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http://www.news.wisc.edu/wisweek April 21, 2010
set for May 21
By Stacy Forster
Instead of heading off to work in the
UW-Madison’s biological systems engi-
neering department on Friday, May
21, Patrick Litza will instead go to the
Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
He’ll be joined there by his wife and
two children, ages 14 and 10, and a
group of about 15 other UW-Madison
employees who will be using part of the
designated university-wide furlough day
to pull shrubs at the protected natural
area on the west end of campus and plant
Photos: Jeff Miller
less invasive ones instead.
All over the community, university
workers like Litza will be performing
community service work on the desig-
nated furlough day, one of 16 unpaid
Meteorite shards land at UW lab, museum
days that all state employees were
Researchers Takayuki Ushikubo, at left, and mously brought to the university for analysis. required to take under the two-year state
Noriko Kita, use a scanning electron micro- At least five pieces of the meteorite will be on budget that started July 1, 2009.
scope and X-ray spectrometer to analyze display at the Geology Museum through this “By participating in this event, each
piece of rock they believe is from the April weekend. The museum will have extended of us can make a difference in even a
14 meteor that blazed across the night sky hours this week and weekend for seeing the small way,” Litza says. “It’s a chance to
over southwestern Wisconsin. Both are mete- meteorites and other exhibits: Wednesday- do some good and move beyond this
orite experts in the Department of Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- whole notion that a furlough is a bad
Geoscience. The fragment, shown at right, 4 p.m., and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Sunday thing because you’re not getting paid. In
was found by a Wisconsin farmer and anony- is the museum’s annual open house. addition to providing a sense of personal
satisfaction, this is a way of showing that
UW-Madison does have compassion for
Food Summit winds up campuswide food discussion the community.”
A group of academic and classified staff
are working to organize the day of ser-
By Gwen Evans Committee on Unmet Basic Needs, will Humanities, 10 a.m.
vice, which developed from a resolution
firstname.lastname@example.org provide the keynote address. n “Raw Milk Consumption,” Scott Rankin,
passed by the Academic Staff Assembly
The Wisconsin Alumni Association and Department of Food Science, 10 a.m.
that encouraged academic staff to con-
More food for thought will be on the menu the UW-Madison College of Agricultural n Keynote address by George McGovern,
sider volunteering during their furlough
on Friday, April 23 at the Day on Campus: and Life Sciences organized the Day On 11 a.m.
days. All faculty, academic staff, classified
Food Summit. Campus: Food Summit. All the Food n Day on Campus Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m.
staff, postdoctoral fellows and students
The event is a closing bookend to Go Summit programs take place at the n “A Global View of Diabetes,” Linda
are invited to participate in the event,
Big Read, UW-Madison’s common reading Memorial Union. All events are free, except Baumann, School of Nursing, 2 p.m.
which will typically involve signing up
program that began during the fall 2009 for an optional luncheon. Here is a schedule n “Farmers and Markets: Competitive Issues
for a three-hour shift at an activity of the
semester. As part of the program, the cam- for the day’s events: Facing American Agriculture,” Peter
pus and area communities were invited n Welcome message, Chancellor Biddy Carstensen, Law School, 2 p.m.
“Our university staff and faculty were
to read “In Defense Martin, 8:15 a.m. n “GardenFit: Can Childrens’ Garden
asked to make a sacrifice by taking
of Food: An Eater’s n “Parenting Style and Overweight Youth,” Projects Lead to Better Choices and Better
unpaid furlough days, and I’m inspired
Manifesto” by Michael Susan K. Riesch, Waisman Center and Health?” Dale A. Schoeller and Sarah
by the decision of some to show their
Pollan, and then School of Nursing, 9 a.m. Jacquart, Department of Nutritional
dedication to the community and use
participate in events and n “Babcock, Hart, and the Wisconsin Sciences, 2 p.m.
that time to give something back,” says
book discussions. Hunger Fighters,” Dave Nelson, n “Food Safety Then and Now: The UW Food
UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin.
In the spirit of Go Big Department of Biochemistry, 9 a.m. Research Institute,” Chuck Czuprynski,
Charlene Krembs, manager of the
Read, the Food Summit n “Adventures in Agricultural Development Food Research Institute, 3 p.m.
administrative computing services unit
McGovern program includes discus- in Africa,” Jeremy Foltz, Department of n “We Are What We Eat: Fast, Cheap and
at the College of Agricultural and Life
sions and presentations Agricultural and Applied Economics, Easy?” Lydia Zepeda, School of Human
Sciences and a member of the planning
on the food we eat, where it comes from, 9 a.m. Ecology and Center for World Affairs
committee, says UW-Madison workers
and how it affects our health and society. n “Managing Import Safety,” Lorna Zach, and the Global Economy (WAGE), 3 p.m.
recognize that furloughs are a hardship
Campus experts will discuss food-related College of Engineering and Center for n “A Brief Look at Wisconsin’s Agricultural
and there are people for whom furloughs
topics such as childhood obesity, nutrition, World Affairs and the Global Economy History,” Jerry Apps, College of
are causing some financial difficulties.
food safety, food culture, food economics (WAGE), 10 a.m. Agricultural and Life Sciences, 3 p.m.
But, Krembs adds, “A lot of us feel
and agricultural development. n “Martha Stewart Minus the Jail For more information on Day on Campus:
fortunate and that taking furlough days
Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, Time: Hannah Woolley, Restoration Food Summit, contact the Wisconsin
is better than people losing their jobs, so
who served as director of the Food for Peace Cookery, and Ethical Culture,” David Alumni Association, 262-2551, or visit
Program and chair of the Senate Select Goldstein, Institute for Research in the http://uwalumni.com. Furlough, continues on page 11
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www.uniontheater.wisc.edu prizes for students.
Club Bucky, presented by Pizza Hut, will
n Film Hotline 262-6333
take place on Thursday, April 22, from
n Concert Line 263-9485 Recent Sighting: Warm and fuzzy
8 p.m.-midnight in the parking lot across
n Chazen Museum of Art 263-2246 from the Southeast Recreational Facility. The More than 700 elementary school children enjoyed hands-on educational activities and displays
n TITU http://www.union.wisc.edu/ dance party will bring Jarius King, DJ Vilas during CALS Day for Kids at the Stock Pavilion. The daylong outreach event was hosted by the
Park Sniper, a variety of student perform- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Student Council. Pictured at a Poultry Science Club
Daily news on the Web display, two girls take turns holding a young chick.
ers and door prizes under one tent for an
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Buckystock, presented by the UW Credit magazine’s “100 Best Companies” list in work. When I took my daughter to the facil-
Calendar on the Web Union, on Friday, April 23, from 3-9 p.m. 2007, 2008 and 2009. ity, we were both treated very well and my
Bookmark this site for continually on Library Mall, will feature several bands The magazine cited the hospital’s numer- daughter had a great time.”
updated campus event listings: ous family-friendly initiatives for hourly “Being one of just six companies in the
in a music festival-style lineup. Performers
n http://www.today.wisc.edu/ workers, such as: flexible hours; career country to receive this recognition is a real
include the Grace Weber Band, Bascom Hill,
Weekly news by e-mail We the Living and several local acts, includ- training and advancement opportunities; honor for UW Hospital and Clinics,” said
Sign up for a weekly digest of campus news, ing The Nod and JT Roach. generous health insurance and retirement president and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky.
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aboutwire.html Teresa Hart, a registrar at one of the our staff — hourly and salaried,” Katen-
Ice Cream Social set for May 12 hospital’s clinics, says the hospital gave her Bahensky added. “Programs that strengthen
Delivery problems? The university’s annual Employee paid time off and provided valuable support the work environment are an investment
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lobby. All university employees are invited she says. “She helped me fill out leave-of- ting measures, companies tend to overlook
and encouraged to attend. absence paperwork, encouraged me to take the long-term value of family-friendly ben-
Several flavors of delicious Babcock Hall as much time off as I needed, and kept in efits — but we find these programs increase
ice cream will be available along with frozen touch while I was off work. I was also for- productivity and decrease turnover at all
yogurt, popsicles and other dietary alterna- tunate to have the entire leave of absence as job levels,” said Carol Evans, president of
tives until supplies run out. paid time off.” Working Mother Media.
One of the hospital’s successful programs
UW Hospital and Clinics earns Transportation Services to hold forums
has been Back-Up Care, which supports
“Best Companies for Hourly Workers” Facing the prospect of a budget deficit,
employees when they have a temporary
recognition Transportation Services is evaluating pro-
disruption in their normal care arrange-
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Clinics is one of the nation’s six “Best have the choice of center-based or in-home of the campus community.
Companies for Hourly Workers,” according back-up care for their loved ones — infants Charging for a portion of the employee
wisconsin week to Working Mother magazine. through elders. bus pass, offering evening permit options
This is the first year Working Mother has “I had two instances where my daughter’s and increased control of departmental
Vol. XXIV, No. 15, April 21, 2010
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at 21 N. Park St., or visit us online anytime
input from faculty, staff, students, visitors n Noon. “Office Hours:” n 3:00 a.m. “Wisconsin Reflections:”
at http://www.vip.wisc.edu. Below are
and nearby residents. Kass recognizes the UW-Madison political science professor an interview show featuring prominent
two recent questions Ask Bucky received.
