UW-Madison announces teaching assistant award winners

Fifteen graduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been honored as recipients of the 2017 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards. They will be joined by families, friends, colleagues, and the university administration at the award ceremony on February 20.  

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In The New York Times: In cave in Israel, scientists find jawbone fossil from oldest modern human out of Africa

“This would be the earliest modern human anyone has found outside of Africa, ever,” said John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Wisconsin, Madison who was not involved in the study.

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In The Verge; Jaw fossil discovered in Israel looks human, but it’s much older than it should be

This new find adds another important clue towards solving the mystery of this earlier spread of humans out of Africa, write the authors of a commentary published with the study. “I think that’s pretty cool,” agrees John Hawks, an paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “You have a modern-looking upper jaw in Israel that was there much earlier than it was supposed to have been.”

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Four L&S graduate students win Fulbright-Hays doctoral research awards

Four students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been selected as recipients of the Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Awards for 2017, the U.S. Department of Education has announced.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Map Quest

Archaeologist Chris Fisher (MA’95, PhD’00, Anthropology) risked snakes, spiders, jaguars, and flesh-eating bacteria to discover a lost city in Honduras.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: In search of the Lao Unicorn

Bill Robichaud (B.S.’83, Zoology) has devoted his career to saving the saola, a recently discovered mammal that may go extinct before scientists can even study it.

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WAA presents award to two outstanding L&S faculty

To acknowledge some of the faculty who have helped the Wisconsin Alumni Association further its mission of engaging with alumni and lifelong learners, WAA presents the Ken and Linda Ciriacks Alumni Outreach Excellence Award to Mike Wagner and John Hawks. 

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In the Wisconsin State Journal: Picture of humanity's mysterious cousin grows clearer through UW prof's work

A multiyear effort coordinated by UW-Madison professor of anthropology John Hawks to painstakingly excavate thousands of fossils from a cave in South Africa has now assembled one of the most complete skeletons of a near-human creature ever found.

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In Wired: A twist in the evolutionary tale: why the discovery of a 'young' Homo naledi changes everything

The age of new fossils discovered in the Rising Cave system casts doubt on our evolution, how our culture developed and even ancient burial rituals

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