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February 27, 2012

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On Campus

"Homeroom University of Wisconsin-Stout: Field study of Belize ecosystem reveals 'amazing diversity'," Pioneer Press, Feb. 26.

...But while University of Wisconsin-Stout students say their adventure in Belize last month was a welcome change from a Midwestern winter, the trip was wasn't just fun in the sun. "I learned a lot more than I would have learned in any classroom," said Theresa Olson, a UW-Stout junior studying biotechnology. Olson was one of 17 students who made the trip to Central America as part of a new UW-Stout course, Natural History of the Neotropics...

"Regional dictionary finally hits 'zydeco'," New York Times, Feb. 24.

Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English, still remembers the day back in the late 1990s when she typed "scrid" into Google..."I thought, 'Oh no! This regionalism has jumped the country,' " Ms. Hall recalled recently in a telephone interview from her office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

"What a whoopensocker! Dialect dictionary reaches Z," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 25.

After almost half a century of work, thousands of interviews with residents in every corner of America, missed deadlines and the deaths of senior editors, the quest to complete the Madison-based Dictionary of American Regional English has reached a successful conclusion. They made it to Z...Launched officially in 1963, when University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Frederic Gomes Cassidy was appointed editor, the dictionary sought to record the nation's regional words - not the words taught by English teachers, but the words people actually use in conversation..

"UW-Madison dictionary compiles weirdly wonderful regional idiosyncrasies," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 26.

...After five decades, UW-Madison's ambitious project to document the idiosyncrasies of American English reached both the zenith and "z" this month, said Hall, the editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). Volume Sl to Z is now for sale from Harvard University Press. From aa (rough lava in Hawaii) to zydeco (dance music in Louisiana Creole culture), the dictionary spans five volumes and 60,000 words...

"UW only Big Ten school opposing multi-year athletic scholarships," Badger Herald, Feb. 26.

The University of Wisconsin is the only member of the Big Ten Conference to support the override of an NCAA policy allowing Division I sports programs to offer multi-year scholarships to student-athletes...

"A UW-Madison graduate's new book exposes the dangers of certain yoga poses," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 26.

...This is yoga, the epitome of a safe fitness experience. Not so, says William J. Broad, the author of the new book "The Science of Yoga," who reports on some startling health repercussions that threaten to give yoga a bad name...

"Task force studying mental health services," Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Feb. 25.

When members of the Manitowoc County League of Women Voters decided to study the strengths and gaps in mental health services in the county, they didn't know their efforts would grow into a countywide task force assisted by three graduate students from outside the area....One of the graduate students is a dentist from India who is in her second year of working on a master's degree in public health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

"'House of Stone'," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 25.

During Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon, a rocket crashed into Anthony Shadid's ancestral home in Marjayoun, Lebanon...Born in Oklahoma, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a passionate Green Bay Packers fan, Shadid was also one of the best foreign correspondents of his generation, covering conflicts and wars throughout the Middle East until his tragic death this month in Syria...

"Campus Connection: UW-Madison student seeks details about how fees are spent," Capital Times, Feb. 25.

How much say should students have in how their mandatory fees are used? It's a topic UW-Madison sophomore Sarah Neibart is attempting to bring some attention to by contacting reporters and writing letters to the editor...

"Greg Bond: UW leaders must resist Nass attack," Op-ed, Capital Times, Feb. 25.

...Unfortunately, Rep. Steve Nass, R-town of La Grange, chairman of the state Assembly's Committee on Colleges and Universities, believes that University of Wisconsin campus researchers should only be allowed to "sift and winnow" topics of which he approves. As was reported on Tuesday, Nass and his chief of staff Mike Mikalsen intimidated the School for Workers, part of the UW-Extension, into canceling a long-planned exhibit intended to mark the one-year anniversary of the historic Wisconsin protests of 2011 and to display some of the protest art connected to the demonstrations...

"UW-Oshkosh's Advance-Titan newspaper honored," Associated Press, Feb. 24.

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation honored two college newspapers and three high school papers for excellence in its 2011 Better Newspaper Contest...First-place General Excellence winners were The Badger Herald at University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Advance-Titan at UW-Oshkosh...

"New UW guide helps soybean producers manage biggest yield-limiting challenges," Agri-View, Feb. 24.

Despite the fact Wisconsin was No. 5 in the country last year for state average soybean yield (46 bushels), there's much discussion in the industry that the yield march in soybeans hasn't kept pace with corn. The UW just debuted a handy pocket guide, supported in part by the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and United Soybean Board, which covers all the bases in terms of yield-limiting factors in Wisconsin for soybeans...

"Chadima texts reference alcohol, bar meetings," Badger Herald, Feb. 26.

Text messages sent by former University of Wisconsin Athletic Department official John Chadima included multiple references to alcohol, which may prompt further changes in university policy...

"Diversity forum explores black students' self-advocacy," Daily Cardinal, Feb. 27.

Capped by a speech on the importance of black students advocating for their college educational experiences, the Friday forum hosted by the Wisconsin Association of Black Men explored the higher education experiences of black men. The event was part of the fourth annual Black Men's Initiative Forum, and was co-hosted by the UW-Madison Office of the Diversity and Climate...

