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Sister Mary Kenneth Keller: The first computer science PhD in the U.S.

Earning her PhD in computer sciences in 1965 was just one of many ways Keller was a trailblazer.

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UW–Madison researcher awarded “Make Our Planet Great Again” grant

Carol E. Lee, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, has been awarded a grant from the French government to investigate the ability of plankton to evolve and adapt to a changing climate.

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2019 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Ten faculty members — including five from L&S — have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.

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Featured Researcher: Melanie Matchett Wood

Professor of Mathematics Melanie Matchett Wood has had a phenomenal year.  

She received the Vilas Early Career Investigator Award by the Provost, was awarded the AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory by the Association for Women in Mathematics and won a National Science Foundation CAREER grant. And she went from assistant professor to associate professor to full professor in just the last few months.

Congratulations, Melanie!

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