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Retention: Keeping pace as competition intensifies                                                                                                      Forums to focus on
                                                                                                                                                        opportunity during
By Brian Mattmiller
bsmattmi@wisc.edu
                                                 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.
wiatrak@wisc.edu                                 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/


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              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
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                                                           Centralized arts ticketing system
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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
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                                                              Representatives from the two box offices
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                                                           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
                  www.uniontheater.wisc.edu
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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
n http://www.today.wisc.edu/
                                                           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.
n http://www.news.wisc.edu/wisweek/
                                                           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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                                                   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
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members as well.
                                                   to inclement weather. Some university           directed not to report or are sent home          at http://www.vip.wisc.edu. Below are
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                                                   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-
its members.
                                                   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
dent support.
                                                   to work as scheduled. Each employee is          time) may use available annual leave             budget by offering package specials. To find
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be proud of our excellent universities,
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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.
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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
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                                                                                                                                                    Badger fans to Champs Sports Bowl
ship initiative.”
                                                   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
uwcu.org.
                                                   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
                                                                                                   own applications.
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, karis@wisc.edu.
                                                                                                   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
Matters
                                                 Bringing modern roots to traditional collection
This column is prepared by staff from
the Office of Human Resources. E-mail
questions to benefits@ohr.wisc.edu or call
262-5650. For more information, visit http://    By Jill Sakai
www.bussvc.wisc.edu/ecbs/ecbs.html.
                                                 jasakai@wisc.edu
Year-end tax statements and


                                                 A
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.
edu/ecbs/emp-taxes-dom-menu.html. The
                                                    “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
                                                 he says.
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
                                                 appointment.
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
e-mail payroll@ohr.wisc.edu.
                                                                                                                   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
                                                 Birge Hall.
                                                                                                                   new.”


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
                                                                                                                                                                Professionals/Research category.
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
dchaptman@wisc.edu                                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.
dchaptman@wisc.edu                                  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
                                                                                                 R esearch

For nanotechnology, religion in U.S. dictates a wary view
By Terry Devitt                                             Science Foundation-funded Center for
                                                                                                                                   -2     “Nanotechnology is morally acceptable”                                 +2
trdevitt@wisc.edu                                           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-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Austria
   In a report published Dec. 7 in the jour-                ogy, but also because they begin to expose
                                                                                                                                                                                          Finland




                                                                                                                     Religiosity
nal Nature Nanotechnology, survey results                   broader negative public attitudes toward sci-                                                                 Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                              Belgium
from the United States and Europe reveal a                  ence when people filter their views through                                                                     U.K.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Netherlands
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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                    University Communications
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



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                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                 curiosities@news.wisc.edu.

By Terry Devitt                                                                                                                                                                         Q:During World War II,
trdevitt@wisc.edu                                  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



I
     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-
                                                                                                                                                                 than once?
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
Stanimirovic explains.
                                                                                                                                                                 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
jasakai@wisc.edu                                  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.

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arts&events
December 10, 2008


Faculty, staff make the case for great winter reads                                                                                                           Book Smart
By Gwen Evans                                                                                                                                                                         The Religious
gevans@wisc.edu                                    More book suggestions                                                                                                              Enlightenment:
                                                   There are readers, and then there are Readers.        life suddenly reveals its contours. It’s unprec-                             Protestants, Jews,



S
        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.
lbkraak@wisc.edu                                  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/

Calendar Highlights
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       boxoffice@wut.org 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 jhlatime@wisc.edu.




     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
   gevans@wisc.edu                                 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


