS: It depends on which countries we com- or not to create new life, for example, if that will DS: I think we’re seeing scientific issues tions that often have very little to do with the
pare the United States to. Our analyses showed ever be possible? And what are the social effects morph into political ones, especially for nano- scientific issues surrounding emerging technolo-
that the United States is in many ways very of virtually invisible surveillance devices that technology where people’s moral concerns gies. As some of our recent research here at
similar to countries like Italy, Ireland and Austria, can trace our every movement? The answers to about what science should do may be as impor- Wisconsin shows, trying to make sense of the
who have deeply rooted religious traditions. these questions depend on our values, ethics, tant as their factual understanding of what moral implications of nano breakthroughs based
But the United States differs significantly from beliefs and morals. And society will only find science can do. And as a result public debates on their own belief or value systems is much
more secular European countries like France, answers if all of these considerations are taken about science increasingly move into the politi- more important for some groups in society at
Germany or Denmark,with a less religious into account and help us understand the impli- cal arena. Stem cell research is a great example the moment than understanding the science
citizenry and fewer moral qualms about nano- cations of what science has made or will make of an issue that has triggered similar reactions. behind it.
technology. possible. It is an issue that has been heavily influenced — Terry Devitt
WW: Is it clear that religion, and not other WW: We hear much about the moral issues by strategic campaigns on both sides. Interest
6 Wisconsin Week
r esearch Curiosities
Editor’s note: This column provides a glimpse
Students make a find of galactic proportions
into the science behind everyday life. Do you
have a question for Curiosities? Submit it to
By Terry Devitt Q:During World War II,
email@example.com Radio telescope added to UW-Madison skyline Japanese and Germans
Anyone who knows the UW-Madison skyline directions in the Milky Way and essentially were detained in camps
t isn’t every day that a group of under- is familiar with the small domes that denote map the distribution of atomic gas in our own in Wisconsin. Where
graduates is given the keys to the world’s the presence of the astronomy department in galaxy.” were the camps, how
largest and most sensitive radio tele- Sterling Hall. Now, thanks to a new initiative, a The new radio telescope, however, is not long were these people
scope. Nor is it usual that the students will radio telescope has been added to the mix and the first on campus. Physics professor Peter held and what happened to them?
capitalize on the opportunity to make a dis- to the skyline. Timbie has one such telescope on the roof A: More than 3,000 Japanese prisoners of
Just to the east of the domes on Sterling of Chamberlin Hall. Timbie’s telescope was war and 5,000 German POWs were held
covery of galactic proportions.
Hall, a 2.3-meter dish was recently erected and built about two years ago from scratch by in Wisconsin during World War II, says a
But that is exactly what UW-Madison
plans call for two more identical dishes to be undergrads and high school students. “It was reference staff member at the Wisconsin
astronomer Snezana Stanimirovic’s six Historical Society library and archives.
added and configured as an interferometer, a a project not only to measure things in the sky,
Astronomy 460 students accomplished this Most Japanese prisoners were housed
collection of telescopes that when combined but the process of building it was important” as
semester. Using a few hours of precious and uses the interference of radio waves to obtain a learning exercise, Timbie explains. His group, in the state’s main POW camp at Camp
hard-to-get observing time on the Arecibo sharper resolution of an object being observed. like Stanimirovic’s, wants to use the telescope McCoy — now Fort McCoy — near Tomah. The
Observatory’s massive radio telescope in Astronomers use radio waves to study such to measure the distribution of hydrogen gas in majority of German POWs were assigned to
Puerto Rico, the students seem to have con- things as distant galaxies, pulsars and super- our galaxy. 38 branch camps, mainly in rural areas near
firmed the existence of a new galaxy in a novae. “Ideally, we could connect all these dishes places like Columbus, Fond du Lac, Beaver
blank spot on our map of the universe. “We will use these telescopes for radio together to make a mini VLA,” says Stanimirovic Dam, Sturgeon Bay and Rice Lake.
“It is a real scientific result,” says astronomy classes and can still do many referencing the Very Large Array, the giant radio German POWs performed different types
interesting projects,” according to Snezana observatory in New Mexico that is perhaps best of labor, including harvesting crops, working
Stanimirovic, an assistant professor of astron-
Stanimirovic, the assistant professor of astron- known outside astronomy as the fictionalized in canning companies, lumbering and other
omy and a veteran radio astronomer who
omy coordinating the project. “For example, we setting for the movie “Contact.” work where labor shortages existed because
used her cachet at the Arecibo Observatory of the war. Because prisoners were moved
will be able to obtain hydrogen spectra in many — Terry Devitt
to get her small class the chance to observe depending on the labor needs in different
with a world-class telescope. “The under- areas of the state, most of the branch camps
graduate team was very lucky.” were inhabited for relatively short periods.
Stanimirovic’s students used the radio things as binary pulsars, twin neutron stars can line it up on the large-scale map of the Prisoners began arriving in the camps in
telescope, which samples radio waves that locked in a “dance of death”; was instrumen- universe,” says Stanimirovic. 1942, and some were held until 1946, after
emanate from celestial objects like superno- tal in helping confirm Einstein’s gravitational Her students’ observations also provided which most were sent home. However, some
vae, galaxies and pulsars, to look at a part of wave theory; and was the first telescope to enough information to estimate the mass of the German prisoners were kept in France
the sky that is obscured by the plane of the detect planets beyond our solar system. of hydrogen gas in the galaxy. Hydrogen is working on reconstruction projects.
Milky Way. Known as the “zone of avoidance,” “It’s pretty cool that we could use Arecibo,” the fuel for making new stars and knowing
says Ryan Birdsall, a senior majoring in phys- how much is there will help astronomers Q: Is it possible to catch the same cold more
that part of the sky is impossible for conven-
tional optical telescopes to penetrate because ics and astronomy. “This is the first time determine how fast the new-found galaxy is
A: Probably not the exact same cold, says
the vast clouds of dust that make up the plane that anyone’s looked at these new galaxies in churning out new stars.
Jonathan Temte, an associate professor of
of the Milky Way prevent light from extraga- detail. It’s a galactic blind spot.” “Once you get a spectrum, you can do all family medicine. “With an infection, you will
lactic objects from reaching Earth. From a small control room in Sterling kinds of things,” notes Lars Bryan, another mount an immune response that is specific
Radio telescopes, however, can cut Hall and in another session from her of Stanimirovic’s students and a junior math to that particular strain, but the common cold
through the galactic clutter to “see” what’s office, Stanimirovic’s students, with the major. “There’s all kinds of information — is usually caused by a rhinovirus, and well
there. “The zone of avoidance is the last fron- help of a telescope operator at the Arecibo hydrogen mass, distance, velocity — that can over 100 rhinovirus strains affect people.”
tier in mapping the large-scale structure of Observatory, first focused the telescope on be obtained if you get a good spectrum.” Because colds are seldom serious, Temte
the universe, and holds the keys to explain- known galaxies to calibrate it. “Then they Astronomy 460, Experience in admits there is a limited amount of available
really tried their luck and pointed toward the Astronomical Observations, is designed to research. But research on influenza supports
ing the dynamics of our local universe,”
most obscured regions in the Milky Way — give students an encounter with the life of the idea that a new cold is likely to be caused
by an unfamiliar virus.
Her student team keyed off of recent looking right through the Milky Way disk the observational astronomer, and teach
“If you have had influenza and a similar
observations of 25 “highly obscured” galaxies — in the direction that infrared observers everything from mastering data analysis
strain of virus is around two years in a row,
in the zone of avoidance made with NASA’s identified as having potential new galaxies,” software and preparing an observing plan to in the second year you are likely not to come
Spitzer Space Telescope. An infrared tele- Stanimirovic says. how to use different kinds of telescopes and down with anything, or will have a very mild
scope, Spitzer can also cut through the dust In their first foray, with just four minutes how to write a research paper. case. The more change there is in proteins
and crud of interstellar space, but not with of observing, the students were able to obtain Getting time on a major telescope, accord- on the surface of the virus, the more likely
the same clarity of a big radio telescope. the classic spectral signature of a spiral gal- ing to Stanimirovic, wasn’t anticipated, nor they are to escape your immune system.”
One thousand feet in diameter, the axy and tease out the kind of information was a moment of discovery, but that, too, is Colds are most infectious two to three
Arecibo radio telescope covers an area of that is the bread and butter of astrophysics: part of the overarching lesson: “Detecting days after symptoms start, and a person may
“We could see that it is a rotating galaxy, and new galaxies is always exciting,” says remain infectious for five or six days from the
about 20 acres and is the world’s largest
we can get a good estimate of the distance, Stanimirovic, “especially when it’s done by start of symptoms. Avoid contact with people
single-dish radio telescope. A sensitive ear,
who are coughing or sneezing.
the telescope has been used to discover such which is really important because then we undergraduate students.”
— University Communications
Cave’s climate clues show ancient empires declined during dry spell
By Jill Sakai Valley, reconstructed the high-resolution ses have relied on relatively crude sampling Byzantines or not isn’t known, but it is an
firstname.lastname@example.org climate record based on geochemical analy- tools, typically small dental drills, which interesting correlation,” Valley says. “These
sis of a stalagmite from Soreq Cave, located required averaging across 10 or even 100 things were certainly going on at the time
The decline of the Roman and Byzantine in the Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve near years at a time. The current analysis used an that those historic changes occurred.”
