Commemorating Irene Katele

Irene B. Katele died peacefully of metastatic ovarian cancer at her home on Dec. 20, 2016, surrounded in love by her family and friends.

Irene was in the compassionate care of Agrace home hospice for six weeks. She had been diagnosed with stage IIIc ovarian cancer in October 2008. Irene was 58 years old.

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From the White House: Professor Scott Straus appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council

Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies of Political Science Scott Straus was appointed a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President Barack Obama. 

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In The New York Times: ‘Language at the Speed of Sight’ Fights to Reopen Our Closed Book on Literacy

Mark Seidenberg, a veteran cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, makes a strong case for how brain science can help the teaching profession in his book, Language at the Speed of Sight

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Nicholas Match raises $100 million for UW-Madison scholarships

In June 2015, Nancy Nicholas and the late Albert “Ab” Nicholas made one of the largest donations in UW–Madison’s history: a $50 million matching gift to inspire alumni and friends to join them in supporting UW students.

Now the match has been completed, resulting in a total of $100 million in new gifts, including the match from the Nicholases. These gifts will be invested in the UW Foundation’s endowment, and will generate about $4.5 million in annual scholarships.

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Odyssey Project wins $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Odyssey Project has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help expand Odyssey Junior, an innovative program creating a pipeline to college for economically disadvantaged children through a humanities-based course of self-discovery and expression.

The Odyssey Project has a 14-year track record of empowering adults near the poverty level to overcome adversity and achieve their dreams through higher education. It offers a two-semester humanities course that lets students rediscover the joy of learning while earning six credits from UW-Madison. 

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The 15th edition of Curb Magazine is all about love in Wisconsin

Each year, 21 students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison participate in a unique capstone project: writing, designing, publishing and circulating an award-winning publication, Curb Magazine.

In September, as Curb staff members debated the philosophy behind this year’s issue, they finally came to a last-minute consensus: at a time of such division, why not talk about love? 

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In The Isthmus: Making a scene

Johannes Wallman arrived on the UW-Madison campus in 2012, tasked with reviving a dormant program. Under his watch, the university has joined most of the rest of the Big Ten in offering a jazz studies major. However, the impact of the German-born, Canada-raised pianist and composer goes beyond the concrete confines of the Mosse Humanities Building. 

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L&S 2016 Year in Review

The College of Letters & Science enjoyed a fantastic year, from research breakthroughs in every discipline, to breaking ground for a new music center that will transform campus and redefine what it means to pursue a musical education at UW-Madison. 

We've compiled a few of the stories from a year defined by great achievements and great generosity.

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Boundless Together: A Badger who's making Wisconsin work

Michael Reader (B.S.'86, Economics) is someone who is making Wisconsin work. His company, PrecisionPlus in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, manufactures precision parts, including pins, screws, shafts, valve components, spools, gears, and gear blanks. There is little margin for error in this type of manufacturing, and the business partners with some of the best technology companies on the planet to produce some of the most precisely made components you’ll find anywhere.

However, Reader’s educational path was less than precise.

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