Survey highlights pandemic stressors, finds improving climate for many, but not all, underrepresented faculty
The survey found a large majority of UW faculty feel respected and supported in their work. Respondents marked improvement for some, though not all, faculty from historically underrepresented groups.
Remembering Chuck Snowdon, renowned primatologist and professor emerit of psychology
Charles T. Snowdon, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of Psychology, died Jan. 7 in Madison at age 81. A distinguished primatologist, mentor and friend, Snowdon is remembered for his dedication to others as much as for his impressive academic legacy.
Faculty of Color Reception welcomes new faculty and celebrates promotions across campus
The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s annual Faculty of Color Reception welcomed 49 newly hired faculty who identify as people of color to the campus and recognized others who were promoted to assistant or full professor during the past year.
Erin Silva named endowed chair in organic agriculture and outreach
The new chair, established through a $1 million endowment from Clif Bar & Company, was created to support the advancement of organic agriculture through dedicated research and outreach programs.
New Faculty Focus: Suzanne Eckes
Suzanne Eckes: professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin Educational/professional background: For the past 18 years I have been on the…
In-person classes continue — with safeguards
While much instruction has gone virtual, some classes with under 50 students continued in person, including many labs requiring hands-on learning. Take a look.
Why do we call it herd immunity?
The term first appeared in a British public health journal in 1923 in reference to bacterial transmission in mice. This study looked at vaccines, and how vaccinating some mice out of a group — or a “herd” — might begin to prevent bacterial transmission between them.
Remembering Rachel Feldhay Brenner
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.