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UW–Madison meal service offers suhoor for fasting students

Wisconsin Muslim Journal

UW–Madison is one of a growing number of universities across the country offering special meal plans for Muslim students during Ramadan. University Housing’s Ramadan Meal Service offers Muslim students a breakfast bag of halal food options for suhoor that is delivered to a nearby dining hall for evening pick-up.

E-learning an emerging industry amid COVID-19 pandemic

Education Views via Xinhua

UM is not the only U.S. university that offers online courses to their students in China. University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is developing curriculum for how to academically succeed in a remote learning environment. The curriculum is to be offered in all 2020, John Lucas, executive director of University Communications at UW-Madison told Xinhua.

Two leaders urge colleges to encourage student voting

Inside Higher Ed

Chancellor Blank and Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow: If you are leading a college or university right now — or if you are making the academic year possible as a member of the faculty or staff at any one of our nation’s institutions of higher education — asking something more of your students in the midst of a global pandemic may seem impractical. But one assignment cannot wait. We urge you to encourage your students to register to vote, to become informed of the issues and the candidates, and to cast a ballot

Watch Madison sports teams belt out ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

Wisconsin State Journal

The spirit of the season is more important than the ability to hold a tune.At least that’s what we’re telling ourselves after we got together groups of people representing Madison-area sports teams to sing “The 12 Days of Christmas.”Athletes, front office personnel, a coach and a mascot from these teams loaned their voices to the effort: University of Wisconsin volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s basketball and wrestling; Forward Madison FC; the Madison Capitols; Madison College women’s basketball; Edgewood College; Madison Memorial girls basketball; Stoughton wrestling and the Madison Mallards.

A Day In The Life Of The UW Marching Band

Wisconsin Public Television

WPR producer Tim Peterson and Wisconsin Life caught up with a pair of the band’s veterans and asked them about a few aspects of being part of the ensemble. He talked with Drum Major Justine Spore, a senior from Shorewood, Wisconsin who’s majoring in journalism. Peterson also spoke with Assistant Drum Major and Trombone Player Grant Petik, a junior from Fond du Lac who’s majoring in civil engineering.

Believing in Fairies: Marie Kondo and Our Oriental Attachments


Japan’s “floating world” has long provided the West with fantasies of both attachment and detachment, with the promise of refashioning our lives by “decluttering” and surrounding ourselves with only the most exquisite objects. Marie Kondo offers us a dream of minimalist Japanese beauty not unlike the dream of Japan that first enchanted the West in the Victorian period.

UW-Madison may expand physician assistants program to another UW campus

Wisconsin State Journal

UW-Madison is exploring a partnership with another University of Wisconsin System campus to address a shortage of physician assistants in rural areas, the university announced Wednesday.

Under a program offered through UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, students would earn a degree through UW-Madison’s physician assistant program by taking classes at UW-Platteville.

School of Rock: UW professor jams with band Tent Show Troubadours at Summerfest stage

Badger Herald

Doug McLeod, Evjue Centennial Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, just finished teaching his Sports Marketing Communication course before educating the Summerfest crowd how to rock. Yes, that’s correct, McLeod is the co-founder and bass guitarist of Tent Show Troubadours. The quartet McLeod plays with opened for Young the Giant at the Uline Warehouse Stage.

UW Study: Irrigated Farms In Central Sands Region Linked To Cooler Temperatures

Wisconsin Public Radio

A new study on the irrigated farms of Wisconsin’s central sands region is suggesting that something farmers in more arid climates have known for a long time is also true in the Midwest: a high concentration of irrigated farms can cool regional climate.And while that initially sounds like a good thing, viewing irrigation as a defense against climate change is not the message, according to Mallika Nocco, lead author of the study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Blue-Green Algae Blooms Frequent On Madison’s Lakes This Summer

Wisconsin Public Radio

Emily Stanley, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology and Department of Integrative Biology, said although they haven’t yet seen large blooms she describes as “epic” in Madison’s lakes, they are seeing frequent blooms. She said people should stay away from water that looks like it has white, blue or green foam floating on the top.

News from around our 50 states – minimum wage

USA Today

An expert on poverty says the state should raise its minimum wage and provide more help for families who are struggling despite record-low unemployment. University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Timothy Smeeding co-wrote a report that found Wisconsin’s poverty rate has remained stagnant for nearly a decade, fluctuating between 10% and 11% from 2008 to 2017.

