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From high school dropout to PhD: The unlikely journey of student commencement speaker Kirstan Gimse

December 7, 2022

This winter commencement's student speaker took a more unusual — but no less rewarding — path to graduation.


Aaron Bird Bear, set to retire, changed the way we understand campus

December 5, 2022

Aaron Bird Bear, UW's director of tribal relations, will retire Jan. 1 after nearly 23 years dedicated to improving campus life for Native students and reshaping the university's relationships with the tribes of Wisconsin, including the Ho-Chunk Nation on whose ancestral land the university resides.

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As Miss Wisconsin, engineering student promotes nuclear energy on a big stage

December 6, 2022

Nuclear engineering student and 2022 Miss Wisconsin Grace Stanke will compete for the Miss America title Dec. 15. She's using her platform to raise awareness of nuclear energy's benefits for a clean energy future.

Recent Sightings

A bowl made of interlocking fiberglass circles.

Machiko Ito’s ‘conversation with glass’ Glass artist Machiko Ito plays with the boundaries of glass and textile, crocheting and weaving delicate strands of industrial fiberglass into kiln-fired works of art. See more

Photo by: Althea Dotzour

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Sandra Newbury: Canine Influenza

Sandra Newbury, director of the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program, is available to discuss the current wave of H3N2 canine… More

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Badger Talks brings campus expertise to expanded audience

December 5, 2022

Badger Talks connects more than 400,000 Wisconsinites to UW experts every year through in-person and digital content, including a podcast.


Fickell ushers in new era for Badger Football

November 27, 2022

Wisconsin Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh announced the hiring of Luke Fickell as UW's head football coach. The consensus 2021 National Coach of the Year becomes the 31st head coach in program history.


Study finds that big rains bring big algae blooms… eventually

November 28, 2022

Phosphorus is only one part of the algae bloom recipe, research shows. Other key factors at play are calm winds, warm surface waters and a low abundance of tiny crustaceans called zooplankton.