Features

Fulsome Prison Blues

Fall 2014 — 8 comments

As a student, UW sociology professor Alice Goffman spent six years immersed in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. What she learned shaped her understanding of urban policy and inspired a break-out book.

The Kick that Captivated a Country

Fall 2014

An excerpt from The Opening Kickoff explores how UW legend Pat O'Dea "put the foot in football" and gained long-overdue respect for the Wisconsin team during the early days of intercollegiate athletics.

Behind the Screens

Fall 2014 — 4 comments

What does it take to produce one of those courses with the funny name? We look at the intense planning, the in-the-field work, and the post-production effort required to create a MOOC.

Badger Sports Greats

Fall 2014 — 7 comments

The third in our series of UW-themed crossword puzzles.

Can This Democracy Be Saved?

Fall 2014 — 11 comments

As our nation faces a great political divide, UW experts and alumni explore the current state of democracy, our voting system, the enormous power and potential of social media, and the hopeful voices of the next generation.

Thinking Inside the Box

Summer 2014 — 6 comments · 1 reader letter

In an excerpt from his new book, UW professor Jordan Ellenberg argues that math is part of our daily lives and encourages us to embrace its power.

Musical Numbers

Summer 2014 — 2 comments · 2 reader letters

Math and music are connected in some surprising ways, and David Kung '94, MA'96, PhD'00 has made it his business to become an expert in all of them.

Empty Nests

Summer 2014 — 7 comments · 1 reader letter

What can we learn from the demise of the passenger pigeon? Key Wisconsinites say the lesson is clear: don't let it happen again.

Off the Prescribed Path

Summer 2014 — 2 comments · 1 reader letter

Wherever she's gone in life, the medically underserved have always found Jenny Amani MD'09.

The Man with a Plan

Summer 2014 — 3 comments

When this landscape architect — and fellow Badgers in his Chicago firm — tackle a project, they do far more than put in bushes: they engage the community and create an experience.

Seeing Results

Summer 2014 — 4 comments

As scientists unravel the mysteries of human DNA, genetic counselors stand ready to interpret what it all means.

Radio Daze

Spring 2014 — 6 comments

The predecessor to today's campus radio station may have been tiny, but it forged lifelong bonds among students from the 1950s to the early '90s and sponsored one heck of a trivia contest.

Coming of Age

Spring 2014 — 4 comments

Children diagnosed with autism will grow up, and that presents entirely different challenges for them and their families. Now the UW's Waisman Center is offering guideposts for the journey.

The Frankenpianist

Spring 2014 — 3 comments · 1 reader letter

Music professor by day and eccentric genius by night, Christopher Taylor is creating a double-keyboard instrument that could revolutionize the world of piano-playing.

It’s a Tradition!

Spring 2014

The second in our series of UW-themed crossword puzzles.

Creative License

Spring 2014 — 7 comments

Now a UW faculty member, renowned cartoonist and author Lynda Barry explores the genesis of creativity, teaching the powerful connection between our hands and our brains.

Milk Matters

Winter 2013 — 9 comments · 4 reader letters

Dairy is not "straw hats and bib overalls" at the UW. The flagship institution in America's Dairyland draws on a long history of lacto-research, modern technology, and big data to thrive in what has become a very scientific field.

A Leap of Faith

Winter 2013 — 3 comments · 2 reader letters

Does religion have a place at a public university? The Lubar Institute contends that it does — not to proselytize, but to give students a safe place to explore beliefs and cultivate understanding.

Spotlight on innovation

Winter 2013 — 1 comment

What started as a gutsy notion among four UW undergrads (we could do this better) has grown into a wildly successful theatrical-lighting enterprise based in Badgerland.

Pigment Prejudice

Winter 2013 — 15 comments · 1 reader letter

Due to a belief that their body parts bring good luck, people with albinism in some African countries are hunted and killed. Two alumni are stepping in to help Tanzania, where the problem is most severe.

Meet Rebecca Blank

Fall 2013

Just how valuable is the devotion Badgers feel for their alma mater? "That's gold," says UW-Madison's new chancellor.

Entitled

Fall 2013

As Title IX turns forty, film producer Libby Geist ’02 explores nine female athletes who changed their gender's world.

Scripts and the City

Fall 2013 — 2 comments · 1 reader letter

Special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan ’77, JD’83 is leading New York's battle with the illegal trade in prescription drugs.

The Birth of Vitamin A

Fall 2013 — 8 comments · 1 reader letter

With his accidental discovery of Vitamin A, UW professor Elmer McCollum kickstarted the field of modern nutrition.

Naming Rights

Fall 2013 — 1 reader letter

When the time came to name their children, these couples decided that only once choice would do.

The Big Board in One Big Gulp

Fall 2013 — 1 reader letter

Before the year is out, Jeffrey Sprecher ’78 is set to finalize his purchase of the New York Stock Exchange.

Badger Foodies

Fall 2013 — 5 comments · 1 reader letter

What's a nine-letter word for "interwoven verbal puzzle"? Crossword! Try On Wisconsin's first cruciverbal challenge

The Planet Hunter

Summer 2013 — 4 comments

Maggie Turnbull ’98 has become an authority on the search for signs of extraterrestrial life — and she's done it on her own terms.

The ABCs of MOOCs

Summer 2013 — 5 comments · 1 reader letter

As the university prepares to offer its first massive online open courses, we take a look at this new phenomenon and its implications for UW-Madison.

Time Travel

Summer 2013 — 1 comment

An aerial view provides a peek into what the UW looked like seventy-five years ago and contrasts it with today's perspective.

The Accidental Actor

Summer 2013 — 3 comments

The theater world has embraced the talents of Carrie Coon MFA ’06, taking her all the way to the Broadway stage.

Ask the Experts

Summer 2013 — 3 comments · 2 reader letters

On Wisconsin dispatches a bevy of reporters to track down UW experts and ask for advice on everyday stuff.

Brick by Brick

Summer 2013 — 6 comments

Ryan Ziegelbauer MS ’06 calls upon his degree in urban and regional planning to create masterpieces in a familiar medium: Lego bricks.

Uniquely Human

Spring 2013 — 4 comments

A UW professor guides those who have been seriously harmed by others along a path to forgiveness. And a UW alumna encourages leaders to take a new approach to conflict: honoring dignity.

College 101

Spring 2013

A special partnership with the UW introduces ninth-graders to the notion of a degree following high school.

Getting Torched

Spring 2013

Economist Andrew Zimbalist ’69 argues that big-time sports and big-time stadiums are not necessarily a boon for cities.

Imagination, Inc.

Spring 2013 — 6 comments

The devil's in the details, as a young grad has discovered in her job with the animation studio Pixar.

Rowing to Extremes

Spring 2013 — 4 comments

Oceans, mountains, car accidents, continents — über-athlete Sonya Baumstein ’07 has yet to meet the obstacle that can stop her.

Mission Possible

Winter 2012 — 1 comment

Think that world hunger can’t be overcome? Bettina Luescher begs to differ.

It’s a Mailbox … It’s a Bird House … No, Wait, It’s a Library!

Winter 2012 — 31 comments · 3 reader letters

A simple idea to house free books in quirky little buildings on posts is bringing neighborhoods together and enhancing literacy around the world.