   T
           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
  campus calendar is fast and
                                                         leader for a two-week Wisconsin Alumni Association          Union Theater, Memorial Union, 8 p.m. Cost: $10             of technical courses to students, faculty and
  easy. Visit http://www.today.
                                                         trip across Russia to Mongolia on the Golden Eagle          general, $7 students. 920-475-0375, marston@wisc.           staff. Courses include Web design, operating
  wisc.edu, click on “Submit
                                                         Trans-Siberian Express. 206 Ingraham Hall, 4 p.m.           edu.                                                        systems, database management and word
  event,” and follow the
                                                         262-3379, info@creeca.wisc.edu.                                                                                         processing. A list of classes is at http://
  instructions.
                                                                                                                     LEARNING                                                    www.doit.wisc.edu.pte, or call 262-3605
                                                         Stammtisch German conversation table. Paul                                                                              or e-mail classes@doit.wisc.edu.
                                                         Bunyan Room or Union Terrace, Memorial Union,               Critical Perspectives on Hmong Experience
                                                         8:30 p.m. 712-3478, uwgermanclub@gmail.com.                 and Scholarship “Longing for Home: Hmong
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-
Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences, 6:30 p.m.          come or make appointments at 1-800-GIVELIFE or              karis@wisc.edu.                                           7888, pabrown1@wisc.edu.
263-0234, mjpeters3@wisc.edu.                            http://www.givebloodgivelife.org. A donor card
                                                         or photo ID is required. Must be over 17 and 110                                                                      ‘Guys On Ice’ Ice-fishing buddies Marvin and Lloyd
‘Guys On Ice’ Ice-fishing buddies Marvin and Lloyd       pounds. Rooms 108 and 134, 780 Regent St.,                  Saturday, Dec. 13                                         sing about life, love and the one that got away while
sing about life, love and the one that got away while    9 a.m.-2 p.m. 227-1357, wornsonm@usa.redcross.                                                                        sitting in their shanty. Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Hall,
sitting in their shanty. Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Hall,   org.                                                        ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES                                  4-7 and 8 p.m. Cost: $37.50 general. 262-2201,
7:30 p.m. Cost: $37.50 general. 262-2201,                                                                                                                                      boxoffice@wut.org.
boxoffice@wut.org.                                       Yoga@HSLC 1222 Health Sciences Learning Center,             Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program
                                                         noon-1 p.m. Cost: $6 students, $8 faculty and staff.        Achieve a greater appreciation for life and increase      Men’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. UW-Green Bay.
LEARNING                                                 263-6315, Ostmoe@wisc.edu.                                  the ability to cope with life’s daily challenges. UW      Kohl Center, 7 p.m. 262-1440, akf@athletics.wisc.
                                                                                                                     Health Mindfulness Program instructors introduce          edu.
Seminars in Pharmaceutical Sciences                      Behind the Beat See the acoustic jazz of The
                                                                                                                     the program. No registration required. UW Health,
“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
                                                                                                                     265-8325, mkalscheur@uwhealth.org.
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
                                                         Hollywood Social Problem Films of the 1950s                                                                           courses and gives new filmmakers the opportunity
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@
                                                                                                                     provided, and groups are welcome with advance
“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.
the Return Migration to the U.S. South.” Katherine       Desperate for help, they can’t turn to their parents, who
                                                                                                                     Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway,
Curtis, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and    are preoccupied and out of touch. As a last resort, the                                                               89th Annual Concert Series Alisa Weilerstein,
                                                                                                                     9 a.m.-noon. 265-5214, mlfarrior@uwarb.wisc.edu.
an IRP affiiate. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences, 12:15-     teenagers decide to take extreme, and illegal, measures.                                                              cello, and Inon Barnatan, piano. A preconcert lec-
1:30 p.m. 262-6175, cwilliam@ssc.wisc.edu.               (USA, 1959, 35mm, b/w, 89 min.) 4070 Vilas Hall,            Women’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Marquette.               ture with John Barker starts at 7 p.m. Check TITU,
                                                         7:30 p.m. 262-3627, heckman@wisc.edu.                       Kohl Center, 1 p.m. Cost: $3-$7. 262-1440,                Union Theater, Memorial Union, 8 p.m. Cost: $18-
Campus LTE Advisory Committee Meetings are                                                                           akf@athletics.wisc.edu.                                   $34 general, $10 UW-Madison students with ID.
open to the public and include a public comment          ‘Guys On Ice’ Ice-fishing buddies sing about life,                                                                    262-2201, boxoffice@wut.org.
session. Check Today in the Union, Union South,          love and the one that got away while sitting in their
12:30-2 p.m.                                             shanty. Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Hall, 8 p.m. Cost:
                                                         $37.50 general. 262-2201, boxoffice@wut.org.




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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,
                                                                                                                   akf@athletics.wisc.edu.
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                                                                    akf@athletics.wisc.edu.
                                                                                                                   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.                jan@mail.slh.wisc.edu.
                                                                                                                                                                           akf@athletics.wisc.edu.
wisc.edu.
                                                           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, karis@wisc.edu.                                                                                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, pabrown1@wisc.edu.                            learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training
                                                           712-3478, uwgermanclub@gmail.com.
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, mlfarrior@uwarb.wisc.edu.
                                                           ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES                                ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
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, akf@athletics.wisc.edu.
pabrown1@wisc.edu.                                         noon-1 p.m. Cost: $6 students, $8 faculty and staff.    Kohl Center, 8 p.m. Cost: $3-$7. 262-1440,
                                                                                                                   akf@athletics.wisc.edu.                                 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,
boxoffice@wut.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, pabrown1@wisc.edu.             and learn about nature. Look for current natural
George O’Doherty, West Virginia University. 1116           265-5214, mlfarrior@uwarb.wisc.edu.
                                                                                                                                                                           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, akf@athletics.wisc.edu.                                                                Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, 1-2:30 p.m.
Contemporary Biochemistry Lecture Series                                                                                                                                   263-7888, pabrown1@wisc.edu.
“Tapping the Genomes of Microbes for Biofuels              Sunday, Dec. 21
Production.” Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial
Sciences, 3:30 p.m. 890-2385, mcniel@wisc.edu.             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, pabrown1@wisc.edu.
Yoga@HSLC 1222 Health Sciences Learning Center,
4-5 p.m. Cost: $6 students, $8 faculty and staff.          Monday, Dec. 22
263-6315, ostmoe@wisc.edu.

