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University Book Store welcomes author Kevin Maurer


The University Book Store will host a book signing Thursday.

Author Kevin Maurer will be at 711 State Street from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to sign his book, Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces.

Maurer's book examines the Green Berets, their roots and how their role has changed with the War in Iraq.

For more information about the book, visit the Amazon site here.

Odyssey Project celebrates 10 years


The Chazen Museum of Art will celebrate 10 years of the UW Odyssey Project on Thursday.

The UW Odyssey Project is a journey in the humanities for adults facing economic barriers to higher education, said a press release.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature poetry and prose readings, theatrical and musical performances, a Odyssey video and refreshments.

More than 250 economically-challenged adults have benefitted from the Odyssey Project, said a press release.  The program includes studying the humanities and arts in a free UW-Madison class.

Students from the past ten classes, instructors, friends, family and community supporters are invited to attend the event.

Science and dance combine at UW-Madison


A Wisconsin Science Festival event will combine science and dance Friday.

The Dance Department will bring science to the stage with "PULSE: Intersections of Dance and Science" at 8 p.m. in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lanthrop Hall at 1050 University Ave.

The concert will feature mathematician Karl Schaffer from De Anza College and dance professor Erik Stern from Weber State University, said a press release.

The performance will feature Li's "Hado," a dance inspired by the book "The Secret Life of Water" and will include video projections.  Another performance will explore the concept of repetition with the expectation of different results through the lens of religion.

Pre-concert activities include a dance demonstration on Friday entitled "Where Patterns Collide – Math & Dance" from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  A reception will follow the free performance.

Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Nominations are being accepted for the top teacher or professor in Madison.

Panera Bread will accept nominations until Sunday for deserving educators ranging from preschool to graduate school.

Nominations can be sent to www.panerabread.com/topteacher.  The winner of the top teacher honor will receive breakfast for their classroom, a $200 Panera gift card and $100 in office supplies.

Panera will also donate $1 to the Kids Café Program at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin for each nomination received, said a press release.

The top teacher will be announced on Oct. 5, World Teachers' Day.  Madison bakeries and cafes will also celebrate local teachers on Oct. 5 with a free coffee for teachers from open to 11 a.m.

Second annual Science Festival comes to Madison

Second annual Science Festival comes to Madison


The Wisconsin Science Festival kicks off Thursday with more than 150 presentations, performances, exhibits and more.

The event will take place Sept. 27 to 30 and will feature connections between science, art and innovation, said a press release.  The second annual Wisconsin Science Festival will take place in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Highlights of this year's event include the debut of a Mylar blimp, the physics of football, amazing insects, and a science café discussion of unusual weather.

For a complete schedule and more information, go to the Science Festival program here.

Madison named best college football town

Madison named best college football town


Madison was ranked as the best college football town according to an online poll conducted by USA Today.  Sports writers contributed to the decision, listing their favorite college football game day cities.

According to a press release, Adam Kramer from Bleacher Reporter nominated Madison as one of his favorite game day locales.  Kramer said "Bloody Mary's, cheese curds and a sea of red" were all a part of the Madison experience.

More than 50,000 votes were cast and Madison beat out other football favorites such as Austin, TX and Gainesville, FL.

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau played a role in the win, mobilizing supporters to vote for Wisconsin's capitol city.

USA Today reporter Laura Bly will visit Madison for the Oct. 6 home game against Illinois, said a press release.  Bly will write a feature story about Madison for the Oct. 12 edition of USA Today.

UW career, internship fair boats more employers


University of Wisconsin-Madison Career Services will host the Career and Internship Fair on Thursday.

Over 275 organizations will be on campus, said a press release. At least 26 more companies will be at this year's Sept. 20 event than at the one in fall 2011.

"UW-Madison Career Services units are excited about the number of companies coming to the Fall Career and Internship Fair," said Maria McGinnis from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison. "This is the largest one-day fair ever at UW-Madison. The Career Services units attribute this to more companies willing to hire graduates and host internships."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their smartphones to scan QR codes at employer tables during the fair.

The UW Fall Career and Internship Fair will also have an official Twitter hashtag: #UWCF.Employers. Attendees are encouraged to tweet about their experiences, jobs, pictures, or fun facts from the fair.