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UW Researcher Wins $183,000 Grant

A University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs professor has won a three-year, $183,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore options for public-policy mechanisms to address climate change.

In the project "Choosing a Portfolio of Technology Policies in an Uncertain World," assistant professor Greg Nemet will examine how different technology policies could affect climate and the economy. Nemet has a joint appointment with the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Economy (SAGE).

One of the challenges of determining how best to address climate change is the high degree of uncertainty involved with both the outcomes of technology policies and the effects of climate change, Nemet says.

2 UW Researchers Get Financial Boost In Push For Graduate Degrees

A pair of young fusion researchers will be working with the support of the Department of Energy as they work on graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Carson Cook and Lauren Garrison were among 150 graduate students tapped this summer for Department of Energy Graduate Fellowships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, providing them with $50,500 each year for as many as three years to cover tuition, living expenses and research materials and travel.

"This opens up more opportunities," said Garrison, a Charleston, Ill., native who just finished her master's degree in UW-Madison's nuclear and engineering physics program. "There's the added benefit of a research allowance, which is support for supplies and traveling to conferences -- things that wouldn't be covered by a teaching assistant or research assistant position."

The two UW-Madison students were selected from more than 3,000 applicants.

Hoofer Sailing Club Presents Guest Speaker

A guest speaker, Captain Paul Exner, will join the Hoofer Sailing Club in Memorial Union’s Great Hall on Wednesday, On Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. to present the intrigue behind his sailing vessel Solstice which was built by hand in the farm fields of Wisconsin.

Exner will also discuss the Caribbean’s allure that inspires the sailing expeditions he now leads. The event will be filled with photos, explanatory diagrams and interesting stories that educate and entertain the audience.

To learn more about Captain Exner and the Solstice, visit Modern Geographic’s website at: www.moderngeographic.com/expeditions.html.

University Theatre To Perform 'The Grapes Of Wrath'

The Department of Theatre and Drama’s producing arm, University Theatre, will present Frank Galati's award-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, directed by Professor Norma Saldivar.

A story of courage and endurance in the face of overwhelming hardship, Steinbeck's Nobel Prize-winning novel examines a family of sharecroppers who strive for the American dream in an environment that raises and then shatters their dreams and aspirations. 

"What makes this a really good piece for our students is the marrying of storytelling and community," Saldivar explained. "The story depicts the travails of a family caught in a time where the very fiber of who they are as individuals, family and community is tested.”

UW's Transportation Services Considers Adding Bicycles To Fleet

Transportation Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is putting a suggestion into action this month by downsizing at least one of its vehicles from four wheels to two.

Transportation Services staff from the Commuter Solutions and Field Services teams have been working together to add a bicycle to the Field Services fleet. The suggestion to use a bicycle instead of a vehicle was made at a recent campus forum.

Chuck Strawser, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Transportation Services and a nationally certified cycling instructor, is providing training for Field Services staff members to ensure that they are well prepared to operate a bicycle safely and legally.

Field Services units ensure compliance with the university's parking policies, providing maximum utilization of spaces.

Badgers' Big Ten Basketball Schedule Released

The Big Ten Conference announced the 2010-11 conference schedule Thursday, revealing dates, times and television coverage for Wisconsin’s 18-game Big Ten slate.

The Badgers have finished among the top four teams in the conference standings for nine consecutive seasons, winning three regular season Big Ten titles over that span. 

Here are a few notes about the Badgers’ 2010-11 Big Ten schedule:

Traffic Detours In Place As UW-Madison Students Move In

Motorists might want to avoid the downtown Madison area this weekend as 7,000 University of Wisconsin-Madison students move into campus housing.

The first wave of move-in started Wednesday as 1,300 students arrived on campus.

Unlike previous years, ongoing road and utility construction will make the big move-in weekend even more hectic than usual. Several city streets will be closed and turned into one-way streets for several days this week. Large message boards will be up in the campus area to help direct people to the appropriate places, according to a release from UW officials.

The Park Street closure is forcing all residents at Lakeshore, Chardbourne and Barnard residence halls to be rerouted.

Connie Callan, who was moving her daughter in on Wednesday, said she has never seen the streets this confusing.