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.
musicdir@russorch.wisc.edu.                                Kohl Center, 7 p.m. Cost: $3-$7. 262-1440,
                                                           akf@athletics.wisc.edu.
LEARNING
Women’s Health Forum “Career Strategies for
                                                           Tuesday, Dec. 23
Women in Academic Medicine.” Elizabeth Burnside,
Department of Radiology. Meriter Hospital, second
                                                           ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
floor atrium, Community Health Education Center,
8-9 a.m. 263-9770, judeebell@cwhr.wisc.edu.                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,
info@cvrc.wisc.edu.
                                                           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, wornsonm@usa.red
                                                           cross.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 17                                         Men’s Basketball Wisconsin vs. Texas.
                                                           Kohl Center, 8:30 p.m. 262-1440,
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES                                   akf@athletics.wisc.edu.
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.
                                                           ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES
Cost: $10. 263-2985, cmccabe@wisc.edu.

SKILLS
                                                           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           mlfarrior@uwarb.wisc.edu.
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,
                                                           akf@athletics.wisc.edu.

                                                           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, akf@athletics.wisc.
                                                           edu.


                                                                                                                                                                                        December 10, 2008                   11
                                                                                      a rts & e vents
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
ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES                                                                                                    LEARNING
                                                          262-2201, boxoffice@wut.org.                                                                                                 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, sgoellner@dcs.wisc.edu.
Winter Sailing Education Series All winter, classes       where animals go, what they eat, and where they                                                                              262-7592, sokolowski@wisc.edu.
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, pabrown1@wisc.edu.
                                                                                                                            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
hoofersailing.org.
                                                          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, sokolowski@wisc.edu.                             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                                  pabrown1@wisc.edu.                                                                                                           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
akf@athletics.wisc.edu.                                                                                                     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, msullivan@library.wisc.edu.
8:30 p.m. 712-3478, uwgermanclub@gmail.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
                                                                                                                            glorioso@engr.wisc.edu.
                                                          pabrown1@wisc.edu.                                                                                                           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
                                                          akf@athletics.wisc.edu.                                           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, clowes@wisc.edu.
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-
                                                          pabrown1@wisc.edu.                                                three years. Chazen Museum of Art. Through Jan.
wisc.edu.                                                                                                                                                                              ment that acknowledges and memorializes the
                                                                                                                            12. 263-2246, nmustapich@chazen.wisc.edu.
                                                                                                                                                                                       violence of the Partition riots. Class of 1925 Gallery,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Memorial Union. Through Jan. 13. 262-7592,
                                                                                                                                                                                       sokolowski@wisc.edu.




     Wisconsin Union Theater
                                                                                                                            Fast molecular rearrangements
     2008-2009 SEASON                                                                                                       hold key to plastic’s toughness
                                                                                                                            By Jill Sakai                                              chemists and engineers as polymer glasses.
                                                                                                                            jasakai@wisc.edu                                           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-
                                                                                                      FRAUTSCHI FUND

                                                                                                  WISCONSIN UNION THEATER
                                                                                                     ENDOWMENT FUND
                                                                                                                            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
nihawkin@education.wisc.edu                             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 cmccabe@wisc.edu.                            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 whatley@education.wisc.
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


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                                                                             O n C ampus

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
mmfisher@wisc.edu                               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
                                                                            O n C ampus

Course introduces students to dance, movement therapy
By Kerry Hill                                   graceful and that the colors energized them,
khill@education.wisc.edu                        and they expressed surprise about how
                                                many things you can do with a scarf.


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        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.

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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,

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                                                               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://
                                                               www.friendsofuwhc.org/.




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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,
visit http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/vehicles/
personal/special/universi.htm.
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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
information.
                                                                                                                                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 mkerickson@wisc.edu to purchase                                      dining/cookies/ for more
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