Ken Goldstein hosts “Office Hours,” a half- UW-Madison alumni and friends, is taped
importance of stakeholder involvement.
hour weekly talk show. Political science in front of a live audience. This episode
“I encourage everyone to attend the Q: I noticed the other day while walking
professor Charles Franklin and communica- features UW-Madison alumnus Neil
open forums to help us develop program through East Campus Mall that Vilas Hall has
tion arts professor Stephen Lucas , Willenson, a communication arts graduate
options that will resolve our existing a theater. What sorts of productions go on
a historian of political rhetoric, discuss the who started Camp Heartland, a charity that
financial situation while positioning us to there?
recent phenomenon of the Tea Party rallies sponsors summer camp for kids with HIV/
A: Vilas Communications Hall is home to
meet our customers’ needs in the future,” around the country. AIDS. His national camps have helped
the Mitchell Theatre, which primarily hosts
said Kass. n 12:30 p.m. “The Wheel:” thousands of children across the country.
productions by University Theatre. University
In an effort to enable as many commu- a half-hour magazine-style program show-
Tuesday, May 4 Theatre gives faculty and student actors
nity members as possible to attend, the casing university stories reported on and
n Noon. A new episode of “Office Hours:” and producers experience with theatrical
sessions have been scheduled for a variety hosted by students. Topics in this episode
featuring Goldstein as the host of this half- production. This year, the last show of the
of times and locations: are student sexuality, hands-on learning
hour talk show. school year is “Into the Woods,” a musical
in engineering, the Wiscontrepreneur
n Wednesday, May 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. n 12:30 p.m. “100 years of ‘On, Wisconsin!’:” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Challenge and the Jump Around tradition.
at the Ebling Symposium Center in a half-hour documentary examines the University Theatre describes the show as
n 7:30 p.m. “Office Hours:”
the Microbial Sciences Building, history of UW-Madison’s popular fight song filled “dead giants, less-than-charming
features a rebroadcast of the analysis of
1550 Linden Drive. and what it means to alumni. princes and one particularly ambivalent
the Tea Party movement.
n Thursday, May 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in witch.” For more information, you may visit
http://www.utmadison.com. Tickets cost
the Multipurpose Room in University
$14 to $20.
Square, 333 E. Campus Mall
n Tuesday, May 25, 9-11 a.m., Room 1335 Q: I am loving the nice weather lately — do
in the Health Sciences Learning Center, In preparation for recertification, Web site links environment and health you have any unique suggestions for things
750 Highland Ave. UW-Madison conducted a self-study for middle schoolers to do outside?
assessment to evaluate athletics in key A: One of the most unique spots on campus
Attendees are encouraged to come and What do climate change, urban sprawl
is Picnic Point, located in the Lakeshore
go as they are able. The first half of each areas: governance and commitment to and globalization have common? All are
Nature Preserve. Picnic Point is a mile-long
session will consist of an open information rules compliance, academic integrity, and forms of environmental change that can peninsula jutting into Lake Mendota and
fair with posters describing program his- gender/diversity and student-athlete well- trigger public health problems. offers great views of Downtown Madison.
tory, the department’s financial situation, being. What people should know and what Each year, thousands venture out to this
future challenges and potential changes “This is a significant accomplishment, they can do about these problems is preserve and archaeologists estimate that
that will either reduce expenses or increase and one in which we take pride,” says explored in a newly redesigned website, the Point has been inhabited for 12,000
revenues. Chancellor Biddy Martin. “The NCAA’s “EcoHealth: Environmental Change and years. The peninsula is a great place to bird
Transportation Services staff members recertification validates ongoing efforts to Our Health,” aimed at middle school watch, hike, boat or picnic. The Route 80
will be on hand to answer questions and deliver excellence in sports, in students’ students and their teachers as well as the campus bus stops regularly at Picnic Point,
provide further information. The sec- academic experience, and in other signifi- general public. The site’s address is http:// but the entrance can also be reached by foot
cant aspects of athletics. The process was or on bike via the lakeshore path or by car.
ond half will consist of a presentation by www.ecohealth101.org.
For more information, please visit http://
Kass, followed by a question-and-answer thorough and afforded an opportunity to “When forests are cut down or our cli-
period. take a top-to-bottom look at our program mate is altered by emissions from fossil picnicpoint.htm.
Those who are unable to attend are to ensure it meeds our own expectations, fuel combustion, human health is at risk,
encouraged to visit http://www.wisc.edu/ fulfills NCAA requirements and meets the along with resultant environmental deg- Event puts alternative transportation
trans and click on “2010 Open House standards of the people of Wisconsin.” radation,” says Jonathan Patz, a professor within reach
Forums” to find a complete summary of Darrell Bazzell, vice chancellor for of population health sciences and envi- UW Transportation Services is spending this
forum topics as well as online feedback administration, chaired the campus recerti- ronmental studies at UW-Madison. “We’ve week promoting the benefits of walking,
forms for submitting thoughts, opinions fication steering committee. shown these links in our research and are biking, busing, and car- and vanpooling to
and suggestions to the department. “I am pleased that UW-Madison and our obliged to translate this knowledge to the campus.
athletic program are being recognized for During Commuter Solutions Week,
next generation of problem solvers: our
WID Town Center previewed May 6 employees, faculty, students and visitors can
operating in accordance with the NCAA’s children.”
Get a sneak peek at the design, attractions obtain information about their commuting
highest standards and values,” Bazzell says. Patz and a group of collaborators at
and menus of Town Center at “Journey to options in a face-to-face setting. A mix of
“My thanks go out to everyone across cam- the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School alternative transportation experts, including
the Center of the Institutes,” a preview May pus who participated in this process and of Public Health first developed the Madison Metro, RideShare Etc., Community
6 in the Memorial Union’s Tripp Commons helped tell the story of how athletics sup- EcoHealth website as an educational com- Car and UW Transportation Services’
and Deck. ports the institution’s mission.” plement to a PBS television mini-series Commuter Solutions team will be on hand
Encompassing the first floor of the The steering committee monitored the “Journey to Planet Earth.” throughout the week.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Town progress of the subcommittees and pre- Although the series ended, the site lived In addition, Budget Bicycles, Erik’s Bike
Center’s mission is to draw the public and sented conclusions and recommendations. on, highlighting issues raised by global Shop and Revolution Cycles will provide
campus community to the building — The three subcommittees were warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, complimentary bike safety checks again to
which will open in December on University responsible for collecting and reviewing help ensure those early rides of the season
conflicts between humans and nature,
Avenue between North Orchard Street and are as safe as they are fun. Also back are the
information pertinent to their respective agriculture and drinking water, and glo-
North Randall Avenue — immersing them “pedestrian tune-ups” provided by Movin’
criteria, and submitting recommendations balization and disease. Along with an
in the research underway in the public and Shoes of Madison.
to the steering committee. abundance of issue-specific information, Each day the Commuter Solutions team
private labs, fostering collaboration and Each subcommittee was chaired by a the site, now managed at UW-Madison, will set up a minifair at a new location
cross-disciplinary inspiration, and filling faculty member of the Athletic Board and offers news, games, video clips, a glos- on campus, the goal being to be acces-
stomachs. included representatives across campus. sary and lesson plans for teachers. With sible to as many people on campus as
The “Journey” will give visitors a feel “The NCAA certification process involves a single click, users also can translate the possible. Complete event info can be
for the Town Center’s interactive science a thorough examination of our athletic content into nearly 50 different languages. found at http://www.wisc.edu/trans/
exhibits, a tribute to UW-Madison’s rich department and I’m very pleased to receive “EcoHealth helps provide the context UWCommuterSolutionsWeek.pdf.
research history and three dining spots — the good news that we have been certified,” for today’s headline news,” says Patz. UW Commuter Solutions Week dates
a restaurant, a café and a soda fountain. says athletics director Barry Alvarez. and locations (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily)
And because it is reviewed for accuracy
The previews are free, but reg- include:
The purpose of athletics certification and fairness by science, health and envi-
istration is required. Please visit n Wednesday, 4/21: Health Sciences
is to ensure integrity in the institution’s ronmental experts in a wide range of
TownCenterCampusPreviews.org or call Learning Center (front entrance)
athletic program and to assist institutions specialties, the site “is a reliable resource n Thursday, 4/22: Animal Sciences Building
(608) 890-2087 and choose one of three in improving their athletics departments, for sorting the science from the sound (Elm between Linden and Observatory)
start times: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. according to the NCAA. bites.” n Friday, 4/23: East Campus Mall (between
Athletics certification originated at the Johnson and Dayton)
NCAA recertifies UW-Madison athletics
Division I 1993 convention, and was a
UW-Madison has received athletics recer-
central component of the NCAA’s reform
tification from the NCAA for another 10
agenda. UW-Madison was first certified in
1994 and again in 2000.
April 21, 2010 3
f aculty and s taff
UW-Madison honors Academic Staff Excellence Award winners
By Stacy Forster Wisconsin Idea, writes Catherine Stafford, Katherine Loving, across the country.
firstname.lastname@example.org assistant professor of Spanish. Civic Engagement Through efforts such as this, Paustian has
“She has laid important groundwork for Coordinator for University shown his leadership in creating innovations
ine University of Wisconsin- students of Spanish to learn in both class- Health Services, in teaching. He’s also adapted course materi-
Madison professionals have been room and community contexts, not only Robert Heideman Award als to offer distance learning opportunities,
honored with the 2010 Academic facilitating the development of students’ for Excellence in Public started a blog to give students experience
Staff Excellence Awards in recognition of language skills, but also providing the Service and Outreach discussing their research results, modern-
their achievements in leadership, public opportunity for them to put these skills to Since coming to ized labs and launched new courses.
service, research, teaching and overall excel- much-needed use within the Latino com- UW-Madison in 1999, “Dr. Paustian is a creative, dedicated edu-
lence. munity,” Stafford writes. Loving has been a leader in asking what it cator who is an invaluable member of our
Winners were recognized by the means for UW-Madison to be engaged in teaching staff,” writes Richard L. Gourse,
Academic Staff Assembly on Monday, Sandra Guthrie the community and effectively communicate chair of the Department of Bacteriology. “He
April 12 and will attend a reception with Associate Director for with area nonprofits, as well as in teach- has had a large and direct impact by training
Chancellor Biddy Martin later in the month. Administration for the ing and mentoring students. She’s helped hundreds of our graduates in the most mod-
This year, awards were given in all nine General Library System, improve the technology offerings of local ern methods of microbiology.”
