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For the Record

September 5, 2007

Wisconsin Week, the newspaper of record for UW–Madison, carries legally required notices for faculty and staff.

Canadian–U.S. Border Security Conference: Call for faculty and doctoral student participation

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is a co-sponsor of the upcoming conference “Homeland Security and Canada-U.S. Border Trade: Implications for Public Policy and Business Strategy,” which will take place in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 25–26. Designed for business executives, government officials and academics, the conference will assess American and Canadian security perspectives.

This conference is by invitation only. Anyone interested in attending should send a brief e-mail by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, describing your interest in the program and how it relates to your teaching and research interests.

To view the conference agenda and for additional information, visit the conference web site or contact Julie Lane at 265-9719.

Graduate School fall research competition

Information about the Graduate School’s fall research competition can be found in the competition announcement at the Graduate School Research Funding site.

Online applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

This competition is open to tenured professors, associate professors, tenure-track assistant professors and permanent PIs at UW–Madison.

Call for pre-proposals for the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment

The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff and students for the annual Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The endowment is intended to advance The Wisconsin Idea through the development of new and innovative initiatives and new dimensions to existing outreach activities by creating partnerships and collaborations, and sharing and applying knowledge. The endowment is not intended to support or to duplicate existing projects, or replace activities that are part of a unit’s normal operation.

This year, $600,000 will be granted for projects that begin on or after Jan. 15. Proposals for initiatives up to $120,000 total funding are encouraged, and projects may last for up to three years. The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment call for proposals involves two steps: UW–Madison faculty, staff or students must first submit a pre-proposal; and individuals whose pre-proposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Pre-proposals (two double-spaced pages) are due in dean’s offices by the end of the day on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Signed copies of the pre-proposals are due in the provost’s office by Wednesday, Oct. 3. Those encouraged to submit full proposals will be notified by Friday, Oct. 26. For complete endowment details, visit the Baldwin Endowment site.

Further questions should be directed to the endowment chair, Peyton Smith, assistant vice chancellor for extended programs, telephone 262-8214.

New Student Privacy Rights and Responsibilities brochure for faculty and instructional staff

The Office of the Registrar has created a new brochure for faculty and instructional staff. The brochure provides information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and includes tips on handling student data to ensure safety and confidentiality.

The university is increasingly becoming an institution driven by electronic data that instructors work with daily. Instructors can help to build a strong trust relationship with students by assuring them we are handling and disclosing their data in an appropriate manner.

All faculty and instructional staff are urged to become familiar with FERPA. To view a FERPA tutorial and download the brochure, visit the Registrar’s FERPA site. Printed brochures can be requested by phone (262-3964) or e-mail.