Quick Takes: Spring 2012

  • Senior associate athletic director John Chadima resigned in early January following an allegation of sexual misconduct after a party held during the Badgers’ trip to the Rose Bowl. Interim Chancellor David Ward appointed a four-person team to review the matter, and the team, led by a former judge, issued a report of its findings. As of press time in February, a second allegation had been made to university police. Ward asked the judge to conduct another investigation, adding, “We are urging anyone who may have been a victim or anyone with information about inappropriate conduct by Mr. Chadima to come forward.”
  • The UW is minting more Badgers than ever. The 2010–11 academic year marked the first time that the university has granted more than 10,000 degrees in just twelve months. It conferred 6,579 baccalaureates, 2,105 master’s degrees, 754 doctorates, and 661 professional and clinical degrees.
  • The School of Medicine and Public Health’s MEDiC program received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. For twenty years, MEDiC has organized students to provide medical, dental, and mental health services to Madison’s uninsured and homeless. The program was featured in On Wisconsin in Winter 2009.
  • The Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery became the first lab in the state to receive LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council last November.
  • Senior Alexis Brown x’12 was named a Rhodes Scholar. She will become the UW’s seventh recipient of the award, which will enable her to study at Oxford University.
  • Between July 2010 and June 2011, the UW recycled more than 350 tons of computers, monitors, and other electronic equipment.
  • Botany professor David Baum is the namesake for a newly discovered species of tree, Iochroma baumii. Stacey Smith PhD’06 first described the tree, which is native to Ecuador, and named it in Baum’s honor.

Published in the Spring 2012 issue


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