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Learning like humans

Photo: Grad students with Tim Rogers

Human know-how looks a little skimpy compared to the relentless growth of computer processing power and seemingly bottomless expansion of digital storage space. But that’s not to say the digital and the cerebral are at odds. A growing group of UW–Madison researchers is working on ways to use computers to make better use of human brain power.  

Top Stories

Then and Now series ends with a beginning

Each month since last September, university photographer Jeff Miller has reflected on the changes and constants in his 25 years on campus with a photo essay pairing images from his first year here and from today. See the final chapter.

Corradini looks back on creation of energy institute

Photo: Mike Corradini

Michael Corradini retires this month after helping found and leading the Wisconsin Energy Institute for the past decade. Ian Coxhead, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will serve as interim director during the search for a successor.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, August 18, from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

On the trail of Aldo Leopold’s students

Photo: Aldo Leopold

Serious students of nature know all about Aldo Leopold. Imagine what it would have been like to actually study under Leopold at the UW. Stan Temple is following up with Leopold's grad students — some of whom went on to make their own significant contributions to the field — in a new blog series.

Vegetable breeders made their marks

Photo: Beet Lab wall

Tucked behind the Walnut Street Greenhouses sits a nondescript brick building known as the “Carrot and Beet Lab.” Etched into its walls are various names, dates and symbols carved by UW-Madison faculty, staff and students who were — or are — involved in the university’s carrot and beet breeding research efforts.

UW veterinarians cure ‘one tough kitty’

Photo: Maeve

Wrapped in white fur with a black patch like a bandit’s mask, Maeve is tough as nails. She proved when she birthed a litter of kittens on the snowy streets of Milwaukee. And she did it while enduring a complicated congenital defect — one that could have easily cut her life short without help from the UW Vet School.

Campus Initiatives

Housing, Athletics team up for summer sports camps

Photo: Tennis player

University Housing serves 17,000 guests each summer, and about 5,300 are young athletes participating in sports camps sponsored by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. For many youth campers, the visit is their first experience with the university, and helps them feel like a part of the campus community.

Inside Info

Can purple squirrels fill the skills gap?

Photo Illustration: Purple squirrel

Some people have contended there is a "skills gap" in the state workforce because students are not learning the skills employers want. UW researchers say while higher education must change, employers who yearn for the "purple squirrel" employee who doesn't exist must also be part of the solution.


Glamour profiles student tackling homelessness, hunger

Photo: Brooke Evans

Glamour magazine’s new issue features Brooke Evans, a UW-Madison student whose own experiences with homelessness have made her a powerful advocate for others. Nationwide, "homelessness on college campuses is real, and on the rise," the article states.

Great Dining on Campus

From plated dinners to casual pub fare at Smitty’s Study Pub, we offer numerous dining options and exceptional service to all our guests.


Helping postdocs become better leaders

Photo: Members of leadership skills class

Postdoctoral trainees have an opportunity to refine their professional leadership skills through a six-session course starting this fall. In the Postdoctoral Training Course in Scientific Leadership, participants will learn about the traits and skills needed to successfully lead others. Apply by Sept. 1.  

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