categories. The awards carry $2,500 sti- Ann Wallace Career community groups and engaged fellow staff
pends, except for the Chancellor’s Hilldale Achievement Award members in considering the future of the Faramarz Vakili
Award for Excellence in Teaching, which Throughout a 34-year Wisconsin Idea. Associate Director
carries a $5,000 stipend. career at UW-Madison, Loving has helped develop TechShop, of Physical Plant for
“I continue to be impressed by the con- Guthrie has been known which pairs UW students with area groups to Facilities Planning and
tributions our talented academic staff make for demonstrating the highest standards provide information technology assistance, Management, Wisconsin
to learning, research and operations at of leadership as an administrator, supervi- and coordinates the Community Partnerships Alumni Association
UW-Madison,” Martin says. “I want to con- sor, manager and mentor. She has been a and Outreach Staff Network, which addresses Award for Excellence in
gratulate and thank these winners, as well as constant innovator and has carried with her internal barriers to community engagement Leadership, College, School
all academic staff members across campus, a dedication to staff development, equity, and increases UW-Madison’s capacity to meet or Larger University
for their dedication and service to the uni- diversity and expanded internship oppor- community needs. In nearly 20 years at UW-Madison, Vakili
versity.” tunities. “She has a long history working with has led the transformation of the Physical
This year’s winners are: In addition to her work for the library some of the most important community Plant from a paper-and-pencil operation to
system, Guthrie has made wide-ranging organizations in Madison and a reputation a modern, customer-focused facility services
Linda Clipson contributions to the campus community that opens doors for others,” writes Randy organization. He is also one of a few people
Associate Researcher, and governance committees, especially in Stoecker, professor in the community and on campus who can boast of helping save
Department of Oncology, her work to further the university’s commit- environmental sociology department. millions of dollars and having an impact on
Chancellor’s Award for ment to diversity and equality. the environment.
Excellence in Research, “She has always gone above and beyond Robert Meyer, As program director of We Conserve, an
Critical Research Support in making herself available to staff at all Senior Scientist and environmental stewardship initiative, Vakili
In 32 years of biomedi- levels, developing services and personnel Research Professor in has worked to limit the university’s energy
cal research, Clipson has needed to keep the administrative offices the Wisconsin Center consumption and environmental footprint.
steadily developed her of the library running efficiently, and in for Education Research, In the past four years alone, the effort has
talents in a series of collaborative research creating an environment that is welcom- Chancellor’s Award for reduced water use by about 178 million gal-
endeavors with investigators ranging from ing, inclusive and transparent,” writes Lee Excellence in Research, lons a year, reduced trash by 9 percent and
undergraduate students to faculty col- Konrad, director of Memorial Library. Independent Investigator saved the university about $10 million a
leagues. During that time, her contributions Meyer has made the year in utilities costs.
to research into the biology of cancer have Catherine “Terry” Jobsis Value-Added Research Center into a world- “His enthusiasm, creative thinking and
included her strong technical skills as a sci- Research Program wide hub on value-added analysis — which passion for success are infective and create
entist, an ability to anticipate problems and Manager II, Department assesses changes in student achievement an energy absorbed by all of those working
correct for them, and her sharp analysis of of Animal Sciences, within a school over time — and has a around him,” writes John Harrod Jr., direc-
data. Wisconsin Alumni strong track record of gaining funding for tor of Physical Plant.
“Linda Clipson illustrates an ability and Association Award for the center’s work. Because of the current
commitment to evolve in pace with the Excellence in Leadership, national focus on developing education and Roland Weeden,
dynamic changes in science and to con- Individual Unit accountability standards, Meyer’s contribu- Assistant Director in
nect between disciplines,” write William When it comes to tions have never been more relevant. the Office of Student
Dove, professor of Oncology and Medical animal care, there is no detail too small One reason for his success is an ability Financial Aid,
Genetics, and James D. Shull, professor for Jobsis. When she discovered a floor- to work across borders: bringing together Martha Casey Award for
and chair of oncology and director of the ing material that would make cattle in academic departments and research centers; Dedication to Excellence
McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. pens more comfortable, she worked to get school districts and universities; faculty As the person in charge
it installed. With this small change, she and staff; theory and practice. He has also of overseeing all awarding
Verónica Egon expanded the facility’s functionality while brought the center’s expertise into practice of student aid, Weeden
Associate Faculty improving the comfort of animals used in through a partnership with the Milwaukee is one of the reasons thousands of students
Associate, Department of teaching and research. Public Schools. are able to attend classes every semester. He
Spanish and Portuguese, That’s just one example of Jobsis’ attention “While many might argue that they are integrates more than $200 million in finan-
Chancellor’s Award for to detail during her work at UW-Madison examples of the Wisconsin Idea, Meyer’s cial aid funds and keeps up to date with
Excellence in Service coordinating the use of animals and facilities career has allowed the university to extend constantly changing financial aid eligibility
to the University for animal science. She has taught a popular its reach beyond the campus through collab- criteria. He also developed a unique way to
Egon’s work reaches class on animal handling and earned respect orative policy work,” write Adam Gamoran offer financial aid fairly without penalizing
just about every Spanish from students for her high standards for and Beth Graue of the Wisconsin Center for students who may apply for it late or who
language student on campus. As coordinator animal care in agricultural and research Education Research. may need it the most.
of two of the core Spanish courses, she has settings. Colleagues say he has a keen analytical
revised and updated courses and textbooks, “Her leadership in the Department of Timothy Paustian, ability that allows him to see issues and solu-
and trained lecturers and teaching assistants. Animal Sciences…has improved our ability Faculty Associate, tions from a variety of angles, and a creativity
Beyond her administrative work, she has to use animals in research and teaching, our Department of that keeps the office’s budget in the black.
developed new courses to fit certain needs animal handling facilities, and has improved Bacteriology, Chancellor’s “You will not see news quotes and flash
of Spanish majors. In addition, her courses what and how we teach our students to face Hilldale Award for from Rollie,” writes Susan Fischer, direc-
in legal Spanish and advanced conversation challenges and opportunities in the animal Excellence in Teaching tor of the Office of Student Financial Aid.
improved the university’s ability to work in industries,” writes Joan Parrish, researcher As part of a committee “Behind those of us in front of the crowd is
Madison’s Latino community, with many in the Department of Animal Sciences. evaluating concerns about that strong silent type who is all about fair-
students working for area organizations. the high cost of text- ness, is all about access, is all about integrity
Such service-learning experiences are a books, Paustian developed one solution for in funding and programs … Current
reflection of Egon’s work to advance the microbiology students: a 26-chapter, one-of- UW-Madison students, as well as future
a-kind animated textbook called “Through students, will long be the beneficiaries of his
The Microscope,” now used by colleges dedication and skill.”
4 Wisconsin Week
f aculty and s taff
Notable Washington, D.C. graduates recognized Milestones
with annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Wisconsin wrestling head coach Barry Davis
has been named the 2010 National Coach of
the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches
By Teresa Welsh Robert Barnett ’68 and Rita Braver ’70: the author of more than a dozen books Association. The award caps the most suc-
cessful season in Wisconsin history, including
email@example.com Barnett is a leading Washington, D.C., of political analysis and modern history, a fourth-place finish at the national champi-
attorney who represents authors, television on topics like the civil rights movement onships, four All-Americans, and sophomore
Five outstanding national figures are being news anchors and producers, and govern- and the Cold War. Oberly is an associate Andrew Howe’s undefeated season and
recognized this week with the 74th annual ment officials, and has worked on eight judge on the District of Columbia Court of national title.
Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest presidential campaigns. He was named one Appeals; her first official act was to swear In recognition of lifetime achievements
in research, a Humboldt Research Award
honor bestowed on UW-Madison graduates of the 100 most powerful people in the in Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of
has been granted to T. Douglas Price,
from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. entertainment business for his represen- state. Previously, as an attorney, she won the Weinstein Professor of European
The awards ceremony will be held tomor- tation of authors such as Barack Obama 13 cases before the Supreme Court. She Archaeology and director of the Laboratory
row, Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m. The and Sarah Palin. He is a graduate of the graduated with degrees in political science for Archaeological Chemistry at UW-Madison
as well as a member of the faculty at the
program at the Wisconsin Union Theater at Department of English. Braver has won and law.
University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
the Memorial Union is free and open to the multiple awards, including five Emmys, Arnold Weiss ’51, LLB’53: A German-
William Reznikoff, professor emeritus in the
public, and will feature a musical tribute by for her career as a senior correspondent Jewish immigrant and decorated World War
Department of Chemistry, has been named
student co-ed a cappella group, Redefined. for CBS News. Today, she reports on II U.S. intelligence officer, Weiss discovered the director of education for the Marine
The award celebrates outstanding topics ranging from arts and entertain- Adolf Hitler’s last will, now in the National Biological Laboratory, the oldest private
UW-Madison graduates whose professional ment to politics and foreign policy for Archives. Having witnessed the war’s marine laboratory in the Americas.
achievements, contributions to society and “Sunday Morning.” She is a graduate of the destruction, Weiss dedicated his career as The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country
support of the university exemplify the Department of Political Science. an investment-bank attorney based in the Coaches Association has named Nate Davis
the 2010 Division I Indoor Track & Field Great
Wisconsin Idea. Haynes Johnson MS’56 and Kathryn Oberly Washington, D.C., area to building, and his
Lakes Region Women’s Assistant Coach of
The 74th annual Distinguished Alumni ’71, JD’73: Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize- efforts brought social and economic prog- the Year.
Awards honorees are: winning journalist and one of America’s ress to many developing nations. He earned
leading voices on current politics. A gradu- his UW-Madison degrees in political
ate of the Department of History, he is also science, economics and law. Mixed news on owl family
Sad and promising news about the owl
family that attracted attention in the
UW Carbone Cancer Center researchers honored campus community emerged this week.
