Just the facts

When Gerald Porter, Jr., enrolled in a journalism fact-checking class, he was apprehensive about wading into politics. How could he distill accuracy among all the claims, attacks and spin? Would there even be verifiable truths to be found? And in this era of political polarization, would anyone actually care about facts?

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Today’s middle school students study yesterday’s people of Aztalan

Every few summers, the park becomes an active archaeological site when Sissel Schroeder leads a field school there, to better understand those who lived at Aztalan nearly 1,000 years ago.

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Study finds “hidden harvest” in world’s inland fisheries

A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says we are dramatically underestimating the role inland fisheries play in global food security.

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UW assistant professor Tova Walsh in The Hill: Military families can teach us about the cost of family separations

White House Chief of Staff and retired U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly probably wasn’t thinking about military families when he defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents when they arrive at the border. But maybe he should have been.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Dream maker

At Industrial Light & Magic, Rachel Rose (MS'03, PhD'07, Computer Sciences) leads a virtual-production team that brings the Star Wars universe yo the big screen.

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‘Science in Motion’ takes chemistry on the road across Wisconsin

Disappearing packing peanuts, floating mugs, color-changing solutions and skewered balloons captivated a room full of elementary students and their teachers in the style of a magic show.

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Barry Burden in The Hill: No bright line ruling likely on SCOTUS gerrymandering cases

The U.S. Supreme Court soon may redefine how legislators get elected to office. Two high-profile cases that seek to rein in partisan gerrymandering are slated for decisions by late June. The rulings could be landmarks. But, however the court comes out, the fight against gerrymandering will be far from over.

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In Isthmus: Cartooniversity

UW-Madison is finding all sorts of ways to incorporate comics into the curriculum.

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Study finds Wisconsin poverty rate increased in 2016 despite jobs growth

The Tenth Annual Wisconsin Poverty Report released today found the Wisconsin poverty rate increased to 10.8 percent in 2016, compared to 9.7 percent in 2015, as measured by the Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM). The significant rise came despite the state’s jobs growth during the period. The official poverty rate for Wisconsin also increased, from 10.8 to 11.8 percent.

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