Forty faculty honored with Vilas professorships

Extraordinary members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty have been honored during the last year with awards supported by the estate of professor, U.S. senator and UW Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).

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Study shows undocumented immigration doesn’t increase violent crime

The impact of undocumented immigration — especially on public safety — remains a contentious topic of discussion in the United States, but "the conversations are occurring in a vacuum of data,” says researcher Michael Light.

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L&S winners: Cool Science Images 2018

A panel of eight experienced artists and scientists judged the scientific, aesthetic and creative qualities of 171 images and videos submitted by UW–Madison faculty, staff and students — a record number of entries for the eighth annual competition.

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How talking more can make you better at listening — to foreign languages

The typical foreign language class spends much of its time listening to fluent speakers, but new UW research shows that the students should spend more time talking.

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They grin, you bear it: Research reveals the physical impact of a smile

Not all smiles are expressions of warmth and joy. Sometimes they can be downright mean. And our bodies react differently depending on the message a smile is meant to send. Research led by Jared Martin, a psychology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows that smiles meant to convey dominance are associated with a physical reaction - a spike in stress hormones - in their targets. On the other hand, smiles intended as a reward, to reinforce behavior, appear to physically buffer recipients against stress.

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Gambling against the odds on life’s risks more common after childhood stress

Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs that a loss or punishment is looming, leaving themselves in situations that risk avoidable health and financial problems and legal trouble. According to researchers at UW-Madison, this difficulty may be biological, stemming from an unhelpful lack of activity in the brain when a situation should be prompting heightened awareness. 

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Shakhashiri, presenter of popular chemistry shows, wins science education award

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of chemistry Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is the recipient of the 2018 Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public.

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Undocumented immigration doesn’t worsen drug, alcohol problems in U.S., study indicates

An increase in the proportion of the population that is undocumented is associated with fewer drug arrests, drunken driving arrests and drug overdoses.

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Researchers crack the smile, describing 3 types by muscle movement

The smile may be the most common and flexible expression, used to reveal some emotions, cover others and manage social interactions that have kept communities secure and organized for millennia. But how do we tell one kind of smile from another?

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