Thirty-three faculty — twenty-two of them from the College of Letters & Science — representing all four divisions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been honored with 2018 faculty fellowships.
One scholar from each of four faculty divisions — Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences — is selected to receive the Hilldale Award. L&S faculty members received three of the four awards.
Twelve faculty members - nine of them from the College of Letters & Science - have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.
Irving Shain, a chemistry professor and UW–Madison chancellor emeritus who advanced the university’s interests in China and established University Research Park, died peacefully Tuesday, March 6, in Madison after a brief illness. He was 92.
Enslaved for nearly 70 years, George Moses Horton was perhaps the unlikeliest man of letters. After teaching himself to read, he took to poetry, composing and memorizing verses in his mind. Part of Horton’s repertoire, however, was lost in time. Although Horton released three collections of poetry — becoming the first slave and African American to publish a book in the South (The Hope of Liberty, 1829) — there was no record of other types of works until recently, when Jonathan Senchyne, an assistant professor of book history in the UW’s Information School, took a serendipitous trip to the New York Public Library.
UW professor Harold Tobin planned to teach Geoscience 140 — a new course examining natural hazards and disasters — assuming he could draw from current events to teach the science behind the news. But Tobin couldn’t have predicted that hurricanes and wildfires would own the news cycle at the start of the fall semester, and Mexico would see its largest earthquake in a century before September was over.
Appearing on the PBS program “Nova,” UW–Madison professor and math expert Jordan Ellenberg explains how understanding simple facts about probability can help people in their everyday lives. “Prediction by the Numbers” airs Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. CST.
In a campus tradition dating back to 2007-2008, the award celebrates women who share their exceptional scholarship with the campus and community through their dedicated work, outreach and impact.
Philosophy professor Paula Gottlieb has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to write a book about ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.