UW System researchers played a role in Nobel-winning gravitational wave discovery

Tuesday's announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to researchers Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology, bears University of Wisconsin System connections.

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Your words in print

Undergraduate journals published at UW-Madison span disciplines from science to history to poetry. They’re a great place for students to submit thoughtful writing and experience the process of working with editors to refine their work for a larger audience. The Wisconsin Undergraduate Journal Association brings together eight on-campus publications that showcase student scholarship.

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UW-Madison course examines natural disasters

With the human misery caused by the twin hurricanes all over the headlines, Professor of Geoscience Tobin wanted to explain the backdrop – the whys and wherefores of cyclones – to a capacity crowd of 75 undergraduate students. Geoscience 140, Natural Hazards and Disasters, uses current events to teach the science behind the news, but it also examines how government policies and human choices affect risk.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: The Physics Museum

“I was always a tinkerer,” Steve Narf explains from his Chamberlin Hall workshop lined with towering cabinets, each one stuffed with an amazing array of tools, bolts, and wires. It seems fitting, then, that the Madison native returned to his hometown 22 years ago from the Twin Cities to manage the L. R. Ingersoll Physics Museum. 

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Monica Turner in the New York Times: Fire on the Mountain: 2 Forests Offer Clues to Yellowstone’s Fate in a Warming World

Yellowstone’s recent fires offer a rare natural experiment to see how forests regenerate after burning and reburning at short intervals.

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Campus museums recreate ‘cabinet of natural history’ digitally

A new UW2020 initiative will centralize the databases of the university’s five natural history museums, which have separated over the decades to specialize and accommodate growing collections. The 1.3-million-specimen Wisconsin State Herbarium will coordinate with the zoology, geology, entomology and anthropology museums to merge records in a way that allows researchers to study the full scope of natural artifacts in one central location. 

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Brain Trust

The process of discovery keeps Professor Tony Stretton striving long after retirement age.

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Hunting dark matter

UW-Madison scientists join forces with top physicists, engineers and technicians around the world to prove the existence of dark matter.

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Magnetic fields in distant galaxy are new piece of cosmic puzzle

Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away — a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time.

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