Sesame Street brings UW center’s kindness curriculum to kids

Sesame Street will be emphasizing kindness this season, with the help of the UW–Madison Center for Healthy Minds.

Driven by an increasing number of news stories on anger, fear, bullying and violence, as well as an overall sense of negativity permeating social discourse, the season focuses on social emotional skills vital to kids’ well-being and life success.

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Approaching a patient like a painting

Before becoming a hospitalist and medical instructor at Duke University, Dr. Suchita Shah Sata was an honors student at UW-Madison, where a number of art history courses helped make her a better doctor today.

She says, "I even teach my medical students to approach a sick patient like a Seurat painting: You have to get really focused on the small dots of color (lab values, vital signs, heart sounds, family history, etc.), but then you have to step back and see the whole picture in order to accurately diagnose and treat the patient." 

Read more about her experience in her own words. 

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La Follette professor finds UW-Madison a great place for research and public service

Tim Smeeding has spent four decades researching economic inequality and generously shares his expertise with groups, nonprofits and government entities, both close to home and around the world.

Smeeding has dedicated his career to studying poverty and economic inequality. While directing UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008 to 2014, he spearheaded the Wisconsin Poverty Report, which provides county-level information about economic well-being across the state. 

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Northwoods Tour project helps preserve everyone’s history

The Northwoods Tour grew from a service learning project developed in a course called Introduction to Archives during fall 2015. Two graduate students in the School of Library and Information Studies, Jennifer Barth and Catherine Hannula, worked in a small group with other students to archive a small collection of home films from WCFTR.

The primary goals were to provide residents of northern Wisconsin with access to digitization equipment that can preserve degrading video and audio formats in digital versions, and to teach them how to preserve their materials. 

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Odyssey Project wins $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Odyssey Project has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help expand Odyssey Junior, an innovative program creating a pipeline to college for economically disadvantaged children through a humanities-based course of self-discovery and expression.

The Odyssey Project has a 14-year track record of empowering adults near the poverty level to overcome adversity and achieve their dreams through higher education. It offers a two-semester humanities course that lets students rediscover the joy of learning while earning six credits from UW-Madison. 

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Boundless Together: A Badger who's making Wisconsin work

Michael Reader (B.S.'86, Economics) is someone who is making Wisconsin work. His company, PrecisionPlus in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, manufactures precision parts, including pins, screws, shafts, valve components, spools, gears, and gear blanks. There is little margin for error in this type of manufacturing, and the business partners with some of the best technology companies on the planet to produce some of the most precisely made components you’ll find anywhere.

However, Reader’s educational path was less than precise.


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Weather satellite extends beyond mission, into classrooms

After a successful mid-November launch, the GOES-R weather satellite, a joint project between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has reached its destination more than 22,000 miles from Earth. 

As researchers and engineers now work to get the system online and calibrated, schoolteachers from around the country are already taking their experiences from the launch back to the classroom.

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In The Chippewa Herald: Commission offers 12 recommendations for strengthening Wisconsin families

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s family commission is calling for a series of state law and policy changes to alleviate poverty by strengthening families. UW-Madison Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty weighs in on these suggestions.

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Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

A study of more than 5,000 Wisconsin lakes shows that nearly a quarter of them have become murkier in the past two decades. This trend could get worse as a changing climate leads to increased precipitation. However, the study also shows most lakes have stayed the same and some are even seeing an improvement in clarity.

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