Guilty Pleasures? No Such Thing

New York Times

“A guilty pleasure is something that we enjoy, but we know we’re either not supposed to like, or that liking it says something negative about us,” said Sami Schalk, an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“That negative thing often ends up being an association with categories of identity we disparage and marginalize in society,” according to Dr. Schalk.

For discussion of women’s soccer equality, let’s talk about concussion

USA Today

Assistant Professor Traci Snedden from the School of Nursing: As we watch the Women’s World Cup and the sheer athleticism of these elite female players, what we don’t see is the lagging research on concussion injury in girl’s and women’s soccer. The rate of concussion among female soccer players has been called an unpublicized epidemic.

UW-Madison cook makes 900 eggs a day any way students like ’em

The Cap Times

Seeman said her goal is to bring “a little smile” to the faces of the hundreds of UW-Madison students she serves each day.“After almost 30 years, the highlight of my day is being able to say good morning to everyone who is standing there just waking up,” Seeman said. “Even if they’ve had a rough night or rough morning and they come in for their omelette at 11 o’clock in the morning, you gotta smile, you gotta say, ‘Hi, how’s it going?’ So at least, if they are having a bad day, it’s like ‘OK, it’s good.’”

Some Universities Work to Ensure an Inclusive Future by Acknowledging Their Inequitable Pasts

Insight Into Diversity

In recent years, some colleges and universities have set out on the long path of addressing their historic ties to systems rooted in white supremacy, including slavery, the Confederacy, and hate groups. Against the backdrop of a resurgence in white nationalism, this work has only grown in urgency and significance. At the same time, many institutions have deepened their commitment to atoning for their past by working to build a more inclusive future.

UW-Madison gets $100 million, tech partnership from Foxconn

Education Dive

The combined $200 million is part of the university’s ongoing $3.2 billion All Ways Forward fundraising campaign. Foxconn’s funding will primarily support a new building for the College of Engineering on the UW-Madison campus, while any facilities related to the FIRST initiative are still to be determined, the representative said, noting that “there is no predetermined list” of university departments that will have access to the interdisciplinary program. Foxconn’s contributions will also help provide opportunities for internships and applied learning in campus labs.

Paid internship program allows local high school students to explore careers


The Madison Metropolitan School District partnered with UW-Madison to give kids in high school a chance to explore a future career in health care and veterinary medicine.The LEAP Forward internship program is part of the district’s Personalized Pathways initiative, designed to let kids try out their interests through a summer internship at one of seven campus sites, including the School of Veterinary Medicine and University Health Services.

Prepare for the Onslaught of Japanese Beetles

Ag Professional

If you see Japanese beetles in your corn fields it could mean poor pollination is imminent. The pest loves to snack on corn’s delicate silks—and if they clip them to ½” or less the crop might not pollinate.

Consider a foliar insecticide treatment during tasseling and silking if there are three or more beetles per ear, silks are clipped to ½” and pollination is less than 50% complete, according to Eileen Cullen, University of Wisconsin Extension entomologist.

“[If applying an insecticide] beetles must be on the outside of the ear, which is normally the case,” Cullen says “The main concern with Japanese beetle feeding is to protect silks for pollination.”

Check out these six money lessons you didn’t learn in high school

Reading Eagle

A spending plan shows how overspending one week will leave you with a cash shortage the next week. Even a $50 shortfall can feel stressful, said J. Michael Collins, faculty director for the Center for Financial Security at University of Wisconsin, Madison.”You’re doing this plan to create ways to reduce the stress you have on yourself, so you’re not behind and trying to catch up,” Collins said.

Researchers trace Parkinson’s damage in the heart


By the time Parkinson’s disease patients are diagnosed — typically based on the tremors and motor-control symptoms most associated with the disease — about 60 percent of them also have serious damage to the heart’s connections to the sympathetic nervous system. When healthy, those nerves spur the heart to accelerate its pumping to match quick changes in activity and blood pressure.”This neural degeneration in the heart means patients’ bodies are less prepared to respond to stress and to simple changes like standing up,” says Marina Emborg, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of medical physics and Parkinson’s researcher at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. “They have increased risk for fatigue, fainting and falling that can cause injury and complicate other symptoms of the disease.”

