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UW considers further ‘tenure clock’ extensions for research disrupted by pandemic

The Capital Times

With increased vaccinations and plans for more in-person teaching this fall, the future of the COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly optimistic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Still, the past year’s disruptions to research and teaching will continue to have ripple effects for years down the line, leading universities nationwide to ask: How can we help make up for lost time?

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Linsey Davis On Teaching Representation To Children

Forbes

Diversity and representation in children’s literature has always been skewed. According to a 2018 study by the librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 10% of children’s books depict the main characters as Black, and just 4% of executive-level publishing professionals and literary agents are Black.

New scholarship will help Milwaukee students of color become lawyers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A new scholarship will support Milwaukee Public Schools graduates studying to become lawyers.

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship is open to female and nonbinary students of color. Students can receive $2,000 in each year of their undergraduate studies in advance of law school and up to $10,000 in each year of law school at the University of Wisconsin or Marquette University.

ACS Bridge Program makes an impact

Chemical & Engineering News

The ACS Bridge Program is not one size fits all, and that’s what makes it work, according to students and Bridge leaders. “You definitely cannot have a cookie-cutter mentality, because these students have such different backgrounds and such different needs,” says Robert J. Hamers, who leads the program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

What Spring Looks Like in Every State, in Photos

Newsweek

Wisconsin residents know it’s spring when the first tulips begin to peek through the snow—and what better place to catch a glimpse than the state’s many botanical gardens? The garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to more than 500 species representing 100 families and 40 taxonomic orders of plants from all over the world.

Meet the Editorial Board of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Chelsey has been a features writer for the Journal Sentinel since 2012, covering travel and outdoor activities. Chelsey grew up camping, hiking and biking all over Wisconsin, from her hometown of Pewaukee to a family cabin in the Northwoods. She has been writing about the places that make Wisconsin special since 2009, including a summer spent visiting every one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. She is a former writer and editor for Wisconsin Trails magazine. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Advances in Scaling and Modeling of Land-Atmosphere Interactions

Eos

Every second, an extraordinary number and variety of organisms on land leverage the resources of soil, water, and air to function, grow, and reproduce. These individual actions by plants, fungi, microorganisms, animals, and humans across the Earth’s surface have wide ramifications on Earth system processes. Among those are the transfer of heat, water vapor, and momentum between surface and atmosphere, hydrologic flows in rivers, streams, and groundwater, and mineral transformations in the lithosphere. However, observing and predicting how these processes evolve continues to be challenging.

-By , Brian Butterworth, Stefan Metzger, and Matthias Mauder

‘If It’s Not A Financial Issue, Then What Is It?’: Evers Proposes Money To Help Schools Change Mascots | Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR

But rebranding isn’t exactly simple. Before officially changing its mascot, the district had been using a ’WF’ logo. It attempted to copyright the design last year, but ultimately it was too similar to the “Motion W” used by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now, the university is helping the district design a new logo, Tubbs said.

Golden Globes: Mark Ruffalo wins 1st Globe for ‘I Know This Much Is True’; Aaron Rodgers gets a shoutout from Jodie Foster

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Ruffalo had been nominated for Golden Globe awards three times before: for best actor in a comedy or musical for the 2014 movie “Infinitely Polar Bear”; best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for “The Normal Heart”; and best supporting actor in a movie for 2014’s “Foxcatcher,” as former University of Wisconsin-Madison wrestling coach David Schultz.

Oak Creek mom of teen with lung disease who questioned Joe Biden at town hall gets a call from the White House

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Engebrecht has been urging officials to prioritize people with significant health problems, or at least create wait lists so they could be contacted when extra doses are available. The family also has been taking precautions while awaiting doses of vaccine, to protect Nate, who recently moved back home from the University of Wisconsin-Madison because of the risk of COVID-19 on and around campus.

When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood.’

New York Times

Noted: The connections between climate impacts, wood supply, and poverty have drawn researchers at the University Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Wisconsin to study wood banks on a national scale. Growing out of dozens of interviews of wood bank volunteers done by Clarisse Hart, director of outreach and education at the Harvard Forest, the team has identified 82 wood banks across the country.

Evers’ Budget Proposes Significant Investment To Address Climate Change, Protect Public Lands

Wisconsin Public Radio

Dallman argues public lands are vital to the state’s $24 billion forest economy and outdoor recreation economy, which contributes $7.8 billion each year. He added that every acre protected in the state provides a $3,000 return to the state’s overall economy, according to research from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program costs nearly $20 per person each year.

UNH professor allegedly behind offensive Twitter account resigns

CNN

Later that month, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison resigned from a teaching position after admitting on social media that they falsely claimed to be a person of color. CV Vitolo-Haddad apologized in posts on Medium.com and said they let incorrect guesses about their ancestry, which is southern Italian, “become answers I wanted but couldn’t prove.”

The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy. Really

New York Times

Most of “the top 20 universities in the world are American — places like the University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, which are dispersed across the country,” says Khanna, who represents parts of Silicon Valley and was a co-chair of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. “There’s no reason we can’t see innovation and next-generation technology in these communities.”

Madison Public Schools To Bring Students Back To Classrooms Starting March 9

Wisconsin Public Radio

Her partner is leaning toward sending Sam back, while Lumley said she’s more hesitant. She works at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, which she said has made her especially wary of COVID-19. She’d like to see higher rates of teacher and administrator vaccination, as well as more clarity on whether teachers will get enough paid sick leave for possible quarantines, before committing to putting their son in a classroom.

Fund instituted to help Native families find missing people

NBC Montana

“I would like to speak to Whitney about her plans for addressing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in Montana,” Bulltail, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, wrote to Williams when she was running for Montana governor in 2020. “My niece Kaysera Stops Pretty Places just turned 18 and was about to start her senior year of high school when she was murdered in Big Horn County in August. Every level of the justice system in Montana has been dismissive of my family in our attempts to seek justice for Kaysera. Whitney, if you want my family’s vote as well as other MMIW families in Montana, we need you to have serious plans that will dedicate resources to helping our families.”

10 years later, workers still seek a seat at the table despite lack of collective bargaining

Wisconsin State Journal

After years of wage freezes, a union representing 225 UW System trade employees negotiated a 1.81% raise for this year, which ended up being less than the 2% raise their non-union colleagues received … “There’s been a range of responses to Act 10,” David Nack, a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Labor Education said. “Workers often want to or need to find a way to effectively represent their interests with their employer. Act 10 doesn’t change any of that.”

NFL On CBS Talent Share Their Favorite Big Game Memories Ahead Of Super Bowl LV – CBS Denver

CBS Denver

Growing up my dad and his side of the family are all Steelers fans. When I was in second grade the Packers played the Steelers and that’s when I became a Green Bay fan. So Super Bowl XLV felt very full circle for me. I was in college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. You couldn’t turn on a popular radio station without hearing Lil Wayne’s original “Green and Yellow” hype song.

A Different Kind of Student Feedback

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Noted: Lewis, an assistant professor of mathematics at George Washington University, decided to hire Rai before he had any idea that the pandemic would push the course online. He had gotten the idea from Harry Brighouse, a philosophy professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who has written about having a student worker critique his teaching. The move online meant Lewis’s discussions with Rai covered different ground than the professor had initially imagined — he thought they’d talk more about issues like how much class time he should spend on particular topics. But it ended up being an especially good semester in which to have a thoughtful observer.