Research

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.

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.

Bucky, Beware!

Fall 2014

The fox is in town and stealing hearts all over Madison.

Making It Count

Fall 2014

How can we reform the American voting process?

Social Potential

Fall 2014

Can spending time online translate into citizen action?

Love at First Image

Fall 2014

Ultrasounds create a powerful connection for dads-to-be.

Anthropology 370

Fall 2014

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

Leading the Whey

Fall 2014

A tart beverage makes for a sweet partnership.

Teaching Controversy

Fall 2014 — 1 comment

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

Does Democracy Work?

Fall 2014 — 2 comments

Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.

Nothing Fishy Here

Summer 2014 — 1 comment

A tasty hybrid fish is making its way to your local grocery store.

The Secret World of Sloths

Summer 2014

Turns out those weekly bathroom breaks are part of a grand plan.

A Question of Characters

Summer 2014

Kids’ books are missing the diversity of modern America.

Gender Divide

Summer 2014 — 1 comment

Does separating boys and girls boost achievement? Not so fast.

Out of Sync

Summer 2014

On March 7, 2014, the lights went out for the last time at UW–Madison’s Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC).

What Nerve!

Summer 2014

The Neuron Project sells cells to fund epilepsy research.

Quick Takes: Summer 2014

Summer 2014

UW News in Brief

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.

Seeing Results

Summer 2014 — 4 comments

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

Head Injuries: Tiny Subjects Shed Light

Spring 2014 — 2 comments

UW scientists find that fruit flies can inform damage in humans.

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.

Ditching Comments

Spring 2014 — 1 comment

Research provokes a broad conversation about narrowing conversation.

Quick Takes: Spring 2014

Spring 2014

UW News in Brief

Eew or Yum?

Summer 2013 — 2 comments

A pioneering UW entomologist helped start the insects-as-food movement.

Waisman’s Legacy

Spring 2014

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

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.

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.

Location! Location! Location!

Winter 2013

“Location aware” technology for smartphones.

Serious Business

Winter 2013

As flu season begins, UW researchers work to stay a step ahead.

Dangerous Minds

Winter 2013

A UW researcher’s work with psychopaths inspires a new novel.

It’s the Little Things

Winter 2013

A Badger’s neuron research leads to a major honor.

Beetlemania

Winter 2013 — 5 comments

The Young Coleoptera Collection brings the UW bunches of beetles.

Abbey Rules

Winter 2013 — 2 comments

Catering to our obsession with the entire tradition of stately homes, titles, and pomp and circumstance.

A Badger Tale

Winter 2013

Go Big Read novel spans the globe via two characters.

By the Numbers: $6.8 Billion

Winter 2013

The cost of binge drinking

Badger Tracking

Winter 2013 — 1 comment

Counting the state animal proves to be a tricky endeavor.

Quick Takes: Fall 2013

Fall 2013

UW news in brief

A Self-Paced Journey

Fall 2013 — 2 comments

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

Archaeologists on the Front Lines

Fall 2013 — 1 comment

A professor steps up to protect an ancient culture from modern threats.