Sharlen Moore

For the fifth annual social justice conference, UW-Madison’s School of Social Work wanted to hear from people who know the social work system better than anyone — the people who grew up in it. Read more




In the early 1990s, famed UW biochemist Hector DeLuca was accused of improperly using other scientists’ research in developing drugs that earned millions for WARF. A new court ruling echoes those earlier charges. Read more



Matthew Laznicka

If humans are going to explore deep space, they need to figure out how to grow food there. UW-Madison’s Simon Gilroy is doing ground-breaking research in gardening in space. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Despite a scaled-back ballet season, Madison still had plenty of dance performances that challenged and delighted Isthmus dance critic Katie Reiser. Read more



Jim Mayfield

UW-Madison’s WARF was founded in 1925 to help bring ground breaking research to the market. But it’s fallen behind the times and desperately needs to change. Erik Iverson has a plan. Read more

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Angela Richardson

Stuart Flack, UW-Madison’s current interdisciplinary artist-in-residence, helps students explore new ways of presenting information to audiences with a performance titled “Data Vaudevilles. Read more



Lauren Justice

UW-Madison created the country’s first art glass lab in 1961. Inside where the furnace burns a fiery 2,250-degrees Fahrenheit, “assume any metal surface could be hot.” Read more

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JKX Comics started as friends drawing in a bar. Now a group of UW scientists is creating comics that illustrate complicated scientific concepts. Read more

Visual Arts

To continue to exist, free speech needs to come with a big dose of tolerance. Read more

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Founded in 2013, Discovery To Product showed great promise to help UW-Madison researchers create successful companies. Instead, the program has become a model of university dysfunction. Read more



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It was a season of stumbles for the Badger football team. Why, when the year started with such high hopes? Read more

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Michael R. Anderson

University Opera delivers a delightful version of Monteverdi’s Baroque masterpiece, “L’incoronazione di Poppea.” It’s a story worth revisiting, based on the history of the narcissistic tyrant Nero. Read more


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Maureen Janson Heintz

UW-Madison assistant professor Marlene Skog delivers a strong and touching look at Shakespeare’s female characters in “Consider it not so deeply.” Read more



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Although UW-Madison spends more than $1 billion on research a year, many complain that bureaucracy is hampering research. However, the med school is striving to stay true to The Wisconsin Idea, by bringing its research to the people. Read more

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Mildred Harnack, a UW-Madison alum who married a German, was the only American woman executed on Adolph Hitler’s direct orders. On Oct. 31, Madison Arts Commission placed a memorial in Marshall Park. Read more

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A simple blood test might help diagnose autism in children as young as 18 months. But why did UW-Madison's Waisman Center, internationally known for its studies of developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases, choose not to participate? Read more

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David Michael Miller

UW-Madison pioneered partnerships with American industry, collecting billions in research funds and helping to bring groundbreaking technology to market. But is the campus bureaucracy now holding the school back? Read more

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Koinadugu District is one of the poorest areas in one of the world’s poorest countries, Sierra Leone. But it is on the verge of getting a college, thanks to the far reach of the Wisconsin Idea. Read more


Hoofers recreation clubs (scuba, outing, ski and snowboard, mountaineering, sailing and riding) promote recreation to the campus and the city. And much of its leadership is female, in a male-dominated industry. Read more



Wren Logan

Updated: On Wednesday, the state Group Insurance Board voted to end a blanket ban on providing coverage for gender-affirming health care for transgender state employees. Read more


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    Bryce Richter - UW-Madison

    Dancers in a workshop hosted by Laura Anderson Barbata prepare for STRUT!

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    Bryce Richter / UW-Madison

    The Brooklyn Jumbies workshop in Lathrop Hall at UW-Madison, Feb. 28, 2015.