UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

July 25, 2014

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On Campus

"UW-Madison Chancellor Blank joins Council on Competitiveness," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 22.

Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has joined the Council on Competitiveness, a nonpartisan organization that works on public policy solutions meant to drive the United State's economic growth in world markets. The council was founded in 1986...

"UW's Dairyland Initiative gets grant to continue online help for farmers," WKOW, July 23.

UW-Madison's vet school is getting another grant to work on cow health on campus. The university announced Wednesday the UW School of Veterinary Medicine's Dairyland Initiative has received a $50,000 renewal grant from the Dean Foods Foundation to continue its efforts to improve cow comfort, health and milk production...

"UW-Platteville football rebuilding stadium, while entering a year of high expectations," WKOW, July 22.

When UW-Platteville head coach Mike Emendorfer first saw the damage that had been done to the Pioneer's football stadium, he had doubts that his team would have a home field for the 2014 season. Emendorfer walked the field early in the morning on June 17, after an EF-2 tornado ripped through town the night before...

"Soil problems delay UW-BSC dorm construction," Baraboo News Republic, July 23.

A new residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus won't be completed before classes start this fall, school officials said Wednesday. Half of the dorm should be in place to allow those who already have signed up for student housing to move in on schedule...

"UWM will do study on water system for fish hatchery," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 23.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science will do a study on the cost of a recirculating system to provide water to the Hunger Task Force fish hatchery, which produces more than 40,000 pounds of fish to stock ponds in Milwaukee County parks...

"Grant generates increase access to Dairyland Initiative," Wisconsin Ag Connection, July 24.

An outreach program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine that works with farmers to optimize cow comfort, health and milk production has received a renewal grant the Dean Foods Foundation...

"Suzuki Institute kicks off in Stevens Point," Stevens Point Journal, July 23.

Organizers of the American Suzuki Institute say they hope to continue expanding the two-week summer event at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and to turn it into a recruiting tool for UWSP. The American Suzuki Institute, founded in 1971 on the UWSP campus, has grown to be perhaps the most prestigious school of its kind in North America...

"Big Prints event taking place at UW-Manitowoc," Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, July 23.

Fifty-three printmaking artists visiting the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc this week will create 45 unique, large prints using ink, plywood molds, and a steamroller on loan from the city of Manitowoc. The unique opportunity allows artists to try their printmaking craft on a scale much bigger than is traditional...

"Childhood stress can reconfigure biology, UW-Madison research says," Wisconsin State Journal, July 24.

Abused children tend to develop lifelong emotional and physical problems, and now UW-Madison scientists may have found a biological reason: Maltreatment appears to turn off a gene that regulates stress...

"Menthol cigarettes harder to quit, UW-Madison study says," Wisconsin State Journal, July 23.

Menthol flavoring may make it harder to quit smoking cigarettes, especially for black women, a UW-Madison study found. In a study of people trying to quit smoking, 38 percent of non-menthol smokers quit after six months, compared to 31 percent of menthol smokers, according to the study by the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention...

State

"New program to help seed up to 100 Wisconsin companies," Wisconsin State Journal, July 24.

The managers of the new Badger Fund of Funds say they can take $25 million of state money and turn it into as much as $100 million that could help build 100 companies around Wisconsin over the next few years...

"$2.5 million gift to launch expanded teacher training at Lawrence University," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 21.

A $2.5 million endowment from the Mielke Family Foundation, in partnership with John and Sally Mielke, will fiance the expansion of Lawrence University's teacher training programto include elementary education. The new program will begin in the fall of 2015...

National

"Baby steps for Higher Ed Act," Inside Higher Ed, July 24.

The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation boosting competency-based education and overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of how the Education Department discloses college data...

"House approves 2 bills toward renewal of Higher Education Act," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 24.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two higher-education bills on Wednesday, sending them to an uncertain fate in the Senate. Among other things, the bills would create a demonstration project for competency-based education (HR 3136) and streamline the information the federal government provides to prospective students (HR 4983)...

"U.S. seen as weak on global research collaboration," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 20.

...Hampered by traditional organizational silos, turf battles or just plain inaction, offices that oversee research and those responsible for institutions' global strategy too often fail to identify and work toward shared goals. It is a missed opportunity in an era when research and researchers alike increasingly cross borders -- one-quarter of all scientific papers now have co-authors from two or more countries, according to the National Science Foundation. And at research universities in particular, campus efforts to internationalize may ring hollow if they do not have research at their core...

"Gay presidents organize," Inside Higher Ed, July 24.

The number of openly gay college presidents has increased rapidly in the past seven years. And next year, a group of presidents will host a conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer academics who want to climb the college leadership ladder...

"At 50, Upward Bound still opens pathway to college," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 23.

...This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Upward Bound. It served 2,061 participants at 17 locations in 1965; last year it served about 76,000 students at more than 1,000 locations in 50 states. In all, more than 2 million people have participated - studying English literature and composition, math and science, and getting practical advice on college admissions...

"Report: Higher education behind on Common Core," Hechinger Report, July 22.

America's primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn't even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves...