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Yin named director of China Initiative


Jerry C.P. Yin

Jerry C.P. Yin, professor in the Departments of Genetics and Neurology, has been named as the new faculty director of the Wisconsin China Initiative (WCI) by Vice Provost and Dean Guido Podestá of the University of Wisconsin–Madison International Division.

Podestá says Yin will also serve as a special adviser to the dean on China-related matters, to help ensure that the region receives the high level of attention and coordination it merits.

“I look forward to working closely with him to promote our continued growth and success in this area.”

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Peace Corps journey leads Kloppenburg home

Micah Kloppenburg

Micah Kloppenburg

Micah Kloppenburg, who served as a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in Nicaragua from 2009-11, returned Madison, where he was born and raised. He came inspired to apply to his community what he’d learned abroad.

This fall, he begins working on his master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and talking about the Peace Corps as the new campus recruiter.

Kloppenburg relishes the opportunities to share his Peace Corps experiences and help open the doors for others to follow.

“Recruiting provides a really creative way to expose people to the amount of experiences that are available to them. I’m excited to be able to think up new and different ways to engage people and just to talk. ”

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A New Name: The International Division

As of July 1, 2015, the Division of International Studies has officially become The International Division, the culmination of a multi-year process of review and reorganization. Along with the name, we have adopted a tagline – “Advancing the Global Wisconsin Idea” – to highlight our campus-wide focus.

Changes also include the reorganization and renaming of the International Institute as the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). The Institute and its member centers – which had been jointly administered since the mid-1990s by the College of Letters and Science and the Division – have shifted completely into The International Division, also effective July 1, 2015.

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