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UW alum’s face mask makes Time magazine’s Best Inventions list

The Capital Times

Max Bock-Aronson started designing face masks before they were cool. He got the idea in 2013, when he made his first trip to Asia. Studying abroad in Singapore, the University of Wisconsin-Madison mechanical engineering undergrad saw face masks all around him: on the bus, in streets, and in his engineering course on air pollution. Traffic, industrial activities and fires all worsen the country’s air quality.

Bridge work: Programs that support Wisconsin’s college-bound students adapt to new realities

The Capital Times

In the University of Wisconsin System, individual campuses also offer short-term summer programs to meet campus-specific needs for admitted students. National programs last about two to eight weeks and often include housing, allowing students to adapt early to campus life and resources. But when the pandemic started last spring, System campuses transitioned many of these “bridge” programs to a virtual format, while canceling or delaying others until the fall.

Ehrke, Juanita Rose Robbins

Wisconsin State Journal

For 16 years, Juanita was the assistant to several professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was assistant to the chairs of the Educational Administration Department and ultimately became the assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the Cooperative Extension Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Badgers senior setter Sydney Hilley excels on, off court

Wisconsin State Journal

From a distance it might seem as though Sydney Hilley is almost too good to be true. Not only is she an All-American setter for the No. 1 University of Wisconsin volleyball team, she’s also the program’s first ever first-team Academic All-American. A three-time team captain, she’s also considered a consummate leader with an unquestioned work ethic.

 

Q&A: UW sophomore Lennox Owino brings international student issues to forefront

The Capital Times

Every Tuesday, student government leaders sit through Zoom meetings that can last over four hours, presenting a slew of resolutions to address the moment’s unique challenges. Behind many of the measures is Lennox Owino, a sophomore representing the College of Letters & Sciences who is particularly invested in improving the college experience for international students. After moving to Madison from Nairobi, Kenya, Owino started in ASM as a freshman intern.

Efforts ramp up to vaccinate people of color against COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal

UW Health has had a few “vaccine racial equity days” at its Arboretum Clinic on South Park Street and plans to continue holding at least one a week, said Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, chief diversity officer. Groups representing communities of color invite people to come, and interpreters and printed materials in several languages are available, she said.

UW-Madison resurrects optional pass-fail grading policy to help stressed students

Wisconsin State Journal

The news brought relief to many students struggling with stress, burnout and a lack of motivation to learn after more than a year of mostly online classes. But it also brought a bit of confusion as to why UW-Madison offered a similar policy last spring and is bringing it back for this semester but didn’t give students grading flexibility last fall.

Tom Oates: Barry Alvarez undoubtedly brought much-needed swagger to UW

Wisconsin State Journal

If UW needed a little swagger in 2014, you can imagine how badly it needed swagger in 1990 when then-athletic director Pat Richter hired Alvarez, an on-the-rise assistant coach at Notre Dame, to turn around a UW football program that had bottomed out by 1989. At the time, UW’s football and men’s basketball programs barely registered on the national radar and the athletic department was bathing in red ink.

6 potential candidates to replace Barry Alvarez as Wisconsin’s athletic director

Wisconsin State Journal

Replacing Barry Alvarez as the University of Wisconsin’s athletic director will be both a tremendous opportunity and challenge. UW is looking for Alvarez’s successor after he announced Tuesday he was retiring after 17-plus years at the helm of the athletic department. With sweeping changes coming to the way college sports are run, UW’s next leader needs to be capable of leading the Badgers into a new era.

Tinglum, Trina Janet

Wisconsin State Journal

In 2012, she joined the faculty of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the UW Law School. Trina adored her students and dedicated herself to their professional development and their personal well-being.

Parents’ hesitancy could impede efforts to vaccinate school kids

The Capital Times

UW epidemiologist Ajay Sethi calls the potential eligibility of 12- to 15-year-olds “a very important step to increase immunity to the virus in our community.” But he said it may take time to get some parents on board. Some, he said, will probably wait and see if the virus is under control in terms of infection rates before making a decision, and some may decide to vaccinate their children after more is known about the disease.

Wisconsin Republicans seek to prohibit so-called ‘vaccine passports’

The Capital Times

Specifically, the language would prevent any mandates that individuals seeking state or governmental services, looking to gain access to a building, or aiming to participate in any government function show that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. It appears the language would apply to schools, the University of Wisconsin System and government-run nursing homes, to name a few.

Badgers volleyball team repeats as Big Ten champions

Wisconsin State Journal

The Big Ten Conference didn’t get around to sending its 2021 volleyball championship trophy to the UW Field House on Thursday. No problem. The University of Wisconsin just got its trophy from last year out and deputy athletic director Chris McIntosh presented it to the team for the celebration following the Badgers’ title-clinching sweep of Michigan.

Edelman, Ivy D.

Wisconsin State Journal

They joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Ivy was the first female Clinical Professor in Neurology.

Hill, Charles Graham “Charlie” Jr.

Wisconsin State Journal

Charlie joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Chemical Engineering-where he worked for the next 39 years. Throughout his tenure with the UW, Professor Hill was known as an outstanding teacher and mentor.

Amid uptick in COVID-19 cases, Wisconsin health official urges masks, preventive measures

Wisconsin State Journal

Meanwhile, UW-Madison experts disagreed during an online forum Wednesday about when the state might reach herd immunity, typically defined as a 60%-90% vaccination rate or combined rate of vaccination and natural immunity from recent infection. The state health department has been aiming for a 80% vaccination rate, saying it could be reached by June if enough people seek injections.