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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UW Band Director Leckrone announces 50th season will be his grand finale

Michael Leckrone, longtime director of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Marching Band, announced today that he will step down at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. He made the announcement to the band following rehearsal. Students were visibly moved, linking arms and joining with him to sing “Varsity.

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Kids connect with robot reading partners

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have built a robot, named Minnie, to serve as a reading buddy to middle school kids, and Minnie’s new friends grew more excited about books and more attached to the robot over two weeks of reading together.

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Is fire the new normal in the American West?

Monica Turner, a University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of integrative biology, was at Yellowstone in the immediate aftermath of the 1988 fires to study and closely document the forests’ recovery. She has spent the last three decades of her career there, and in places like Grand Teton National Park, to better understand the nature of forests and fire.
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Want to fight cyberthreats? Start with clean code

Barton Miller has a surprise for his University of Wisconsin–Madison class of 250 software programming undergraduates this fall: No code assignment is complete until it’s declared weakness-free by a suite of software analysis tools.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Empowering mothers

A new book by Afro-American studies alumna Sagashus Levingston (MA’096) gives voice to mothers from all walks of life. 

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“Crazy Rich Asians” movie offers pressure and possibility, says UW expert

It’s not every day that Hollywood makes a movie featuring a predominately Asian cast. In fact, it’s been 25 years since “The Joy Luck Club” did. “Crazy Rich Asians” is ending that drought Aug. 15. Based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, it tells the story of a dashing college professor who takes his girlfriend (also a professor) home to meet his mega-wealthy family in Singapore.

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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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