Empires in the Eastern Mediterranean more Jerusalem. advanced ion microprobe in the Wisconsin The team is now applying the same tech-
than 1,400 years ago may have been driven “It looks sort of like tree rings in cross- Secondary-Ion Mass-Spectrometer (Wisc- niques to older samples from the same cave.
by unfavorable climate changes. section. You have many concentric rings SIMS) laboratory to sample spots just “One period of interest is the last glacial ter-
Based on chemical signatures in a piece and you can analyze across these rings, but one-hundredth of a millimeter across. That mination, around 19,000 years ago — the
of calcite from a cave near Jerusalem, a team instead of looking at the ring widths, we’re represents detail that is about 100 times most recent period in Earth’s history when
of American and Israeli geologists pieced looking at the geochemical composition of sharper than previous methods. With such the whole globe experienced a warming of
together a detailed record of the area’s each ring,” says Orland. fine resolution, the scientists were able to 4 to 5 degrees Celsius,” Orland says.
climate from roughly 200 B.C. to 1100 Using oxygen isotope signatures and discriminate weather patterns from indi- Formations from this period of rapid
A.D. Their analysis, to be reported in an impurities trapped in the layered mineral vidual years and seasons. change may help them better understand
upcoming issue of the journal Quaternary deposits such as organic matter flushed into Their detailed climate record shows that how weather patterns respond to quickly
Research, reveals increasingly dry weather the cave by surface rain, Orland determined the Eastern Mediterranean became drier warming temperatures.
from 100 A.D. to 700 A.D. that coincided annual rainfall levels for the years the sta- between 100 A.D. and 700 A.D., a time Soreq Cave, at least 185,000 years old
with the fall of both Roman and Byzantine lagmite was growing, from approximately when Roman and Byzantine power in the and still active, also offers the hope of cre-
rule in the region. 200 B.C. to 1100 A.D. region waned, including steep drops in ating a high-resolution long-term climate
The researchers, led by geology gradu- While cave formations have previously precipitation around 100 A.D. and 400 change record to parallel those generated
ate student Ian Orland and professor John been used as climate indicators, past analy- A.D. “Whether this is what weakened the from Greenland and Antarctic ice cores.
December 10, 2008 7
December 10, 2008
Faculty, staff make the case for great winter reads Book Smart
By Gwen Evans The Religious
email@example.com More book suggestions Enlightenment:
There are readers, and then there are Readers. life suddenly reveals its contours. It’s unprec- Protestants, Jews,
ettling down with a good book is one Faculty from the Department of English offered edented for a young writer’s story collection to and Catholics from
the following suggestions. be No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, London to Vienna
of life’s great joys. For many, winter
Mike Bernard-Donals: “Extremely Loud but this book has done that. (Princeton University
break provides time away from work
and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer, Rob Nixon: “The Beautiful Things That Press, 2008), David
and the classroom, giving a chance to set 2006. This is a sometimes funny, sometimes Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu, 2007. A ten- Sorkin, professor of
aside the usual distractions to enjoy some heartbreaking story of a child coming to terms der, passionate (and brief) novel about African history and Frances
pleasure reading instead. Assorted faculty with his father’s death in the twin towers on immigrants, the quest for love, and gentrification and Laurence
and staff from across campus were polled 9/11. It’s an imaginative journey through New in Washington, D.C. Reminiscent, in style, tone, Weinstein Professor of Jewish Studies
for their recommendations for books that York City, through childhood, through recent his- and wit of early Saul Bellow. And it’s just out in
will not disappoint. So make your selection, tory, and ultimately suggests something about paperback. In researching the relationship between
turn off the TV and read away. how redemption works. Ellen Samuels: “Blind Rage: Letters to Judaism and Enlightenment thought, David
Arnold Alanen, landscape architec- Heather Dubrow: “Gilead” by Marianne Helen Keller” by Georgina Kleege, 2006. The Sorkin found significant misunderstand-
ture: “Learning to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Robinson, 2006. It is wry and at times ironic—yet best book I read in 2007, this is a tour de force ing about the relationship between the
also so moving that at a few junctures it almost of historically informed memoir that compels Enlightenment and religion in general. His find-
Photographs and Reports from the Field”
brought tears to my eyes. while it surprises with visions of the unknown ings resonate with contemporary issues.
by Anne Whiston Spirn, 2008. Dorothea
David Lowenstein: “The Naked and the Helen Keller, who preached socialism to Andrew “The prevalent dichotomy in politics
Lange’s photographs offer some of the most Dead” by Norman Mailer, 1948. Based on Carnegie, toured the vaudeville stage and wrote between supposedly ‘believing’ conservatives
remarkable and poignant depictions of Mailer’s experiences in the Pacific during World of phenomenology before it bore that name. and ‘secular’ or ‘godless’ liberals is based on
America during the Great Depression. By War II, this is an epic-scale masterpiece about Ron Wallace: “The Royal Baker’s Daughter” the presumption that the Enlightenment was a
using Lange’s 1939 portfolio and unpub- the degradation of war. by Barbara Goldberg, 2008. This collection secular phenomenon and dividing point. That’s
lished field notes, Spirn provides us with Judy Mitchell: “The Monsters of Templeton” of poems received this year’s Brittingham a historical mistake that we need to correct.”
insights to the genius and hard work that by Lauren Groff, 2008. It’s not often that a liter- Poetry Prize from UW Press. It was selected Countries in 17th century Europe struggled
characterize one of the country’s great artists ary novel makes the New York Times bestseller from among the 800 book-length manuscripts to create order despite religiously divided
from the 20th century. Genre: photographic list, but this first novel about family secrets, submitted to the press in last fall’s annual com- populations, significant religious minorities
criticism. James Fenimore Cooper and, of course, mon- petition. and sovereigns with different religions from
sters, did just that. Smart, beautifully written, a David Zimmerman: “Truth and Bright Water” the population. The Religious Enlightenment
Barry Alvarez, athletics: I just purchased
fun read—and by one of our own. by Thomas King, 2001. Wow. I can’t wait to argues that shared ideas like “natural religion”
“Cross Country” by James Patterson, 2008,
Lorrie Moore: “Unaccustomed Earth” by teach this book. It’s a smart, moving, tender, — an accessible morality based in common
but haven’t started reading it yet. I’ve read Jhumpa Lahiri, 2008. These are rich, moving lyrical, sometimes dark, sometimes funny, mys- foundations of belief — created tolerance and
all of the books by Patterson and highly stories, not just of immigrant families but of the tery novel about Native life and history on the collaboration across religious, cultural and
recommend them, especially those featuring moments when the shape of an individual’s Montana-Ottawa border. political boundaries.
detective Alex Cross as the main character, — Gwen Evans Sorkin’s use of what he calls “second rank
which is the case with this latest book. figures” illuminates the contributions of figures
Genre: mystery/thriller. Jill Casid, Visual Culture Center: “I Live Kathleen Horning, Cooperative Children’s who bridged these political and philosophical
Emily Auerbach, Division of Continuing Here” by Mia Kirshner, 2008. Marketed as a Book Center: “Minders of the Make-Believe: gaps, many of whom lost prominence because
Studies: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper “paper documentary” focused on four world Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of of a misguided emphasis on secularity.
Lee, 1960. Rereading Harper Lee’s “To Kill Sorkin came to UW-Madison in 1992 with
crises, the “book” challenges the jaded with American Children’s Literature” by Leonard
a Mockingbird” recently, I was struck by its the aim of creating a certificate program and,
its experimental format and packaging: a Marcus, 2008. The now-famous battle over
sheer perfection as a classic work of fiction. eventually, a major in Jewish studies. The
boxed assemblage encasing four books (84 the publication of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s program reached both goals by 2001. Sorkin
Although I remembered the racial con- pages each), which are themselves hybrid- Web” is just one of the fascinating anecdotes seeks to reinforce connections between his
flicts, coming-of-age theme and dramatic ized combinations of word and image recounted by historian Leonard Marcus in area of study and the larger world, whether
trial scenes, I had forgotten the powerful formatted as collage-illustrated multimedia this deliciously gossipy survey of 20th cen- placing Jewish history within the larger context
passages satirizing public “education” and journals and including elements of the tury American children’s literature, based of European societies or drawing lessons from
eloquently describing Scout’s love of read- graphic novel. Genre: I’m going to classify it largely on interviews the author conducted the Enlightenment that resonate today.
ing. Genre: fiction. as new media visual culture. over the years with children’s book editors. “One of the things I feel most proud of is
Buckingham U. Badger: “B is for Badger, Robert N. Golden, School of Medicine Genre: history/literature. that, in addition to training Ph.D.s to European
A Wisconsin Alphabet” written by Kathy-jo and Public Health: “They Marched Into Sheila Leary, UW Press: “Human Jewish history itself, I have a lot of other stu-
Wargin and illustrated by Renee Graef, dents who do European history and do a prelim
Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and Goodness” by Yi-Fu Tuan, 2008. “Human
2004. What’s not to love in a book with a in European Jewish history, “ says Sorkin. “That
America; October 1967” by David Maraniss, Goodness” is an inviting meditation by
badger on the cover? Readers of all ages will adds to their understanding. One of my goals
2003. David Maraniss, one of my favorite Professor Emeritus Yi-Fu Tuan. This year, is to integrate European Jewish history with
learn state history, events and facts as they authors, weaves together the history of as we look for hope in the midst of war and European history at both the undergraduate
reinforce alphabet skills. Genre: children’s. three powerful events in October 1967: the light in winter’s darkness, it’s well worth and graduate levels.”
Another option to consider is “Nickname Dow Chemical recruitment protests on the reading his reflections on gratitude, good This commitment to interdisciplinary con-
Mania: The Best of College Nicknames and UW-Madison campus; the ambush of a pla- manners, selflessness, generosity, respect, nection served Sorkin well during his time as
Mascots and the Stories Behind Them” by toon of American soldiers in Vietnam; and appreciation and courage — especially both a senior fellow and, later, director of the
Mark T. Jenkins, 1997. Although the cover the tipping point in the Johnson adminis- courage, to do good in the midst of evil. Institute for Research in the Humanities, which
is cluttered with photos of lesser mascots, tration’s deliberations over the course of the Genre: philosophy/ethics. he calls “one of the jewels of UW-Madison.” In
the book is still a keeper, in my humble war. Genre: documentary. some ways, the institute has nurtured the type
opinion. of intellectual discourse that Sorkin describes
in his book as a “republic of letters” — cor-
Longtime professor to speak to graduates at Dec. 21 commencement respondence between religious, political and
philosophical figures at many levels of public
By Liz Beyler Dresang was the founding director of ing journalism, music and social work) will and private life. Still, he laments the decline of
reasoned discourse in the greater sphere.
firstname.lastname@example.org the Robert M. La Follette School of Public be conferred.
