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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison December 11, 2013

Be in the Know

Exam jitters? Professors battle test anxiety, too

Students aren’t alone when it comes to exam nerves. Turns out some professors grapple with worry and angst at test time, too. Related: Your guide to #StudyStrong events and study tips from UHS.

Holiday greetings from Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank won't wear a pair of reindeer ears, but she will wish you happy holidays and good luck on finals. This marks the final issue of The Weekly for the semester. See you in 2014!

Get Social

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Rec Sports Open Forum Thursday

Students are invited to a Rec Sports open forum to learn more information, see images, and ask questions about the Facilities Master Plan. 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Overture Room at Gordon Dining and Events Center

Campus Life

Student studies

Madison Initiative improves life for undergrads

You may not know it, but the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates has made it easier to get classes, improved services like advising and provided need-based aid. Related: Chancellor Blank discusses MIU's importance to undergrads.

Students showcase wearable computing projects, design thinking

Imagine gloves that transmit data from your phone, keeping your hands free. Or a running jacket that monitors your heart rate and lets you know when you’re being followed. What if a garment could respond to its environment?

Photo: aquatic plants

Biology major update: New offices, new structure, expanded advising team

The biology major is operating under a new administrative structure, in a new location, with additional staff and a new website. Biology is the most popular major on campus, with 1,372 students enrolled this fall and 62 faculty mentors in 30 departments across campus.

In the News

Photo: Nelson Mandela

Campus mourns Nelson Mandela

As the campus community remembers Nelson Mandela, who died last week at age 95, faculty and students with strong connections to the man and his country shared their reflections about his life and impact.


Finding balance in a busy life

Melissa Guth, like many UW students, has to strike a balance between being a full-time student and her other commitments. Unlike most other students, Guth’s other main commitment is to her eight kids. Getting her social work degree has been her family's shared goal. 

Badgers in the World

Studying abroad? Tips on getting around Europe

Business student Tyler McSweeney dishes up some handy and money-saving tips for study abroad students for getting around in Europe.

Your Health

Stay healthy for finals: Pneumonia

Winter is coming! With the cooler temperatures, campus has seen an increase in puffy down coats, tall boots, hats, gloves and…pneumonia. UHS has seen a large increase in the number of students diagnosed with pneumonia over the past month.


Agricultural Innovation Prize seeks ideas to enhance food systems

UW, through the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, has partnered with 40 Chances to offer to Agricultural Innovation Prize in search for bright ideas to improve food systems. This national competition for undergraduate and graduate students calls for team submissions from all disciplines.