New Faculty Focus: Justin Hsu

He brings to the Department of Computer Sciences an interest in differential privacy. 

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New Faculty Focus: Kevin Black

The new physics professor specializes in elementary particle physics. 

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UW-Madison alumni at the heart of the new Gold Rush in documentaries

L&S alumni Libby Geist, Justine Nagan and Raney Aronson-Ruth were on campus last week as part of the Department of Communication Arts’ “Spotlight on Documentary” event, screening some of their films and talking about their careers with students. The three producers discussed the changing landscape, which has brought a lot of new money and new opportunities for documentaries, but also new complications, including investors, distribution and branding.

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Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger long distances

That fluorescent light tracks calcium as it zips across the plant’s tissues, providing an electrical and chemical signal of a threat. In more than a dozen videos like this, University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Botany Simon Gilroy and his lab reveal how glutamate — an abundant neurotransmitter in animals — activates this wave of calcium when the plant is wounded. The videos provide the best look yet at the communication systems within plants that are normally hidden from view.

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Celebrating the French House at 100

La Maison Française marks a century of creating cultural connections for students and the broader Madison community. 

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New Faculty Focus: Paige Glotzer

The John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Assistant Professor in the History of American Politics, Institutions and Political Economy studies the history of housing segregation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Book club serves up an ‘intellectual feast’ for retired faculty members

For 23 years, a group of retired UW–Madison professors and administrators has met monthly to discuss works of historic and scholarly import.

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LAB3 exhibition helps high school students merge physics and art

The LAB3 project teamed UW–Madison physicists and Madison-based artists and writers with high school students from the area. Over the summer, six teams — each composed of one scientist, one visual or performing artist, one writer, and three to four high schoolers — explored current areas of scientific research ranging from neutrinos to dark matter to cosmic rays.

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New Faculty Focus: Mikkel Sølvsten

He joins the Department of Economics, focusing on econometrics.

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