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The Weekly

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

Be in the Know

Bracketology 101: What McLay reads in the seeds

Will a No. 5 seed lose to a No. 12? Will Wisconsin make it to the Final Four? You could guess, but there are better ways to fill out NCAA brackets, according to resident bracketologist Laura McLay. Related: Where to watch tourney games on campus

One email to rule them all: Quick facts on the switch to Office 365

We know change is difficult. DoIT can help! These six simple points explain everything you need to know about when, why and how UW-Madison is making the switch.

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Campus Life

Amazing plans for Amazing Race winner

With her PhD research on ice cream nearing completion and her $1 million win on the Amazing Race with fellow grad student Amy DeJong, life is pretty sweet these days for Maya Warren. So what's next?

Finalists named for top diversity post

Three candidates have been chosen as finalists to be the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s vice provost for diversity. Public presentations and student meet-and-greet sessions with the candidates will take place in the coming weeks.

First Madison Hackathon brings national “makers” to campus

Madison's first Hackathon, promoted by the student group MadHacks, could attract hundreds of young developers from around the country, with teams spending 36 hours hacking new projects to solve real-world problems. Applications are due March 27.

Off Campus

Designing gardens that help people heal

Some gardens are created to cultivate or showcase particular kinds of plants; others, to grow food. But landscape architecture student Lily Mank is most interested in gardens designed to aid healing.


Bucky Badger is namesake for student-discovered yeast

When Chris Hittinger and his group of yeast researchers found a rather aggressive yeast, it was natural to name it for the fierce carnivore that is the mascot of his home institution: Bucky Badger.

Your Health

Get the most out of spring break with these hot tips

Whether you're heading for a sunnier climate or just catching up on sleep from March 28-April 5 (sounds pretty good, actually), spring break lets you refuel, relax and revamp. UHS offers tips on taking action, maximizing health and wellness and staying safe.


Snowmobile team cleans up at national competition

UW-Madison's clean snowmobile team won the 2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, which ended on March 7. The Clean Snowmobile Challenge pushes student teams to design, build and test cleaner, quieter snowmobiles.