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May 3, 2012

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On Campus

"Bird flu research from UW-Madison finally published," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 2.

Controversial bird flu research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison finally was published Wednesday in the journal Nature after a months-long international debate about its value to preparedness vs. the risk that key details could be used by terrorists to create a biological weapon...

"Following controversy, UW researcher's findings on bird flu virus published," Wisconsin State Journal, May 2.

Four mutations in a bird flu virus enabled the virus to spread among ferrets in a lab, UW-Madison researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka reported Wednesday in the journal Nature. The study, which identifies the mutations, was published after months of international controversy that delayed public release of the findings...

"Campus Connection: Controversial bird flu study finally published," Capital Times, May 2.

After months of handwringing and heated debate between scientists and biosecurity experts, UW-Madison bird flu expert Yoshihiro Kawaoka finally had his controversial H5N1 influenza virus research published in full Tuesday by the journal Nature...

"New UW compensation plan could create major pay inequality, group warns," Dane 101, May 2.

A new compensation plan released last week by the university's Human Resource Design Project could lead to serious pay inequity and increased bureaucracy for all campus employees, according to a private, non-profit organization advocating on behalf of faculty and academic staff at the UW...

"UW-Stevens Point to host 'Aquaculture Unplugged' workshop," Wisconsin Ag Connection, May 3.

Fish farmers will making their way upstream to northern Wisconsin later this month to share their best practices and gain insight from aquaculture experts at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility...

"UW-Oshkosh Sage Hall awarded Excellence in Masonry," Oshkosh Northwestern, May 1.

UW-Oshkosh Sage Hall is being honored with the Excellence in Masonry Award from the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance (WMA)...

"UW-Madison to use NASA 'drone' to study hurricanes," Isthmus, May 2.

On Tuesday, Salon reported that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved 25 universities to fly drones in U.S. airspace. Included on the list is the University of Wisconsin. But this isn't something well known, even among campus administrators...Chris Velden, a senior researcher at the institute, says the university is working with NASA on a three-year project to study hurricanes, starting this summer...

"UW-River Falls commencement set for May 12," River Towns, May 2.

An expected 715 bachelor's and 95 master's candidates will participate in commencement ceremonies at the UW-River Falls on Saturday, May 12...

"UW-L fights for inclusivity," The Racquet, May 2.

This semester, UW-La Crosse's Campus Climate put on the Brown Bag Lunch Film Series. A clip or movie is shown at each event followed by discussion and thoughts in general about the topic that is shown. Some of the past topics include heterosexism and immigration. This past Friday, the last event was held for the semester. The topic was hate and bias, something that affects everyone...

"On Campus: UW-Madison dean tells students not to go to Mifflin, take two," Wisconsin State Journal, May 2.

UW-Madison's embattled dean of students is taking a second stab at telling students not to go to the Mifflin Street Block Party on Saturday. It's "Don't go," take two. Except this time, Lori Berquam is using a more traditional approach: sending a written message warning students of the safety risks and suggesting there are better things to do...

"Madison police prepare for Mifflin Street block party," Fox6-TV, May 2.

Madison police are bracing for a big weekend. Saturday, May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, and also the annual Mifflin Street block party. Madison Police Chief Noble Wray says he'd like to have a round table discussion regarding next year's Mifflin Street block party. That round table would include a cross section of people, including UW-Madison students, police, UW officials and aldermen...

"Campus Idea Scholarship solicits students' ideas for improving UW," Badger Herald, May 2.

As part of a newly launched scholarship initiative, one student could win up to $3,000 for creating a plan to solve a problem on the University of Wisconsin campus. The Associated Students of Madison Foundation is now accepting submissions for the Campus Idea Scholarship, a first annual scholarship which would aim to improve accessibility and create solutions to common problems...

"SLAC: Ward must cut ties to Adidas, end mediation," Badger Herald, May 2.

Holding signs reading "Badgers against Adidas" and "People Over Profit," students marched up Bascom Hill Wednesday in an effort to pressure the chancellor to cut the University of Wisconsin's contract with Adidas, the brand contracted to manufacture some of UW's athletic apparel...

"UW-B/SC strikes up the bands," Baraboo News Republic, May 1.

Emeritus Professor Gerald Stich leads the 65 members of the Campus/Community Band Monday evening in music that ranged from "An American in Paris" to a Norwegian march "Vadrez" during a performance at University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County... (photo)

"UW-EC student's recall letter generates discussion in New York Times," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, May 3.

A UW-Eau Claire freshman thrust himself right in the middle of one of the biggest political issues in state history last week -- and got national exposure for doing so. Mike Brost, a 19-year-old political science major from Whitefish Bay, wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times questioning the justification behind the upcoming gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin...

"UW-SP invites fish farmers to northern Wisconsin," Associated Press, Superior Telegram, May 3.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is inviting fish farmers to a workshop in far northern Wisconsin later this month. UW-Stevens Point, UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association are planning "Aquaculture Unplugged" at the college's Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility in Red Cliff on May 31...

"UWSP tobacco ban stalls," Stevens Point Journal, May 2.

A campuswide tobacco ban at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has stalled over questions about enforceability and infringing on people's rights. The UWSP Faculty Senate on Wednesday rejected holding a binding campus vote on the ban, instead sending it back to the university affairs committee for changes...

"UWRF event raises $5,500 for River Falls food pantry," River Falls Journal, May 3.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls hosted the third annual Bowls for Hope event March 27 in the University Center, raising $5,500 for the River Falls Community Food Pantry...