“I think part of the problem is that we now
Affairs from 1983-87, and has been the Degree candidates and guests should
live in an era of experts, and political issues
Alumnus and veteran professor of political director of the school’s Center on State, arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of are kind of left to the experts — social scien-
science and public affairs Dennis Dresang Local and Tribal Governance since 1993. their ceremony to ensure they are seated at tists, economists and the issues just aren’t
will deliver the charge to the graduates at At the 10 a.m. ceremony, the following the appointed time. No tickets are required. discussed in broader philosophical terms as
the university’s Winter Commencement cer- degrees will be conferred: all doctoral and Parking will be available on a first-come, much. Those aren’t the people who get lis-
emonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, professional degrees; all master’s degrees; first-served basis in most university ramps tened to.
Dec. 21. and bachelor’s degrees from the College of and lots. Complimentary shuttle bus service “I would like to see more of a bridge
“I am deeply touched and honored to Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of between Union South and the Kohl Center between philosophy and theology in politics,
have been selected to address the graduates, Education, the School of Human Ecology, will be available every 10-15 minutes sure,” he adds. “At the same time, I still have
and I look forward to the fun and celebra- the School of Medicine and Public Health, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to say that I’m a champion of the separation
of church and state.”
tion,” says Dresang, who was chosen by the and the School of Nursing. Both ceremonies will be streamed live and
officers of the senior class. At the 2 p.m. ceremony, bachelor’s will be accessible via http://www.wisc.edu. — Susannah Brooks
He has been a faculty member since 1969 degrees from the Wisconsin School of Windows Media Player and a broadband
and has served on many university commit- Business, the College of Engineering, and connection are required. Viewing will be
tees and the Athletic Board. the College of Letters and Science (includ- available at the start of each ceremony.
8 Wisconsin Week
To view event listings: http://www.today.wisc.edu/
Union Theater presents rising stars a program of Liszt and Messaien. An avid
With youthful enthusiasm matching keen chamber musician, he performs and tours
musicianship, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
pianist Inon Barnatan add up to a can’t-miss Center.
combination. Tickets for this performance are available
Continuing the Wisconsin Union Theater’s online or by contacting the Union Theater
long tradition of world-class performers, box office at 262-2201 or boxoffice@wut.
Weilerstein and Barnatan take the stage at org. Visit http://www.uniontheater.wisc.
8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Tickets range edu/season/weilerstein.html or e-mail
from $18-$34 for general admission and $10 email@example.com for more information.
for UW-Madison students with ID. A pre-
concert lecture with critic John Barker starts Newly minted filmmakers
at 7 p.m.; check TITU for the room location. show their stuff at Cinematheque
Both Weilerstein and Barnatan, still in Is the next Scorsese here on campus? How
their 20s, have already found international about a cult icon like John Waters, or a
Photo: Courtesy James Latimer
acclaim. Cellist Weilerstein made her debut blockbusting action helmer like Michael
at 13 performing Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Bay? Or — better yet — a talent like none
Variations” with the Cleveland Symphony we’ve ever seen?
Orchestra. The Toronto Star writes that Check out the latest round of films from
“Weilerstein plays classical music, but with UW-Madison’s communication arts and
the depth of soul and raw emotional energy video production students in a 90-minute The Madison Marimba Quartet performs at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in Mills Concert Hall.
of a diehard rocker.” She has performed with showcase curated by course instructors.
many major orchestras both nationally and The program takes place at 7:30 p.m. on
internationally. In addition, she maintains Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Cinematheque, Another ‘gift’ brings joyful filling the pre-New Year’s lull. Quartet
relationships with contemporary composers, 4070 Vilas Hall. Admission is free. marimba sounds to campus members have fond memories about past
premiering new works in both recitals and The Independent Film and Video Four marimbas, eight hands and any num- programs. Guse, trained as an electrical
orchestral appearances. She often performs Collaborative is devoted to the exhibition ber of mallets mean only one thing: The engineer, joined after moving to Madison
with her parents under the banner of the of amateur work, providing opportuni- Madison Marimba Quartet is back. and seeing an article about the 2000 show.
Weilerstein Trio, the trio-in-residence at ties for new filmmakers to present their With music for all ears, including favor- Shaver and Gruber, both music teach-
Boston’s New England Conservatory. films on screen for the first time. This col- ites from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” ers, joined Latimer in the first concert. “I
Israel-born pianist Barnatan is equally laboration with UW-Madison’s renowned alumni Tim Gruber, Laura Guse and Tom remember thinking there would be two
at home with solo and collaborative work. Cinematheque puts these works in the Shaver and emeritus professor of percussion dozen people there,” Gruber recalls, “and
Recent solo highlights include his recital company of works by global masters of the Jim Latimer will present the 13th annual how surprised I was to see hundreds.”
debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, his medium — not bad for beginners! installment of “Our Gift to You” at 1 p.m. Known for varied repertoire and refresh-
American concerto debut with the Houston For more, visit http://cinema.wisc.edu/ on Saturday, Dec. 27, in Mills Hall. The ing improvisation, the quartet has gained
Symphony Orchestra, a performance at series/2008_fall/events.htm or contact concert is free and open to the public; fans nationwide since forming in 1982.
Ravinia in its prestigious “Rising Stars” Cinematheque at 262-3627 or heckman@ families are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 835-9861 or
series, and his Aspen Festival debut, playing wisc.edu. “Our Gift” began as community outreach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer’s Choice: Exhibits, performances keep campus busy on break
By Gwen Evans thread and built up with paint, wax, tex- If you need more enticement to make
email@example.com tile dyes, inks and pencil marks. The large your way to the Chazen, two perfor-
works appear to be both delicate and mances of Sunday Afternoon Live From
he pace of campus life is slowing resilient. the Chazen will feature musicians from
as classes wrap up for the semes- n “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits the School of Music.
ter, students complete projects and in Africa and Its Diasporas,” Chazen On Sunday, Dec. 14, the Wisconsin
papers, and final exams loom. This is a Museum of Art, through Jan. 11 Brass Quintet will perform J.S. Bach’s
wonderful opportunity to check out the Beautiful and seductive, protective yet “My Spirit Be Joyful,” four Monteverdi
exhibits you intended to see months ago, dangerous, the African water deity Mami Madrigals and “Selections from Porgy
but were too busy to attend. Carpe diem, Wata (pidgin English for “Mother Water”) and Bess” by Broadway performer and
people. is often portrayed as a mermaid, a snake arranger Jack Gale. Trombonist Mark
n “Pareidolia: Inkspill Drawings” by charmer or a combination of the two. The Hetzler will be featured with Steve Rouse’s
Vesna Jovanovic, Ebling Library, Health exhibition explores 500 years of the visual “The Flying Boy.” Paul Rowe, professor
Sciences Learning Center, third floor, culture and history of Mami Wata, honor- of voice, will join the quintet to perform
Photo: James Gill
through Dec. 12 ing the essential, sacred nature of water. John Stevens’ work for baritone voice and
Vesna Jovanovic’s drawings merge sci- n “Bubbles: An Exhibition of brass quintet titled “Footprints.” Stevens
ence with fantasy — mechanical devices, Photographic Works, Crystals for a New is a member of the quintet and the texts
body parts, color. The surreal result is an Conception of Space and Volume in Members of the Wisconsin Brass Quartet are by local Madison poet Ann Arntson.
unsettling duality of the abstract and the Architecture” by Steve Preston, Wendt are (left to right) Matthew Kuhns, trumpet; The WBQ has recorded this work on a
recognizable. Library Alcove, main floor, through Douglas Hill, horn; John Aley, trumpet; CD on the Crystal Records label.
John Stevens, tuba; Mark Hetzler, trombone.
n “Seam: Mary Hark, Work From Jan. 16 More glorious brass will be heard on
Before, During and After a Year in An alumnus of the engineering pro- Sunday, Jan. 11, when the Madison Tuba
Kumasi, Ghana,” Design Gallery, Human gram, Preston is studying architecture and celebration or ceremony, is a universal Consort performs a varied program of
Ecology, through Dec. 14 visual arts at the Massachusetts Institute phenomenon: Masquerading allows for works for low brass. The group features
These works include recent paintings of Technology. Simple bubbles form the magical transformation and frees the Stevens and five of his advanced students.
that combine cloth and handmade paper building blocks for boldly geometric, human spirit. Galembo photographs the The program includes arrangements of
and address “the poetry in accidental vibrantly hued structures that evoke both stunning costumes worn by priests and music by Holborne, Bach, Schubert and
marks, the tenderness of flaw, and the the chaos and order of the natural world. priestesses, carnival participants, dancers Maurer, original works by Nelhybel and
transformative potential of attention and n “West African Masquerade: and Haitian vodou practitioners in Africa Payne, and three original compositions
labor.” The works combine handmade Photographs” by Phyllis Galembo, and the Caribbean. The New York Times by Stevens.
flax and kozo papers and cloth into an Chazen Museum of Art, through Feb. 1 recognized the “dignity, conviction, and Both concerts are free and begin
intricate medium that is stitched with The urge to dress up in costumes, for formal power” in her photographs. at 12:30 p.m. in Gallery Three.
December 10, 2008 9
a rts & e vents
CREECA Lecture Series “Bucky on Baikal: A Trans- Fundamentally Sound A Cappella Fall Show
We want to hear from you Siberian Adventure with the WAA.” Jennifer Tishler, “Fundamentally Sound in the Mystery of the Lost FIND MORE ONLINE
Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, Song.” The group will be joined on stage by friends n DoIT skills courses The Division
Including your event in the will discuss her summer experience as the study from Tangled Up in Blue and Hypnotiq. Wisconsin of Information Technology offers a variety
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Thursday, Dec. 11 Diasporic Politics in America After the Secret War.”
