L&S wins nine of twelve UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards

Twelve faculty members - nine of them from the College of Letters & Science - have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.

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Sebastian Heinz on WPR: Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76. Hawking was best known for his theories of black holes and became a household name following the publication of his book, A Brief History of Time in 1988. WPR speaks with Sebastian Heinz, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about the life and legacy of Stephen Hawking.  

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In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A mastodon and a meteor older than Earth are highlights of the UW Geology Museum

If you want to touch a hunk of roughly 4.56-billion-year-old meteorite that predates Earth, view fossilized bones from two mastodons that wandered western Wisconsin during the Ice Age or learn more about the universe, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum is well worth a visit.

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Former UW-Madison Chancellor Irving Shain dies at 92

Irving Shain, a chemistry professor and UW–Madison chancellor emeritus who advanced the university’s interests in China and established University Research Park, died peacefully Tuesday, March 6, in Madison after a brief illness. He was 92.

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Green spaces in cities help control floods, store carbon

A new study finds that urban green spaces like backyards, city parks and golf courses contribute substantially to the ecological fabric of our cities — and the wider landscape — and should be included in ecological data.

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In the New York Times: A secret superpower, right in your backyard

As the verdant hills of Wakanda are secretly enriched with the fictional metal vibranium in “Black Panther,” your average backyard also has hidden superpowers: Its soil can absorb and store a significant amount of carbon from the air, unexpectedly making such green spaces an important asset in the battle against climate change.

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On CBS58 Milwaukee: Group of UW researchers spend all year in Antarctica

Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth where the sun doesn’t shine for six months at a time, but it’s staffed by a group of scientists based out of Wisconsin all year long. Meteorologist Justin Thompson-Gee had the opportunity to talk with scientists of a research project called IceCube in Antarctica.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: A perfect storm

UW professor Harold Tobin planned to teach Geoscience 140 — a new course examining natural hazards and disasters — assuming he could draw from current events to teach the science behind the news. But Tobin couldn’t have predicted that hurricanes and wildfires would own the news cycle at the start of the fall semester, and Mexico would see its largest earthquake in a century before September was over.

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Jordan Ellenberg to appear on Nova

Appearing on the PBS program “Nova,” UW–Madison professor and math expert Jordan Ellenberg explains how understanding simple facts about probability can help people in their everyday lives. “Prediction by the Numbers” airs Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. CST.

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