Tag College of Letters & Science

The sun also flips: 11-year solar cycle wimpy, but peaking

October 16, 2013

In a 3-meter diameter hollow aluminum sphere, Cary Forest, a University of Wisconsin–Madison physics professor, is stirring and heating plasmas to 500,000 degrees Fahrenheit to experimentally mimic the magnetic field-inducing cosmic dynamos at the heart of planets, stars and other celestial bodies.

Standing up to Socrates: Philosophy major invites more women to the table

October 14, 2013

When Macy Salzberger joined the Socratic Society, an undergraduate club for University of Wisconsin–Madison students interested in discussing philosophy, she was hoping to find like-minded friends eager to engage with her on complex topics: contemporary ethics, the nature of consciousness, and more. What she found, instead, was a fierce style of argument—and hardly any women.

Exploring a volcano: The romance and the reality

June 26, 2013

A UW–Madison team endures hardship in the field, where a deceptively calm volcanic site could be spewing lava within weeks.