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Waclaw Szybalski, 92, a genius of genetics who has been repeatedly mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize, grew up as an aspiring scientist during World War II in the eastern part of Poland. Many of Szybalski's most significant wartime roles concerned a decidedly applied type of science: He cooked TNT so the Polish resistance could sabotage rail lines. He participated in smuggling typhus vaccine to Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. And he fed lice and supervised "louse feeders."
For David Krakauer, a cup of tea has long been as much a part of the research process as beakers, computers and lab benches.
LaMarr Billups, former senior special assistant to the chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and well-known Madison community leader, passed away on Friday, Nov. 11 at his home in Northern Virginia.