Four L&S graduate students win Fulbright-Hays doctoral research awards

Four students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been selected as recipients of the Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Awards for 2017, the U.S. Department of Education has announced.

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New Faculty Focus: Yingyu Liang

Q&A with new Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences Yingyu Liang. 

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UW researchers discover an evolutionary stepping stone to beet-red beets

Writing this week (Oct. 9, 2017) in the journal New Phytologist, University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Botany Hiroshi Maeda and his colleagues describe an ancient loosening up of a key biochemical pathway that set the stage for the ancestors of beets to develop their characteristic red pigment.

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A turning point: Six stories from the 1967 Dow Chemical protests at UW-Madison

On Oct. 18, 1967, a sit-in against the Dow Chemical Company erupted into violence as Madison police officers in riot gear forcibly removed antiwar demonstrators from the Commerce Building, now known as Ingraham Hall. Thousands became caught up in the ensuing melee, some as active participants, others as spectators and bystanders.

Fifty years later, UW-Madison asked six alumni to reflect on how the Dow protests altered their lives. 

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New Faculty Focus: Hilary Dugan

Q&A with new Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology Hilary Dugan. 

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In Madison Magazine: Eric Wilcots, Madison's own star gazer

Eric Wilcots wanted to be an astronomer since he was a kid growing up in Philadelphia and watched the Voyager space probe images of Jupiter on television. Wilcots, a professor in the department of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin, balances research — he studies the evolution of galaxies — and sharing his lifelong passion for astronomy with students and the public.

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Jordan Ellenberg in The New York Times: How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do. But you wouldn’t know it from the Wisconsin State Assembly, where Republicans hold 65 percent of the seats, a bigger majority than Republican legislators enjoy in conservative states like Texas and Kentucky.

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UW awarded $12.5 million to study astrophysical plasma here on Earth

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $12.5 million to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to develop an integrated facility that will expand the frontier of astrophysical plasma research. Combining and extending two existing projects, the Big Red Plasma Ball and the Madison Symmetric Torus, the new Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory, or WiPPL, will research fundamental properties of plasma in order to better understand our universe, where the hot gas is abundant.

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Wisconsin corn maze features 480-foot trilobite

This fall, in a field in rural Wisconsin, you can get lost in a trilobite. Bug-like and armored, with as many as 100 legs, these now-extinct marine creatures once cruised the planet’s seas, including those that covered Wisconsin. With some help from the UW-Madison Geology Museum, it is also the defining feature of this year’s award-winning Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi.

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