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In a post-Roe world, some medical students rethink plans to practice in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Molly Wecker, a second-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had long planned to be an obstetrics-gynecology doctor in her home state. But with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling last week, the Rock County native is rethinking her plan.

Universities Begin Officially Reacting To Supreme Court’s Overturning Of Roe V. Wade


University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman issued this statement: “We know that abortion remains a highly contentious issue that directly affects our students. We are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court decision to determine what impact it may have on our universities. Like others, we will monitor the legal process surrounding this issue and will adhere to the law as it continues to evolve.”

Medical College of Wisconsin receives $50 million Kern Family Foundation gift to ‘transform medical education’

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: The Kern Institute collaborates and shares ideas on new approaches to medical education with a number of other schools through what’s called the Kern National Network.

The other founding members of the network are the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Inflation drives up the cost of UW campus building projects, leaving leaders with tough choices

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Inflation is pushing price tags for University of Wisconsin System building projects millions of dollars higher than expected, leaving campus leaders with tough decisions to make on how to move forward on desperately needed facilities.

UW officials said they are weighing on a case-by-case basis what to do with projects, many of which are funded primarily with taxpayer-supported borrowing.

Energy Dept grants incentivize construction of buildings that pull CO2 from air

CBS News

The 10 universities that received the grants are employing different approaches to drawing CO2 from the air: Texas A&M University and the University of Pennsylvania will use 3D printing to its advantage, creating net-carbon-negative building designs with hempcrete—a lightweight material mixed with the hemp plant’s core and lime—and carbon-absorbing funicular floor systems, respectively. Other universities — Clemson University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, among other organizations — are planning to create carbon-negative replacements for wood, cement, and insulation.

Several Public Universities Reject Tuition Increases, Freeze Prices For Upcoming Year


Last week, the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents approved a 2022-23 annual operating budget that continues a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates, a policy that had been recommended by System President Jay Rothman. As a result of that action, resident undergraduate tuition at UW institutions will remain unchanged since fiscal year 2013-14.

‘I dream of a world that is free of disparity’: New graduates share their visions for the future

Wisconsin Public Radio

The last two school years have been anything but normal. A global pandemic upended schools, taking learning from the classroom into students’ homes. All the while, the country has grappled with deep-rooted racism, climate change, debates over abortion access, gun control and rights for trans students — leading to widespread student activism. Politics infiltrated schools and school boards at a pace not seen in decades, and yet students’ hopes for the future are as strong as ever.

As the school year draws to a close, Wisconsin Public Radio is celebrating graduation season — and the future — by featuring stories from new graduates around the state in their own words.

2 Wisconsin governor candidates say they’d replace Evers’ unconfirmed UW Regents selections with their own

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The board overseeing Wisconsin’s public universities could look remarkably different come this time next year.

At least two of the four Republicans running for governor have vowed to replace all of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ unconfirmed appointees serving on the UW Board of Regents with their own picks if elected this fall.

‘A lasting and influential impact’: Karen Walsh elected president of UW Board of Regents

Wisconsin State Journal

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents elected Karen Walsh to serve as its president on Friday, filling the role after its former holder declined to run for the seat again earlier this year.

Also on Friday, the board elected Amy Blumenfeld Bogost to the role of vice president. Bogost works as a federal Title IX lawyer and joined the board in May 2020.

Classmate Rallied Behind for Revealing Salary to Bragging Ph.D. Candidate


Though efforts to unionize graduate student employees have increased greatly in the last decade, the efforts first started in the late 1960s, with Rutgers University and City University of New York being the first to see unionized teaching assistants. The University of Wisconsin-Madison was the first school to have its own Teaching Assistant Union win a contract.

Spring enrollment down at most UW campuses compared with 2021

Wisconsin Public Radio

Spring enrollment data from the University of Wisconsin System show continued declines at many two-year campuses and some four-year universities.

Enrollment across all state public colleges and universities showed little change, with an average 1.6 percent decline this spring, according to final UW System data. The average among all four-year universities was down 1.4 percent while the decline across the state’s 13 two-year campuses dropped by 8.6 percent.

UCLA law dean Jennifer Mnookin named next UW-Madison chancellor. Republicans are criticizing the selection.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jennifer Mnookin, the dean of the University of California, Los Angeles law school, will become the next chancellor of Wisconsin’s flagship university this summer.

The UW System Board of Regents unanimously voted Monday for Mnookin, 54, to take the top post at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Presidential Exit Interview

Chronicle of Higher Ed

Carolyn A. (Biddy) Martin has had what seems like two very different careers as a college leader. From 2008 to 2011, Martin was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a flagship, public research university that enrolled about 42,000 students at the time and is a member of the Big Ten athletic conference

UCLA law dean Jennifer Mnookin selected as UW-Madison chancellor

The Capital Times

“I deeply admire UW-Madison’s dual commitment to educational access and research excellence, as well as its mission to serve and to contribute to the state as a whole,” Mnookin said in a statement. With 17 years of experience at UCLA and six at the University of Virginia, Mnookin is no stranger to working at public universities. In a forum in early May, she said the Wisconsin Idea can serve as a national and global model for public universities.

Outgoing UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank suggests ‘persistence and stubbornness’ for successor

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On the cusp of leaving the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chancellor Rebecca Blank used a final news conference Wednesday to take somewhat of a victory lap, saying she is leaving the university on strong financial footing and in a much better place.

But she also took the opportunity to highlight “unfinished agenda” items, such as increasing diversity and students’ sense of belonging on campus.

‘We’re struggling to pay for it’: A student’s perspective on the rising cost of college

Spectrum News

Quoted: Professor Nicholas Hillman is recognized in the acknowledgments of the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s report. He said the data is sobering, but does not mean the worst for Wisconsin students. He said it should, however, be a wake-up call to lawmakers.

“I do think it’s a chance for these issues to be prioritized, like how do we pay for college and how do we prioritize finances so people who want to go can go,” he said. “Reduce those barriers, at the least.”

Hillman said a primary reason for rising college tuition is because running a university is expensive. Those expenses range from paying faculty to maintaining costly facilities.

Hillman helped create UW-Madison’s Bucky’s Tuition Promise. The program began four years ago and covers tuition costs annually for Wisconsin-based students. Their household income must be $60,000, or less.

New college graduates with degrees in supercomputing, artificial intelligence are in hot demand. ‘War for talent’ gives grads many options.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: University of Wisconsin-Madison research has shown that the majority of bachelor’s degree holders in the state tend to remain here, and that Wisconsin has a relatively low rate of out-migration, also known as “brain drain.” But the number of college-educated workers coming into Wisconsin isn’t that high, according to the research, so the state suffers from a lack of “brain gain.”

The solutions won’t come easily. And there’s probably no “silver bullet” for the entire state, as every region is different, said Matt Kures, a community development specialist with UW-Madison Extension.