In On Wisconsin Magazine: Communication Arts alum Jerry Zucker

Love it or leave it, Airplane! is often cited as the funniest movie of all time, and surely, communication arts alum Jerry Zucker (BS’72) can be held responsible. For Zucker, the journey from Madison to Hollywood started on graduation day. 

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Elementary and middle-school-aged girls show off their AI skills

The room is full of fourth-to-sixth-grade girls talking, laughing and programming on laptops. The big day is just around the corner, and they are putting the finishing touches on the projects they have worked on for nearly eight weeks this summer.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: From Wisconsin, with humor

Charlie Berens (BA'09 Journalism & Mass Communication, Geography) leans into his Badger State roots — and accent — to deliver the Manitowoc Minute, a comedic take on the news.

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New Center Prepares for Success

The Public Leadership Board for the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership took action on a number of important items that will set the stage for the Center's success.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Beata Nelson

Psychology major Beata Nelson began her swimming journey where any kid who loves the water might: at the neighborhood pool. Time spent there playing with friends quickly grew into swimming on club teams, competing for her high school, and committing to Wisconsin. And once a Badger, she found that her teammates offered the strongest support system she’d ever experienced.

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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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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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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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