2017 Featured Stories
Research & Discovery
Digitizing the Middle Ages
A digital platform that fosters connections among medieval maps and manuscripts has the potential to unlock secrets of the past — and may just revolutionize how humanities scholarship takes shape in the future.
Phil Newmark is a developmental biologist who uses freshwater flatworms to study the mysteries of how the body regenerates damaged tissue.
Psychology Professor Brad Postle’s lab is challenging the idea that working memory remembers things through sustained brain activity. They caught brains tucking less-important information away somewhere beyond the reach of the tools that typically monitor brain activity — and then they snapped that information back into active attention with magnets.
The Student Experience
The Wisconsin Idea
Katherine Cramer, a political science professor and director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, spent five years popping into small Wisconsin towns to chat with citizens. What she discovered was a sense of being overlooked that many media sources have since cited as one reason behind the Donald Trump presidency.
In her four years at UW-Madison, Jenny Ostrowski has studied abroad in Jordan and China, participated in internships in Ecuador and Uganda and completed a research project in Jordan. But an experience volunteering in Greece forever changed the International Studies and African Languages and Literature major from Superior, Wisconsin.Read more
Alumni & Friends
Investing in students
Inspired by their sons' unique experiences in the College of Letters & Science, Kevah and Michele Konner made the decision to help other liberal arts students define their careers.
The sweet spot: Gail Ambrosius
The revered Madison, Wisconsin chocolatier turned a passion for geography into a business that honors where her ingredients are grown.
Josh Sapan: From Mad Town to 'Mad Men'
Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have drawn us into their unique worlds because of their incredible storytelling and vivid sense of place. And these hit AMC shows have all become part of popular culture thanks to L&S alum Josh Sapan, who has helmed the network for the past two decades.