Nine hundred students from 26 high schools in Wisconsin gathered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus April 9 to complete an intensive study of Silent Spring, a 1962 classic of popular science literature that helped launch modern environmentalism later in the decade.
Monica Macauley, professor of linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of the Board of Directors of the Endangered Language Fund, says this is fundamental change from linguistic practices of the 20th century. “[There] is a real change from the old fashioned idea of working on a language where you’re an outsider... to a much more collaborative situation,” said Macauley. “We’re getting more and more native linguists. We’re getting more and more people who collaborate with linguists on projects. Linguists are not coming in and saying here’s what I’m going to do. They’re coming in and saying is there anything I can I do to help.”
Leaders across business, healthcare, human services, local and state government, education, and a variety of other sectors participated in presentations and roundtable discussions to share ideas, perspectives, and experiences that will become the building blocks for a language roadmap for Wisconsin.
For the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, the call to reach out beyond the borders of campus comes not only from the Wisconsin Idea that animates the university community to public service, but also a professional code of ethics.
“If you want to live somewhere and work somewhere, it’s difficult at existing wages,” said UW-Madison public affairs and economics professor Tim Smeeding, who studies income inequality. “The bottom end of the labor market has fallen out” and there’s been a “hollowing out of the middle class.”
The Madison Police Department teamed up with UW–Madison's Center for Healthy Minds for a pilot study exploring a mindfulness-based program with officers and is partnering again with the UW alongside UWPD and the Dane County Sheriff's Office to expand the research and understand ways to improve the well-being of law enforcement professionals
In the Sauk Prairie Eagle: Sauk villages partner with UW-Madison students on vision for Water Street
The Sauk Prairie area is getting a little help with visioning for the Water Street corridor from students in the UW-Madison Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. The partnership is a commitment made by the communities of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac to find ways to revitalize Water Street, the main thoroughfare connecting the two communities along the Wisconsin River.