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Remembering Rachel Feldhay Brenner

February 11, 2021

Rachel Feldhay Brenner, the Elaine Marks WARF Professor of Jewish Studies at UW–Madison, died Feb. 4. Born in Poland, Brenner moved to Israel with her family before coming to Madison, where she became an internationally recognized scholar of Hebrew, Polish and Canadian literatures.

Kutzbach’s role in climate science ‘expansive and foundational’

February 2, 2021

John Kutzbach, an emeritus professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, died Jan. 29. His contributions “helped all of us better understand important aspects of our universe — in particular, those of the Earth’s climate system."

Through ripple effect, a UW employee’s weekly ritual helps others process pandemic losses

January 13, 2021

Every Thursday morning at 10, Omar Poler stops whatever he is doing and spends 10 minutes remembering — and honoring — the lives lost to COVID-19.

UW-Madison geographer recognized for work to diversify geoscience

December 18, 2020

Erika Marín-Spiotta has worked to enact meaningful policies against sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination, and to take meaningful steps to make the geosciences more diverse.

Student to student: How professors are stepping up

December 9, 2020

With fewer in-person lectures, professors have had to find new ways of teaching and also have had to gain a new sense of understanding for their students. Meet a few who've really stepped up.

Sound smarter at virtual holiday gatherings – and, eventually, parties

December 8, 2020

A mix of insightful, obscure and amusing tidbits you can casually drop into your Zoom chat, excerpted from Inside UW New Faculty Focus questionnaires during the past year.

New Faculty Focus: School of Veterinary Medicine

November 10, 2020

Meet four of the new faculty members at the UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, with expertise ranging from veterinary ophthalmology to the effects of chemicals on development.

New and newly promoted faculty of color welcomed, celebrated

October 6, 2020

This year's virtual event recognized nearly 85 new faculty of color and 36 promoted to associate professor or full professor.

UW’s Elizabeth McCoy was a pioneer of 20th century microbiology

July 15, 2020

As a woman in a field dominated by men, McCoy rarely received the accolades that her male colleagues did, but by all accounts, she felt welcome at the university and respected by her peers.

In uncertain times, you can lean on rocks … and The Rock

April 30, 2020

Stephen Meyers calls his last Geosci 100 lecture of the semester “Living in an Uncertain World.” This year, he and his team have created a multimedia production that features a Twitter conversation with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson about his favorite rock, a special video message from Chancellor Blank and a musical performance from local band Mr. Chair.

2020 UW–Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards

April 7, 2020

Thirteen faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor that annually recognizes some of UW–Madison's finest educators. We salute the winners, and commend all who are teaching in these challenging times.

New Faculty Focus: Sijia Yang

February 14, 2020

Yang studies what makes persuasive messaging work in today’s digital media environment, and he would like to harness this growing body of knowledge to promote health especially in the areas of tobacco control and substance abuse.

Longtime political scientist, scholar on African politics M. Crawford Young dies at 88

January 23, 2020

Young was a central figure in the creation of UW–Madison’s African Studies Program. His leadership and support helped the program thrive, and he remained active in it until his death.

‘Christmas in the Lab’ celebrates 50 years of chemistry and comedy

December 2, 2019

What began as a holiday treat for long-suffering freshman chemistry students has turned into a 50-year tradition for chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri.

Campus mourns Teju Olaniyan, renowned scholar of the African Diaspora

December 1, 2019

"We are losing an adventurous interdisciplinary thinker and a colleague and friend revered for his humanity," said English Department Chair Anja Wanner.

Sound smarter at parties with these fascinating facts

November 26, 2019

Whether you use the information to impress your friends or just learn something interesting for yourself, consider this a gift from some of your new campus colleagues.