Health and medicine

Why I Became a Nurse

Winter 2019

Elizabeth Arth ’19 made a career turn, inspired by her son’s care after an injury.

A Matchmaker between Science and Society

Winter 2019

Philanthropist Mary Lasker x1922 was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century medical research.

Toxicology for Sierra Leone

Winter 2019

Volunteers develop a course to help students help themselves.

Why the Doctor Has Green Hair

Fall 2019

David Margolis MD’89 is both an eminent pediatric oncologist and a zealous fan of the Milwaukee Bucks. With a little spray paint, he now combines his two passions.

A High-Risk Commute

Fall 2019

Pregnant women who travel long distances to work face increased risks of adverse birth outcomes.

Dogs against Cancer

Fall 2019

An innovative study looks to man’s best friend for answers on prevention.

For Transgender Patients, a Surgeon Who Understands

Summer 2019

As a nationally renowned sex reassignment surgeon, Marci Bowers ’80 — a transgender woman herself — is helping her patients find joy and belonging.

On, Alumnae: Thelma Estrin

Summer 2019

Estrin introduced computing technology to medical research, leading the way to today’s health-care systems. Wikimedia Commons

Thelma Estrin ’48, MS’49, PhD’52 blazed…

On, Alumnae: Helen Dickie

Summer 2019

Dickie, pictured in 1974, played a leading role in treating tuberculosis throughout Wisconsin. Submitted photo

When Helen Dickie ’35, MD’37…

On, Alumnae: Azita Saleki-Gerhardt

Winter 2019

As a pharmaceutical leader with many roles, Saleki-Gerhardt encourages other women to “stretch themselves” and get outside their comfort zones. Courtesy of

On, Alumnae: Elizabeth McCoy

Summer 2019

McCoy, pictured in her bacteriology lab in 1953, became one of the first women in science to earn a full professorship at…

Stem Cells at 20

Winter 2018

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?

Suicide Prevention

Winter 2018

Valerie Donovan ’11, MA’12 coordinates resources and support networks across campus.

Laurel Clark ’83, MD’87

Winter 2018

A remembrance of the Columbia astronaut.

Five Badger Standouts

Winter 2018

WAA recognizes the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

Chris Linehan Freytag ’87

Winter 2018

Fitness Favorite

Bug Bites

Winter 2018

A UW researcher finds that a different kind of breakfast could improve health.

Raw Talent

Winter 2018

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.

Hard Truth

Winter 2018

Chris Borland ’13 did the unthinkable: he abruptly retired from the NFL, bringing the unseen dangers of the sport to the forefront.

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.

On the Mend

Fall 2018

Bryce Richter

Ferguson the miniature donkey got a hand — actually a leg — from the School of Veterinary Medicine recently…

Deadly Cold

Fall 2018

A cautionary tale about human interactions with wild apes.

Calling All Docs

Fall 2018

A UW program is working to reduce the shortage of ob-gyn physicians in rural areas.

Bucky on Parade

Fall 2018

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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?

Parental POV

Summer 2018

A history course tackles the 1970s–90s through a generational lens.

Badgers of Influence

Summer 2018

J. J. Watt x’12 AP/Aaron M. Sprecher

“Every few years, a professional athlete touches the heart and soul of a city…

Shilagh Mirgain

Winter 2017

What’s on your bucket list?

10 Most Popular Names

Winter 2017

Trends among our furry friends.

Who Looks Like a Surgeon?

Winter 2019

When UW surgeon Susan Pitt captured an homage to a New Yorker cover on her smartphone with help from some colleagues at a conference,…

A High-Fat Diet That Heals

Fall 2017

When drugs fail, epilepsy patients turn to this UW cooking class to learn how to curtail seizures by cutting carbs.

“Yes, and …”

Summer 2017

Improv techniques help medical professionals learn creativity and spontaneity.

Great Fall of China

Summer 2017

Should a Chinese couple have one baby? Two? More? UW obstetrician Fuxian Yi and his homeland are at odds over children.

The Disease Detective

Spring 2017

UW professor Tony Goldberg is on a life-saving mission: identify unknown pathogens before they jump to a new host and cause disease in other animals — and humans.

All Hands on Deck

Spring 2017

Scientists weren’t the only faculty members to assist the government — historians, geologists, and others pitched in, too.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Winter 2016

For 80 years, the Wisconsin Alumni Association has honored exceptional alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Early recipients include actor Fredric March ’20 of Dr. Jekyll…

I Quit (Maybe)!

Winter 2016


Electronic cigarettes can’t be sold or marketed as smoking cessation aids, but many smokers see so-called vaping as…

Just Breathe

Fall 2016

Feeling overwhelmed? UW research shows one simple act can make a difference.

Horsepower vs. Hearing

Summer 2016

Tractor image, Shutterstock; all other images, IStock; photo illustration by Nancy Rinehart

Growing up on a dairy farm in…

The Race to Stop Zika

Summer 2016

UW scientists hope that quickly sharing results will generate answers about the virus.