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May 29, 2012

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On Campus

"Interest in research wanes among UW-Madison Ph.Ds," Wisconsin State Journal, May 26.

Most students pursuing a doctorate want to become college professors, but their programs typically train them only to do research -- not how to teach. It's one of those peculiarities of the academic world. High school teachers need a teaching license, but not college faculty. "It's somewhat shocking to me that the requirement to teach at the college level is to get a Ph.D., and a Ph.D. has absolutely nothing to do with teaching," said Jeff Klukas, who graduated from UW-Madison this spring with a doctorate in physics. "It's a research degree"...

"Editorial: UW-BSC an economic driver," Editorial, Baraboo News Republic, May 26.

...It is easy to take a school that has been in our backyard for more than 40 years for granted. Yet UW-BSC is one of only 13 small UW-affiliated campuses like it in the state. A campus like UW-BSC makes higher education accessible to many who otherwise could not afford a traditional four-year institution...The economic impact an institution of higher learning such as UW-BSC has on a community the size of Baraboo is massive...

"UWO's Cazzola balancing motherhood, school while running to all-American honors," Oshkosh Northwestern, May 26.

...Walking around the UWO campus, there is little to distinguish Cazzola from the other students. But she is far from the typical UWO attendee. Even by non-traditional standards, she's a bit non-traditional. For starters, she is one of the premiere distance runners in the nation...But she is also a 26-year-old mother of two, who must handle the demands of parenthood, while keeping up with her workload as a secondary education student...

"Vandalism mars UW-Eau Claire donation event," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, May 29.

An event earlier this month intended to allow UW-Eau Claire students staying in dormitories to donate items such as televisions and microwaves -- and to take items if needed -- was marred by vandals who cut electrical cords from electronic appliances, presumably to make money from the copper within the cords...

"UW-Eau Claire exhibit highlights Negro Leagues," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, May 29.

An impressive display chronicling the Negro Leagues will have special meaning to some Eau Claire residents, including Dick Bezanson, who recalls the integration of black players into the former Eau Claire Bears minor league team. The display, "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience" opens today in UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library breezeway on the second floor...

"Wisconsin's new bad Idea," Truthout, May 28.

...One key issue is the state-mandated redesign of the University of Wisconsin's human resources system. This plan threatens how the university instructs its students, supports its faculty, and protects the rights of its employees. Responding to the growing culture of austerity, UW-Madison has turned toward "efficiency" measures to restructure university jobs in accordance with market-based ideas...

"New stem cell technique promises abundance of key heart cells cardiomyocytes," Medicalxpress, May 28.

Writing this week (May 28, 2012) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of Wisconsin scientists describes a way to transform human stem cells -- both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells -- into the critical heart muscle cells by simple manipulation of one key developmental pathway...

"The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee holds its spring commencement," Milwaukee Courier, May 26.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee celebrated the success stories of more than 3,700 new graduates at its Spring Commencement, May 20, at the U.S. Cellular Arena...

"Warren Gerds column: Weidner season serves many," Column, Green Bay Press-Gazette, May 25.

Out front, there aren't many surprises about the 2012-13 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season that was announced this week...What's different is the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is more directly involved in programming than it has been since the arrival of the center in 1993...It's not a surprise that UWGB is again firing up the boilers of the Weidner. A surprise is Chancellor Thomas Harden has come out saying it's not going to be a white elephant...

"UW student accused of enticing 9-year-old girl," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 25.

A 21-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison student is being detained after being accused of enticing a 9-year-old New Jersey girl to take pictures of herself performing a sex act, according to a news reports...

"UW-Extension to host grazing school," Wisconsin Ag Connection, May 25.

Farmers interested in switching to rotational grazing or just starting out in grazing should plan to attend the Wisconsin Grazing School next month. The program takes place at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls...

"UW students raise money for Shirley's House of Hope," Marshfield News-Herald, May 25.

In April, University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County students used poetry to raise money for Marshfield's Shirley's House of Hope...

"UW-M/WC holds commencement and awards ceremony," Marshfield News-Herald, May 28.

The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County 2012 Commencement &Awards Ceremony was held May 19 in the Helen Connor Laird Theatre, 2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield...

"UW-Stout a pakaging powerhouse," Leader-Telegram, May 27.

It seems like it would be easier to squeeze salsa from a plastic bottle instead of spooning it from a jar. Or shop for shoes if they were hanging in clear plastic pouches instead of stacked in boxes. Or put holiday lights in a reusable package rather than throw them into a tangled pile. Three teams of UW-Stout students think so, and a panel of national judges wholeheartedly agreed. Those innovative ideas swept the first three places in the student division of the national AmeriStar packaging competition...

State

"Some college graduates turn to tech school for job training," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28.

Ericka Seastrand graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in consumer science...Seastrand is one of a surprising number of 20-somethings who graduated from college in recent years, couldn't find good-paying jobs with their four-year degrees, and enrolled in a technical college to earn a second degree or diploma geared toward specific job opportunities...The Legislature, starting next year, will require the University of Wisconsin System to report job placement for its grads as part of new accountability measures...UW-Madison frames a college education around critical skills and competencies "rather than knowledge of a subject," said Wren Singer, director of the university's Center for the First-Year Experience, which helps freshmen get off to a good start in college...

"Best idea for Waukesha remains Lake Michigan water," Op-ed, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 26.

A recent Journal Sentinel op-ed by David E.J. Garman, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences (Crossroads, May 20), speculated about whether the review of Waukesha's application for Great Lakes water would be completed in time for Waukesha to meet a court-approved deadline to comply with federal radium standards for drinking water...

"Skilled trades among hardest jobs to fill," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28.

A persistent dilemma of the Midwest industrial economy resurfaced in a new study showing that skilled trades such as welders and electricians once again top the latest list of the most difficult-to-fill job openings. The problem is often called the "skill mismatch" or "skills gap," and it has frustrated shop floor managers who have complained for years that job openings go unfilled for lack of qualified or willing candidates, even at a time of high unemployment...

"College enrollment on the rise," Op-ed, Marshfield News-Herald, May 27.

Local campuses are part of a national trend that has seen college enrollment shoot up as the economy has struggled...The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County reported a 16 percent increase during the previous four years, adding about 100 students. Nearly 70 percent of UW-M/WC's student body are first in their families to attend college...

"No taxation without representation: Tech college boards should be elected," Editorial, Racine Journal Times, May 26.

When you receive your next property tax bill, very likely you will see an increase in the Gateway Technical College portion of that bill...If you are not happy with it, there is no elected official to whom you can complain. Wisconsin technical college boards are appointed, not elected...

National

"Career edge for HBCU grads," Inside Higher Ed, May 29.

In 2007, economists at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a study that captured considerable public attention and infuriated many educators at historically black colleges. Their finding was that black graduates of historically black colleges had a wage advantage over black graduates of other institutions in the 1970s, but that the advantage had been reversed by the 1990s...

"As he prepares to retire, California State's leader stands up for his decisions," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 28.

Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the California State University system is retiring, but he's not backing down to his critics. "In this business, in California, you've got to be a warrior," he said...

"Back of the line," Inside Higher Ed, May 29.

...Academic counseling is particularly important for community college students, who often lack college-savvy family support. And experts say better counseling is key to the success of the "completion agenda" -- the Obama administration and foundation-led push for more college graduates...