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Spreading the Love

Summer 2010

Barry Levenson makes a compelling case for his chosen condiment.

Right On Schedule

Summer 2010

When President Obama turns to the who, what, when, and where of his daily agenda, he has a Badger to thank.

Mind Tricks for the Masses

Summer 2010

The flamboyant Joseph Jastrow founded the UW’s psychology department and helped shape the fledgling science.

Baby Steps

Summer 2010

This is one top ranking that Wisconsin doesn’t want. Working together, public-health experts hope to reduce the shocking mortality rate among African-American babies.

Words, Wit, & Wild Hearts

Spring 2010

It’s a writer-to-writer conversation when Mitchard sits down for a chat with Lorrie Moore, acclaimed fiction author and UW faculty member.

Heads & Hearts

Spring 2010

Chancellor Biddy Martin PhD’85 describes the incomparable role of the humanities in helping us discover what it is to be human.

Someone to Watch over Earth

Spring 2010

The UW’s legacy with environmental issues started in the 1860s when student John Muir embraced nature. It continues evolving on today’s campus, where classes meld filmmaking skills with community activism.

Moooovie Making

Spring 2010

Can Tyler Knowles ’05 pull off his first film with a small crew, a fictional beer, a road trip peppered with Badgers, and a cow costume?

The Changing Face of Publishing

Spring 2010

As profit margins shrink and technological change speeds up, academic publishers face an uncertain future — but the UW Press is adapting to the new realities of bookselling in the twenty-first century.

The People’s Poet

Spring 2010

Influenced by his activist father, photographer Frank Espada, and his own struggles with poverty, Martín Espada ’81 uses his poetry to speak for the downtrodden and the forgotten.

Amazing Grace

Winter 2009

Gaining hands-on experience, helping those who have nowhere else to turn, and contributing to the UW medical school’s culture of giving back‚ it’s all woven into student-organized clinics like this one at Grace church.

Hillel [Encapsulated]

Winter 2009

If Hillel asked us, here’s what On Wisconsin would place in a time capsule in the organization’s new Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life.

Consumer Wake-Up Call

Winter 2009

By necessity, Americans have tightened their belts during the economic downturn‚ but will the valuable lessons learned bring lasting changes to our relationship with money?

“Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

Winter 2009

Some of the most popular quotations ever to infiltrate our culture were contributed by UW alumni. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, or simply entertained.

The Wayfinders

Winter 2009

After the initial shock of hearing a grave health prognosis comes the confusion. But thanks to a unique UW program, patients can count on help to weigh the options and chart their own paths.

When You Say Wisconsin In Song

Fall 2009

Stephen Thompson ’94, editor of National Public Radio’s music Web site, didn’t miss a beat when we asked him to pick five songs that say the UW. His advice for how to defend a song that you like? “If you think it’s awesome, it’s awesome.”

Wolves at the Door

Fall 2009

Thirty-five years ago, Wisconsin had no gray wolves. Today it has more than it knows what to do with. Now UW researchers are trying to help the state figure out how many wolves it wants and needs.

Reinventing Wheels

Fall 2009

American automakers have taken their share of wrong turns, but 2009 has been the worst year ever. Can UW-Madison step in with ways to help them get back on the road?

Evolution Revolution

Fall 2009

Lynn Margulis MS’60’s penchant for independent thinking and controversial ideas has helped her to advance novel theories despite fierce opposition. As a result, she has changed the way we view evolution.

For all the right seasons

Fall 2009

During its seventy-five years and the changing of the seasons, the UW Arboretum has told stories to those who will listen and learn. Even as visitors escape the demands of city life to enjoy its beauty and tranquillity, it has taught researchers just how much human forces shape the land.

The World at Their Feet

Summer 2009

Today’s students know that by graduation, their portfolios of knowledge and skills need to include global competence. But the UW, along with its peers, is grappling to define what that means, exactly, and why in the world it matters.

Reflecting on Joyce Carol Oates

Summer 2009

An academic setback at the UW propelled Joyce Carol Oates MA’61 on to the pinnacle of literary achievement. Read how Madison changed her life, and find an excerpt from “Nighthawk,” her campus memoir.

Tele[re]vision

Summer 2009

Conventional wisdom says that TV is bad for kids, but research is finding that good messages can prevail — if parents choose programming wisely.

This is Your Copilot Speaking

Summer 2009

In January, US Airways Flight 1549 made an unscheduled landing in the Hudson River. Quick action by the crew, including copilot Jeffrey Skiles ’84, ensured survival for all aboard. Skiles now shares his experiences.

The Godmother of Goat Cheese

Summer 2009

Anne Topham ’63, MA’65 didn’t set out to become a trailblazer, but her pursuit of award-winning chèvre helped launch artisanal goat cheese in Wisconsin.

Weight of the Words

Spring 2009

When tribal elders die and take their languages with them, it’s akin to a culture burning its libraries. Henning Garvin ’03, other alumni, and UW researchers are hoping to put out the fire by pairing generations and creating enduring records of Wisconsin’s five native tribes.

Bedtime Story

Spring 2009

We all need sleep, and when we don’t get enough, it isn’t pretty. But scientists have yet to discover what exactly happens in our bodies and brains when we sleep. It’s a puzzle well worth solving for those who have sleep disorders or certain mental illnesses. So what theory are UW researchers pursuing? One unlike any other, of course.

Truth, Death, and Taxidermy

Spring 2009

Errol Morris’s documentaries are known for being quirky — and brilliant. In the words of film critic Roger Ebert, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more ... Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”

A Matter of Degree(s)

Spring 2009

How much is enough when it comes to education? Some UW alumni are gluttons for course work. Meet the candidates in the competition to become UW-Madison’s most-graduated graduate.