The father of the two owlets resid-
by foundation for prostate cancer research ing in the Willow Woods area of the
Lakeshore Nature Preserve was found
Two researchers at the UW Carbone Cancer for patients who do not show evidence of and chief science officer. dead on the ground below the owls’ nest
Center are among 21 who have been named metastatic disease but whose PSA continues Lang and Bruce are among a select group tree on Saturday, April 3 by Chris Olsen
2010 Young Investigators by the Prostate to increase after hormonal treatment. She of investigators and research fellows from of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Cancer Foundation (PCF). is working with a novel experimental agent distinguished academic medical centers DNR veterinarian Julia Langenberg
Joshua Lang and Justine Bruce were that inhibits tumor growth and disease pro- including Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New says it is possible the bird died of an
awarded three-year grants to continue their gression. York and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center undetermined infection.
research projects on prostate cancer treat- Lang and Bruce will be awarded and the University of Texas to receive the “The good news is that the remaining
ments. $225,000 each. That amount will be Young Investigators honor. members of the family are all looking
Lang, a research fellow, is investigating matched to total $450,000 for each The UW Carbone Cancer Center is one really good,” says Langenberg. “With
a prostate cancer vaccine for patients with researcher. of the founding members of the Prostate only one parent now, the young owls
advanced disease. He will study medica- “Encouraging talented investigators with Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium with the are far enough along in their develop-
tions that could activate the body’s immune impressive early-career accomplishments, U.S. Department of Defense. The consor- ment as long as mom can keep up with
system to attack tumor cells. like Drs. Lang and Bruce, is crucial to ,
tium, funded by PCF represents the most their care and feeding.”
Bruce, an assistant professor at the UW realizing PCF’s goal of accelerating break- active prostate cancer clinical research sites
School of Medicine and Public Health, will throughs that can potentially end death in the world.
use the grant money to develop additional and suffering from prostate cancer,” says
imaging techniques and new medicines Howard Soule, PCF executive vice president
UW-Madison recognizes PACE’s high-risk drinking prevention efforts
By John Lucas innovative in its pursuit of developing solu- PACE can also be credited with assisting house parties, and;
firstname.lastname@example.org tions to this difficult problem.” change on campus and in the city. As a result n created a robust conversation around the
PACE was initially funded by a grant from of the work, UW-Madison has: role of alcohol prices and drink specials.
Campus and community leaders are honoring the New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson n standing membership on the city Alcohol “PACE has shown terrific successes, and
the groundbreaking work of UW-Madison’s Foundation and was incorporated into the License Review Committee; we thank everyone who has been involved
PACE Project as the group nears the finale of operations of Prevention Services at UHS n clarified expectations of student conduct through the life of this project,” says Brower.
its successful 14-year tenure. when the grant expired in 2006. and misconduct around alcohol. In par- “We feel very positive that the work that has
Based in University Health Services (UHS), “The work of PACE continues with the ticular, it made changes to University been pioneered through PACE will continue
PACE (Policy, Alternatives, Community, university’s commitment to creating a cam- Housing and during SOAR; through the work of the university, ALRC,
Education) conducted innovative research pus where high-risk drinking doesn’t impact n successfully instituted parental involve- city, county and MPD.”
and advocated for changes in an entrenched the health and safety of our community and ment in cases of transports to detox “The Dane County community will be well
campus and city alcohol culture. the academic success of our students,” says facilities; served by the ongoing collaborative relation-
The efforts of the group are credited Van Orman, who notes that the work of n advocated for increased police outreach to ships that were established through PACE,”
with bringing the campus and community PACE has been incorporated into the larger high-density student areas and increased adds Susan Crowley, who co-directed the
together to discuss and develop policy- mission of student life units at UW-Madison. enforcement of alcohol-related crimes project between 2000 and 2009, before leav-
oriented solutions to help curb the negative The group can cite many major accom- downtown; ing UW-Madison for the state Department of
“second-hand effects” of high-risk drinking plishments, says Aaron Brower, professor of n helped to focus city policies around large- Health Services.
among students and in the city of Madison. social work and vice provost for teaching and scale events, including the Mifflin Street PACE was “A Matter of Degree” grant site,
Those effects include serious academic prob- learning, who co-directed the project since Block Party and Halloween; a group of 10 universities funded by the
lems, property damage, fights and unwanted its inception as its principal investigator. n supported restrictions on bar-density and RWJ Foundation and evaluated by Harvard
sexual contact. Despite a steadily growing number increased downtown safety; University, to reduce high-risk drinking and
The final meeting of the PACE Community of bars and alcohol licenses downtown, n advocated for higher fines for alcohol- its consequences on campuses. The National
Partnership Council was held on April 20. UW-Madison has seen positive outcomes related violations, the use of electronic ID Program Office for all of the grants was
“In the early 1990s, most universities in its statistical research, with sustained scanners, and alcohol-focused data analy- housed at the American Medical Association.
didn’t collaborate with their cities or local decreases in the rate of “frequent” binge sis both in MPD and in the city; The initial grant from the Robert Wood
stakeholders around alcohol,” says Sarah drinkers, along with promising decreases in n conducted yearly survey and reporting of Johnson Foundation came to UW-Madison
Van Orman, UHS director. “Today, that’s a the number of students who experience five drinking rates; as the result of a proposal written by Dr.
standard approach. PACE was absolutely or more problems related to alcohol. n addressed the dangers of off-campus Richard Keeling, former director of UHS.
April 21, 2010 5
Gift, choice of Controls for animals’ color designs revealed
architect propel By Terry Devitt Williams, now
Nursing Science The vivid colors and designs animals use
at the University
of Dayton, pried
Center to interact with their environments have loose the molecular
Photo: provided by Nicolas Gompel and Sean Carroll
awed and inspired since before people details and evolu-
A $500,000 gift from Barbara D. and learned to draw on the cave wall. tionary history of
M. Keith Weikel has provided further But how different creatures in the how a species of
momentum to the campaign for a new animal kingdom — from colorful birds North American
UW-Madison Nursing Science Center. and reef fish to butterflies and snakes fruit fly, Drosophila
In related news, Kahler Slater, a — make and deploy their artful designs guttifera, generates
Wisconsin-based architectural-engineering is one of nature’s deepest secrets. Now, a complex pattern of
firm, has been selected to conduct pro- however, a team of researchers from the 16 wing spots.
gramming validation and provide the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at The group discov-
architectural design for the Nursing Science UW-Madison has exposed the fine details ered a morphogen, This North American fruit fly has now helped a team of scientists
Center. Construction on the $52 million, of how animals make new body orna- a protein present in figure out how complex color patterns are made at the most basic
100,000-square-foot building is slated to mentation from scratch. The work, the embryonic tissue and level.
begin in 2011, with completion scheduled result of years-long and laborious experi- encoded by a gene gene into different parts of the fly’s
for summer 2013. mentation, was published recently in the known as Wingless, which seems to be a genome, the team was able to successfully
The Weikels’ gift will name the Barbara journal Nature. linchpin of wing decoration. Late in wing manipulate the decoration of the fly’s
D. Weikel Clinical Practice Laboratory in “How do you generate complex pat- development, the Wingless morphogen wing, creating stripes instead of spots,
the Nursing Science Center. terns? This is a question that has is produced and diffuses through tissue and patterns not seen in nature. “We
“The need for well-trained nurses is great interested biologists for a really long where it prompts cells in certain areas can make custom flies,” notes Carroll.
now, and that need will only grow in the time,” says Sean Carroll, a UW-Madison of the wing to make pigment. “It acts by By manipulating the gene, “we can make
future,” says Barbara Weikel, who with molecular biologist and the senior author triggering responding cells to do things, striped flies out of spotted flies.”
her husband splits time between homes in of the Nature report. “In this case, we at in this case make color,” Carroll explains. In addition to working out the molecu-
Sea Island, Ga., and Toledo, Ohio. “With first had no clue. But now we think we’ve In Drosophila guttifera, the morpho- lar details of how the fly colors its wings,
the new health-care law, I believe nurses figured out all the key ingredients and we gen acts in proximity to existing physical Carroll’s group was also able to deduce
will have more responsibilities than ever, believe they are generally applicable (to landmarks such as the intersections of the evolutionary history of wing coloring
and those nurses will have to be very well- many animals).” veins and cross veins on the wing. The in Drosophila guttifera.
trained. The new study is important because positioning of the spots, in short, is In short, says Carroll, the patterns
“The University of Wisconsin-Madison it is the first to provide concrete evi- dictated by these pre-existing patterns, found on the wings of Drosophila gut-
always has been a well-regarded research dence for a long-hypothesized system notes Carroll: “The Wingless molecule is tifera came about through the fly’s
institution, and we believe the School of for generating animal color patterns, be deployed in this species at specific points manipulation of the Wingless gene: “It
Nursing will be able to give these nurses the they stripes, spots or any of the myriad in time and in specific places — the evolved by simply turning this gene on in
base of knowledge they will require,” she designs animals use to camouflage them- places where the spots are going to be.” places where it hadn’t been on before.”
adds. selves or find a mate. In particular, the The role of the Wingless morphogen Although the study was conducted in
Barbara Weikel worked as a nurse at Wisconsin group is the first to identify a was detailed by the painstaking genetic a lowly fruit fly, the principles uncovered
University of Wisconsin Hospital and color-inducing morphogen, a diffusible manipulation of flies that took three by Carroll’s group, he argues, very likely
Clinics and at the Veterans Administration protein that tells certain cells to make years and the injection of nearly 20,000 apply to many animals, everything from
Hospital in Madison while Keith was earn- pigment. fly embryos to accomplish. Complicating butterflies to boa constrictors. “This is
ing his Ph.D. in the School of Business. To ferret out the secret of ani- the project is the fact that Drosophila animal color patterning, how they are
He spent his career in the health care field, mal ornamentation, Carroll and his guttifera is little used in research and its generated, how they evolved.”
retiring as senior executive vice presi- UW-Madison colleagues, Thomas Werner genome has not been sequenced.
dent and chief operating officer for HCR and Shigeyuki Koshikawa, and Thomas However, by inserting the Wingless
Previous major gifts to the university
from the Weikels created the M. Keith
Weikel Chair in Leadership and the M. La Follette School to host lecture, discussion
Keith Weikel Executive Leadership Speaker
Series Fund in the Wisconsin School of
about issues in human trafficking
“The Nursing Science Center offered By Stacy Forster “We are excited to host Ben to bring of Justice Assistance Human Trafficking
another opportunity for us to help the uni- Forster2@wisc.edu awareness to the global issue of modern- Committee; and Marianna Smirnova,
versity,” Barbara Weikel says. “Madison and day slavery,” says professor Carolyn human trafficking policy specialist at
the university will always be close to our A prize-winning author known for his Heinrich, director of UW-Madison’s La the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual
hearts.” global research on modern-day slavery Follette School of Public Affairs, which is Assault. They are part of the panel that
School of Nursing Dean Katharyn May will deliver a free public lecture this organizing the lecture and symposium. will address the scope of the problem of
praised the Weikels for their vision. month at as part of a daylong symposium “Modern-day slavery touches on many modern-day slavery in Wisconsin.
