Jim Lattis in Vox: A lunar eclipse is coming. Here’s how to watch the moon turn blood red in the sky.

A supermoon is when these two cycles match up and we have a full moon that’s near its perigee. The result is that the full “super” moon appears slightly larger and slightly brighter to us in the sky. This occurs about one in every 14 full moons, Jim Lattis, an astronomer at the University of Wisconsin Madison, notes.

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In The Cap Times: UW-Madison School of Social Work conference reaches out to community

For the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, the call to reach out beyond the borders of campus comes not only from the Wisconsin Idea that animates the university community to public service, but also a professional code of ethics.

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In The New York Times: In cave in Israel, scientists find jawbone fossil from oldest modern human out of Africa

“This would be the earliest modern human anyone has found outside of Africa, ever,” said John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Wisconsin, Madison who was not involved in the study.

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In The Verge; Jaw fossil discovered in Israel looks human, but it’s much older than it should be

This new find adds another important clue towards solving the mystery of this earlier spread of humans out of Africa, write the authors of a commentary published with the study. “I think that’s pretty cool,” agrees John Hawks, an paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “You have a modern-looking upper jaw in Israel that was there much earlier than it was supposed to have been.”

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In the Wall Street Journal: A Proust-Apocalyptic Story

"I perfectly understand that I live in a fantasy world, but I hold out hope that, as John Keating desires in “Dead Poets Society,” culture will again teach people to think for themselves, take agency, and carpe diem. If a missile alert came in on my phone, I’d keep doing what I already am: reading a good book and listening to Robert Schumann’s “Träumerei.” -Mr. Andrew James Schmiege teaches Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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In Quanta Magazine: Fossil discoveries challenge ideas about Earth’s start

A series of fossil finds suggests that life on Earth started earlier than anyone thought, calling into question a widely held theory of the solar system’s beginnings.

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On Wisconsin Public Radio: UW botany professor Simon Gilroy grows plants in space

Since the 1960s, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been studying how plants will grow in space. WPR talks with Professor of Botany Simon Gilroy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has been leading a research team to study the effects of growing plants in a zero gravity environment.

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Professor Donald Moynihan in the New York Times: Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It

“Without being tremendously well organized, it can be easy to fail,” said Donald Moynihan, a professor of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is writing a book on the effects of administrative burdens. Researchers have studied the ways complexity can reduce sign-ups for workplace pension plans, participation in food stamps and turnout in elections, he noted. “These sorts of little barriers are ways in which humans get tripped up all the time when they’re trying to do something that might benefit them.”

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Graduate student Paran Amirinazari in Madison Magazine: The student becomes the teacher

Perhaps the only thing Paran Amirinazari hasn’t accomplished in her academic/professional career is the completion of her doctoral degree. That academic pursuit led her to Madison four years ago. But her focus since has been playing first violin with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and serving as concertmaster for the Middleton Community Orchestra as well as founder and artistic director of the Willy Street Chamber Players. She is also director of Madison Music Makers, an educational outreach program under the auspices of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (renamed WYSO Music Makers).

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