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Creative license

Photo: Lynda Barry

Renowned cartoonist and writer Lynda Barry, now on the UW-Madison faculty, teaches her students that using their hands engages their brains — and leads to the creativity within. Barry wants to convince us that we can write, draw, think, and create in a way that we’ve never done before; she wants to bring the mundane to life through storytelling; and she wants to give us a framework to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our work across disciplines. Read the On Wisconsin profile.

Top Stories

Badger football spotlighted in ‘Draft Day’

Draft Day

Badger football has a supporting role in the upcoming movie “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner. The film depicts the pressure mounting on an NFL general manager. The can’t-miss No. 1 draft pick is Bo Callahan, a fictional Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from UW-Madison, played by Josh Pence.

The last title: A look at the 1941 champion Badgers

1941 program

The 1940-41 Badger men's basketball team remains one of the all-time great success stories. They got off to a rough start, but they clinched the NCAA championship — to this day, the Badgers' sole basketball title. UW Archives assembled this look back, as today's Badgers prepare for the Final Four.

Future of Chemical Biology

The 37th Steenbock Symposium will feature research presentations from more than 20 exceptional chemical biologists from the U.S. and Canada at Ebling Auditorium, June 5-7.

Around Campus

Zircon featured at Geology Museum open house


It will be a trip through geologic time: from a look at a zircon, the oldest piece of Earth's crust, to the earliest smells on our planet, to a recently landed Martian meteorite. On Saturday, the Geology Museum hosts an open house as part of the weekend's Science Expeditions.

New program brings Gannett journalist to campus

Joel Christopher

Joel Christopher, digital editor for Gannett Wisconsin Media, has been chosen as UW-Madison’s first Wisconsin Journalist in Residence. The program brings a state journalist to campus to meet with faculty, staff and students in classroom and informal settings and to see the campus up close.  

Campus Initiatives

New learning community helps design online courses

Photo: Fingers typing on computer keyboard

If you are designing or redesigning a fully online course that you plan to teach, consider participating in a yearlong learning community to explore research-based online course design and teaching best practices. The registration deadline to ensure consideration is April 14.


Six appointed to WARF professorships

UW banner

Six members of the UW–Madison faculty – David Beebe, Russell Castronovo, Nancy P. Keller, Ronald Raines, Mary Louise Roberts and Robert Staiger – have been appointed to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorships.

Belgian university honors Blank for research

Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp in ceremonies held in Belgium. The citation for Blank's honor focused on her academic research and leadership around issues of poverty and social policy.

Davis awarded public health law fellowship

Sarah Davis

Law School Professor Sarah Davis has been named one of 10 faculty fellows to participate in the Future of Public Health Law Education program, led by Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health and Society.

In the Media

Celebrate? Sorry, we’re studying

Traevon Jackson

The New York Times examines the academics behind the Badgers' Final Four run. It reports that the term student-athlete is not an oxymoron in the NCAA tournament. Every senior on the UW men’s basketball team in the past two seasons graduated, and the team is on track to achieve that again.


WID, Center for Humanities tap into imagination

Photo: Toy robot

"Imagining Possible Worlds" will be presented Wednesday, April 9, at the Discovery Building. Authors and scholars will explore how humanists, scientists and writers approach universal questions about shared global interests, such as how science fiction can help us imagine the future.

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