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Urgent: Amendment to restrict government employee participation in scientific conferences

The following disturbing message from the American Geophysical Union, a major professional organization, was passed on to S&W.   If you value the participation of government scientists in the broader scientific community and, especially, in scientific conferences, then you should not … Continue reading

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S&W invites nominations for a new board of contributing editors.

For over four years, Sifting and Winnowing has served as a forum for the campus community to speak out on issues that cannot be adequately debated in the student dailies or the off-campus media alone.  For most of those years, … Continue reading

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Wrapping up a traumatic year for UW-Madison, and a challenge for 2012

Those who work and/or study at UW-Madison can be forgiven for feeling like pinatas.  It’s hard to imagine more drama in one year.  Like the sticks wielded by small children seeking easy loot, the blows came from many directions, sometimes … Continue reading

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Defunct war strategy program may still overshadow University of Wisconsin-Madison’s history of dissent.

This article is part 2 of a two-part series on the military’s influence in academia and originally appeared here on Truthout. Part 1 ran previously on Truthout. Once viewed by some as a “rising star” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, … Continue reading

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UW System may soon trail Department of Corrections in share of state funding.

For many years there has been an interest in the ever-increasing state funding of corrections (aka “prisons”) and the simultaneous decline in the proportion of state funding of higher education. While there is reasonable debate about whether the state contribution … Continue reading

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Connecting Engaged Scholarship with the Wisconsin Idea

Presentation and Panel Discussion October 25, 2011 A Year of the Wisconsin Idea Event Over the last quarter century, a national conversation about the societal relevance of higher education has gained considerable momentum. At the core of this dialogue lie … Continue reading

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Oct. 13 forum: “The National Attack on Public Higher Education: Effective Strategies for Fighting Back.”

Title: “The National Attack on Public Higher Education: Effective Strategies for Fighting Back.” Featured Speaker: Cary Nelson, President, American Association of University Professors. Prof. U. Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Panel: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Assoc. Prof. Educ. Policy John Wiley, Former Chancellor, UW-Madison Time … Continue reading

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UW-Madison’s primary mission is football.

I have heard a lot of bitter grumbling today concerning the parking and traffic problems associated with today’s Badger football game.  The biggest gripers are those employees with paid parking permits who are being forcibly evicted from their assigned lots … Continue reading

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Invitation to planning discussion: Building an effective organization for faculty and staff.

The following event is likely to be of interest to S&W readers – Ed. Save the date! Saturday, Sept 24 — 10 AM- 3 PM Building an Effective Organization for Faculty and Staff If you read Sifting and Winnowing then … Continue reading

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Can we really trust the outcomes of the recall elections?

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past six months, it’s that the University of Wisconsin-Madison cannot ignore or escape the political storm that has been buffeting Wisconsin.   Regardless of one’s political leanings, one cannot fail to recognize that the … Continue reading

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