Mobile computing has gone viral at UW-Madison while regular cellphones are going the way of the land line, according to the university's 2012 Student Computing Survey.
Two-thirds of respondents said they owned an Internet-ready handheld device such as a smartphone, iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, Android or iPod Touch, up from 56 percent in 2011 and 45 percent in 2010. About a third reported using a simple cellphone, down from 49 percent in 2011 and 62 percent in 2010.
And almost all students (97 percent of respondents) own a laptop while 36 percent own a desktop computer, down from 45 percent in 2011. A quarter of students use a tablet computer such as the iPad, Kindle or Nook, compared to 11 percent in 2011.
The survey found students are relying more heavily on Web-based technologies available with their devices — 70 percent use location-based social media services, up from 60 percent a year ago. They also want more features for the university's iPhone and Android app Mobile UW, such as more administrative services, mobile access to course and enrollment functions, cash management and payment options and library services.
The annual survey was delivered on the Web in spring 2012 using a random sample of 1,200 UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate, professional and special students, of whom 316 responded.
School of Education hires 18 new faculty members
The UW-Madison School of Education is welcoming its largest group of new hires in the school's 82-year history.
The addition of 18 new faculty is the result of an unusual number of retirements over the past two years, said Dawn Crim, associate dean for external relations.
The new hires include Melinda "Gay" Ivey, the Tashia F. Morgridge Chair in Reading and Literacy, who focuses her research on struggling adolescent readers; and Maisha T. Winn, the Susan Cellmer Chair in English Education, who has taught in urban schools, studied the Black Arts Movement, and researched the intersection of arts and literacy in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated girls.
Horn named rec sports interim director
John Horn has been named interim director of the UW-Madison Division of Recreational Sports, following the retirement of longtime director Dale Carruthers.
Horn has been the director of recreational programs and facilities since 2004, overseeing management, scheduling and contracting for the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF), the Natatorium, outdoor activity spaces, and the division's programs. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire and received a master's degree in recreation management from the University of Arkansas.
A search for a permanent replacement will begin in the near future, the university said in a news release.