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Preparing classrooms for students’ return

August 10, 2020

Classrooms, common spaces and other areas are being prepared to keep students safe upon return to campus this fall. Staff members are using signs, chair placement and seating location stickers to ensure students will be physically distanced.

Voting starts on campus, with precautions

August 4, 2020

Early in-person absentee voting started in four large outdoor tents on campus this week for the Aug. 11 partisan primary, with poll workers wearing personal protective equipment and taking other safety measures.

Terrace life continues, but with precautions

July 28, 2020

Summer evenings remain relaxed and beautiful at the Memorial Union Terrace, but with changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrons can enjoy physically distanced, reserved-table seating with food and drink service.

Comet watching at Pine Bluff

July 24, 2020

A group of people gathered at UW–Madison's Pine Bluff Observatory in Cross Plains earlier this week to see a rare sight. Comet NEOWISE – officially called C/2020 F3 – passed overhead and was visible to the naked eye, although binoculars helped.

100 days into pandemic, campus buildings await

June 23, 2020

It’s been 100 days since many faculty and staff members began the transition to remotely working from home. Here is a visual reminder of some of the buildings that house the various schools and colleges of UW–Madison.

Campus, community celebrate Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

The Juneteenth flag is raised over the Wisconsin State Capitol for the first time in history Friday morning. UW–Madison today honors and celebrates Juneteenth, commemorating the day the last group of enslaved Black Americans were made aware of their liberation in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The Black Cultural Center will host a virtual celebration of Black music and culture with DJ Tricey Trice at 1:30 p.m. CT. For those who want to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality for African Americans, UW–Madison Libraries has many free physical and electronic resources available. Many will also join a community celebration at 5 p.m. hosted by Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self-Determination.

Black Lives Matter Solidarity March

June 7, 2020

Thousands of demonstrators from the community gathered on campus for a "Finishing the Work: Black Lives Matter Solidarity March" on June 7. It was sponsored and organized by the local pastors of the African American Council of Churches "to stand up and speak out against racism, injustice and declare 'Black Lives Matter.'"

The winners: Cool Science Images 2020

May 26, 2020

Eyeball-licking geckos, wiggling brain cells and a whole planet’s worth of weather are among the winners in UW–Madison’s 10th Cool Science Image Contest. A panel of artists, scientists and science communicators judged the scientific content and aesthetic and creative qualities of the images and videos.

Business grads get their names up in lights

May 10, 2020

In a visual tribute honoring the graduating Class of 2020, the names of graduates  of the Wisconsin School of Business were projected onto the side of Grainger Hall.

Lighting it up for the 2020 graduates

May 8, 2020

Graduates don't get to celebrate in Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center this year because of the social distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. So to mark Saturday's virtual graduation ceremony, the UW Athletic Department lit the two venues in red Friday night to honor the Class of 2020.

Move out at a distance

May 5, 2020

For the past week, students have been returning to dorms to gather their belongings. UW Housing organized the move-outs in staggered time periods from April 27 to May 7.

Firefighters parade in support of health workers

April 24, 2020

Fire engines from local Madison stations circled the VA Hospital, UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital, flashing their lights and sounding their sirens in appreciation of medical staff for their work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Robots still roll on nearly empty campus

April 17, 2020

With in-person instruction suspended for the rest of spring semester and campus buildings closed except to essential employees, campus is a quiet place these days. But there's still activity from University Housing food-delivery robots.

Photo story: A day in the life of a student at home

April 15, 2020

"The greatest realization that I’ve come to is that technology is not advanced enough, nor will it ever be, to replace human interaction. My most memorable learning experiences involve people in one way or another."

What’s stay-at-home like for researchers?

April 13, 2020

Four posters illustrate how the Currie Lab's researchers are adapting to working from home — and provide reflections many of us can relate to.

Badger facilities lit in blue to honor pandemic workers

April 10, 2020

UW-Madison's athletic facilities -- Camp Randall Stadium, the Kohl Center and the Field House -- were lit up in blue Thursday night in support and appreciation for those on the frontlines against the COVID-19 pandemic. Stadiums around the country joined the #LightItBlue campaign.

How to show gratitude? With pizza!

April 10, 2020

Employees at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene at UW–Madison have remained busy running thousands of tests for COVID-19 in the state. On Thursday, a group called "Stay Home! Send Pizza!" sent pizza to the lab's about 50 employees, in gratitude

Spring’s arrival provides reassurance

March 20, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis roiling life on campus and all over the world, it's reassuring to see that spring arrived on Thursday, March 19. This year's spring equinox arrived early, and it was welcome.

Outstanding Women of Color honored

March 6, 2020

The twelfth cohort of Outstanding Women of Color awardees were honored at a reception on March 5. The honorees show a wide range of achievement and skill.

Exploring Afrofuturism with Pierce Freelon

February 28, 2020

Black History Month keynote speaker Pierce Freelon discussed Afrofuturism with an enthusiastic crowd of more than 75 at Union South's Varsity Hall on Feb. 27.