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Radio Daze

February 27, 2014 5 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

February 27, 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

February 27, 2014 1 comment

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!

February 27, 2014

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

Creative License

February 27, 2014 5 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

November 11, 2013 6 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

November 11, 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

November 11, 2013

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

November 11, 2013 12 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

August 29, 2013

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


August 29, 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

August 29, 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

August 29, 2013 4 comments · 1 reader letter

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

Naming Rights

August 29, 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

August 28, 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

August 26, 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

June 12, 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

June 12, 2013 4 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

June 12, 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

June 12, 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

June 12, 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

June 12, 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

March 7, 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

March 7, 2013

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

Getting Torched

March 7, 2013

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

Imagination, Inc.

March 7, 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

March 7, 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

November 10, 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!

November 9, 2012 27 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.

A Thread of Hope

November 8, 2012 4 comments · 1 reader letter

At a factory in Latin America, workers are sewing UW apparel, providing for their families, and spreading hope that the global textile industry can change.

Black Gold

November 5, 2012 1 reader letter

From a temple in India to American beauty salons, a global trade network spins hair into Black Gold

An Elephant Never Begets

November 5, 2012 7 comments

Delivering birth control to elephants is more difficult than you’d think — and more important.

[mis] guided light

August 30, 2012 12 comments · 1 reader letter

A psychopath focuses on a goal — no matter how chilling the consequences. But UW researchers have hopeful news about changing that behavior.

Madison Calling

August 30, 2012 3 comments · 1 reader letter

Hoping to double alumni donations, the UW prepares to roll out an aggressive campaign.

Badger Birdman

August 29, 2012 4 comments

Tom Schultz ’76 never dreamed he’d become a painter — but thanks to him, birdwatchers everywhere are able to identify their feathered friends.

Imagine a Business

August 28, 2012

Creative ideas and a supportive campus culture are helping more and more students embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.

A Gentleman and a Scholar

August 27, 2012 3 comments

He used novel techniques to eradicate syphilis in Wisconsin. He identified PTSD long before it had that name. Professor Hans Reese was a man ahead of his time.

A Labor of Love {for Words}

June 4, 2012 2 comments · 1 reader letter

From A to Z, the Dictionary of American Regional English reaches its goal.

Can You Nurture Your Nature ?

May 28, 2012 6 comments

A leading UW researcher says everyone has an emotional style — and you can train yourself to change.

Farewell Cards

May 23, 2012 9 comments · 1 reader letter

Memorial Library bids an overdue adieu to its card catalog.