Feature stories

The Godmother of Goat Cheese

Summer 2009

Anne Topham ’63, MA’65 didn’t set out to become a trailblazer, but her pursuit of award-winning chèvre helped launch artisanal goat cheese in Wisconsin.

Weight of the Words

Spring 2009

When tribal elders die and take their languages with them, it’s akin to a culture burning its libraries. Henning Garvin ’03, other alumni, and UW researchers are hoping to put out the fire by pairing generations and creating enduring records of Wisconsin’s five native tribes.

Bedtime Story

Spring 2009

We all need sleep, and when we don’t get enough, it isn’t pretty. But scientists have yet to discover what exactly happens in our bodies and brains when we sleep. It’s a puzzle well worth solving for those who have sleep disorders or certain mental illnesses. So what theory are UW researchers pursuing? One unlike any other, of course.

Truth, Death, and Taxidermy

Spring 2009

Errol Morris’s documentaries are known for being quirky — and brilliant. In the words of film critic Roger Ebert, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more ... Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”

A Matter of Degree(s)

Spring 2009

How much is enough when it comes to education? Some UW alumni are gluttons for course work. Meet the candidates in the competition to become UW-Madison’s most-graduated graduate.