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Wisconsin football coach Luke Fickell finds ‘destination job’

Wisconsin State Journal

Luke Fickell is the 31st coach in Badgers football history after UW-System Regents on Sunday approved the deal struck between McIntosh and the former Cincinnati coach. McIntosh flew to Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon to pick up Fickell, and an invite-only welcome event and introductory news conference was planned for 4 p.m. Monday at Camp Randall Stadium.

UW System moving degree programs off Richland Center campus

Wisconsin State Journal

In a letter Tuesday to UW-Platteville Interim Chancellor Tammy Evetovich, System President Jay Rothman outlined a four-step plan for the Richland Center campus, which includes moving all instructional programs to either the Platteville or Baraboo campuses for fall 2023 while developing a plan to “maintain a suitable presence” at the Richland County campus through such things as enrichment programs or courses for adults.

UW-Madison provost stepping down, launching new search for an important position

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is launching a search for a new provost, an administrative position ranking just second to the chancellor in terms of importance.

The current provost, John Karl Scholz, will serve until the end of the school year and then return to the economics department, where he has taught since 1988. A new provost is expected to start sometime next summer, UW-Madison announced Tuesday.

UW-Madison historian Monica Kim awarded MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A University of Wisconsin-Madison historian on Wednesday won one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, which comes with a no strings attached $800,000 stipend to spend however she sees fit.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named UW-Madison professor Monica Kim, 44, as one of 25 national recipients of the MacArthur fellowship. Also known as the “genius grant,” the awards are given annually to a select group of individuals across a range of disciplines who show exceptional creativity in their work and future ambitions.

MacArthur Foundation Announces 2022 ‘Genius Grants’

Forbes

Monica Kim is currently an associate professor and the William Appleman Williams & David G. and Marion S. Meissner Chair in U.S. International and Diplomatic History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her research examines U.S. foreign policy during and after the Korean War. The author of The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold Histories (2019), Kim is currently working on her next book, The World That Hunger Made: The Koreas, the United States, and Afro-Asia, which examines economic development as a tool of foreign policy and international influence.

2022 MacArthur Fellows Have Deep Ties to Academe

Inside Higher Ed

Historian Monica Kim, associate professor and the William Appleman Williams & David G. and Marion S. Meissner Chair in U.S. International and Diplomatic History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, for examining the interplay between U.S. foreign policy, military intervention, processes of decolonization and individual rights in regional settings around the globe.

UW-Madison prof Monica Kim wins coveted MacArthur fellowship

The Capital Times

The MacArthur Foundation selected UW-Madison professor, historian and author Monica Kim for one of this year’s 25 fellowship spots, the organization announced Wednesday. The so-called “genius grant” is perhaps the most competitive and sought-after award in the arts, sciences, humanities and academia.

UW Odyssey Project turns 20: Grads recount how it’s changed their lives

Wisconsin State Journal

Around 30 people are accepted into the Odyssey Project each year and are registered as a special class of part-time UW-Madison students. It includes a six-credit course in the humanities, split over two semesters, for people who are low-income or facing other barriers to education. Approximately 95% of students are people of color.

Taught on Wednesday nights on Madison’s South Side, the program provides child care (dubbed Odyssey Junior), and students are fed a full meal before the start of class.

Oral history project honors 50 years of Native community’s activism, education at UW-Madison

Wisconsin State Journal

While the American Indian Studies program was established in 1972, its history can be dated to the fall of 1970 when about 20 Native students formed “The Coalition of Native Tribes for Red Power,” an intertribal group that called for the chancellor to support the formation of a program. It started after two years of debate and negotiation.

UW-Madison freshman enrollment sets record

Wisconsin State Journal

For the second consecutive year, UW-Madison’s freshman class is the largest in the school’s history, despite the university sending acceptance letters to fewer students than in previous years.

This year’s freshman class stands at 8,628, up nearly 2% from last year’s class, UW-Madison announced Monday. Of those, 3,787 — 44% — are in-state students.

Overall enrollment is up nearly 2,000 students over the prior year, with another record enrollment of 49,886.

Wisconsin fires coach Paul Chryst after home loss to Illinois, 2-3 start

The Washington Post

“After a heartfelt and authentic conversation with Coach Chryst about what is in the long-term best interest of our football program, I have concluded that now is the time for a change in leadership,” Wisconsin Athletic Director Chris McIntosh said in a statement. “Paul is a man of integrity who loves his players. I have great respect and admiration for Paul and the legacy of him and his family at the University of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin fires head coach Paul Chryst after 2-3 start to season

Fox News

“After a heartfelt and authentic conversation with Coach Chryst about what is in the long-term best interest of our football program, I have concluded that now is the time for a change in leadership,” McIntosh said. “Paul is a man of integrity who loves his players. I have great respect and admiration for Paul and the legacy of him and his family at the University of Wisconsin.”

UW System launches campaign to increase financial aid applications

Wisconsin State Journal

The University of Wisconsin System’s new tuition-waiver program aims to help the state compete for talent and fill critical worker shortages.

But financial aid applications determine eligibility, and Wisconsin ranks 38th in the nation for the percentage of high school seniors who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

3,000-year-old canoe found in Lake Mendota

WKOW-TV 27

The canoe dates back to 1000 B.C.. It’s the oldest canoe found in the Great Lakes region by a thousand years, and is the earliest evidence that canoe-making and water travel dates back to the Native people’s first arrival into Wisconsin.

UW System sees record levels of new student enrollment

NBC-15

UW System President Jay Rothman believes strategies to increase access and the disappearing effects of the pandemic are reasons for higher enrollment rates. “Our UW universities are the state’s biggest and best attractor of talent, and our application process is easier and more affordable,” Rothman said. “We are turning the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, as our freshman class is the largest in years.”

Chazen Museum of Art exhibit illuminates historically marginalized voices

NBC-15

John Zumbrunnen, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, explained that the Public History Project will help instructors engage with students more honestly and openly.“We’re committed, after all, to the basic idea that learning together in open and honest dialogue about ourselves and about our campus and about our communities will lead to a better future,” Zumbrunnen said.

UW-Madison opens new exhibit in Chazen Museum of Arts

WKOW-TV 27

“We look at discrimination, you know, against racial and ethnic groups, but also discrimination against LGBTQ folks, folks with disabilities, religious discrimination, to really tell a different history of the university,” Director of the Public History Project Kacie Lucchini Butcher said.

As Wildfires Grow, Millions of Homes Are Being Built in Harm’s Way

The New York Times

“That’s the perfect storm,” said Volker Radeloff, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who helped lead the research. “Millions of houses have been built in places that will sooner or later burn,” he said, even as climate change increases the risks of major wildfires across the West with extreme heat and dryness.

Seven Million Years Ago, the Oldest Known Early Human Was Already Walking

Smithsonian

John Hawks, who studies human evolution at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was not involved in either femur study, has questioned whether Sahelanthropus‘s skull and teeth mark it as an upright hominin. He finds the disconnect between femur analyses puzzling and more than a little frustrating—particularly since the fossil in question was discovered two decades ago.