$20 million matching gift to UW-Madison supports student scholarships, faculty excellence

Two of UW-Madison's top fundraising priorities received a significant boost today as donors John and Tashia Morgridge announced a new $20 million gift to the university's All Ways Forward campaign to support faculty excellence and student scholarships.

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In CNBC: How Kenny Dichter convinced Warren Buffett to work with him—and built 2 multimillion-dollar businesses

L&S graduate Kenny Dichter (Sociology BA'90) is the founder of Wheels Up, a company that offers private jet memberships.

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UW–Madison scholar will use Marshall Scholarship to further voting rights research

Phoenix Rice-Johnson views her blue-collar background as an asset, one she can draw upon in her scholarship and activism. Rice-Johnson’s voice will be amplified, as she is one of 43 outstanding students from across the country chosen for a prestigious 2018 Marshall Scholarship.

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Working on a galaxy far, far away

Connections forged through the UW-Madison computer sciences department helped alum Rachel Rose land a techie’s dream job: working at Industrial Light an Magic.

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In Forbes: Eat Street founders Matt Howard and Alex Wyler named to 30 Under 30 list

EatStreet's Matt Howard (BS'11, Economics and Political Science) and Alex Wyler, along with a third cofounder, met in their freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and launched its first food delivery website called BadgerBites.com. Seven years later, the now-renamed EatStreet has raised over $37 million, launched in 250 markets and now delivers to more than 1.7 million customers as it moves to dominate delivery in mid-level markets.

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In Forbes: Computer Sciences graduate Danielle Szafir named to 30 Under 30 list

Many big data visualization techniques are based on outdated models that can end up producing misleading results. Szafir aims to change that. Her research involves modeling how the brain perceives visual information, then using those models to develop ways to visualize big data in ways that humans can quickly and correctly understand.

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Alum LeBlanc, George Washington University's newest president, applies CS education to administrative career

"Badger blood doesn’t go away, even though we haven't lived in Madison in a very long time.  My wife and I still think of ourselves as Badgers," says Thomas J. LeBlanc (MS '79, PhD '82). His education in computer science has taken him far:  LeBlanc recently became the 17th president of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Mary Annette Pember in Yes! Magazine: This November, try something new: Decolonize your mind

Mary Annette Pember (B.A.'85, Journalism) is featured in Yes! Magazine: "I tend to lie low during Native American History Month and dodge the Moon of Explaining Indians to White People. But not this year."

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In the Daily Cardinal: Homegrown: Local leaders jump-start political careers while enrolled at UW

Madison Alderman Zach Wood, a UW-Madison graduate, and recent alum Hayley Young, along with current junior Noah Roberts, were elected into the local government spots they currently hold while studying at UW-Madison.

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