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families “Winter
259 Educational Sciences, 2 p.m. 263-2976.
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES Friday, Dec. 12 Birds.” Black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, wood-
Neuroscience and Public Policy Seminar peckers and owls live in the winter woods at the
Microbes at the Movies Presents ‘Outbreak’ ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES “Neuroscience and the Law: Hope, Fear and Hype.” Arboretum. Look for winter birds and learn how
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Morgan Henry Greely, Stanford University. 1111 Genetics- they survive the long winter. Arboretum Visitor
Freeman. A discussion will follow the film. Ebling UW System Admin Blood Drive Walk-ins are wel- Biotechnology Center Building, 4 p.m. 262-4932, Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, 1-3 p.m. 263-
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sing about life, love and the one that got away while 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 227-1357, firstname.lastname@example.org. sitting in their shanty. Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Hall,
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“Investigating the Role of Enzyme Dynamics in Gadjo Players as part of the Behind the Beat series. UW Cinematheque Special Event “IFVC show.”
Research Park, 621 Science Drive, 9-10 a.m.
Catalysis using Isotope Effects.” Andrew Murkin, Rathskeller, Memorial Union, 5-7 p.m. truby@wisc. Highlighting works produced in communication
Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 2339 edu. arts film and video production courses, this 90-min-
Rennebohm Hall, noon. 262-0353, jmmitchell@ Arboretum Volunteer Workday Core Area and Curtis ute program is curated by the instructors of these
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pharmacy.wisc.edu. Prairie. Volunteer for restoration activities and learn
“Blue Denim.” Although you won’t hear the word to present their films on screen for the first time.
about prairies and savannas. Tools and training are
Institute for Research on Poverty Seminar uttered, the theme of this film is abortion. A boy and a 4070 Vilas Hall, 7:30 p.m. 262-3627, heckman@
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“Migration, Poverty and Place in the Context of girl find themselves about to become unwed parents. wisc.edu.
notice. Meet at the front steps of the Visitor Center.
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Win an 8GB iPod touch or Tickets to a Badger Men’s Basketball or Hockey home game!
How to Enter:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter in person at the DoIT Tech Store at 1210 W. Dayton
Street. Each drawing will have one winner for a pair (2) of tickets to a Badger men’s
basketball or hockey game, and another winner for an 8GB iPod touch.
The next drawing will be December 19th for: DoIT Tech Store
1210 W. Dayton St. (Next to Union South)
Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Contest is open to UW-Madison faculty, staff and students only.
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10 Wisconsin Week
a rts & e vents
Sunday, Dec. 14 Thursday, Dec. 18 Men’s Hockey Wisconsin vs. Alabama-Huntsville.
Friday, Jan. 2
Kohl Center, 7 p.m. Cost: $18-$22. 262-1440,
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES LEARNING ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
Men’s Hockey Badger Hockey Showdown. Two
Trinity Academy of Irish Dance Shows start at 1 ‘Watch What You Eat!’ Foodborne Outbreak Women’s Hockey Wisconsin vs. U.S. Select Team.
teams among Harvard, Lake Superior State and
and 3 p.m. With Irish step dancing, enjoy an hour Response Dave Warshauer, Wisconsin State Kohl Center, 2 p.m. Cost: $2-$5. 262-1440,
Wisconsin will play in the final match. Kohl Center,
of toe-tapping fun, rich Irish heritage and traditional Laboratory of Hygiene’s Communicable Disease firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 p.m. Cost: $18-$22. 262-1440, akf@athletics.
costumes and music as this dance ensemble takes to Division. Stovall Building (Wisconsin State
wisc.edu. Men’s Hockey Wisconsin vs. Northern Michigan.
the stage. Waisman Center, 1 p.m. Cost: $2 adults Laboratory of Hygiene), noon. 265-2529,
Kohl Center, 7 p.m. Cost: $18-$22. 262-1440,
and $1 children. 263-5908, palumbo@waisman. email@example.com.
Center for Neuroscience Lecture Bingren Hu,
Sunday, Dec. 28
Arboretum Walk “Winter Birds.” Chickadees, nut- University of Miami, gives a talk titled “Autophagy
hatches, blue jays and others spend the entire year and Protein Aggregation After Brain Ischemia.” ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES Saturday, Jan. 3
here. The group also will look for other species that 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, Arboretum Walk “Winter Wonders.” Even when the
consider our area “south” and come here for the 4 p.m. 262-4932, firstname.lastname@example.org. ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
ground is frozen and the air is cold, there is beauty
winter. Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole and activity in the natural world. Arboretum Visitor Arboretum Volunteer Workday Wingra Oak
Stammtisch German conversation table.
Highway, 1-2:30 p.m. 263-7888, pabrown1@wisc. Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, 1-2:30 p.m. Savanna. Volunteer for restoration activities and
Paul Bunyan Room, Memorial Union, 8:30 p.m.
edu. 263-7888, email@example.com. learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training
Arboretum Family Walk “Finding Winter Birds.” are provided, and groups are welcome with advance
notice. Meet at the gravel parking lot along Arbor
This is a good time for youngsters to learn about
Friday, Dec. 19 Monday, Dec. 29 Drive just off Monroe Street. Wingra Oak Savanna,
birds, because they are easier to spot in bare trees
and shrubs. Join the naturalist for a short walk to 9 a.m.-noon. 265-5214, firstname.lastname@example.org.
find our feathered friends. Arboretum Visitor Center, Men’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Penn State. Kohl
1207 Seminole Highway, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 263-7888, Yoga@HSLC 1222 Health Sciences Learning Center, Women’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Minnesota. Center, 1 p.m. 262-1440, email@example.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org. noon-1 p.m. Cost: $6 students, $8 faculty and staff. Kohl Center, 8 p.m. Cost: $3-$7. 262-1440,
email@example.com. Men’s Hockey Wisconsin vs. Northern Michigan.
‘Guys On Ice’ Ice-fishing buddies Marvin and Lloyd 263-6315, Ostmoe@wisc.edu.
Kohl Center, 7 p.m. Cost: $18-$22. 262-1440, akf@
sing about life, love and the one that got away while athletics.wisc.edu.
sitting in their shanty. Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Hall, Saturday, Dec. 20 Wednesday, Dec. 31
2-5 p.m. Cost: $37.50 general. 262-2201,
firstname.lastname@example.org. ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES Sunday, Jan. 4
Arboretum Volunteer Workday Grady Tract. Arboretum Special Event “Annual New Year’s ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
Monday, Dec. 15 Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about Eve Walk.” The Visitor Center will be open from
6-8:30 p.m. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. After Arboretum Walk “What’s Happening?” Aldo Leopold
prairies and savannas. Tools and training are pro-
LEARNING vided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. the walk, join us for a cup of hot chocolate as we and his graduate students kept journals recording
welcome the new year in a quiet, peaceful way. the timing of natural events (phenology). This prac-
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar “De Novo Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner
Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, tice is a good way to increase observational skills
Synthesis in Carbohydrate Medicinal Chemistry.” of the Beltline and Seminole Highway, 9 a.m.-noon.
6:30-7:30 p.m. 263-7888, email@example.com. and learn about nature. Look for current natural
George O’Doherty, West Virginia University. 1116 265-5214, firstname.lastname@example.org.
events and discover what we have learned from
Rennebohm Hall, 9:30 a.m. 262-0353, jmmitchell@ Men’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Coppin State. Kohl records kept here since Leopold’s time. Arboretum
pharmacy.wisc.edu. Center, 5 p.m. 262-1440, email@example.com. Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, 1-2:30 p.m.
Contemporary Biochemistry Lecture Series 263-7888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Tapping the Genomes of Microbes for Biofuels Sunday, Dec. 21
Production.” Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial
Sciences, 3:30 p.m. 890-2385, email@example.com. ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
Arboretum Night Walk “Solstice.” Join us for
Tuesday, Dec. 16 sunset on the shortest day of the year. Arboretum
Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway,
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES 4-5:30 p.m. 263-7888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga@HSLC 1222 Health Sciences Learning Center,
4-5 p.m. Cost: $6 students, $8 faculty and staff. Monday, Dec. 22
UW Russian Folk Orchestra Weekly Practices ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
1418 Van Hise Hall, 7:30-9:15 p.m. 259-9440, Women’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Iowa.
email@example.com. Kohl Center, 7 p.m. Cost: $3-$7. 262-1440,
Women’s Health Forum “Career Strategies for
Tuesday, Dec. 23
Women in Academic Medicine.” Elizabeth Burnside,
Department of Radiology. Meriter Hospital, second
floor atrium, Community Health Education Center,
8-9 a.m. 263-9770, firstname.lastname@example.org. UW Hospital and Clinics Blood Drive Walk-
ins are welcome or make appointments at
Cardiovascular Research Conference “Calcium-
and Calmodulin-dependent Kinase Signaling in the
Heart.” Mark E. Anderson, University of Iowa. 1325
1-800-GIVELIFE or http://www.givebloodgive
life.org. A donor card or photo ID is required.
CONNECT BY BUS
Health Sciences Learning Center, 4 p.m. 263-2266,
Must be over 17 and 110 pounds. G5 152, UW
Hospital and Clinics (Clinical Science Center), Bus to campus, no window scraping required.
7 a.m.-5 p.m. 227-1357, email@example.com
Wednesday, Dec. 17 Men’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Texas.
Kohl Center, 8:30 p.m. 262-1440,
UW Roundtable “Songs of the Season (and Then
Some): Redefined.” Buffet luncheon and entertain- Saturday, Dec. 27
ment. Reservations required one week in advance.
Great Hall Memorial Union, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10. 263-2985, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arboretum Volunteer Workday Core Area and
Curtis Prairie. Volunteer for restoration activities
UW Employee? Enjoy your complimentary bus
Winter Sailing Education Series All winter, we have
and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and
training are provided, and groups are welcome
pass, courtesy of UW Transportation Services.
classes on all aspects of sailing ranging from sail trim with advance notice. Meet at the front steps of
to engines to sailing opportunities in the Caribbean. the Visitor Center. Arboretum Visitor Center,
All classes are free and open to all sailors regardless 1207 Seminole Highway, 9 a.m.-noon. 265-5214,
of sailing club membership. Chart Room, Memorial email@example.com.
