Gurindar S. Sohi elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today (April 18, 2018) that three faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison — including John P. Morgridge Professor and E. David Cronon Professor of Computer Sciences Gurindar S. Sohi — were elected to the 2018 class of members.

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UW–Madison alum wins $90,000 scholarship for immigrants with outstanding potential

HaoYang (Carl) Jiang has made astounding progress toward “The American Dream.” His journey, though, has been arduous. An immigrant from China at age 5, Jiang found himself alone and homeless as an adolescent. Public education and the support of friends and teachers saved him, he says, putting him on a path that led to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy.

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Two UW-Madison students named Goldwater Scholars; two receive honorable mentions

The Goldwater Scholarship is considered the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America.

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UW student with political ambitions receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

UW-Madison senior Jordan Madden will be able to build upon his mission of helping others as the recipient of a 2018 Truman Scholarship.

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In Scientific American: Plants "eavesdrop" on slimy snails

When ecologist John Orrock of the University of Wisconsin–Madison squirted snail slime—a lubricating mucus the animals ooze as they slide along—into soil, nearby tomato plants appeared to notice.

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Young Mie Kim in Wired Magazine: How Russian Facebook ads divided and targeted U.S. voters before the 2016 election

When Young Mie Kim began studying political ads on Facebook in August of 2016 — while Hillary Clinton was still leading the polls — few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency. Not even Facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform’s users to influence the election. For Kim, a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the goal was to document the way the usual dark money groups target divisive election ads online, the kind that would be more strictly regulated if they appeared on TV. She never knew then she was walking into a crime scene.

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Assistant Professor of History Emily Callaci one of two UW–Madison faculty to receive summer humanities research support from the NEH

Emily Callaci, assistant professor of history, and Mitra Sharafi, associate professor at the Law School, have been offered Summer Stipend awards by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is the first time two UW–Madison nominees have been awarded NEH Summer Stipends in the same year.

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Menzie Chin in Quartz: A Reagan-era economic trend is making a worrisome comeback

“If the rest of the world says, ‘We don’t want to finance your current account deficit and budget deficit,’ then something has to give,” Menzie Chin says. A weaker dollar would likely help narrow the trade deficit, though its effects wouldn’t show up for a couple of years. However, it’s unlikely to weaken much given that the US is outperforming most other economies, as well as the US’s safe-haven status and the fact that the dollar is the predominant world reserve currency.

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EatStreet prospers eight years after idea was cooked up by UW-Madison students

EatStreet, a Madison tech startup that enables online delivery orders at more than 15,000 restaurants in 250-plus cities nationwide, continues to build on an offer that a restaurant can’t refuse.

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