“We are most grateful to Barbara and on human trafficking. public policy issues, including interna- In addition to the La Follette School,
Keith Weikel,” May says. “They realize that Madison native E. Benjamin Skinner, tional trade, legal, human rights, social financial sponsors on campus include
their gift will have a tremendous impact author of “A Crime So Monstrous: Face- welfare, labor, public health, economic African Studies, Latin American,
on the quality of nursing in Wisconsin. to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery,” will and education,” she says. “Yet, due to Caribbean and Iberian Studies/Brazil
Nursing education and research have a rip- speak at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30, legal, territorial and institutional barri- Initiative, Global Studies, International
ple effect. Students educated in the Barbara in Ebling Auditorium in the Microbial ers, not to mention culturally ingrained Institute, and the Wisconsin Center for
D. Weikel Clinical Practice Laboratory will Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive. practices, it is a very difficult problem to World Affairs and the Global Economy.
be the nurses caring for you and me.” Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for address and resolve.” Lending support and assistance are Slave
As for the selected architect, May said: Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy Skinner will also be part of the sympo- Free Madison and Madison Committee
“The School of Nursing is thrilled to partner School and a senior fellow at the Schuster sium, which will be held from 8:45 a.m.- on Foreign Relations, and these cam-
with Kahler Slater on this project. This is Institute for Investigative Journalism at 4 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences, pus units: the Center for Southeast
an outstanding architectural firm, with a Brandeis University, went undercover, 1180 Observatory Drive. Both events are Asia, Center for International Business
well-deserved reputation for excellence. It is when necessary, to infiltrate trafficking free and open to the public. No registra- Education and Research, Department
so exciting to see this plan, now more than networks, slave quarries, urban child tion is required. of History, Havens Center, Law School,
20 years in the making, finally becoming a markets and illegal brothels. His work The symposium features three panels Political Science Department, Department
reality.” received the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace of experts from academia, public policy, of Population Health Sciences and
Kahler Slater designed the Health Prize for nonfiction, as well as a citation non-profits and law enforcement. Two of Sociology Department.
Sciences Learning Center at UW-Madison. from the Overseas Press Club in its book the panelists are La Follette graduates:
The firm has also designed the Nursing category for 2008. Karina B. Silver, of the Wisconsin Office
Clinical Education Center at the University
of Iowa and the School of Nursing
and Student Community Center at the
University of Texas among other projects
6 Wisconsin Week
r esearch Curiosities
Editor’s note: This column provides a glimpse
More than 500 students present at 2010 Undergraduate Symposium into the science behind everyday life. Do you
have a question for Curiosities? Submit it to
By Kiera Wiatrak for the “Comic Imagination” course on how work of real professionals in the field.
email@example.com Japan and the United States used humor and Design studies majors Christine Pearson Q: What makes a plant
propaganda in World War II to dehumanize and Anna Gimmer worked with their group or animal “invasive”
With a larger sampling from the humani- the enemy. to study natural daylighting in office designs. instead of just “non-
ties combined with the traditional caliber The most fascinating aspect of her “Obviously, right now with the whole sus- native?”
of groundbreaking scientific research, research, she says, is how both countries tainability and environmental issues that are A: Non-native plants
the 400 or so projects at the 12th annual used similar humor to create propaganda. going on, a lot of people want to take advan- and animals are those
Undergraduate Symposium had little in com- In her oral presentation, she also explained tage of daylight,” Gimmer says. “But a lot of that come from another country. Those non-
mon but the gifted students behind them. that many of the same depictions are used in people don’t understand there are better ori- native species that start to reproduce in a
More than 500 students, a significant propaganda and humor today. entations to take advantage of sunlight.” new location are said to be “naturalized.”
Only a few of the naturalized plants and
increase from previous years, presented class “It’s history that helps to shape what we “A lot of people kind of view design, espe-
animals will become invasive, says Don
or independent projects in the form of a see today,” Wroblewski says. “The techniques cially interior design, as making things look
Waller, a professor of botany and conserva-
poster, display, oral presentation or perfor- that are used in the past aren’t forgotten. It’s pretty,” Pearson says. “[Our research] really tion at UW-Madison.
mance at the Memorial Union on April 15. stuff that keeps reappearing. shows how much our designs can make a “There are many different exotic, non-
“Presenting at the Undergraduate Though she’s a genetics major, difference.” native species that can come into a new
Symposium gives students a chance to prac- Wroblewski’s excited for the opportunity to In addition to humanities projects, the area, either because they are intentionally
tice how to talk about their work to a general present a humanities-based project in the symposium welcomed a surge of under- or accidentally introduced. Only a fraction of
audience, in addition to speaking in more symposium. graduates doing research with faculty in the those actually get established, and, and only
technical terms to their professional peers “[The humanities] is about human nature, School of Medicine and Public Health. a subset of the naturalized species actually
and mentors,” says Aaron Brower, vice pro- our relationship with others and why we do Pediatrics assistant professor Megan explode and become invasive.”
vost for teaching and learning. “Being able to the things we do,” she says. “I think that can Moreno works with undergraduates in her Although “non-native” usually means “from
another country,” Wisconsin is host to some
talk to a range of audiences about your work be just as important as finding cures for dis- lab on researching social media and health,
invasive species that have American roots.
is a crucial set of skills students need these eases and that sort of thing.” specifically how students discuss health on
The house finch, for example, is a bird that
days.” Design studies professor Roberto Rengel, Facebook. originated in California and is flourishing in
The symposium hit on a largely untapped who required his entire class to submit proj- “For those of us who do research as part its new range.
resource this year — the arts and humanities. ects, is also excited to expand the humanities’ of our career, part of how we get better and Originally, scientists thought invasives pros-
Gallery space was provided for 10 students presence at the symposium. how we learn to be better researchers and ask pered mainly because they have left diseases
in the art department to hang their framed “What’s really neat about the humanities better questions is to bring our results into and predators behind, but other processes
drawings, paintings and photography. is where in scientific research you take your the academic community and get feedback,” may also be at work, says Waller, who stud-
Brower was pleased to see a number of magnifying glass and you really zoom in, for Moreno says. “I think the Undergraduate ies invasive plants like buckthorn and garlic
other projects in the humanities as well. humanities, you tend to try to understand Symposium allows them that exact same mustard. “There seems to be an evolution
Adam Kern, associate professor of East problems more holistically,” he says. experience.” of increasing invasiveness. There may be a
switch in life history or an evolution away from
Asian languages and literature encour- Rengel is an example of another emerging Katie Egan, a junior in the nursing
defenses that they no longer need in their new
aged a few students from both his “Comic trend at the symposium. program, presented a poster and oral presen-
home, so they are free to put more resources,
Imagination” and “Manga Studies” classes to “We’ve always encouraged faculty and tation on how UW-Madison students display energy, material into reproduction.”
submit their final papers from the fall semes- instructors to bring the ‘real world’ into their drinking habits on Facebook. She started By crowding out natives species, invasives
ter to the symposium. classrooms — and vice versa,” says Laurie her research on alcohol last summer when are one of the biggest causes of declining
“This kind of symposium is a really won- Mayberry, assistant vice provost. “This is she was awarded a grant from the School of biodiversity.
derful way of getting the students to share just what presenting at the Undergraduate Medicine and Public Health.
their papers with people outside of the class, Symposium does.” “Facebook is something that I’m interested US News ranks graduate programs
so it gives them the good experience of try- The 34 juniors and seniors in Rengel’s in, and I think really impacts my life and all Several UW-Madison graduate programs are
ranked among the nation’s best in the 2011
ing to rethink their papers in terms of how upper level Interior Design course presented the lives of my peers,” Egan says. “There are
edition of U.S. News and World Report’s
would people who haven’t taken the course nine projects in small groups. Throughout so many things that are so applicable to us,
“Best Graduate Schools.”
would find this material,” Kern says. the semester they have been working on like possible interventions using Facebook Not all programs are ranked every year.
Rachel Wroblewski wrote her final paper comprehensive design plans that simulate the and how it can be used in health care.” Those UW programs ranked in 2010 (along
with specialties ranked in the top 10) include:
“Gonzo scientist” to discuss the wild side of science writing
n School of Education: ninth overall. Specialties
were ranked in curriculum and instruction
(first), education policy (third), elementary
By Terry Devitt education (second), secondary education
firstname.lastname@example.org (second), counseling and personnel services
(second), administration and supervision
Science writer John Bohannon will bring (second), educational psychology (first)
and special education (tied for ninth).
his alter ego, the “Gonzo Scientist,” to the
n College of Engineering: tied for 15th overall.
UW-Madison campus the week of April 26.