Union, 6:30-8 p.m. 262-1630, headofinstruction@
hoofersailing.org. Men’s Hockey Harvard vs. Lake Superior State.
Kohl Center, 4 p.m. Cost: $18-$22. 262-1440,
Men’s Hockey Alabama-Huntsville vs. TBA. www.wisc.edu/trans
The second team will be one of Harvard, Lake
Superior State or Wisconsin. Kohl Center, 4 p.m.
Cost: $18-$22. 262-1440, firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 10, 2008 11
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Wednesday, Jan. 7 Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? Monona Tuesday, Jan. 13 Go Back to Nature Hongdi Liu is a microbiology
Terrace, 9:30 a.m. Cost: $5 general, free for children scientist by profession but a visual artist by inspi-
under 12 (tickets do not include box office charge). ration. Lakefront on Langdon Gallery, Memorial
262-2201, email@example.com. Union. Through Jan. 13. 262-7592, sokolowski@
Men’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Northwestern. Division of Continuing Studies Italian Language wisc.edu.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families
Kohl Center, 7:30 p.m. 262-1440, akf@athletics. and Culture: Beginning 1. Learn to communicate
“Wonderful Winter Wildlife.” Winter is an excel- Interpreting War The exhibition focuses on different
wisc.edu. in Italian in various social and cultural situations.
lent time to search for signs of woodland wildlife. interpretations of violence and tension across time
Designed for travelers and others. Meets Tuesdays
Animal and bird activities are often clearly visible in various artistic styles and expression. Theater
SKILLS through March 10. West High School, 6-7:30 p.m.
against a white backdrop of snow. We’ll find out Gallery, Memorial Union. Through Jan. 13.
Cost: $115. 262-4873, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Sailing Education Series All winter, classes where animals go, what they eat, and where they 262-7592, email@example.com.
on all aspects of sailing range from sail trim to sleep in the winter. Dress for the weather, as out-
engines to sailing opportunities in the Caribbean. door and indoor activities are planned. Arboretum Ongoing Exhibits Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa
and Its Diasporas The African water deity Mami
All classes are free and open to all sailors regardless Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, 1-3 p.m.
Amnesia, Recall The art works of Kalpana Prakash Wata (pidgin English for “Mother Water”) is often
of sailing club membership. Chart Room, Memorial 263-7888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Susan White reference things archaic and carry portrayed as a mermaid, a snake charmer or a com-
Union, 6:30-8 p.m. 262-1630, headofinstruction@
Arboretum Night Walk “Night Sounds.” Possibilities traces of lost memories and human imprint. Porter bination of both. She and related African spirits
include calls from owls and coyotes respond- Butts Gallery, Memorial Union. Through Jan. 13. dwell in rivers, seas and other bodies of water. This
ing to sirens. Stargazing will be included if the 262-7592, email@example.com. exhibition explores 500 years of the visual culture
Thursday, Jan. 8 weather cooperates. Arboretum Visitor Center,
Bubbles: An Exhibition of Photographic Works
and history of Mami Wata. Chazen Museum of Art.
1207 Seminole Highway, 6:30-8 p.m. 263-7888, Through Jan. 11. 263-2246, nmustapich@chazen.
“Crystals for a New Conception of Space and
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES firstname.lastname@example.org. wisc.edu.
Volume in Architecture.” Under the lens of Steve
Women’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Ohio State. Preston’s camera, simple bubbles form the build- Pareidolia “Inkspill Drawings.” Vesna Jovanovic, a
Kohl Center, 8 p.m. Cost: $3-$7. 262-1440, Sunday, Jan. 11 ing blocks for boldly geometric, vibrantly hued contemporary visual artist from Chicago, displays
email@example.com. structures that evoke both the chaos and order of this series of drawings. Explore the surreal duali-
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES the natural world. An alumnus of the engineering ties of Jovanovic’s meticulously enhanced inkspill
LEARNING program, Preston is studying architecture and visual drawings, revealing hidden images in abstract forms.
Arboretum Walk “Searching for Animal Signs.” arts at MIT. Features larger-than-life photographic Ebling Library Historical Reading Room, Health
Stammtisch German conversation table. Paul Many animals share our world, and some are prints of the bubbles images Preston referenced for Sciences Learning Center. Through Dec. 12.
Bunyan Room or Union Terrace, Memorial Union, more obvious in winter than summer. Look for studio work at MIT. Wendt Library Alcove, main 262-2402, firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:30 p.m. 712-3478, email@example.com. signs of their presence. Arboretum Visitor Center, floor, Wendt Library. Through Jan. 13. 265-9217,
1207 Seminole Highway, 1-2:30 p.m. 263-7888, Seam: Mary Hark “Work From Before, During
firstname.lastname@example.org. and After a Year in Kumasi, Ghana.” These works
Saturday, Jan. 10 Chazen Museum of Art “West African Masquerade: include recent paintings that combine cloth and
Women’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Michigan. Photographs by Phyllis Galembo.” Galembo has handmade paper and address “the poetry in
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES Kohl Center, 1:30 p.m. Cost: $3-$7. 262-1440, been intrigued by masquerade since childhood and accidental marks, the tenderness of flaw, and the
email@example.com. for 20 years has traveled to Africa and the Caribbean transformative potential of attention and labor.” This
Arboretum Volunteer Workday Core Area and
Arboretum Family Walk “All About Snow.” Snow to photograph the stunning costumes worn by tra- body of work has been powerfully influenced by her
Curtis Prairie. Volunteer for restoration activities
comes in many forms, and it is said that no two ditional priests and priestesses, carnival participants, recent travel and study in Kumasi, Ghana. Design
and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and
snowflakes are alike. Even if there is no snow on dancers and Haitian vodou practitioners. Seventeen Gallery, Human Ecology. Through Dec. 14.
training are provided, and groups are welcome with
the ground, the naturalist will help families explore eye-catching portraits, some as large as 50 by 50 262-8815, firstname.lastname@example.org.
advance notice. Meet at the front steps of the Visitor
the nature of snow. Arboretum Visitor Center, inches, were taken in the West African nations of
Center. Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Silent Waters: Partition Memorial Project Artist
1207 Seminole Highway, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 263-7888, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Benin during the past
Highway, 9 a.m.-noon. 265-5214, mlfarrior@uwarb. Pritika Chowdhry’s exhibition is a mobile monu-
email@example.com. three years. Chazen Museum of Art. Through Jan.
wisc.edu. ment that acknowledges and memorializes the
12. 263-2246, firstname.lastname@example.org.
violence of the Partition riots. Class of 1925 Gallery,
Memorial Union. Through Jan. 13. 262-7592,
Wisconsin Union Theater
Fast molecular rearrangements
2008-2009 SEASON hold key to plastic’s toughness
By Jill Sakai chemists and engineers as polymer glasses.
email@example.com Unlike a crystal, in which molecules are
locked together in a perfectly ordered array,
Tickets from $18 for the public and
Plastics are everywhere, largely due to prop- a glass is molecularly jumbled, with its con-
UW-Madison students from $10! erties that render the materials tough and stituent chemical building blocks trapped in
Andy Bey, durable, but lightweight and easily work- whatever arrangement they fell into as the
able. One of their most useful qualities, material cooled and solidified.
Jazz pianist & vocalist however — the ability to bend rather than While this atomic disorder means that
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009, 8 PM break when put under stress — is also one glasses are less stable than crystals, it pro-
of the most puzzling. vides molecules in the glass with wiggle
This property, described as “plastic flow,” room to move without breaking apart.
allows many plastics to change shape to “Polymer glasses are used in many, many
absorb energy rather than breaking apart, different applications,” including polycar-
says chemistry professor Mark Ediger. For bonate, which is found in popular reusable
example, one type of bulletproof glass stops water bottles, Ediger says. Aircraft windows
a bullet by flowing around it without break- are also often made of polycarbonate. “One
Alisa Weilerstein, cello ing. Regular window glass, unable to flow of the reasons polymer glasses are used is
& Inon Barnatan, piano in this way, would simply shatter. that they don’t break when you drop them
or fly into a bird at 600 miles per hour.”
“This is an odd combination of proper-
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2008, 8 PM ties... These materials shouldn’t be able to However, their properties can change
flow because they’re rigid solids, but some dramatically under different physical con-
Buckwheat Zydeco of them can,” he says. ditions such as pressure, temperature and
Ediger’s research team, led by gradu- humidity. For example, many polymer
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009, 8 PM
GREAT HALL ate student Hau-Nan Lee, has described a glasses become brittle at low temperatures.
fundamental mechanism underlying this The team examined the mechanics
stiff-but-malleable quality. In a recent study, of a common plastic called polymethyl-
www.uniontheater.wisc.edu they report that subjecting a common plas- methacrylate — also known as Plexiglas or
608-265-ARTS tic to physical stress — which causes the acrylic — and found that a pulling force
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706
plastic to flow — also dramatically increases had a pronounced effect on the molecules
LOWELL & GRACE CLARK
the motion of the material’s constituent within the material, speeding up their indi-
WISCONSIN UNION THEATER
molecules, with molecular rearrangements vidual movements by more than a factor of
occurring up to 1,000 times faster than 1,000. The team observed internal molecu-
Leon Fleisher, piano without the stress. lar rearrangements within 50 seconds that
Pre-concert lecture with Perry Allaire, 7 pm, TITU These fast rearrangements are likely criti- would have taken a full day without the
cal for the material to adapt to different force applied. They believe this increased
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2009, 8 PM conditions without immediately cracking. motion allows the material to flow without
Plastics are a type of material known to breaking.
