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UW-Madison graduation rates increase to record levels

Channel 3000

The university’s Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research says its six-year graduation rate has risen to 89.2%, up from 88.5% last year. That’s more than 8% higher than the average 81.1% graduation rate of the university’s peers and puts it in the top 10 of public research universities.

What do UW-Madison students want in the next chancellor?

The Capital Times

Next summer, Blank will take on a new role as president of Northwestern University, and a new leader will eventually take the reins at UW-Madison. While students on campus had mixed reactions to this week’s announcement, ranging from excitement to disinterest, some shared personal memories of Blank. Many also felt hopeful about the change.

Conservative group moves Ted Cruz event off UW-Madison campus, citing issue with mask policy

Wisconsin State Journal

Anational group that brings conservative speakers to colleges moved an event with Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, which had been scheduled to take place on the UW-Madison campus Wednesday evening, off campus because it disagreed with the university’s indoor mask mandate. UW-Madison officials, however, shared emails that show the group had agreed to follow the university’s COVID-19 health protocols as a condition to rent space in Memorial Union.

City, county groups push back against GOP bills geared toward affordable housing, property assessments

Wisconsin State Journal

A 2019 study by UW-Madison urban and regional planning professor Kurt Paulsen found the number of single-family home permits in the state dropped from more than 30,000 in 2004 to fewer than 12,500 permits authorized in 2017. The report found the lack of enough workforce housing was attributed to a failure to build enough homes to keep up with population growth, increased construction costs and outdated land use regulations driving up the cost of housing.

UW-Madison Chancellor leaving for Northwestern


“Northwestern is a school that I have known and admired for years. Its reputation as a top-rated educational and research institution has grown each decade,” Blank wrote. “It will be my mission to make sure the institution’s reputation and quality continues to accelerate.”

Chancellor Blank reflects on achievements and the future of UW-Madison in State of the University address

The Daily Cardinal

Blank highlighted UW-Madison’s designation as a “Green Ribbon School,” the first of the Big Ten to earn such an award. Reducing environmental impacts and costs, improving the health and wellness of faculty and staff and providing effective environmental and sustainability education are components considered in the selection of Green Ribbon schools.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank to leave UW-Madison at end of academic year

The Daily Cardinal

Blank has been with UW-Madison since 2013. Prior to her tenure at UW-Madison, Blank worked in three different presidential administrations, was dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and was a member of Northwestern University’s faculty as the director of the Joint Center for Poverty Research.

Updated: Rebecca Blank announces departure from UW, set to become Northwestern president

The Capital Times

The university announced Monday morning that Blank will become the next president of Northwestern University starting in summer 2022, where she will make history as the institution’s first woman president. She will replace long-time president Morton Schapiro, who assumed leadership in 2009 and announced his departure from Northwestern in March.

Opinion: Rebecca Blank’s exit a huge loss — and poses an even bigger challenge

The Capital Times

Blank, who announced Monday she is leaving to become president of Northwestern University in 2022, was named chancellor here in February 2013 when she was acting secretary of commerce under President Obama. Now she is leaving, and the consensus among insiders I spoke with Monday was that (a) she’s done an excellent job of navigating UW through exceptionally challenging times and (b) finding a replacement of her stature may prove profoundly difficult.

Researchers, UW educators see a bright future for AI in healthcare

The Capital Times

Iya Khalil, head of the global AI innovation center Novartis, and Anthony Gitter, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of biostatistics and medical informatics, joined Friedel for a discussion on the use of AI in medicine at this year’s Wisconsin Biohealth Summit. The three speakers shared how companies, including Wisconsin’s postsecondary institutions, are using technology to improve human health.

Ross, Jeanette

Wisconsin State Journal

She came to the University of Wisconsin in 1957 to re-develop the class piano program and to teach more advanced students, retiring in 1990.

Higher education proposals support future students

The Capital Times

Column by state Sen. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire: The “Reaching Higher for Higher Education” package builds off of Gov. Tony Evers’ commitment to college affordability. The majority party made significant changes to the governor’s 2021-23 budget proposal, but there is still time to fix higher education by passing these bills.

