Dean's Update: November 26, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Those who have heard me speak publicly will almost always hear me say something like "the College of Letters & Science is an amazing place."

But just recently the substance behind these words has again, been forcefully confirmed to me. I have been delighted and inspired by many stories and the following three make me incredibly proud of the work our colleagues are doing in the College.

The first describes the Center for Humanities Great World Texts program that enhances the quality of literature instruction in high schools around the state of Wisconsin. This outstanding program helps teachers and also inspires high school students to dig deep into truly transformative works of literature.

The second involves Anthropology Professor John Hawks who is right now working to uncover a remarkable archaeological discovery in South Africa. A team of researchers, hosted by National Geographic, recently unearthed early hominid fossils buried deep in caves. The discovery is simply incredible and John has been blogging about it from abroad.

And last, the upcoming cover story of Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, features discoveries made by UW-Madison physicists who lead the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica. The team there has the "modest" aim of potentially helping to enhance understanding of the origins and phenomena of the universe.

I rest my case, at least for November: the College of Letters & Science is an amazing place. You help make stories like these happen every day.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

On, Wisconsin!

John Karl Scholz
Dean and Professor of Economics
College of Letters & Science

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