Specialties were ranked in nuclear (second),
Bohannon will participate in science and
chemical engineering (tied for sixth), indus-
journalism classes and work individually trial manufacturing (tied for 10th).
with students, staff and faculty to provide n School of Business: tied for 27th overall. The
insight into how science news is made and school’s part-time MBA program was tied for
Bohannon will also deliver a free public n Chemistry: tied for seventh overall, with
Photo: courtesy John Bohannon
lecture on Tuesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in specialties ranked in analytical (eighth), bio-
Room 4151 of Grainger Hall. chemistry (fifth), inorganic (seventh), organic
The talk is titled “Why I Left the Lab to (ninth), physical (seventh) and theoretical
Make Green Porno with Isabella Rossellini.”
n Computer science: tied for 11th overall, with
The televised “Green Porno” series
specialties ranked in programming language
employs scientists, clad as the sex organs of Science writer John Bohannon will bring his alter ego, the “Gonzo Scientist,”
(10th), and systems (seventh).
animals, to discuss evolution and reproduc- to campus the week of April 26.
n Biological sciences: tied for 15th overall,
tion. a specialty ranked in microbiology (third).
a concept in molecular biology. Another was established with the help of the
“Who knew that a Ph.D. in molecu- n Earth sciences: tied for 13th overall, with
article described an expedition to the Gobi Brittingham Trust and continues with sup-
lar biology could be so useful?” says specialties ranked in geochemistry (eighth)
Desert to watch a solar eclipse, where he port from the UW Foundation. Past visiting
Bohannon, who plans to “describe the and geology (eighth).
found himself “in the midst of a mob of writers include many of the nation’s lead- n Mathematics: tied for 16th overall, with
strange path that took me from research in
Mongolians” who were “going essentially ing science writers, including three whose specialties ranked in analysis (10th)
a laboratory at the University of Oxford to
insane as they tried to dissuade the mon- work subsequently earned Pulitzer Prizes. and logic (fifth).
telling stories from the slums of Gaza, the
strous god Rah from eating the sun.” The UW-Madison Science Writer n Physics: tied for 17th overall, a specialty
forests of Madagascar, and now on televi-
Bohannon’s writing for plays and tele- in Residence Program is sponsored ranked in plasma (tied for second).
sion depicting animal sex with Isabella
vision has won awards; each May, he is by the School of Journalism and n Statistics: tied for 12th.
playwright in residence at Oriel College at Mass Communication and University n Law: Tied for 28th.
Bohannon has fleshed out the gonzo sci- n Medicine: Tied for 27th, specialties ranked in
entist in articles and Web pages for Science primary care (tied for 12th), family medicine
UW-Madison’s Science Writer in
magazine. One article focused on a line (fifth), rural medicine (eighth).
Residence Program, now in its 24th year,
dance that a student staged to illustrate
April 21, 2010 7
April 21, 2010
Grandeur recaptured in WHS library renovation Booksmart
By Bob Granflaten
The Kuba Experience
in Rural Congo,
fter seven months of painstaking 1880–1960
renovation and restoration work, (UW Press, 2010)
the Library Reading Room at the Jan Vansina, John
Wisconsin Historical Society’s headquarters D. and Catherine T.
will be open for free public tours during an MacArthur and Vilas
open house on Friday and Saturday, Professor Emeritus,
April 23-24. History and Anthropology
Tours will depart regularly from 1 to Scholars take many different approaches to
4 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. retirement. In each of the 15 years since he
Saturday. officially retired, Jan Vansina has returned to
The work has returned the room — campus to give a special lecture in African
one of the most beautiful and ornate spaces studies. During that time, he has completed
in the state — to the elegance of its origi- “oh, four or five books” — each one a signifi-
nal architectural style while furnishing the cant contribution to a field he helped create.
Vansina’s latest book revisits fieldwork
space to meet 21st-century needs. The
he began in 1953, documenting the tes-
project restored historic details missing or
timony of the Kuba Kingdom of central
obscured since a renovation undertaken in Congo. Though he arrived intending to write
1955, including a magnificent replicated an ethnology of local customs, he ended
stained-glass skylight in the room’s 30-foot- up analyzing the history of people with no
high ceiling. written texts. Through gossip, dreams, local
Surrounding the central skylight, banks of news and more, he captured the voices of
ornately trimmed ceiling coffers with hang- African villagers on their own terms.
ing lamps light the room from above while “At that time, the intention was for them to
re-creations of the original bronze wall present their own society and culture without
sconces illuminate the room’s perimeter. The me asking leading questions,” Vansina says.
“But 50 years later, it became obvious that
ceiling sparkles with color while the subtle
we were talking to the elite of that popula-
tones of a historically appropriate paint
tion, six or seven years before independence
scheme complement the room’s neoclassical from Belgium.”
Photos: courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society
“Being Colonized” provides a counterpoint
New and restored tables and lounge fur- to more commonly known histories written
nishings give the room a warm and elegant by European colonizers. Vansina cites the
character. Replicas of the massive brass table example of another eminent UW-Madison
lamps that shone on the books of students historian, Philip Curtin, for addressing the
in 1900 look just like the originals but now history of the British Empire not from English
contain outlets in the bases to power laptop nobility and down but from the Jamaican
computers. slave trade and up.
“To claim that this history is just as valid
“The challenge we faced in this restoration The renovated and restored Library Reading Room seen from the balcony at the Wisconsin as a top-down history is one thing, but in
and renovation project was to marry the aes- Historical Society’s headquarters. this work I went a little further and claimed
thetics of 1900 with the technological needs that it is more important to have a point of
of the 21st century,” says Ellsworth Brown, view from within the country. That’s the point
the Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the of view of the people who are there now,”
Society. “I think we met that challenge suc- Vansina says.
cessfully.” The book is also notable for its reliance on
The project’s remarkable success shows on primary sources from the time itself — com-
visitors’ faces. Typically, as first-time research- mon with histories of American, European
ers enter the room, their eyes immediately or Asian cultures, but exceptional in African
gravitate to the ceiling, and a sense of awe history. Using the rigorous documentation of
his own experiences, Vansina aimed to write
washes over their faces.
something radically different than the texts
Campus users are clearly voting with
usually used by undergraduates. The result-
their feet. With no advertising — just word ing approach speaks to both intellect and
of mouth — students have returned to the imagination.
Library Reading Room in numbers seldom These days, he spends much of his time
seen before. Patrons are using the computers as a caretaker at home, not a researcher
more heavily, and visitors are almost always amid the Memorial Library stacks. The hours
sitting in the comfortable furniture reading he once used for study come in smaller
books, working on laptops or just leaning chunks. When he can work on scholarly pur-
back to gaze at the ceiling. suits, he carefully prepares a final archive of
“It’s wonderful to see the numbers of visi- his career: more than 50 years of pioneering
tors to this grand room swell as word gets
The Library Reading Room will be open for free public tours during an open house on Friday Still, he seems reluctant to rule out
out about what we’ve done with it,” says
and Saturday, April 23-24. another major work completely.
Peter Gottlieb, who administers the society’s “Will I never write anything anymore? I
Division of Library-Archives. “And it’s very Staff of Isthmus Architecture worked with don’t think so, but I don’t know. Something
satisfying to know that, amidst the turn-of- historical society’s librarians and preserva- might come up that I could probably do bet-
the-20th-century architectural grandeur, tionists to develop plans for the renovation. ter than anyone.”
patrons can harness the latest technological Skilled craftspeople and managers from He pauses for clarification.
tools to conduct their research.” Findorff & Sons, the general contractor, “Whenever something can be done with
Funding for the $2.96 million project carried out the project with great attention more up-to-date, younger, better sources,
came from three principal sources: the State to detail and completed the work on time. it should be done that way. It’s only when
Building Commission, which funded the Staff from the Department of Administration something comes up like this… I was the one
who had the data.”
bricks and mortar, and combined support oversaw all aspects of the project.
— Susannah Brooks
from the UW-Madison Library System and The Wisconsin Historical Society is located
the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, which at 816 State St. on the UW-Madison campus.
raised funds privately to fund furnishings For more information about the open house
and equipment necessary to meet the needs events, contact the society at 264-6586. Workers spent seven months painstakingly
of a modern audience. renovating and restorating the Reading Room.
8 Wisconsin Week
To view event listings: http://www.today.wisc.edu/
Anthropologist Frank Salomon discusses Symposium honors film scholar own Fredric March, this notoriously
knotty issues in language Kristin Thompson loose 1933 adaptation of Noël Coward’s
Khipus are long knotted cords common to Kristin Thompson came to UW-Madison Broadway hit is about a woman (Hopkins),
Andean peoples, such as the Inca. Made in 1973, but along the road to get- the two men who love her (Cooper and
most commonly of cotton, they were used ting her Ph.D., she became more than March) and their scandalous, mutual
to record censuses, inventories, tribute just a student. Now known as an emi- decision to “forget sex.” It’s scintillating,
records and documents of transactions. nent film critic and co-author of two chic, just a tad risque — and all Lubitsch.
But how could knotted cords — through widely-used textbooks on film, she has This sparkling comedy is presented in a
their color, number of knots and even the contributed to making the Department of restored print.
direction of the fiber’s twist — transmit Communication Arts a vibrant, respected Vilas Hall is located at 821 University
language? One professor has devoted his producer of creative talent. Ave. For more information, visit http://
career to finding out. On Friday, May 1, Cinematheque and cinema.wisc.edu or contact
Originally scheduled for April 7, Frank the Department of Communication Arts Cinematheque at 608-262-3627 or
Salomon, John V. Murra Professor of honor Thompson with a symposium email@example.com.
Anthropology, presents “The Farther Shores on the occasion of her 60th birthday.
