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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison March 26, 2014

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Be in the Know

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Jon Huntsman selected as commencement speaker

Citing his record of public service, both in the United States and around the world, the senior class officers of the Class of 2014 have selected former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. to speak at the combined commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17. Related: Commencement FAQs

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“I, Too, Am UW-Madison” resonates with students, staff

UW-Madison students from multicultural backgrounds are sharing their experiences of peer interactions through a Tumblr photo campaign inspired by efforts at Harvard. Keep the discussion going at #itooamuwmadison and upcoming engagement sessions for the new campus diversity framework. Related: Meet the student behind the Tumblr

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Celebrate Earth Day with Rosario Dawson

Actress and activist will keynote Nelson Institute conference April 22, also featuring sci-fi author China Miéville and leading ecologists. Join us!

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Campus Life

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The coolest science pictures you’ll see all week

This year's Cool Science Image Contest yielded striking images from researchers across campus. This image, from graduate students Thomas Ellingham and Max R. Salick, shows cellulose nanofibers marked with a fluorescent stain, resembling a surreal, microscopic city skyline.  Check out the other winning images here.

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Shop early and often at the Friends of UW Libraries Book Sale

Pick up armloads of awesome at the largest used book sale in Wisconsin. From Wednesday, March 26 through Saturday, March 29, come to room 116 of the Memorial Library for unexpected finds in nearly every printed form -- as well as maps, DVDs, CDs, and vintage LPs.

In the News

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$15,000 in prizes up for grabs in student sustainability competition

The deadline to enter the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge is Monday, March 31. All UW-Madison students are eligible to compete for the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize, for innovative -- and interdisciplinary -- solutions to the causes and impacts of global environmental change, as well as the Dvorak Energy Prize, for technology applicable to the energy field (particularly a patentable idea).

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Student team to provide medical help in Vietnam

This summer, a group of UW-Madison students will help provide medical care and supplies to a country that is still struggling to recover nearly 40 years after the end of a war. The Vietnam Health Project hosts an annual trip during the summer to deliver medical supplies and care to those living in the village of Hai An.

Achievements

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Agricultural Innovation Prize could turn clicks into big bucks

Four UW-Madison entries in this national competition  -- Drsti, Mighty Meal(worm), MoniTag and W2E Slurry Services --  could win a $15,000 cash prize. Vote once per day (through April 24) for the entry you think will have the biggest impact on agricultural food systems.    

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