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New director of Sea Grant Institute, Water Resources Institute chosen

New director of Sea Grant Institute, Water Resources Institute chosen

University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader has appointed of James P. Hurley as the new director of the Aquatic Sciences Center, effective May 1.       

The Aquatic Sciences Center, housed in the Graduate School, is the administrative home of two federal-state programs-the Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute.

The institutes support research, education and outreach to protect and sustainably use Wisconsin's 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater and 6.4 million acres of Lakes Michigan and Superior.

Hurley is returning to the center after a just more than a year as the director of the Environmental Health Division of the State Lab of Hygiene. Hurley was at ASC from 1998 to 2010, filling the role of assistant director for research and outreach at the time of his departure.

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Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

The Goodman Pool Waves invite all prospective swim team members to an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Warner Park Community Recreation Center at 1625 Northport Dr. 

The meeting is designed to be a Q&A for parents and swim team members. Families will learn about scholarship opportunities, meet the coach and see what being a part of the Waves is all about.

The Waves Swim Team is open to youth ages 6-18.   

For more information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/pool/swimTeam.cfm.

Wellness Expo to raise funds for eye research

Wellness Expo to raise funds for eye research

On Saturday, April 14, the Wisconsin Wellness Expo is hosting a three-hour Zumba marathon, walkathon and fitness challenge to raise money for the UW Eye Research Institute, known as ERI.

Jimmy Tormey, a longtime employee of the Division of Recreational Sports, recently went on medical retirement due to retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that causes blindness.

"Jimmy is now preparing for a life transition without his sight by taking courses to develop new skills, and the decision to identify ERI as the beneficiary of the fundraising this year was easy," said Lori Devine, fitness director for the Division of Recreational Sports.

The expo, open to the public, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southeast Recreational Facility, commonly known as SERF. Free parking is available in lot 91 during the event, and free handouts include T-shirts and reusable shopping bags.

UW-Madison animal programs achieve highest accreditation

UW-Madison animal programs achieve highest accreditation

The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International has continued the Full Accreditation status for animal research programs for another three years in three major divisions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison: the Graduate School, the School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

After a four-day inspection, in October 2011, eight AAALAC expert site visitors gave 18 program commendations plus several suggestions for improvement. 

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Homeless man faces trespassing charge at downtown church

Homeless man faces trespassing charge at downtown church

Madison police arrested a 37-year-old homeless man early Sunday morning after finding him on a downtown church property where he has been banned after repeatedly panhandling around parishioners.

Matthew A. Nickel was found at Holy Redeemer Church on West Johnson Street on Sunday, but police said several area churches have filed similar complaints against him.

Officials at one west side church told police that they offered Nickel food last year, but he told them he only wanted cash. They said Nickel claimed to need the money for a medical situation, and he became aggressive when he was denied the money.

Union Hosts 'Caveman' Concert On Friday

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Music Committee presents "Caveman" at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in Der Rathskeller at Memorial Union at 800 Langdon St.  

"Screaming Females with Giant People" will open the show.

Caveman was born in New York in January 2010, when a group of friends decided it was time to put aside their boyhood ways and start being men. The sound they crafted in that large, dark room is equal parts chamber pop, dreamscape and horror film score.  

At a Caveman show you will hear four-part harmonies, spaced-out guitars, synths and, yes, much drumming.

This free event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests. 

For all events visit www.union.wisc.edu/events for daily updates.

Weather Conditions Increase Risk Of Wildfires

Dry weather conditions and heavy winds have the National Weather Service putting southern Wisconsin, including Dane County, on fire weather watch Monday.

The Madison Fire Department is warning that there is a high risk of brush fires starting due to the weather conditions. The Madison Fire Department is prohibiting the use of outdoor fires in the city "until weather conditions change."

"Right now, we're putting a stop to that because of the risk," said Bernadette Galvez of the Madison Fire Department, explaining why the city of Madison has banned outdoor burns, except for grilling, because of the increased risk.

At a statewide level, Bob Manwell from the Department of Natural Resources said just about everyone is at risk.