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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."

Dolan led Waisman Center in two decades of growth

December 23, 2020

Dolan was instrumental in expansion of the center to include laboratories dedicated to stem cell and gene therapy research, a biomanufacturing facility, a brain imaging center, and new space for the Waisman Early Childhood Program.

Holocaust survivor, geneticist, patient advocate remembered for inspiring others

December 14, 2020

Renata Laxova focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities, prenatal diagnosis of birth defects, cancer genetics, and — above all — the relationships between medical professionals and patients.

Research administrator Bob Andresen remembered for his humor and passion

November 25, 2020

Andresen, who died Nov. 19, said in a 2016 profile: “I feel I can help the faculty that are looking for cures for diseases or solutions to social problems by doing what I do best."

Policing pioneer, law school professor Herman Goldstein dies at 88

January 24, 2020

Goldstein is best known for his concept of problem-oriented policing, a framework for reform that has been adopted by police agencies everywhere from Madison, Wisconsin, to Scotland Yard.

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.

UW–Madison employee dies from injuries sustained in a fall

December 3, 2019

The employee, Roberto Vergara, began working at the university in September of 2009. He was employed in custodial services for the university’s Division of Facilities Planning & Management.

UW-Madison mourns legendary professor/storyteller Harold Scheub

October 21, 2019

Scheub, who taught at UW–Madison for 43 years, was an unforgettable orator who used his unique gifts to bring the culture and stories of Africa to life for generations of UW students.

Remembering Heidi Dvinge

September 26, 2019

On Sept. 20, Professor Heidi Dvinge passed away unexpectedly. Her colleagues describe her tragic loss as “devastating.”

Jim Martin made his mark in sports and law as player, coach, judge

August 6, 2019

Martin was an assistant coach for the UW football team from 1970 to 1974 and a student at UW Law School from 1974 to 1976. He went on to serve as a Madison city attorney and later as a respected jurist and strong advocate for equal justice.

Truman Lowe, acclaimed Ho-Chunk artist and professor emeritus, dies at 75

April 8, 2019

Lowe, whose works are deeply rooted in his Ho-Chunk heritage, was recognized as a master sculptor whose work bridged the traditional and contemporary, abstract and representational worlds of Native American fine art.

UW-Madison mourns renowned sociologist Erik Olin Wright

January 25, 2019

Wright was a giant in the field of contemporary Marxian sociology. He wrote 15 books and more than 100 research papers, many focused on class and capitalism.

Professor’s innovations changed how children learn math

August 14, 2018

Emeritus professor Tom Carpenter, whose student-centered ideas about teaching math to young children from all backgrounds and skill levels helped transform the field of mathematics education, died Aug. 7

Muhammad Memon, renowned Urdu scholar, dies at 79

June 21, 2018

Memon’s lifelong work was to raise the awareness of Urdu in the West through his scholarship and teaching, and by editing an influential Urdu journal.

Campus remembers graduate student Ian Santino

December 5, 2017

“Even as he was facing the many challenges of his illness, he went out of his way to befriend and support others,” his advisor says. “I will remember him always as a kind, caring person, an excellent TA who served as a mentor to many a talented scholar.”

Campus mourns loss of graduate student, advisor Colin Rohm, 26

November 28, 2017

UW­–Madison graduate student Colin Rohm is being remembered by his campus colleagues as a scholar of uncommon talent and wide-ranging passions who nurtured the intellectual curiosity of thousands of his fellow students as a gifted advisor.