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Brick by Brick

Summer 2013

Ryan Ziegelbauer MS ’06 calls upon his degree in urban and regional planning to create masterpieces in a familiar medium: Lego bricks.

Uniquely Human

Spring 2013

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.

Getting Torched

Spring 2013

Economist Andrew Zimbalist ’69 argues that big-time sports and big-time stadiums are not necessarily a boon for cities.

Imagination, Inc.

Spring 2013

The devil's in the details, as a young grad has discovered in her job with the animation studio Pixar.

Rowing to Extremes

Spring 2013

Oceans, mountains, car accidents, continents — über-athlete Sonya Baumstein ’07 has yet to meet the obstacle that can stop her.

Mission Possible

Winter 2012

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

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

Winter 2012

A simple idea to house free books in quirky little buildings on posts is bringing neighborhoods together and enhancing literacy around the world.

A Thread of Hope

Winter 2012

At a factory in Latin America, workers are sewing UW apparel, providing for their families, and spreading hope that the global textile industry can change.

Black Gold

Winter 2012

From a temple in India to American beauty salons, a global trade network spins hair into Black Gold

An Elephant Never Begets

Winter 2012

Delivering birth control to elephants is more difficult than you’d think — and more important.

[mis] guided light

Fall 2012

A psychopath focuses on a goal — no matter how chilling the consequences. But UW researchers have hopeful news about changing that behavior.

Madison Calling

Fall 2012

Hoping to double alumni donations, the UW prepares to roll out an aggressive campaign.

Badger Birdman

Fall 2012

Tom Schultz ’76 never dreamed he’d become a painter — but thanks to him, birdwatchers everywhere are able to identify their feathered friends.

Imagine a Business

Fall 2012

Creative ideas and a supportive campus culture are helping more and more students embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.

A Gentleman and a Scholar

Fall 2012

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.

A Labor of Love {for Words}

Summer 2012

From A to Z, the Dictionary of American Regional English reaches its goal.

Can You Nurture Your Nature ?

Summer 2012

A leading UW researcher says everyone has an emotional style — and you can train yourself to change.

Farewell Cards

Summer 2012

Memorial Library bids an overdue adieu to its card catalog.

Robert’s Rules

Summer 2012

This former sprinter now trains pro basketball players — and has a track record for results.

There’s an Apps for that

Summer 2012

Name any topic pertaining to Wisconsin life and culture, and prolific author Jerry Apps ’55, MS’57, PhD’57 has probably written about it.

Separation Surgeon

Summer 2012

Doctor Gary Hartman has become a world expert in the esoteric specialty of conjoined twins.

Ward 2.0

Spring 2012

In his second term at the helm, Interim Chancellor David Ward isn’t sitting idly by.

Lord of the Flies

Spring 2012

It took multiple bus rides for a young Barry Ganetzky to attend college classes each day. That same singlemindedness has nourished the UW researcher’s longtime career, pushing him to study tiny creatures and find ways to treat human disease.

Shared Space

Spring 2012

When three UW alumnae get to work each day, it’s all about astronauts and space suits and an evolving partnership with Russia to explore the universe. How cool is that?

Leading the War on Obesity

Spring 2012

Barry Popkin sees the struggle against food policies and marketing practices that promote excess weight as nothing less than a battle for human rights.

A Rune With a View

Spring 2012

James Frankki scours stones for evidence that proves America’s Viking past — or maybe not.

The Ice Rink Cometh

Winter 2011

There’s a lot of muscle behind the magic that transforms the Kohl Center from a basketball arena to a hockey venue.

Rules to Roll By

Winter 2011

With the threat of Huntington’s disease hanging over her, Shana Martin lives life out on a limb – or at least a log.

If You Want to Be a Badger …

Winter 2011

To earn your red and white stripes, you need to know a few things about Wisconsin traditions and rituals, past and present.

Tracking The Ties That Bind

Fall 2011

Fred Gardaphé ’76 knew that if he didn’t get out of the Mafia-dominated neighborhood where he grew up, he could wind up dead. UW–Madison provided a way out.

Six Degrees of [Curing] Bacon

Fall 2011

This new program teaches the art and science of working with meat.

Prison Breaks

Fall 2011

His life was a downward spiral until JD Stier ’04 and a persistent teacher saw a way out.

Genotopia

Fall 2011

Does genomics hold the secrets for the future of medicine? Eric Green believes it does — and that Bill Gahl is showing the way.

Life Lessons

Fall 2011

When Richard Davis teaches, his words are like the notes he plays, flowing effortlessly from topic to topic, as he explains music and so much more.

Seeing potential

Summer 2011

Eight other medical schools turned Tim Cordes MD’04, PhD’07 down flat, but the UW said yes — and discovered a remarkable physician who earned “student of the year” honors, created his own biochemistry software, specializes in addiction, and happens to be blind.

Oh, My Stars!

Summer 2011

Who are the UW’s all-time awesomest alumni? On Wisconsin picks its list of greatest grads (and even one non-grad) in fields ranging from agriculture to technology.

The Eye of the Storm

Summer 2011

Lynsey Addario’s recent capture by Libyan forces was just the latest in a series of perils for this frontline photojournalist. But she’s never let danger stop her from bringing her unique perspective to coverage of conflict and humanitarian issues.

The Class of 2011

Summer 2011

These seven students are becoming diploma-carrying Badgers this year, joining the ranks of more than 380,000 UW-Madison alumni around the world. They have a firm grasp of reality — but also an inspiring take on what’s to come.

A Conversation with The Commish

Spring 2011

Bud Selig looks back on his career, and ahead to a return to Madison, considering it all through “the retrospect of history.”