Astronomers trace cosmic ray neutrino back to remote blazar

Astronomy Now

The initial detection by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica, and subsequent observations of high energy radiation from the same source by space telescopes and ground-based observatories, indicate such black holes act as the particle accelerators responsible for at least some of those cosmic rays.“The evidence for the observation of the first known source of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays is compelling,” said Francis Halzen, a University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of physics and the lead scientist for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

What’s a Blazar? A Galactic Bakery for Cosmic Rays


Scientists have finally located a source of the most energetic rays. Starting with a single signal—a flash of light in a detector at the South Pole—and combining it with telescope data from a collaboration of over a thousand people, astrophysicists have traced the origin of some of Earth’s cosmic rays to a blazar, a type of galaxy, 4 billion light years away. “We’ve learned that these active galaxies are responsible for accelerating particles and cosmic rays,” says physicist Francis Halzen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

AP FACT CHECK: Claim against Sen. Baldwin exaggerated

The Washington Post

Laws that keep offenders in a state facility even after they’ve served their sentence might keep offenders from committing repeat offenses, but the regulations are costly and states that have adopted the laws do not have lower recidivism rates, said Michael Caldwell, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.In addition, he said most sex offenders in the state face parole requirements following their release even if they have not been sent to a mental health facility.

What parents should know to prevent, and deal with, bug bites

The Washington Post syndicate

Column by Dipesh Navsaria, associate professor of pediatrics: For children, summer brings the delight of endless hours outdoors, enjoying nature in full flourish. But that natural world includes insect life, some of which bite humans — including our children. While most are harmless, there are several issues that can cause concern. Let’s explore briefly the world of insect bites — when to worry, and when not to.

An Astrophysics ‘Breakthrough’ Will Be Unveiled Thursday. Here’s How to Watch.

An international team of astrophysicists will reveal a “breakthrough” discovery Thursday (July 12), and you can watch the announcement live.The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced in a statement that it will host a news conference Thursday at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) to unveil new “multimessenger astrophysics findings” led by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, an NSF-managed facility at the South Pole.

The Thai soccer coach taught his team to meditate in the flooded cave — and it may have played a powerful role in keeping them alive – San Antonio Express-News

Business Insider

Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin, looked into the idea that meditation might help us cope with outside disturbances. He found that when he tried to startle two groups of people — one that was meditating and one that was not — with a sudden interruption like a loud noise, the meditators were far less perturbed than the people who weren’t meditating. Those results were true regardless of whether the participants were new or experienced at the practice.That benefit of meditation could have proved hugely helpful to the Thai players, who were cold, scared, and alone more than 2 1/2 miles deep into a labyrinthine cave network.

In the Lyme-light: Wisconsin seeing unsettling uptick in Lyme disease cases, with rural areas in the bull’s-eye

The Country Today

Illnesses from tick bites in Wisconsin have tripled since 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The Wisconsin Department of Health reports that 2017 saw the highest number of Lyme disease cases in the state to date, indicating that Wisconsin is experiencing a “slow-burn epidemic” of Lyme disease, said UW-Madison entomology professor and department chairwoman Susan Paskewitz.

Trade war hampers milk price improvement

The Country Today

Bob Cropp, dairy professor emeritus at UW-Madison, said in his June “Dairy Situation and Outlook” that the market has taken a hit lately from the retaliatory effects of the U.S. decision to place tariffs on Mexico steel and aluminum and on a number of Chinese goods and products.

New app sets out to learn what makes ticks ‘tick’

The Country Today

Researchers at UW-Madison have developed a new smartphone app to help them understand where ticks are active and how people expose themselves to ticks. The app is being released as Wisconsin faces an ever-increasing number of Lyme disease cases, sparking heightened concern about tick-transmitted diseases.

Largest stockpile cheese 100 years accumulated United States Cowsmo


But the sheer amount of cheese in storage may be causing problems. Cheese prices have fallen in recent weeks, Fuess said, a response both to the surplus and to growing trade concerns.That fall is problematic, said Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, because the price of cheese is a major factor in the equation that USDA uses to set the price that dairy farmers receive for their milk. The current price – $15.36 per 100 pounds – is about a dollar below the average for 2017 and well below the price that many farmers say they need to break even.