“Maria Stuarda” closes out University
of Literacy: New World Ethnography and “Movies, Media and Methods” takes place
Opera’s season with a bang
the Question of What Writing Is” at the all day in Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall,
With an epic story based on some of his-
Chazen Museum of Art on Wednesday, featuring distinguished scholars pre-
Photo: Brent Nicastro
tory’s most intriguing characters, the tale
April 28 at 5:30 p.m. His lecture is the senting research relevant to her areas of
of a fictional meeting between Queen
last of four Focus on the Humanities lec- interest and a lecture by Thompson. The
Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Stuart
tures presented by distinguished faculty event, including the evening film showing,
(also known as Mary, Queen of Scots) took
members on behalf of the Center for the is free and open to the public.
form in a play by Friedrich Schiller before Left to right: Emily Birsan (Maria Stuarda),
Humanities; it is free and open to the pub- Thompson has been an honorary fel- J. Adam Shelton (Leicester), Celeste Fraser
coming to life in Gaetano Donizetti’s 1835
lic. low of the Department of Communication (Queen Elizabeth).
opera. With dynamic confrontations rarely
Salomon’s current project is a detailed Arts since her arrival on campus. The
seen in works from this time, the action
study of Rapaz, a community 4,000 meters Independent Film Channel named
onstage matches the vocal fireworks com- undergraduate and graduate students from
above sea level that guards some 263 Thompson and spouse David Bordwell,
mon to bel canto operas. the School of Music, supported by the UW
khipus in a house of traditional ritual from professor emeritus of film studies, film
Sung in Italian with projected English Chamber Orchestra under the direction of
which villagers serve the deified moun- critics of the 2000s. Together, they are
surtitles, “Maria Stuarda” will be per- James Smith.
tains. The project combines close study known for writing textbooks as well
formed on Friday, April 23 and Tuesday, Music Hall is located at 925 Bascom
of these khipus with archaeological, eth- as their popular blog. Most recently,
April 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April Mall, at the foot of Bascom Hill along
nographic and architectural study of their Thompson is the author of “The Frodo
25 at 3:00 p.m. All shows will take place N. Park St. Advance tickets are available
context. Khipu research bears on questions Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and
at the Carol Rennebohm Auditorium in through the Wisconsin Union Theater
of “proto-writing,” the origin and demise Modern Hollywood,” examining the film’s
Music Hall; tickets are $20 for the general Box Office at 608-265-ARTS, or at the
of scripts, and relations between semiosis production, marketing and merchandis-
public, $18 for senior citizens and $10 for Vilas Hall Box Office. For more informa-
(sign action) and social complexity. ing, and its impact on world cinema.
UW-Madison students. tion, visit the School of Music’s web site
The Chazen Museum of Art is located at Capping off the symposium at
Banned before its original debut, the at http://music.wisc.edu or contact Justin
800 University Ave. For more information, 7:30 p.m. is Thompson’s film selection,
opera was performed infrequently until Niehoff Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit http://humanities.wisc.edu/events/ Ernst Lubitsch’s “Design for Living” (USA,
the mid-20th century, with more reviv- 415-359-6325.
focus-humanities.html or e-mail 35mm, b/w, 91 min.). Featuring Gary
als coming after a 1987 discovery of
email@example.com . Cooper, Miriam Hopkins and Wisconsin’s
Donizetti’s score. Farlow’s cast includes
Writer’s Choice: Chorus, symphony take on Beethoven work
By Gwen Evans The work is religious, but is symphonic in its feel, University in Waukesha, and has performed with the
firstname.lastname@example.org with Beethoven’s musical genius in full force. Milwaukee Symphony, the Heartland Festival and
Beethoven inscribed the manuscript with these words: Skylight Opera Theater.
not-to-be-missed concert will take place on “From the heart — may it go to the heart!” Indeed, Beethoven completed the “Missa Solemnis” in 1823,
campus when the UW-Madison Choral Union there is emotion in abundance, with barely contained four years before his death. At this point in his life he
and Symphony Orchestra present Beethoven’s emotion and fervor. was completely deaf. His music and treatment of the
larger-than-life “Missa Solemnis,” Op. 123, in Mills Beethoven’s choral writing can be treacherous for text at the end of the Credo movement provides fod-
Concert Hall, Mosse Humanities Building, Saturday, singers to execute, and the “Missa Solemnis” is a chal- der for what he may have been feeling. The text is: “Et
May 1, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. lenge, but for the listener, the experience is a joyous expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi
The 160 voices in the choir and 78-piece Symphony ride. Taylor says it has some of the most demanding saeculi. Amen.” (And I expect the resurrection of the
Orchestra will strain the Mills Hall stage, which will choral parts a choir is likely to encounter and that the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.) He
be extended to accommodate the choir, orchestra, four extended high notes and low notes and fast and slow repeats the words “and the life of the world to come”
soloists and conductor. sections all contribute to its difficulty. “Just when you over and over, page after page, without interruption,
Considered a masterpiece of Western music, it is think you couldn’t sing one more high note, you turn mirroring unceasing eternity.
rarely performed, due in part to its difficulty. It has the page and there are more high notes!” And what of Beethoven’s take on eternity? Scholars
been 15 years since the Choral Union last performed The soloists for the performance are Brooke Jackson, know that Beethoven did not attend Mass regularly
the work. The trying technical demands, though, give soprano; Jennifer Sams, mezzo-soprano; Heath Rush, and his actual religious beliefs are not clearly defined.
a huge musical reward; it is exuberant and trium- tenor; and Thomas Weis, lyric bass. All have a past or But his letters imply a belief in an ultimate, benign
phant, yet can be moving, tender and quite personal. current connection to UW-Madison. and intelligent power. It is impossible to not speculate
“It’s like Beethoven invited 20 people over for din- Jackson has performed with the Apollo Chorus of that he may have envisioned an everlasting existence
ner and there is only room for six at the table,” says Chicago as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. in which his hearing would be restored.
Beverly Taylor, director of the Choral Union and cho- Sams is pursuing her doctorate and has performed Single admission tickets are $15 for the general
ral activities at UW-Madison and professor with the with the Knoxville Opera Company. Rush studied public and $8 for students and seniors, available at
School of Music. with James Doing at UW-Madison and has performed the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office, 265-ARTS.
The “Missa Solemnis” follows the traditional with the Madison Opera, the Madison Symphony Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Catholic Mass in structure and text, with Kyrie, Orchestra and the Orlando Opera Studio. Weis has
Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei movements. been an active voice teacher and performer at Carroll
April 21, 2010 9
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Wisconsin Idea database spreads word of service to state
By Bill Graf database so it can remain an effective tool for Farms are working Wisconsin farms facing dif-
email@example.com telling the story of UW-Madison’s benefits ferent environmental challenges. They include:
beyond the boundaries of campus. Harrison Farms, Elk Mound; Bragger Family
This column features the We Conserve Legislators, county officials and newspaper “To continue these productive efforts, Farm, Independence; Pagel’s Ponderosa
program and its work on campus. Learn readers across the state are finding out about we must constantly refresh the database Dairy, Kewaunee; Breneman Farms, Rio;
more at http://www.conserve.wisc.edu. the Wisconsin Idea through a university with new examples of the Wisconsin Idea Heisner Family Dairy Farm, Mineral Point;
database that documents faculty and staff in action,” DeLuca and Sweeney wrote. and Riechers Beef, Darlington. UW-Madison
There are more than 750 million motor contributions to the state. They are asking faculty and staff to submit faculty and graduate students of the Discovery
vehicles in the world today and the News releases, Wisconsin Profiles and projects and programs that exemplify the Farms Program take a real-world approach
number is projected to double in county-by-county legislative reports are being university’s service to state citizens, busi- to finding the most economical solutions to
the next 30 years. generated from entries in the Wisconsin Idea nesses and communities. Of most interest is overcoming the challenges that farmers face
About a third of these vehicles in Action database. The releases are being Wisconsin-focused work, especially examples as they try to comply with new and changing
operate in the United States and travel published in print and online across the from outside of Dane County. Here are two environmental regulations.
more than 3 trillion miles a year to state in newspapers with a combined reader- examples of the Wisconsin Idea in action: To submit a listing to the Wisconsin Idea
transport people and goods from one ship of more than 300,000. The profiles are UW Specialty Ophthalmology Clinic in in Action, go to: http://www.learning.wisc.
place to another; the same as driving to appearing in a statewide magazine for county Mauston: Along with Drs. Potter, Blodi and edu/dcs/survey.html for the online submis-
the sun and back 13,440 times. officials. Legislative reports have been well Perkins, Dr. Gary Sterken examines a variety sion form.
For this to happen, about 28 percent received by members of both parties at the of eye patients in Mauston, treating their To update an existing record, locate the
of the total energy in the United States is State Capitol. The news releases and reports various conditions medically and surgically. listing on the database Web site at http://
consumed by the transportation sector. have cited examples of UW-Madison teach- This greatly aids many patients who would www.searchwisconsinidea.wisc.edu and
Personal vehicles consume 60 percent of ing, research, outreach and public service otherwise need to make many lengthy trips click on the “Update this page” link in the
this energy while commercial vehicles, benefitting each county in Wisconsin. to Madison or some other larger medical lower left corner.
pipelines and mass transit account for In a recent campuswide e-mail, Provost community for their necessary eye care. The For more information or assistance,
the rest. Paul DeLuca and Vice Chancellor for clinic also provides occasional information contact Bill Graf, Project Manager for the
To deal with this increasing demand University Relations Vince Sweeney appealed seminars to the community. Wisconsin Idea Project, at wisconsinidea@
for energy and to address the environ- to faculty and staff to continue adding to the Discovery Farms Program: Discovery uc.wisc.edu or 265-0476.
mental impact of this consumption,
major technological advancements, new
public policies and serious changes in Year of Humanities finishes with events, performances
people’s habits and expectations are
necessary. By Gwen Evans spective to that history. She is best known as University; John Gabrieli, professor of cogni-
Gasoline and diesel make up about 84 firstname.lastname@example.org the author of “The Gnostic Gospels,” “The tive neuroscience, MIT; John Haugeland,
percent of all energy used in transporta- Origin of Satan,” and “Adam, Eve and the professor of philosophy, University of
tion. Currently, alternative sources of The Year of the Humanities will come to Serpent.” Her most recent books include the Chicago; and Larry Shapiro (moderator),
fuel, less harmful to the environment, a close during the remaining weeks of the New York Times best-seller “Beyond Belief: professor of philosophy, UW-Madison.
