Steven Nadler appointed new IRH director

Steven Nadler has been appointed Director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities. Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, the Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities, and Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies.

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In the Cap Times: UW prof defends his study that found voter ID law deterred thousands from voting

University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Ken Mayer  released study results in September that estimated the Wisconsin voter ID law deterred 16,800 registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee counties from voting in the 2016 presidential election. Mayer said Sunday that some people didn’t vote because they didn’t realize they had valid IDs.

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Gloria Marí-Beffa named L&S associate dean for natural, physical and mathematical sciences

Marí-Beffa, a professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, will begin the post on January 5, 2018, the start of the spring semester. Previous associate dean Eric Wilcots has moved into the position of Interim Deputy Dean and Associate Dean for Research.

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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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In Fueling Discovery: Working to understand cultures as relationships

Professor Tom DuBois from the Department of German, Nordic and Scandinavian Studies writes about his work studying the folklore of American and Scandinavian cultures. 

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Scott Straus wins Grawemeyer Award

Political Science professor Scott Straus has won the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for his book Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa.

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In The Wisconsin State Journal: UW political science professor Scott Straus wins major honor

A UW-Madison political science professor has been named the winner of a prestigious prize for his work researching genocide, particularly in Africa: Scott Straus won the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, for his 2015 book Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership and Genocide in Modern Africa.

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Two L&S professors named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected five professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as AAAS Fellows. Two of the new inductees - Professor of Astronomy Amy Barger and Professor of Chemistry John Berry - are from L&S. 

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On WPR: Martin Luther & the Reformation with Lee Wandel

He was a catalyst for a religious revolution and he remains controversial today. Five hundred years ago, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther began questioning some of the fundamental practices and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Historian Lee Wandel will take us through Luther’s thinking about buying forgiveness, the papal interpretation of scripture, celibacy, and nonbelievers.

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