In 1869 — 150 years ago — the first class of women graduated from UW–Madison. In this special issue, you’ll read about some of the amazing women who have passed through campus since. On, alumnae!
Mary Hinkson ’46, MS’47 was born to dance, but as a black woman at the UW, she found Madison far from welcoming. Rather than give up, she became one of the nation’s leading performers.
Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi PhD’03 believes that if efforts to control nuclear fusion pay off, it will provide unlimited energy that will change the world.
Soon after basketball was invented, women at the UW picked up the sport — even before the men. Intramural teams quickly grew in popularity and competed for an unusual (and bleating) trophy.
The landscape of higher education is changing rapidly, says the UW’s chancellor.
Born in war-torn Hong Kong to a prominent but absent father and his sixth concubine, UW physicist Sau Lan Wu has overcome stunning obstacles on her path to three major scientific discoveries.
An adventurous summer road trip turned the UW’s first female engineering grad, Emily Hahn ’26, into one of America’s most storied travel writers.
As a nationally renowned sex reassignment surgeon, Marci Bowers ’80 — a transgender woman herself — is helping her patients find joy and belonging.
When popular graduate student Jenny Morrill MA1905 left campus for the summer, librarians found evidence of “a most awful crime” that she blamed on her morphine addiction.
It’s getting mighty crowded in space as debris from satellites, labs, and other things shot into Earth’s orbit degrade over time and threaten to fall back to where they came from.
No matter how viewers are binge-watching television these days, they might as well call it Badger-watching, given the multifaceted ways that UW alumni are contributing to our favorite shows.
Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay ’92 makes no apologies for being a rabid Badger fan — even in a newsroom populated with Michigan alumni.
Allee Willis ’69 is more than just the composer of the hit songs such as “September” and the Friends theme: she also collects kitsch, throws legendary parties, and supports her hometown of Detroit.
Sharing what’s on your mind — and welcoming the viewpoints of others on contentious issues — is a campus hallmark that could inform the wider world.
Mike Leckrone is as synonymous with the Badger spirit as Bucky. This year he’s saying his good-byes after 50 years with the UW Marching Band.
It’s been two decades since the first human embryonic stem cell lines were derived at UW–Madison. What effect has the discovery had on scientific research and human health?
The country’s population of whitetail deer is at record numbers, and a UW scientist’s work grapples with what that means for their environment.
Adam Steltzner PhD’99 just wanted a regular job, so he became an engineer — eventually, one of NASA’s top engineers. Now he’s helping lead the search for life on Mars.
WAA recognizes the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.
Madison-area lake levels continued to rise after a record-breaking storm on August 20, 2018, dumped more than 10 inches of rain on parts of …
What Marie Moody ’90 started in her Manhattan apartment has turned into a multimillion-dollar pet-food brand, all thanks to a mutt named Chewy.
Chris Borland ’13 did the unthinkable: he abruptly retired from the NFL, bringing the unseen dangers of the sport to the forefront.
With shovels in tow, a UW program is tackling two crises at once: a shortage of students in science and a growth of antibiotic resistance.
In a new book, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson ’63, JD’66 recalls his partnership with UW–Madison and his support for biotechnology research.
For nine decades, Memorial Union has been a favorite spot on campus for fun and games. See how it's changed and how it remains the same.
Brian Stack MA’88 is poised at the pinnacle of late-night comedy — writing and performing for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Rod Hassett ’62 has sourced his hometown to inspire the next generation of engineers — diversifying his profession along the way.
Badger star Elroy Hirsch x’45 ran into fame — and his nickname — on the football field, but he also tried out a lesser-known film career.
Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch x’45 almost turned down the role of playing himself in a biographical film. “I received this letter from (producer) Hall Bartlett …
After a UW scientist and his wife lost two pregnancies, he sought answers. Why are these losses so common, and do other living things face the same struggle his family did?
Illustrator Jeff Butler x’18 draws the height of popular culture, from Dungeons & Dragons to Marvel superheroes.
At Industrial Light & Magic, Rachel Rose MS’03, PhD’07 leads a virtual-production team that brings the Star Wars universe to the big screen.
Charlie Berens ’09 leans into his Badger State roots — and accent — to deliver the Manitowoc Minute, a comedic take on the news.
Been awhile since you've visited the UW's hometown? Consider an itinerary made up of beautiful views, a raft of restaurants, and a less-traveled path on campus.
Bill Hibbard ’70, MS’73, PhD’95 and other artificial-intelligence experts want to ensure that AI meets its potential for good — avoids dystopian scenarios.
John Becker LLB1890 lost his career in public service when his words were deemed a crime.
An NFL career left Brandon Williams ’16 bankrupt. But he’s reinvented himself and found success in multiple fields.
In Alaska, where glaciers are melting, Fran Ulmer ’69, JD’72 leads a commission tasked with helping U.S. officials decide what to do about climate change.