Public service

Advocating for Your University

Spring 2015

Alumni voices have played a role for more than 150 years.

Liking Lichen

Spring 2015

The Wisconsin State Herbarium has added 60,000 samples to its collection.

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.

Splash Mob

Winter 2014

Citizen scientists provide clarity for lake researchers’ big questions.

Mark Riccobono ’99: Pioneer for the Blind

Winter 2014

Mark Riccobono's UW–Madison experience served as an awakening.

Irwin Goldman

Winter 2014

Irwin Goldman packages seeds for the Open Source Seed Initiative. Using envelopes such as the one below, OSSI sent material to 6,000 people …

Anthropology 370

Fall 2014

Despite daily deluges, twelve students in this anthropology course spent most of June sifting and winnowing dirt.

Teaching Controversy

Fall 2014 — 1 comment

How can we prepare our kids to participate in the highly polarized world of politics?

International Studies 322 and 622

Summer 2014 — 1 comment

An innovative UW program is aiming to bring Madison and Washington closer together, one semester at a time.

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.

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.

Flight of Honor

Spring 2014 — 1 comment

UW doctor on a mission for his late father.

Waisman’s Legacy

Spring 2014

Waisman’s legacy started with a different name: Kennedy.

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.

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.

A Self-Paced Journey

Fall 2013 — 2 comments

A professor’s words help a community explore its long-held beliefs.

Good Sports

Summer 2013

When it comes to community service, UW athletes are pros.

A Promising Sight

Summer 2013

Family's cells lead researchers closer to curing eye disease

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.

Quick Takes: Spring 2013

Spring 2013

UW news in brief

Personal Peace

Spring 2013 — 7 comments

A UW professor guides those who have been seriously harmed by others along a path to forgiveness.

World Peace

Spring 2013 — 5 comments

A UW alumna encourages leaders to take a new approach to conflict: honoring dignity.

Mission Possible

Winter 2012 — 1 comment

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

Badger Sports Ticker: Winter 2012

Winter 2012

UW Athletic News in brief

John Schmitt ’80: The Long Road

Winter 2012

For years, John Schmitt ’80 had heard that many of the world’s people live without access to clean, safe water

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

Winter 2012 — 37 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.

Mobility Marvel

Fall 2012

Engineering students help a surgeon get back on his feet in the OR.

A Gentleman and a Scholar

Fall 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.

WAA Honors 2012 Distinguished Alumni

Summer 2012

Meet five Badgers every alum should know.

Dog Days

Summer 2012

UW–Madison Day at the State Fair: August 8, 2012

Anders Andren

Summer 2012 — 2 comments

The Sea Grant’s long-time director charts a new course.

Game On

Summer 2012

It began with power pellets, gobbling ghosts, and Ms. Pac Man.

By the Numbers

Summer 2012

Year of the Wisconsin Idea


Spring 2012 — 1 comment

When a young woman dressed as reality TV fixture Kim Kardashian says she’s never worked harder in her life, she’s not kidding.

They Don’t Teach This in Basic Training

Spring 2012

“Ag 101” training for the Wisconsin National Guard.

Quick Takes: Spring 2012

Spring 2012

UW News in Brief

Student Watch: Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Organizations across campus are answering to the same higher calling: community service.

Michael Wenninger DVM’04: Exotic Animal Vet

Spring 2012 — 1 comment

A typical day for veterinarian Michael Wenninger DVM’04 brings to mind something that you’d see on Animal Planet.

Sarah Wu ’99: Exposing School Lunches

Spring 2012 — 1 comment

A hotdog encased in soggy bagel dough with a side of Tater Tots and a skimpy fruit cup might not seem like much to write home about, but . . .