Tom Still: Computer science driving innovation across industry lines

Wisconsin State Journal

Tom Erickson, the director of the new UW-Madison School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences, brought a message of statewide engagement with industry to a meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors. From tourism to agriculture, and from manufacturing to transportation, computing and data is changing how those sectors perform while inventing new industries along the way.

Clark, Allen Whipple

Wisconsin State Journal

As a professor at the UW Madison School of Medicine, he was a devoted teacher and researcher until his retirement in 1998.

UW-Madison enrollment numbers show growing, diversifying freshman class

The Capital Times

According to fall 2021 enrollment data released last week, 8,500 freshmen are enrolled at UW-Madison this semester — a 16% increase compared to last fall’s freshmen. The class comes from a pool of 53,829 applicants, a record-setting number that has risen 17% over the past year. The university has nearly 48,000 students total attending this fall semester, up from 45,540 last year.

Wisconsin House Dems highlight split on approach to infrastructure, social spending bills

Ellie Powell, a political science professor at UW-Madison, said it was more likely than not Democrats would reach a deal on both bills. That’s because the stakes are too high; Powell said with their slim majority in both houses ahead of a mid-term election that traditionally punishes a party with unified power, this was Democrats’ best chance to pass legislation that could resonate next year with voters.

Crisis response workers to accompany UWPD officers on mental health calls


Mental health professionals will start responding with UW-Madison Police officers next week to certain calls, the university announced Friday. The “co-responder model” consists of two trained University Health Services workers joining UWPD officers on calls where students are experiencing a mental health crisis. The duties of mental health crisis workers include taking students to the hospital, if necessary. UWPD Chief Kristen Roman explained that this partnership has been planned out since 2020, with help from the Mental Health Services’ Student Advisory Board, BIPOC Coalition and Associated Students of Madison.

Lewis, Betty J.

Wisconsin State Journal

She was employed as a research coordinator by the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology until her retirement in 1998.

Herring, Phillip F.

Wisconsin State Journal

He received an appointment at the University of Virginia, and by 1970 was invited to join the faculty of the English Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with tenure. Herring was a popular teacher of Modernist literature, but in addition had a long career as a scholarly writer and biographer, producing important works on James Joyce and Djuna Barnes.

Anti-mask student organization fights university mask mandate

The Daily Cardinal

To help stop the spread of the COVID-19, and to ease the fears of students with varying comfort levels, on Aug. 5, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s mask mandate went into effect. “The recent arrival in the U.S. of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 has led to a steep rise in cases across the country, including here in Wisconsin,” a statement from the university read.


UW-Madison to offer third COVID-19 Pfizer shot

The Daily Cardinal

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Health Services will now offer a third “booster” shot of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to students and employees. UHS is offering the third dose of Moderna or Pfizer to eligible students and employees who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and may have not received adequate production from the first two doses.


What the federal vaccine requirement means for UW students, employees

Badger Herald

While larger Madison companies and other universities have begun to require vaccines, the University of Wisconsin has taken a different approach. The UW policy for students and employees requires anyone who has not provided proof of vaccination to University Health Services to get tested weekly on campus, according to an email UW sent to students.

Pellett, John Roger

Wisconsin State Journal

He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Wisconsin Surgical Society, the Wisconsin Surgical Club, the General Thoracic Surgical Club and a Professor Emeritus. He had many “firsts” for the University: separating the first conjoined twins, the first lung transplant, the first double lung transplant, and the first heart lung transplant.

City of Madison unveils two new proposals to keep Lakeshore dorms, Southwest campus neighborhoods in District 8

The Daily Cardinal

The newly introduced plans follow concerns from legislators and students against breaking up District 8. The City of Madison is still considering Concept 5b, which would move the Lakeshore dorms and eventually the Spring Street and College Court neighborhoods into District 5 but keep the rest of campus buildings in District 8.