In Scientific American: Plants "eavesdrop" on slimy snails

When ecologist John Orrock of the University of Wisconsin–Madison squirted snail slime—a lubricating mucus the animals ooze as they slide along—into soil, nearby tomato plants appeared to notice.

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Tribal forests in Wisconsin are more diverse, sustainable

Researchers found that many of the differences between tribal and nontribal forests can be traced back to the lower density of deer on the tribal lands.

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L&S winners: Cool Science Images 2018

A panel of eight experienced artists and scientists judged the scientific, aesthetic and creative qualities of 171 images and videos submitted by UW–Madison faculty, staff and students — a record number of entries for the eighth annual competition.

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Four computer sciences business ideas win; and one already has customers

Four projects created by computer-science students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison won a total of $12,000 in prizes in the computer science department's NEST competition on April 6.

"I'm excited for two reasons," said organizer Jignesh Patel, professor of computer science. "The first-prize winner, Moonshot Learning, already has made sales - indicating that it's answering a real need in the marketplace. And second, two of the four winners were headed by women, who have been traditionally under-represented in our field."

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Four L&S staff members honored with 2018 Academic Staff Excellence Awards

Nine University of Wisconsin-Madison professionals — four of them from the College of Letters & Science — have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Academic Staff Excellence Awards. The awards recognize achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.

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L&S faculty members recognized with fellowships stemming from campus research efforts

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.

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In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: $220 million building boom on UW-Madison campus will modernize chemistry and agriculture facilities

The longtime space crunch for students taking chemistry classes will finally begin to ease in a couple of years, the famous but antiquated Babcock Dairy Hall is getting a big addition and the meat science program will soon get a new building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

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Defending the nest

Integrative Biology grad student Jeremy Spool spent a spring living among loons to make a fascinating discovery about how they protect their lake territories.

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In Cosmos: Leg genes give spiders segmented heads

The segmented heads of spiders and scorpions arise from the actions of a gene that in other arthropod species is responsible for creating legs. That’s the somewhat surprising finding made by two scientists, Emily Setton and Prashant Sharma from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during an investigation into the evolutionary origin of spider silk-spinning.

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