12 Wisconsin Week
o n c ampus
UW-Madison researchers launch landmark study of financial aid
By Nik Hawkins uses a random assignment to select recipi- WSLS to go even further, tracking partici- assistant professor of educational policy
firstname.lastname@example.org ents. pants for a decade or more. As a result, they studies. In addition, Christopher Taber, pro-
“It’s often very difficult to isolate effects will be able to examine effects on college fessor of economics, and Aaron Brower, vice
A team of UW-Madison researchers is of aid, since low-income students are at the completion, employment, earnings and later provost for teaching and learning and pro-
conducting a groundbreaking study of the greatest risk of not finishing college, and outcomes. They are also conducting inter- fessor of social work, are co-investigators.
long-term effects of financial aid on college they get the most aid. By studying a pro- views with students to learn more about The WSLS is a collaborative effort among
students. Christopher Jencks, professor of gram that chooses its recipients at random, how money is affecting their college experi- the UW System, the Wisconsin Technical
social policy at Harvard University, calls we have the chance to learn exactly how ences. College System and the Wisconsin Higher
the Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study and why financial aid matters,” says Sara “This study is very important because it Educational Aids Board. The study is also
(WSLS) a “landmark study of financial aid.” Goldrick-Rab, assistant professor of educa- will inform both potential private donors supported by UW-Madison’s Wisconsin
Participants include nearly 6,000 tional policy studies and sociology. “In these and government agencies about the role of Center for Educational Research, the
Wisconsin residents receiving a federal Pell economic times, producing this kind of financial assistance in college and how aid Wisconsin Center for the Advancement
grant while enrolled at each of the 42 public information is more essential than ever.” policies can be improved to expand degree of Postsecondary Education, and the
colleges statewide. Many are also grantees of The researchers expect to have prelimi- completion,” says FFWS executive director Institute for Research on Poverty.
the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS), nary results within the next year on how Mary Gulbrandsen. Nearly $800,000 in financial support
a foundation established by UW-Madison and why aid affects college coursework and Goldrick-Rab is co-directing the study has been provided by three foundations.
alumni John and Tashia Morgridge. FFWS persistence. But they have designed the with Douglas N. Harris, an economist and Visit http://www.finaidstudy.org.
F or the R ecord
Dec. 10-Jan. 14, 2008
Wisconsin Week, the newspaper of record for UW-Madison, carries legally required notices for faculty and staff.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) following formats: carefully. For questions, contact Colleen McCabe at Virginia Henry Horne Fund invites applications
Graduate Fellowships n Sixty-minute conference sessions (to be held at the 263-2985 or email@example.com. for funds related to women physical education
Funding is available from the university’s area and Pyle Center on May 20 and the morning of May 21) The Virginia Horne Henry Fund provides money
international studies programs for summer 2009 n Post-conference workshops (hosted at a location UW-Madison Awards for an annual competition for funding in a number
intensive language study and 2009-10 academic other than the conference site on the afternoon of Deadline: Jan. 30 of activities related to women’s physical education,
year language/area studies. FLAS fellowships are May 21 and May 22) n Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in including special programs, new course develop-
funded by the U.S. Department of Education to Specifically, the sponsors are looking for proposals Teaching $5,000 ment, research support, visiting scholars, student
encourage area and international studies and to that address: n Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Research support and permanent equipment for recreational
stimulate foreign language acquisition and fluency. n approaches that help us move from a teacher- (two awards) $2,500 sports clubs.
Fellowship details: centered to a learner-centered classroom, n Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service Funding may be requested for one-time events,
n Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent n ways to bridge research and theory on learning to the University $2,500 such as a guest scholar’s visit to campus, or for
residents. with educational practices, n Wisconsin Alumni Association Awards for ongoing projects. Projects may be proposed for a
n FLAS awards may be used for either a domestic or n research on how people learn, Excellence in Leadership (two awards) $2,500 period of one year, with the possibility of additional
overseas academic program of study. Language train- n scholarship on teaching and learning, n Robert Heideman Award for Excellence in Public year(s) of funding on reapplying; it is expected that
ing taken outside of the United States must be at an n methods of assessing student learning, Service and Outreach $2,500 for long-term projects, this fund will serve as seed
advanced level and requires special approval. n examples of alignment with the essential learning n Martha Casey Award for Dedication to Excellence money and not permanent support. The total fund-
n FLAS recipients must be full-time graduate outcomes (see http://www.provost.wisc.edu/ $2,500 ing available this year is in the range of $100,000
students. content/WI_Exp_ELOs.pdf), n Ann Wallace Career Achievement Award $2,500 (less than usual due to economic factors), and the
n Academic-year FLAS recipients who are not n technology-enhanced learning, UW System Awards committee tries to make a number of awards, so
dissertators must take at least one area studies n examples of how the Wisconsin Experience can (submissions only in electronic form) funding should be requested with that in mind. No
course and one language course each semester. enhance learning, Deadline: Jan. 30 amount of money is too small to request. Last year
n Summer awards can be used for intensive n approaches to enhancing learning through n Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence there were 10 awards ranging from approximatelly
language study in programs that last for at least six diversity, $5,000 $6,900 to $48,500. Funds will be available for use
weeks and provide the equivalent of a full academic n ways to use research experiences to enhance learn- n Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching as of May 1, provided animal and human subjects
year of language study. ing, and Award $5,000 approvals have been finalized.
n Applications from students in professional fields n Illustrations of what effective learning environ- Awards will be granted on the merits of the proj-
are encouraged. ments look like. Participants sought for study ect and the close connection to the fundamental
n Fellowships cover the cost of tuition and provide To submit a proposal visit http://www.learning. about children’s health, quality of life principles of Virginia Horne Henry’s work. Only
a stipend. wisc.edu/tlsymposium/ and complete the proposal You and your child, age 8-12, are invited to partici- those projects that have a clear relationship to the
Eligible languages (note that some may only be form for either a conference session or post-confer- pate in an interview, as part of a research study. All values that inspired her work will be funded.
offered in summer): Akan/Twi, Arabic, Bashkir, ence workshop. For more information, contact Mo children in this age range are welcome, particularly UW-Madison faculty and staff are eligible for the
Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Chuvash, Noonan Bischof at 265-4413 or mabischof@wisc. those with voice or speech disorders. Interviews awards. Applications must contain the following
Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, edu. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Jan. 16. will take about 30 minutes and will be conducted at information:
French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Icelandic, UW-Madison after school. n A two-page proposal for the project. The
Indonesian/Malaysian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Global Studies invites applicants Call Lisa Vinney at 215-8666 to set up a time proposal must address how the proposal relates to
Kazak, Khmer, Lao, Korean, Kyrgyz, Malayalam, for graduate fellowships for an interview. The research study has two parts. women’s physical education; the potential impact of
Marathi, Modern Greek, Modern Irish, Nepali, Global Studies is now accepting applications for The first part can be completed in one 30-minute the project on women in general; and the estimated
Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, two graduate fellowships: Scott Kloeck-Jenson session and the researchers are offering a $20 gift number of women students that would be involved,
Quichua, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, International Internship Grants for doctoral students card to Target for participating. The second part has if applicable.
Sinhala, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, interested in undertaking practitioner internships two visits of approximately 30-45 minutes and the n A brief description of those involved in the
Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish (Azeri), on social justice issues; and Scott Kloeck-Jenson researchers are offering a $40 gift card to Target for project, with curricula vitae for the principal
Turkmen, Tuvan, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, International Pre-Dissertation Travel Grants to sup- participating. After-school times are available. investigator(s).
Xhosa, Yakut, Yoruba, and Yucatec Maya. port summer travel for doctoral students exploring n A budget for the project
Fellowships are offered by the following pro- potential field research sites. Teaching awards group calls for nominations n A cover page with the proposal title, name(s)
grams and centers: African Studies Program; Center These fellowships are awarded in memory of The Teaching Awards Committee invites individual of the principal investigator(s) and address, phone
for East Asian Studies, Center for European Studies; Scott Kloeck-Jenson (1965-99). This internship is faculty members, departments and student organi- number, fax number and e-mail address for the con-
Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies named after Kloeck-Jenson because of his commit- zations to submit nominations of faculty members tact person.
Program; Center for Russia, East Europe and Central ment to international understanding and research whose teaching is of such quality that it merits If you have previously received support from this
Asia; Center for South Asia; Center for South East serving social justice. recognition and award. The committee encourages fund, you must provide a one- to two-page prog-
Asian Studies; and Global Studies. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. the nomination of any exceptional distinguished ress report for any projects still in process or a final
The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 16. 20. The program is open to students of any nation- teacher, regardless of specialty or rank. To ensure report of the last project funded from this source.
Specific requirements may vary depending on the ality who are enrolled in a doctoral program at that all nominations receive equal consideration, The committee may contact applicants for addi-
language. Please consult the relevant area-studies UW-Madison. Specific requirements for each fel- the committee asks that nominations adhere to the tional information or interviews. Awards will be
program or the following Web site for further details lowship, further details, and application materials relevant procedures for each award. Specific instruc- announced by April 20. Funds will be available as
and application forms: http://www.intl-institute. and instructions are available at http://global.wisc. tions and nomination procedures as well as a list of of May 1 if all clearances are in place. Any funds
wisc.edu/fellow/. edu/skj/. past nominees are available at http://www.secfac. remaining after Aug. 31, 2011, will be reclaimed by
wisc.edu/committees/teachingawards/. the committee to make available to future recipients
Call for proposals for 2009 Teaching Academic Staff Excellence Awards All nominations for faculty teaching awards, (please note the change to more than two years to
and Learning Symposium Nomination guidelines and cover pages for all including UW-Madison and UW System awards, spend the funds).
The 2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium spon- awards can be found at http://acstaff.wisc.edu/ are due by Tuesday, Jan. 20, and should be deliv- For more information, contact Mariamne
sors seek proposals for engaging sessions that build awards.html. Nomination packets for all awards ered to the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, Whatley at 262-1763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
on research, highlight current and future campus (including UW System and Regents awards) 130 Bascom Hall. Please direct questions to edu. Completed applications must be received by
initiatives, and focus on ways to offer students an should be sent to the Office of the Secretary of the Committee Chair Judith Harackiewicz at 262-5924 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, and should be send
enriched learning experience within and outside the Academic Staff, 270 Bascom Hall. or Committee Coordinator Joe Farrenkopf at to the Virginia Horne Henry Fund Committee, c/o
classroom. Deadlines as shown below are firm. Follow the 262-3958. Mariamne Whatley, 314 Lathrop Hall.
