Four L&S staff members honored with 2018 Academic Staff Excellence Awards

Nine University of Wisconsin-Madison professionals — four of them from the College of Letters & Science — have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Academic Staff Excellence Awards. The awards recognize achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.

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Jennifer Noyes is new L&S Associate Dean for Operations and Staff

Noyes will serve as a senior advisor to Dean Karl Scholz.

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Gloria Marí-Beffa named L&S associate dean for natural, physical and mathematical sciences

Marí-Beffa, a professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, will begin the post on January 5, 2018, the start of the spring semester. Previous associate dean Eric Wilcots has moved into the position of Interim Deputy Dean and Associate Dean for Research.

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Wisconsin corn maze features 480-foot trilobite

This fall, in a field in rural Wisconsin, you can get lost in a trilobite. Bug-like and armored, with as many as 100 legs, these now-extinct marine creatures once cruised the planet’s seas, including those that covered Wisconsin. With some help from the UW-Madison Geology Museum, it is also the defining feature of this year’s award-winning Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: The Physics Museum

“I was always a tinkerer,” Steve Narf explains from his Chamberlin Hall workshop lined with towering cabinets, each one stuffed with an amazing array of tools, bolts, and wires. It seems fitting, then, that the Madison native returned to his hometown 22 years ago from the Twin Cities to manage the L. R. Ingersoll Physics Museum. 

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In Madison.com: Staff member Dennis Rinzel passes away at 71

Learning Support Services (LSS) staff member Dennis Rinzel passed away on September 8, 2017.

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Campus museums recreate ‘cabinet of natural history’ digitally

A new UW2020 initiative will centralize the databases of the university’s five natural history museums, which have separated over the decades to specialize and accommodate growing collections. The 1.3-million-specimen Wisconsin State Herbarium will coordinate with the zoology, geology, entomology and anthropology museums to merge records in a way that allows researchers to study the full scope of natural artifacts in one central location. 

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Sea Grant Involvement in New Initiative Will Build Resiliency in 22 Lake Michigan Coastal Communities

Wisconsin Sea Grant is launching a new project to cut erosion and protect Lake Michigan shoreline homes, beaches and harbors.The effort is funded through an award from the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Resilience Grants Program and builds on prior Sea Grant work in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.

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Wisconsin Idea: UW’s “mission statement” under the microscope in fall course

The “Wisconsin Idea,” often described as the most succinct explanation for the university’s role in the state of Wisconsin, will be dissected on campus during 15 lectures this fall in Sociology 496:  “FORWARD?  The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present.”

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