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Summer 2015

A senior librarian at UW-Madison, Raymond Hamel MA’85 is also a puzzle and trivia master. He’s had …

Counting the Ways

Summer 2015

A new report attaches impressive numbers to a longstanding link between the university and it state.

The Hope Builder

Summer 2015 — 1 comment

By the time Roberto Rivera ’04 devised his own UW major, he had already experienced a life's worth of challenges. But that didn't stop him from showing other young people a way out.

Street-Dance Scientist

Summer 2015

He does popping. He devotes time to his company. He teaches adults and kids about science. He works on his doctorate. Is there anything Jeff Vinokur ’12 isn't doing?

Kings of Sherman Park

Summer 2015

When Herb Kohl ’56 and Bud Selig ’56 grew up together in Milwaukee, they had no idea that their camaraderie would follow them for life.

When Black History Is Your Own

Summer 2015

Descended from a family who helped found a historic African-American community, Thulani Davis gained a unique perspective that allows her to bring the Reconstruction era alive for her students.

Plastics Pioneers

Summer 2015

This ubiquitous material has surprising roots at UW — and it's a connection that spurred a thriving Wisconsin industry.

Staying Power

Spring 2015 — 4 comments · 1 reader letter

A standout journalist while on campus, these days Phil Rosenthal ’85 covers the very industry that provides his paycheck — and he urges skeptics not to write off newspapers just yet.

The Warlord’s Biographer

Spring 2015 — 2 comments · 1 reader letter

In his recent book, Brian Williams PhD’99 sets the record straight on Afghanistani general and now vice president Abdul Dostum, who, along with his cavalry of two thousand Uzbek horsemen, helped the United States defeat the Taliban in a key battle in late 2001.

Old School

Spring 2015 — 25 comments · 6 reader letters

Remember when Chadbourne Hall housed only women? Attending a class in the old Law Building? Your room at old Ogg Hall? Grabbing a table at the old Union South? Take this walk down memory lane and revisit campus buildings that have come and gone.

The Chemistry of Truthfulness

Spring 2015

UW Professor William Bleckwenn 1917, who first used sodium amytal to treat people with schizophrenia, had little idea that his pioneering work would lead to what is popularly known as truth serum.

Desludging Dakar

Spring 2015 — 1 comment

Using her understanding of human decision-making, Laura Schechter is improving sanitation in Senegal — and in the process, she's changing the way that social scientists and economists think.

The Price Is Right

Winter 2014 — 10 comments · 1 reader letter

Who sets tuition, and what does it cover, anyway? We look at the bottom line of attending college, steps to keep it affordable, and the reasons why it's well worth the investment.

Are the Kids Really All Right?

Winter 2014

As the cost of college education rises, so does the need for financial literacy. UW administrators and researchers are trying to find the best ways to educate students and parents about debt, value, and planning for the future.

Humanities for the Real World

Winter 2014 — 2 comments · 1 reader letter

Take the tradition of storytelling and creativity within the humanities fields and blend it with a commitment to join the digital age, and you have the recipe for an exciting campus evolution.

Packing Up a War

Winter 2014

The Wisconsin National Guard, with Badgers among its members, is dismantling the massive amount of stuff that supported military efforts in Afghanistan. And a UW professor is playing a key role in bringing it home.

It Was a Very Good Year

Winter 2014 — 4 comments · 1 reader letter

In 1964, the university was marked by rising interest in civil rights, a legendary live music scene, and such a large incoming class that officials considered banning student cars and bicycles and building a campus subway or monorail.

Fulsome Prison Blues

Fall 2014 — 9 comments · 2 reader letters

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.

Badger Sports Greats

Fall 2014 — 8 comments

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

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 — 5 comments · 1 reader letter

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.

Can This Democracy Be Saved?

Fall 2014 — 13 comments · 4 reader letters

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 — 7 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 — 3 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 — 10 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 — 16 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.