A few days before the 150th anniversary of the "Origin of Species," Charles Darwin's epochal book on evolution, plans for a new evolution institute moved closer to final approval at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
University of Wisconsin–Madison developmental biologist Margaret McFall-Ngai has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, a one-year grant that will support her investigation into how animals interact with their natural complement of microbes.
Since the mid-1990s, UW–Madison has experienced a surge of interest in biology, a phenomenon that has challenged the folks who run UW–Madison's biggest portal to this hot field: Introductory Biology 151 and 152 in the College of Letters and Science.
A UW–Madison professor of genetics will give the plenary lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday, Feb. 13.
Charles Darwin would be proud of the way the biology major has evolved during the last academic year.