Proposed presentations should be in one of the submission instructions for each separate award
December 10, 2008 13
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UW tackles neglected realm of training for science professors
Research shows that graduate students in teaching is feasible and
that it works,” says Handelsman, who leads
there, feels included and isn’t just learning
facts that you can find using Google?
ing, methods that fostered discovery and
a reflective approach to teaching. Fellows
teaching grad students UW-Madison’s scientific teaching initiative
with funding from the Howard Hughes
It’s about thinking: How do we get our
students to think?”
were asked to rate their level of skill as
instructors at the end of the program. And
to teach is feasible Medical Institute. “It does have an impact To accomplish this, scientific teach- co-author Christine Pribbenow, of the
on the way they think about teaching, their ing mimics science itself in several critical Wisconsin Center for Education Research,
By Madeline Fisher philosophy of teaching and what they actu- ways. It teaches undergraduates skills such helped the group analyze and compare
email@example.com ally do in the classroom.” as analytical thinking and experimental teaching philosophies written by the partici-
While the findings may sound obvious design, rather than having them simply pants at the program’s beginning and nine
U.S. science and engineering students to some, programs that prepare science memorize facts. It employs practices, such months later.
emerge from graduate school exquisitely graduate students for teach- as active learning, based The analyses uncovered ample evidence
trained to carry out research. Yet when it ing are still relatively rare, on the latest evidence from that the fellows were learning. Their teach-
comes to the other major activity they’ll says Handelsman, despite the education literature. ing units, for example, were found to
This is all about the classroom of
engage in as professors — teaching — repeated calls by the And it strives to reach devote more than 66 percent of class time
they’re usually left to their own devices. National Research Council tomorrow. It’s about thinking: How a diversity of students, on average to active learning exercises.
That’s now beginning to change, thanks and others for better edu- “because that’s one of Three-quarters of the units also required
do we get our students to think?
to work at UW-Madison. In the Nov. 28 cation training for future the critical aspects of sci- students to learn aspects of scientific discov-
issue of Science, a team led by bacteri- professors. What’s more, ence,” says Handelsman, ery, such as the scientific method or critical
ology professor Jo of the programs that do
— Sarah Miller “that we attract and retain thinking. Moreover, Pribbenow’s analysis
Handelsman describes exist, none appear to have people with different back- of the teaching philosophies revealed a
its program of “scien- been studied as carefully as grounds, ethnicities and significant shift from a teacher-centered per-
tific teaching,” in which the UW-Madison initiative, known as the ways of thinking.” spective at the start, to one more focused on
graduate students and Teaching Fellows Program. The approach has been honed over five the learner by the end.
postdoctoral research- Filling a gaping hole in graduate educa- years by Handelsman and her colleagues, The team is now planning a longitudinal
ers are taught to foster tion is thus one major benefit of well-tested based on both their own evolving knowl- study to see how taking part in the program
scientific inquiry by programs like UW-Madison’s. But the edge of effective teaching methods and affects the fellows’ careers. But Handelsman
their students, accom- Handelsman biggest winners will be the future genera- feedback from the program’s more than hopes the current evidence by itself will
modate diverse learning tions of undergraduates who take science 60 participants. But the team eventually convince people to invest in this neglected
styles and rigorously evaluate their teaching courses, says the paper’s lead author Sarah decided this wasn’t enough, says Miller. “We area of graduate education.
efforts. Miller, who co-directs the Wisconsin realized that we needed to demonstrate how “I think it’s really important to train
True to the approach, they’ve now Program for Scientific Teaching with co- the fellows were putting scientific teaching graduate students in teaching,” she says.
assessed whether participants are indeed author, Christine Pfund. into practice.” “Not only do I think we have a responsibil-
learning the program’s methods and princi- “This is all about the classroom of tomor- To do so, the researchers collected both ity to the next generation of professors, but
ples, and the study indicates they’re getting row,” says Miller. “How do we make that quantitative and qualitative data. Teaching also to society: all of the people who will
results. classroom a place where every student who units developed by the fellows were scored be those professors’ students.”
“We’ve shown in this paper that training comes through the doors has a reason to be on criteria such as proof of active learn-
Poll: Residents support wetlands protection
Wisconsin residents are concerned about lands including filtering stormwater runoff,
the destruction of the state’s remaining storing floodwaters, offering recreational
wetlands but don’t know much about the opportunities and providing habitat for
wetland types that are most threatened, young fish.
according to a recent statewide poll. “These results reaffirm the 180-degree
The Oct. 21-28 Badger Poll found that 84 shift we’ve seen over the last 50 years in
percent of residents were concerned about public attitudes toward wetlands and their
the destruction of Wisconsin’s remaining benefits,” Shaw says.
wetlands, with more than half reporting Throughout much of the state and
they were “quite” or “extremely” concerned. nation’s history, wetlands were viewed as
“Most people correctly identified wastelands and obstacles to development,
only the most obvious kinds of wetland and federal laws provided incentives for
features,” says Bret Shaw, an assistant pro- draining wetlands and converting them to
fessor in the Department of Life Sciences other uses. In Wisconsin, for instance, 4.7
Communication. “And that’s a concern in a million of the estimated 10 million acres of
state that has lost 47 percent of its original wetlands left by glaciers and other processes
wetlands. were drained and filled between the 1800s
“Many view the presence of ducks, cat- and 1970s.
tails and open water as defining features of The Badger Poll results indicate that
wetlands when, in fact, they’re not,” Shaw Wisconsin residents support the govern-
adds. “The poll’s results suggest that people ment offering incentives to protect and
are much less familiar with the drier, less restore wetlands.
obvious wetlands. That’s a problem because More than 86 percent supported giving
these are the wetlands that face the most private citizens a tax break if they protect
threats from development and from the rush or restore wetlands on their property, with
to grow commodity crops.” more than 50 percent saying they were
The state’s definition of wetlands iden- “quite supportive” or “extremely supportive”
tifies water-loving plants, wet soils and of such incentives.
hydrology — or soils saturated with water Current tax law penalizes many prop-
— as the three defining characteristics. erty owners who want to restore wetlands
Three-quarters of respondents said that on property now classified as agricultural
cattails were required for wetlands, and land. Lands restored under certain govern-
more than 50 percent said that each ducks ment programs, such as the United States
and open water were required for a wetland. Department of Agriculture’s Wetlands
On the positive side, Shaw said, the Reserve Program, or without government
overwhelming majority correctly identified assistance lose eligibility for agricultural
the range of benefits that wetlands provide. classification for tax assessment purposes.
Ninety-nine percent recognized wetlands as The land is reclassified to “undeveloped
providing wildlife habitat, and at least 80 land” which tends to be assessed at much
percent recognized other benefits of wet- higher values than agricultural lands.
14 Wisconsin Week
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Course introduces students to dance, movement therapy
By Kerry Hill graceful and that the colors energized them,
firstname.lastname@example.org and they expressed surprise about how
many things you can do with a scarf.
ena Kornblum dumps three bags of Kornblum has been teaching the intro-
multicolored scarves on the dance ductory class as a Dance Program offering
studio floor. Take one and make it for years. Now, her students — 24 are
move, she tells her students. enrolled — have a new option, introduced
With a touch of tentativeness, they begin this fall, for taking their exploration of this
to comply. Kornblum, meanwhile, puts on field further.
some light, festive music. Aimed at non-dance majors, the
Within moments, the initial apprehen- Certificate for Introductory Studies in
sions melt away. The studio blooms into a Dance/Movement Therapy includes a dance/
kaleidoscope of bodies twirling and gliding movement therapy sequence and several
across the floor, maneuvering delicate wisps dance courses during four semesters.
of color throughout the room. Kornblum’s classes also have a service
Gently prodded by Kornblum, indi- component, which students can fulfill by
viduals begin working in pairs and trios, working in schools and at the Hancock
exploring ways to work with their scarves. Center for Movement Arts and Therapy, a
Groupings keep expanding until everyone nonprofit organization that promotes the
converges into a single circle of undulating effective use of dance/movement therapy.
arms, hands and scarves. Kornblum, the Hancock Center’s execu-
Photo Courtesy Kerry Hill
Switching the music to something more tive director, is known for her work with
contemporary sets the circle moving to a children on violence prevention. She wrote
new beat. After a few more minutes, the “Disarming the Playground: Violence
exercise wraps up. Prevention through Movement” (2002),
Students in Rena Kornblum’s “Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy.”
Props and music can influence how we a school-based violence prevention cur-
move, explains Kornblum afterward. How riculum widely used in dance/movement
we move, in turn, can affect how we feel. therapy programs. Kornblum developed the dance certificate relationships and career goals.
Welcome to today’s lesson in Her work takes her into local schools, to expose students to the field and to begin She describes her courses as experiential
“Introduction to Dance/Movement where she uses creative activities and to prepare those who might want to pursue with an academic foundation. She takes a
Therapy.” approaches to engage children in non- the graduate study necessary to become a flexible approach to teaching — much like
Dance/movement therapy — the focus threatening ways. For instance, she dance therapist. a therapist must do in working with clients.
of the Dance Program’s new certificate pro- sometimes communicates with children But she emphasizes that the dance/ “I have clear goals and just change how
gram for non-dance majors — uses creative by improvising songs about what they are movement therapy classes aren’t just for I reach these goals from semester to semes-
and everyday movement to help individu- doing. would-be therapists. Students learn skills ter,” she says. “I let the students inspire me
als learn more about themselves and their Instead of lecturing that feeling anger is and knowledge that can prove useful in a to restructure the class.”
interactions with others. This includes those wrong, Kornblum tells children that “anger wide variety of pursuits, she says. Prior to the scarves activity, Kornblum
who are generally healthy and those dealing is something that tells us what we don’t Dance/movement therapy classes address decides to introduce another exercise she
with emotional, mental or physical issues. like.” Then she works with them to find how movement can be used in fields that uses. She has the students line up in pairs,
Dance therapists use activities that might appropriate ways to express their anger. deal with violence prevention, behavior facing each other, arms raised and palms
appear frivolous to uninitiated observers to She teaches them the four B’s of self- management and social skills develop- touching.
serve serious, beneficial purposes. control: brakes (catch the wildness and ment. The classes attract undergraduate Push, she tells them.
