2018 in Review

L&S Dean Karl Scholz reflects on a great year in the college.

December 28th 2018

2018 was a fantastic year for Letters & Science! 

Computer sciences professor Guri Sohi was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this spring. Afro-American studies professor Christy Clark-Pujara was named Outstanding Woman of Color in Education by the UW System. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation named physics professor Victor Brar to its 2018 class of Moore Inventor Fellows. And Mike Leckrone celebrated his 50th year at UW-Madison as well as his last performance at Camp Randall, as he retires as director of the UW Marching Band next semester. 

Scientists from the IceCube Collaboration, headquartered at UW-Madison and led by physics professor Francis Halzen, identified the first known source of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays. Computer sciences professor Paul Barford co-wrote an explosive paper (with Carol Barford) on the threat to internet infrastructure posed by sea-level rise. 

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Language Institute launched the Korean Language Flagship Program, which joins the Russian Language Flagship Program in offering professional competency in languages identified by the U.S. Department of Defense as necessary for national and economic security. 

The French House celebrated 100 years, as did the L.R. Ingersoll Physics Museum. And 50 years ago this month, the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory-2 was launched with UW-Madison telescopes on board, setting the stage for a new era of astronomy. 

Our hardworking students broke barriers to achieve their goals. L&S senior Jamie Dawson, a double-major in Afro-American studies and psychology, was chosen to deliver the student address at Winter 2018 Commencement. A group of political science majors formed a nonpartisan student group to encourage open and friendly debate. And Iraq War veteran Noah Ash knocked it out of the park as a double-major in philosophy and classical humanities. 

In October, Bruce Hornsby headlined SuccessWorks Rocks!, a benefit concert at the Memorial Union that raised more than $800,000 for the new Letters & Science career center. SuccessWorks is changing the way L&S students articulate their unique strengths, connect with alumni and corporate partners and pursue their career goals. 

A Letters & Science degree from Wisconsin continues to be the best preparation to make a good living and lead a good life. 

Happy New Year and On, Wisconsin! 

John Karl Scholz 
Dean, College of Letters & Science 
Nellie June Gray Professor of Economics 

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