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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison February 18, 2015

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Be in the Know

Video: Madison roots, Hollywood success

The stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are red for a reason: University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni are all over Tinseltown. As the Oscars approach, meet some Badgers who've found success onscreen, big and small.

Photo: Vigil honoring slain UNC students

Campus reacts to shootings of Muslim students near UNC

The shootings of three Muslim students near the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill resonated in Madison. Muslim Student Association President Naman Siad speaks about the campus response.  Related: Campus resources    

Photo: Kawan, a Bornean orangutan at the Henry Vilas Zoo

Zoo’s mother-to-be receives care from UW health professionals

While many in Madison were surprised and delighted to learn that Henry Vilas Zoo’s Bornean orangutan, Kawan, was expecting the zoo’s first baby primate in 14 years, it was old news to Barb Trampe, chief sonagrapher at the UW/Meriter Center for Perinatal Care. She had already seen the first baby pictures.

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Innovations in Birth Control

How effective are different methods of birth control? Are there benefits beyond pregnancy prevention? Join UW Ob-Gyn experts Feb. 25, 6-7 p.m. for discussion and Q&A.

Campus Life

Pieces of astronomy history head to the Smithsonian

While cleaning out Sterling Hall cabinets that hadn’t been opened in decades, UW-Madison Space Place Director Jim Lattis and colleagues in the Astronomy Department struck historical gold.

In the News

Go Baby Go helps get kids rolling

Did you have a Power Wheels car when you were a kid? UW-Madison students working with the Go Baby Go project are adapting motorized cars to help toddlers who can't toddle explore the world on their own. Related: See a video of the wheels in action.

Off Campus

Photo: Speaker at South Madison Partnership open house

Open house offers warm welcome for South Madison Partnership

If you're looking for a new place to take part in service learning, you don't have to go far. The South Madison Partnership opened with a joyful celebration of the continuing engagement between UW-Madison and the South Madison community.

The miracle of the Moringa Tree

For the Moringa Tree project, funded by a Wisconsin Idea Fellowship, success means improving health, empowerment and economic sustainability in a Kenyan community. Three students helped unlock the full miracle of the Moringa.


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Amanda Ochsner encourages girls to get into game design

When Amanda Ochsner started reviewing games marketed toward adolescent girls, she didn’t like what she saw. Ochsner studies why there are so few women in the game design industry — and she’s encouraging girls to get into games.

Pro Tips

Tax time: Making sure your refund lands in your wallet

You've heard about the scams and frauds happening this tax season. DoIT offers advice on how to protect yourself.