Foe example, Kornblum, a registered stop), breathing (deep, abdominal breaths), and graduate students majoring in a variety “Pressing hard is a way to self-settle,” she
and licensed dance/movement therapist, brains (tell yourself that you are calming of subjects, including teacher-preparation, says. “Joint compression is self-calming.”
uses scarves in group and individual ses- down) and body (feel your body get calm special education, rehabilitation psychol- She uses this exercise with children, for
sions with children who struggle with anger and quiet). ogy, communication disorders, social work, instance in her anti-bullying sessions. With
issues. Working with a prop gives indi- Children coming to her sessions quickly physical and occupational therapy, medi- children, she usually has them push against
viduals an external focus, which helps to learn that “here’s a place where you can be cine, engineering, and business. a wall or with the therapist, not with each
decrease self-consciousness and allows for yourself with all your feelings,” she says. Exposure to dance/movement therapy other.
safe expression of strong feeling. At UW-Madison, she also teaches courses also has personal benefits. The pushing-hands exercise helps people
“You can let out your anger with scarves in ballroom dancing and relaxation and “It sensitizes people to nonverbal com- feel grounded, and gives them a sense of
and not hurt anything,” she says. exercise, as well as music and movement at munication,” Kornblum says. This can help control. Two-person pushing also conveys
During the class discussion, the students the Preschool Laboratory in the university’s students become more aware of how their the importance of balance, showing that
report that the activity made them feel School of Human Ecology. own nonverbal communication affects their good relationships involve give and take.
Retention Continued from page 1
pay plan. can do that don’t require money per se, but most attractive to outside offers. Through as well as a comfortable life for my family
Martin says that goal can be addressed require the effort to create an environment the use of the high-demand faculty fund in Madison,” Suri says. “Instead of devot-
over multiple biennial budgets, especially as in which people feel they can flourish.” and the college’s innovative privately funded ing my time and energy to the investigation
the state faces a time of extreme economic Campus culture made a difference for Faculty Fellows initiative, Sandefur has of lucrative opportunities at other institu-
hardship. But there also are smaller-ticket English and African studies professor Teju been able to deploy a “pre-emptive strike” tions, I can focus my daily activities on the
remedies and nonbudgetary aspects of Olaniyan, who turned down an offer from approach to reward highly productive fac- research, teaching and public engagement
UW-Madison that matter in attracting and Cornell University this year to stay at ulty before they are targeted by others. that I love.”
keeping talent. UW-Madison. “One of the biggest strengths “The real competition is for the people Martin says the severe economic woes
Under discussion in the next biennial of UW-Madison, for me, is the vast spread who are one or two years beyond tenure,” faced by the state and nation will require
budget are some strategic measures that of treasured colleagues across disciplines says Sandefur. “What they’ve done is they’ve the university to be more creative in
could help at a lower cost to the state. working in or near my areas of teaching and already proven themselves, they’ve estab- addressing the recruitment and retention
Those include greater support for graduate research,” he says. “Having such a critical lished a reputation, and they’re known challenge. But it is too important to the uni-
student tuition; converting the $10 million mass is extremely important to me. It was around the country and sometimes the versity’s future to allow declines.
high-demand faculty fund into a permanent the reason I came here from the University world for their work. But they’re paid rela- “We’re going to remain committed to
line item; increasing the fund that supports of Virginia years ago.” tively low compared to full professors, so our public purposes and contribute every-
faculty startup costs; and providing domes- Although the humanities have been hit they are very, very attractive to people who thing we can to the benefit of the state of
tic partner benefits. with lost faculty lines this decade, Olaniyan want to get someone on the way up.” Wisconsin,” Martin says. “But we can’t con-
“There are issues of departmental culture expressed “confidence” that the chancellor History professor Jeremi Suri, one of tinue to make those contributions if
and intellectual culture that are also very and administration can address the prob- more than two dozen L&S faculty to receive we don’t remain pre-eminent. And we
powerful attractors,” Martin says, noting lem. such offers, says the gesture is important can’t remain pre-eminent without great
the university's commitment to academic Gary Sandefur, dean of the College of professionally and personally. “This initia- faculty.”
freedom, interdisciplinary work and the Letters and Science, has, like many deans, tive has made it possible for me to plan for
Wisconsin Idea. “So there are things we been paying close attention to those faculty a long, productive career at the university,
December 10, 2008 15
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It’s that time of year again continued from page one
Save the date 4
Adorn your fridge — or those of your friends and family —
with children’s artwork this holiday season by purchasing
a 2009 calendar from the Friends of the UW Hospital and
Clinics. This first-ever calendar features 13 pieces of chil-
dren’s art done by patients and siblings from the American
Family Children’s Hospital. All proceeds go to patient and
family needs at American Family Children’s Hospital. The
calendar is available for $14.99 from the children’s hospi-
tal gift shop, the UW Hospital Gift Shop, local Barnes and
Noble stores and online at the Friends Web site, http://
the annual registration fee, a $20 donation that will help
provide scholarships to need-based students will put
Bucky on your tail in no time. For more information,
Natural beauty 2
Because the holiday season is often too chilly to immerse
yourself completely in nature, the next best thing is sur-
rounding yourself with it. The UW-Madison Arboretum
Bookstore’s field guides, natural history books, children’s
books and exquisite nature calendars make the perfect
holiday gift of bringing the outdoors in, without the
frostbite. The bookstore also sells gifts from local
artists including handmade wooden bird ornaments,
hand-crafted jewelry, hand-painted scarves, stoneware 3
pottery bird houses and vases, Folkmanis puppets,
organic coffee and chocolate, photo and watercolor
note cards and more. While some books are available
for order online at http://uwarboretum.org/bookstore, 5
gifts are in-store only. Visit the Arboretum Bookstore
at 1207 Seminole Highway or call 263-7888 for more
Score the perfect holiday gift 5
Reindeer tales 3 Put yourself right in the action with a personalized photo
There’s nothing like curling up next to a warm fireplace from the UW Athletic Department. On the Wisconsin
with a good read to kick off the holiday season. Check out Athletic Department’s online photo store, http://www.
the diverse collection at the UW Press, including fiction, replayphotos.com/wisconsinphotostore/personlized-
historic, regional, poetry, photography, scholarly and more. photos-pictures/_PPH___0001024.cfm, you can see your
New fall titles feature “Picturing Indians,” a collec- name printed on the back of a football jersey in a mid-game
tion of photos, letters, diaries and periodicals chronicling photo, or have the marching band spell out your name on
Ho-Chunk life in the Wisconsin Dells at the beginning of the field. Unframed prints start at $64.95 while custom
the 20th century by Steven D. Hoelscher; “Crunch,” the framed photos begin at $169.95. Be sure to also check out
history of potato chips by Dirk Burhans; and “Purebred other team, fan and action shots from the various renowned
and Homegrown,” a photo-driven inside look at America’s For the friend in knead Wisconsin sports teams.
County Fairs by Drake Hokanson and Carol Kratz. Help your friends and colleagues wind down after a busy Dip your hand in the cookie jar 6
Stimulate your imagination by immersing yourself in “Night semester with a University Health Services massage gift cer- Satisfy your family’s sweet tooth by surprising them with
Sisters,” a romantic and suspenseful novel by Sara Rath tificate. For an affordable $40, give the gift of 50 minutes holiday cookies from University Housing. This year, four
complete with ghosts, a 1920s actress, a murder and, of of rest and relaxation as massage therapists knead out 14 delectable recipes will be making their debut: Peppermint
course, Wisconsin. Visit http://www.wisc.edu/wisconsin weeks of stressful campus hustle and bustle. Gift certificates Meltaway, Lemon Iced Spritz, Chocolate Cherry and
press/ for more titles and ordering information. can be purchased at 115 N. Orchard St., where massages are Double Chocolate. And of course, familiar favorites, includ-
given year-round. ing Caramel Chew, Double Peanut Butter Cup, Mexican
She’s a brick house Wedding Cookies and more, will return to this year’s assort-
Salute your fond memories of shower stalls, cafeteria lines ment. You can also have your choice of size
and bunk beds with a commemorative brick from the and style. Bring the Holiday Treat Box, which
nearly demolished Ogg Hall. Saying goodbye is never holds three dozen cookies, to your family
easy, but for only $25, you can take a piece of history gathering for only $9. But for your big
with you. Be sure to order quickly because bricks are holiday blow-out, be sure to show up
limited. Visit http://www.housing.wisc.edu/oggbricks, with five dozen cookies in the new,
download and print the PDF order form and mail it in hard-sided Premium Gift Box for
with payment. $16.25. Holiday cookies are avail-
When there’s nothing left to do but dance able at Newell’s Deli in Smith Hall,
Tap your feet and clap your hands at a UW-Madison Dance Ed’s Express in Gordon Commons,
Program concert. The Spring Student Concert on Feb. Now or Later in Chadbourne Hall
26-28 and the Spring Dance Program Concert on April and other residence hall cafeterias
23-25 will have you and your friends dancing in the around campus. Be sure to call ahead
aisles. Buy your tickets at the Wisconsin Union Theater if you want a larger order. Visit
Box Office, with student tickets starting at only $5, or con- http://www.housing.wisc.edu/
tact Melissa Erickson at email@example.com to purchase dining/cookies/ for more
2 dance apparel. 6 information.