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The Big Dig

Fall 2018

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.

Science Faction

Fall 2018

In a new book, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson ’63, JD’66 recalls his partnership with UW–Madison and his support for biotechnology research.

Play Time

Fall 2018

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.

LOL

Fall 2018

Brian Stack MA’88 is poised at the pinnacle of late-night comedy — writing and performing for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Bridge Builder

Fall 2018

Rod Hassett ’62 has sourced his hometown to inspire the next generation of engineers — diversifying his profession along the way.

When Crazylegs Went Hollywood

Fall 2018

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.

Photo Gallery: Hirsch on Film

Fall 2018

Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch x’42 almost turned down the role of playing himself in a biographical film. “I received this letter from (producer) Hall Bartlett …

The Pregnancy Puzzle

Summer 2018

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?

From Wisconsin, With Humor

Summer 2018

Charlie Berens ’09 leans into his Badger State roots — and accent — to deliver the Manitowoc Minute, a comedic take on the news.

Hooked on Comics

Summer 2018

Illustrator Jeff Butler x’18 draws the height of popular culture, from Dungeons & Dragons to Marvel superheroes.

Dream Maker

Summer 2018

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.

Madison, Revisited

Summer 2018

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.

How to Trust a Robot

Summer 2018

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.

Photo Gallery: Union Theater Concerts

Spring 2018

In October 2017, when Steve Miller played a concert at the Union Theater, he became just one in a long line of …

A Judge on Trial

Spring 2018

John Becker LLB1890 lost his career in public service when his words were deemed a crime.

A Big Bounce Back

Spring 2018

An NFL career left Brandon Williams ’16 bankrupt. But he’s reinvented himself and found success in multiple fields.

Arctic Watch

Spring 2018

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.

Bridging Mountains

Spring 2018

Tara Linhardt ’93 found that Himalayan and Appalachian tunes have a lot in common — and she promotes traditional music in both worlds.

Keep on a- Rock’n Us, Baby

Spring 2018

Steve Miller x’65 reflects on how his time on campus, being an English major, and growing up with a famous godfather affected his music career.

Michael Finley: The Sequel

Spring 2018

After his NBA career ended in 2010, Michael Finley ’14 took roles behind the scenes with the Dallas Mavericks and in Hollywood.

6 Classes

Winter 2017

If you had been a female student at the UW in the late 1860s, your first year would have included the not-so-challenging courses …

6 Surreptitious Science Lessons in Alumni Park

Winter 2017

When the Wisconsin Alumni Association opened Alumni Park in October, it offered more than a green space on the Lake Mendota shoreline. It …

4 UW Pranks

Winter 2017

Photo Illustration By N. B. Rinehart; Istock Huad262; Jeff Miller; Bryce Richter

UW–Madison can lay claim to something no other college can: …

5 Winter Olympians to Watch

Winter 2017

When the Winter Olympics open February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, these Badger alumni will represent the United States as members of …

5 Great Plays in Badger Sports History

Fall 2018

Bronson Koenig launches a buzzer-beater to send the Badgers to the Sweet 16 in the 2016 NCAA tournament. AP IMAGES/Richard Ulreich

On …

13 Custom Confections

Winter 2017

Danielle Lawry

The Babcock Hall Dairy Plant makes special ice cream flavors to honor notable Badger people and events, and we think …

12 Alumni Twitter All-Stars

Winter 2017

Anders Holm returned to campus to speak at commencement in spring 2013. Bryce Richter

Anders Holm ’03 @ders8

Actor, cocreator, writer, and …

One great letter

Winter 2017

When the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research asked Hollywood heavyweights to contribute to its archives, comedian, writer, and film star Groucho …

6 Badgers in Space

Winter 2017


Suomi NPP satellite

Named after Verner Suomi, who founded the UW’s renowned Space Science and Engineering Center in 1965 and is … …

20 Badger Bastions

Winter 2017

UW alumni gather in Chicago to cheer on the Badgers. Dirk Fletcher

Ever wonder which parts of the world have the highest …

4 Classes You Wish You Had Taken

Winter 2017

Jeff Miller

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 323:
Science of Climate Change

Communication Arts 540:
Superhero TV and Cultural Power

Computer …

Photo Gallery: Hoofers Winter Carnival

Winter 2017

Even Wisconsin’s harshest winters haven’t stopped students at its flagship university from outdoor antics. A tradition since the early 20th century, the UW’s

8 Late Literary Giants

Winter 2017

Badgers who made their mark in the literary world.

5 Quiet Places on Campus

Fall 2018

From football Saturdays to live music on the Terrace, campus life can be loud. But there are coves of unexpected calm and seas of serenity if you know where — and when — to look.

58 Frozen Landmarks

Winter 2017

Badgers have made their mark on Antarctica, thanks to the UW’s long history of research and exploration of the continent.

9 Student Clubs

Fall 2018

There’s no shortage of choices for UW students in search of a group to match their interests.

7 Objects of Affection

Fall 2018

From scientific marvels to meaningful mementos, items found in the offices of UW professors help tell their stories.

13 Campus Buildings Due for the Wrecking Ball

Fall 2018

It’s part of the campus master plan’s big picture: better managing space while protecting historic buildings and campus landscapes.

4 Photos in Search of a Caption

Winter 2017

UW Archives is working to digitize each piece of UW history for people to both use and share, but with limited resources, that’s easier said than done.

8 Lions of the Lecture Hall

Winter 2017

Some faculty members come and go; others stick around and become legends.