"Student receives UW System grant to study composting in city," Dunn County News, Feb. 26.

Kyle Mills is digging into the issue of composting in the city of Menomonie. Mills, a junior at University of Wisconsin-Stout majoring in psychology with an economics minor, recently was awarded a UW System student grant for $4,000 through the UW System Solid Waste Research Program...

"Eleva-Strum grad researching fire's effects on UW-La Crosse students," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Feb. 27.

...Gregory, an Eleva-Strum High School graduate and current psychology and sociology double major at UW-La Crosse, is turning the inferno into a timely research project. She and a classmate are surveying former dorm residents to gauge how the fire has affected them. The project is for a class, Gregory said, and she and the co-researcher plan to give the results to the university...

"UWSP teacher puts out novel," Stevens Point Journal, Feb. 26.

A student-run publishing house at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will publish a novel by one of its own. Cornerstone Press will publish a historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, an associate lecturer in English at the university...

"Tech and biotech: Stemina lands NIH grant, expands drug testing platform," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 25.

Madison stem cell company, Stemina Biomarker Discovery, is getting a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health aimed at expanding the use of its drug testing technology for harmful side effects. Co-founded by UW-Madison stem cell researcher Gabriela Cezar, Stemina has been using its technology with heart cells provided by Cellular Dynamics International (CDI), the Madison company founded by UW stem cell pioneer James Thomson, to see if drug compounds could cause cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens the heart and can lead to heart failure...

State

"Mount Mary College to become Mount Mary University," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 24.

When Mount Mary College marks its 100th anniversary in fall 2013, it will officially change its name to Mount Mary University. The name change, unanimously approved Friday by the Mount Mary Board of Trustees, will better reflect "who we are," said Eileen Schwalbach, president of the private Catholic school in Milwaukee...

"Time to expect more in college," Editorial, Beloit Daily News, Feb. 25.

President Obama may or may not identify strategies that solve issues facing higher education, but he's certainly pointed his finger at a serious problem. Namely, that college costs too much, tuition is rising too fast, student debt can be crippling and, to make matters worse, Americans are having significant doubts about whether the investment is worth the return...

"Flagship universities undermining accessibility, affordability of college education, scholar says," Kenosha News, Feb. 26.

Accessibility and affordability of higher education are under threat as college costs have risen in recent years, hitting middle class and lower-income families the hardest. For that to change, higher education must chart a new course, according to Gary Rhoades, who spoke last week at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside...

"Educators develop program to prep students for manufacturing jobs," Wausau Daily Herald, Feb. 26.

North central Wisconsin educators are developing a program to help students better prepare for careers in manufacturing. The teachers and administrators for the D.C. Everest, Wausau and Spencer school districts and Northcentral Technical College are working together to create the Wisconsin Advanced Pathway Education Network...

National

"Fountain of youth," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27.

Community colleges are hot these days, and not just with photo-op seeking politicians. They're an increasingly popular choice for 18-22 year-olds from the upper middle class, thanks to cheap tuition, a career focus, smoother transfer options and growing public respect for the sector's academic chops...

"Santorum's attacks on higher ed," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27.

...And even if many Republicans have differed with the Obama administration on many student aid issues and how best to encourage higher educational attainment, few have cheered the idea of Americans stopping their education before the postsecondary level. Rick Santorum, however, is doing so...

"Top administrators' salaries up 2%," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27.

The salaries of senior administrators increased by 2 percent in 2011, according to a study being released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. As has been the case in recent years, median raises were larger at private institutions (2.5 percent) than at publics (1.5 percent)...

"Growing faculty unrest at U. of Illinois," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27.

Faculty leaders at the University of Illinois are circulating a petition calling for the removal of Michael Hogan as president of the university system, The News-Gazette reported...

"Bill Gates: Encourage college education," CNN, Feb. 24.

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates answers questions from iReporters about global charity. (video clip)

"Colleges say foreign student problems like those at Dickinson State 'rare'," Grand Forks Herald, Feb. 27.

Officials who work with international students at universities in the Grand Forks region say several safeguards, well-known in the industry, would have prevented the scandal that rocked Dickinson (N.D.) State University earlier this month. An audit at DSU, conducted in early February, revealed a diploma mill that awarded degrees and certificates to 400 foreign students who did not earn them and admitted students who couldn't speak English or did not meet other requirements...

"Salaries rise for senior administrators but lag behind inflation," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 27.

Base salaries for senior administrators at American colleges rose by 2 percent this year but did not keep up with inflation, said an annual report released this week by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources...

"Longtime watchdog for campus-security group looks for a new role," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 27.

Campus safety has become a national issue not just because of tragedies, but also through the efforts of one advocate at the forefront of a small organization: S. Daniel Carter of Security on Campus. But last month he left the group, and now it is shifting away from its well-known watchdog role...

"Public goods?," Column, Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 24.

Universities are routinely described as public goods. But it is remarkable how little the phrase still tends to be interrogated even though, as the vast literature in economics shows, there are genuine problems of definition. That will not do...