"Learning from the past, looking into the future," The Spectator, May 3.

It is hard for her to admit it now, but as a young girl, Mai Neng Vang was embarrassed by her Hmong heritage...Vang, a junior at UW-Eau Claire, decided in fourth grade to stop speaking Hmong at school, partly to improve her English skills and partly because of her own shame...This may seem strange coming from the person who was the driving force behind UW-Eau Claire's Hmong Heritage Month, celebrated for the first time in April of this year...

"University slow on athletics transparency," UWM Post, April 30.

UW-Milwaukee has kept a tight lid on information regarding former Athletic Director Rick Costello's departure late Sunday night...

"Econ. professor saves students money with e-book," Advance Titan, May 3.

In an attempt to help students save money on textbooks, UW Oshkosh economics professor M. Ryan Haley has created an e-book free of charge to students taking introductory-level statistics classes...

"Budget unlikely to hurt students, academics," Royal Purple, May 2.

In order to help pay the $2 million owed toward the mid-year $250 million budget lapse, UW-Whitewater has delayed different projects around campus...Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs Jeff Arnold said the university is trying to prevent taking away from students as much as possible...

"UHS student complaints cite concerns over staff conduct," Badger Herald, May 2.

Records show that 50 patients filed complaints against University Health Services between February 2011 and February 2012, an increase compared to last year's numbers. According to the records obtained by The Badger Herald, the main grievances included professional attitude among staff and issues with scheduling appointments online...

"Permaculture design course offered at UW-River Falls in June," Agri-View, May 2.

Urban gardeners, small-scale farmers and sustainability advocates can learn how to use permaculture design to turn their back yards, city lots, rooftops and community commons areas into bountiful and beautiful gardens. UW-River Falls and Midwest Permaculture are offering a Permaculture Design Certification course, June 4-14, on the UW-River Falls campus...

State

"Higher education changes lives," Op-ed, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 1.

...How can we reach those who choose not to continue their education? How do we program students at an early age to see college admission as achievable and beneficial? One such initiative, right here in Milwaukee, has been achieving remarkable results in graduating inner city youths, specifically young girls and women, and continuing their college educations. PEARLS for Teen Girls is accomplishing radical change in the lives of young women...

"Half of new college grads are jobless or underemployed," Sheboygan Press, Associated Press, May 2.

...In this economy, the emotional high of college graduation can be short-lived with the sobering experience of a post-recession job search. Last year, about half of all bachelor's degree holders under the age of 25 were either jobless or considered underemployed, as they worked in positions that didn't fully use their skills...But experts say that while the labor market remains extremely tough on new college graduates, things are slowly improving...

"Dave Zweifel's Madison: Edgewood College shows off an impressive scholars program," Column, Capital Times, May 3.

Edgewood College's President Dan Carey recently invited the sponsors of the college's unique "community scholars" program to an informal reception where he could show off the students and update everyone on how the program is progressing...

National

"Harvard and M.I.T. team up to offer free online courses," New York Times, May 2.

In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans -- one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world -- Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities...

"Massive courses, massive data," Inside Higher Ed, May 3.

After a whirlwind nine months that has witnessed a rapid rebirth of online education at elite U.S. universities in the form of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, Harvard University threw its hat into the ring Wednesday -- along with the largest investment yet in technology aimed at bringing interactive online education to hundreds of thousands of students at a time, free...

"The new politics of student debt," Inside Higher Ed, May 3.

...In the de facto first week of the general election campaign, Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney sparred not over health care reform or foreign affairs, but the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans. Half a century after the first federal student loan program was established, student debt has come into its own as a political issue...

"California State U. faculty authorizes rolling strikes," Inside Higher Ed, May 3.

The California Faculty Association said Wednesday that its members had voted overwhelmingly to authorize two-day strikes at the 23 campuses of the California State University System if disputes with administrators over salaries and other issues are not resolved...

"Hands cartoon: Student debt," Wisconsin State Journal, May 2.

Editorial cartoon

"Why DREAM is still a nightmare," Column, Washington Post, May 3.

In December 2010, after the DREAM Act fell five votes short of passage in the Senate, it was understood that the issue would be dead for a while, and that Hispanics would go to the polls in 2012 and punish those who voted against the legislation. I noted at the time that while politics and heated anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric were two main culprits, the failure of the law -- which would have created a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants -- was, above all else, the fault of a terrible economic situation in which no extra competition for limited jobs was welcome...

"Keeping a limit on student loan interest," Wisconsin Radio Network, May 3.

Without action from Congress by July first, the interest rate on federal Stafford loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) says allowing that to happen would be a huge mistake, and he's hopeful a deal can be reached before then...

"Lombardi's firing at LSU puts spotlight on Governor's reach into university affairs," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2.

John V. Lombardi's firing last week as president of the Louisiana State University system is described by his supporters as the culmination of years of interference from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, and an indication of the growing power of a group of business leaders seeking greater autonomy for the state's flagship campus...

"Nature releases bird flu infection study," USA Today, May 2.

Only a handful of genetic mutations can make bird flu infectious among mammals, serving as a warning sign for the deadly virus possibly spreading to people, biologists report. The finding comes after six months of controversy in biology over the safety of releasing bird flu, or H5N1 influenza, studies. The study released today was one of two held back from publication on the November recommendation of the federal National Safety Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), because they point to methods for making the deadly bug transmissible in mammals...

International

"Investing in graduates," Inside Higher Ed, May 3.

The president of Universities UK floated proposals for uncapped tuition to be paid by private investors in return for a proportion of a graduate's salary, it has emerged...