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Dalai Lama Gives $50,000 To Support UW Research

The Dalai Lama is putting his money where his mouth is.

The Tibetan spiritual leader has given $50,000 from his personal trust to support research into the science behind kindness and compassion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The grant to the school's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds comes after the Dalai Lama promoted its work during a visit to Madison in May.

Center Director Richard Davidson said the gift was completely unexpected and unsolicited, and researchers "are deeply honored" by the support from the world leader.

The center is looking into how healthy qualities of mind like kindness, empathy and compassion develop and might be nurtured. The center has not decided yet how to use the grant, but Davidson pledges it will be "in the most beneficial way possible."

Union South Bashes Set To Begin

It's the first monthly event to celebrate the upcoming grand opening of the new Union South in April, 2011.

The Wisconsin Union is holding a special event on the 15th of every month highlighting a different aspect of the new building.

In September the event, "My Orchard St. Party" will be highlighted by music, food and games.  

It will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the construction site on Orchard St. and Campus Dr.

Badger Bash Tailgate Party Returns

Madison's largest Badgers football tailgating party is back at Engineering Mall for one more season before moving to the new Union South in fall 2011.

Join fellow Badgers fans two hours before home game kickoffs and enjoy performances by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, food hot off the grill, icy cold beverages, Bucky Badger in person and much more!

Starting this year at Badger Bash we will be celebrating Bucky's birthday which is officially on Oct. 2.  Fans are encouraged to stop by Badger Bash on Sept. 25 for fun activities and prizes to honor the birthday boy.

In 2011, Badger Bash will be moving to the new Union South. Back in 2006, UW-Madison students voted to renovate Memorial Union and build a new south campus student union.

The new Memorial Union building and grounds will be the perfect permanent home for Badger Bash and officials look forward to welcoming fans back after a few seasons away.

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.”