This fall, in a field in rural Wisconsin, you can get lost in a trilobite. Bug-like and armored, with as many as 100 legs, these now-extinct marine creatures once cruised the planet’s seas, including those that covered Wisconsin. With some help from the UW-Madison Geology Museum, it is also the defining feature of this year’s award-winning Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi.
Continental drift and plate tectonics — the notion that large chunks of Earth’s crust slowly but inexorably shift positions — was proposed in 1912 but not accepted until the 1960s. Scientists began to speculate about how these alterations would affect the formation and extinction of species and thus, what we call biodiversity.
Three UW-Madison students have been named winners of the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, for their undergraduate work in the sciences. Cory Cotter, Emily Jewell and Lucas Oxtoby were winners of the scholarship, while Elizabeth Penn was selected as an honorable mention.
Since 1981, UW–Madison’s Adult Career and Special Student Services office and the Dean of Students have presented the annual awards to people who’ve resumed their academic pursuits after a significant interruption and have attained senior status while handling all the demands of adult life.
A study that used a new digital library and machine reading system to suck the factual marrow from millions of geologic publications dating back decades has unraveled a longstanding mystery of ancient life: Why did easy-to-see and once-common structures called stromatolites essentially cease forming over the long arc of earth history?
Twelve faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators. Nine of those faculty members teach in the College of Letters & Science.
From its earliest days, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum was a communal undertaking. The first UW Board of Regents meeting, in 1848, included a call to create "a geological and mineralogical cabinet of the various ores, rocks, fossils, &c., found within the state." That legacy of generosity, of community contributions for the greater good of science and shared knowledge, continues today.
Through a combination of modern-day scientific sleuthing, historical detective work, and a plethora of persistence, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have rewritten the story of a celebrated mastodon whose skeleton has been on display for a century.