are both limited in application and in semester and the concluding events are not The Secret Gospel of Thomas,” and “Reading The Zhang Clan from Hunan, China,
availability. to be missed. On the program are a lecture Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping will explore “Supernatural Presences” in
In the United States, about 87 percent on the Book of Revelation, a panel discus- of Christianity.” The lecture will be in room performances that include hymn singing
of all automobile trips occur with two sion on the mind and performances of Daoist L160, Elvehjem Building. accompanied by flutes, gongs and drums,
or fewer occupants. The average for rituals. What makes us tick? Perhaps it depends brandishing swords and burning ritual paper.
work-related trips is 1.1 occupants per Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine on whom one asks. A panel discussion The performances, the first of their kind in
vehicle. Matching vehicle size to our Foundation Professor of Religion at will explore the topic “What is the Mind?” North America, will introduce audiences to
needs is an essential vehicle design Princeton University, will deliver the second from the perspective of a philosopher, a Daoist traditions of mainland China. Magic
priority. Carpooling anyone? Chancellor’s Lecture from the Year of the psychologist and a cognitive neuroscientist, Moves: A First Glimpse of Daoist Ritual will
Miles driven is directly the result Humanities on Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Memorial take place Thursday, April 29, 4 p.m. on
of distance between places and the Her talk title is “The Cultural Impact of the Union. Panelists are Elizabeth Spelke, pro- Library Mall. Inviting the Gods: Daoist Ritual
frequency of trips to those places. Book of Revelation.” A celebrated scholar of fessor of psychology and co-director of the Performance will take place Saturday, May 1,
Although factors such as city design, early Christianity, Pagels brings fresh per- Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative, Harvard 1 p.m., Union Terrace.
urban sprawl and availability of mass
transit impact this issue and may not be
as easy to change, people’s travel habits Rennebohm Foundation, Morgridge Center team
and the importance of planning daily
trips should not be underestimated. to expand nonprofit leadership development
On average, food travels more than
2,000 miles by the time it is delivered The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation has matches 50 percent of gifts and grants col- students are involved in Morgridge Center
to the consumer. In addition, a large announced a gift of $100,000 to expand the lected by UW-Madison campus entities and programming totaling 51,882 service hours,
amount of energy is used to produce work of the UW Center for Nonprofits in the community-campus partnerships for new with a value of $1.1 million to the com-
the pesticide and fertilizer used for its School of Human Ecology. projects that advance the Morgridge Center’s munity. For more information, visit: http://
growth, not to mention what it takes Robin Douthitt, dean of the School of mission and goals.” www.morgridge.wisc.edu/.
for its packaging and refrigeration. Human Ecology says, “We believe the rela- “The UW Center for Nonprofits program The UW Center for Nonprofits was for-
Buying local and organic food reduces tionship between the Center for Nonprofits will serve to expand the options for ser- mally established in 2008 with input from
the impact of this problem and can be and the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation vice learning and civic engagement in an nonprofit professionals and scholars from
healthier for us. embodies the best of what public-private exponential way,” said Oscar Rennebohm the campus and community. For more infor-
With advances in computers and tele- partnerships accomplish, ultimately leading Foundation President Steve Skolaski. “Our mation, visit: http://www.sohe.wisc.edu/
communication technologies, working both to new vistas.” belief in the work of both the Center for centers/cnp/index.html.
from home and transferring informa- The foundation’s gift also represents Nonprofits and the Morgridge Center Oscar Rennebohm established the Oscar
tion, rather than people, is currently an the first lead gift that can be matched by for Public Service is exemplified by our Rennebohm Foundation in 1949 to support
underused tool in reducing congestion the Morgridge Center for Public Service $100,000 commitment. We hope it will education, research, health care and com-
and energy waste. Matching Gift challenge program. encourage others to do the same.” munity service in the Madison metropolitan
Most of these measures are realistic, “This will bring another $50,000 to The Morgridge Center for Public Service, area. The gift announced today is consis-
easy and smart to implement. The We the transforming work of the Center for established in 1996 through a generous tent with the mission of the Rennebohm
Conserve initiative is committed to Nonprofits. It will result in new service endowment by John and Tashia Morgridge, Foundation — to support the work of
working with the community to sup- learning, community-based research, civic advances the Wisconsin Idea by promoting UW-Madison.
port progressive transportation policies engagement and collaborative partnerships civic engagement, strengthening teaching During the past 60 years, the Oscar
of our city and the university, such as with other nonprofit organizations, ” says and learning, and building collaborative Rennebohm Foundation has provided grants
access to mass transit, availability of Douthitt. partnerships through public service, aca- for people and programs in many of the
great bicycle paths replacing campus Morgridge Center associate director Randy demic credit-based service-learning and schools and colleges at the university. The
fleet vehicles with more fuel-efficient Wallar adds, “It’s gratifying to know our community-based research. foundation is known for supporting some of
ones and promoting the health benefits matching grant will forward the important The campus and community impact of the the most influential and innovative endeav-
of walking. work of the UW Center for Nonprofits. The Morgridge Center student engagement and ors in Wisconsin.
Morgridge Match Challenge Grant program volunteering is dramatic. More than 4,000
10 Wisconsin Week
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A place to ponder Oldest dance program becomes newest department
While finalizing preparations for this weekend’s the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1952, where
Lathrop Hall centennial celebration, the she became a leading soloist; she subsequently was
UW-Madison Dance Program received an added a guest artist for numerous companies and taught at
reason to rejoice — the nation’s first college program Graham’s school and at Juilliard in New York City.
to offer a dance degree had just been granted depart- Matt Hart Turney (B.S. ’47), a principal dancer
mental status. with Graham’s company in 1950s through the 70s.
The ground-breaking Dance Program was founded Anna Halprin (B.S. ’42), who received an honorary
in 1926 by Margaret H’Doubler, who set high stan- Doctor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison in 1994 in
dards. recognition of her pioneering work in choreography
Dance programming has expanded in recent years and dance as healing.
to include national and international exchanges and Joan Woodbury (B.S. ’50, MS ’51), co-artistic
opportunities for faculty and students to study, teach director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt
and engage with a wide range of choreographers and Lake City and professor emerita and former chair of
dance artists. the Department of Dance at the University of Utah,
Until the latest move, the program had operated where she taught for almost 50 years. Murray Louis
Courtesy: Facilities Planning and Management
under the wing of the Department of Kinesiology in of The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance selected
the School of Education. Woodbury’s company to house the works of 20th
“The Dance Program has been on a progres- century master Alwin Nikolais.
sively innovative path since its founding,” says Julie Sharon Gersten Luckman (B.S. ’67), executive
Underwood, dean of the School of Education. “We director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation in New
are thrilled that the faculty, staff and students can York City, who has been selected as a 2010 recipient
operate in the future with this long-deserved auton- of the School of Education’s Alumni Achievement
“We are humbled and honored to uphold and Rosalind Newman (B.S. ’74), an internationally
As spring settles in on University Bay, visitors to the Lakeshore enhance the university’s great legacy of dance onto known educator, choreographer, and artistic director
Nature Preserve can now take in the view from a custom-crafted the world stage,” says Jin-Wen Yu, chair of the new of her own company in New York, who received the
park bench along the shoreline. Dance Department. School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2006.
“Our new bench is truly representative of the preserve. Not only H’Doubler’s legacy has spread far beyond the Dance alumni will play prominent roles in
were we able to incorporate elements of our logo into the form of Madison campus. Dance alumni have created pro- the Lathrop celebration, which includes a host
the metal bench ends, we also used campus sourced materials to grams and departments at universities across the of activities open to the campus community and
build the bench,” explains Daniel Einstein, program manager at the country. More than 30 graduates have served as Madison-area residents. For more about the celebra-
preserve. dance chairs at their respective institutions. tion, go online to: http://www.education.wisc.edu/
The bench project was a collaboration that benefited from gener- Prominent Dance Program alumni include: alumni/Lathrop100/default.asp.
ous contributions from UW System students, graduates and staff, as Mary Hinkson, (B.S. ’46, M.S. ’47), who joined
well as university supporters in the manufacturing community.
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let’s work with it and see if we can get
Anthony Shadid Friends of the UW-Madison Arboretum
some good out of it. We’re hoping there
will be a lot of people who feel the same
Those interested will be able to
register through the Office of Human
Resource Development and then access
By Stacy Forster
a database of available volunteer oppor-
tunities for the day through the United
Way of Dane County, where people can
register for projects. Those who arrange
their own volunteer work can also take
A UW-Madison alumnus has earned a
Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award Saturday, May 8
Participants are invited to two
in journalism, for his reporting from the
Middle East on the legacy of the war in 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
kickoff events: Monday, May 17,
It was the second Pulitzer Prize for
In the big tent near the
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Tripp Commons at
Anthony Shadid, who in 1990 earned his Arboretum Visitor Center
the Memorial Union; and Tuesday, May
bachelor’s degree in journalism and politi- 1207 Seminole Highway
18, 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. in the atrium of
the Health Sciences Learning Center.
cal science at UW-Madison, where he also in Madison
studied Arabic. Shadid earned a Pulitzer
Damon Williams, vice provost for diver-
Prize for international reporting in 2004 • More than 100 species of woodland plants,
sity and climate, will speak at the Tripp
for his coverage from Iraq during and after
Commons event; Provost Paul DeLuca
the U.S. invasion in March 2003. He was
prairie plants, shrubs and trees
will appear at the Health Sciences
also a finalist for the prize in 2007.
Learning Center. • Propagated plants – not dug from the wild
“Anthony brings to his work all the
Those who will do volunteer work
marks of outstanding journalism,” says • Information on plant care with each species
are also encouraged to join a Facebook
Greg Downey, director of the School of
group for the day’s activities, where they
Journalism & Mass Communication. “His • Experts on hand to answer your questions
can post updates about their plans, as
stories give voice to people and cultures
well as offer reports and post pictures
while untangling the complexities of con- • 10% discount for members of Friends of the
from their volunteer projects.
flict. We are proud to see his thorough
To sign up to volunteer, please visit: Arboretum
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