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Visualizing ‘Snow Fall’

When “Snow Fall” went live on The New York Times’ website on Dec. 20, 2012, the online world went wild. Packed with images, raw video and animated graphics, the immersive story about a deadly avalanche in Washington’s Cascade Mountains led some observers to call it “the future of online journalism.” Jeremy White, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, was the first of the paper’s graphics editors to get involved with the project and he played a key role in shaping the product.

Top Stories

Cap Times: Ward talks about next chancellor

In a wide-ranging interview with Paul Fanlund of The Capital Times, Chancellor David Ward reflects on his tenure, the next UW chancellor, and his ability to project quiet competence and calm in turbulent times. “I think that my style, even when I was chancellor the first time, was never to be constantly in the news, as it were.” (Registration may be required.)

UW scientists reveal secrets of Wisconsin meteorite

Photo: meteorite in lab

As Russian scientists scramble to collect and analyze the remains of the historic meteorite that injured an estimated 1,200 people in Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15, UW scientists are set to publish their analysis of a smaller meteorite that struck southwest Wisconsin on April 14, 2010.

1934: A New Deal for Artists

Experience Depression-era America through the eyes of artists in this exhibition of paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Now open at Chazen Museum of Art. Reception Feb. 21.

Around Campus

Eternal campus struggle: Who’s got the right of way?

Students and cars are perpetually at odds during passing periods around campus. But who actually has the right of way? A UWPD student intern looks at it from both perspectives

Woodson wins Zolotow Award for children’s literature

“Each Kindness,” written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis, is the recipient of the 16th annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), a library in the School of Education, selects the winner.

Campus Initiatives

Journalism students learn ethics in online case study

Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's J202: Mass Media Practices course found themselves in a hypothetical reporter's shoes, working through a series of ethical questions involved in the newsgathering situation by way of an online case-study module.

Inside Info

Iconic brands and social issues: followers or leaders?

How are iconic brands in the food and beverage industry, such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, responding to the trends of healthy eating, lower-calorie foods and smaller portion sizes? And do these companies play a role in shaping our eating habits? Tom O’Guinn, a professor of marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB), shares his thoughts.


Donohue elected president of microbiology society

Bacteriology professor Timothy J. Donohue has been elected president of the American Society for Microbiology. The society is the oldest and largest life science membership organization in the world.

Teaching and learning fellows named

Nineteen early-career faculty are participating in a program designed to improve undergraduate education by receiving professional development in teaching and learning.

In Memoriam

Distinguished La Follette economist Don Nichols dies

Donald Nichols, whose tenure leading the La Follette School of Public Affairs helped shape Wisconsin's economic development, died February 15 at age 72. A professor emeritus of economics and public affairs, Nichols served as La Follette School director from 2002-06.


Registration closing for Academic Staff Institute

Photo: Michael Feldman

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 22, for the Academic Staff Institute, featuring speaker Michael Feldman of WPR's "Whad'Ya Know?" This year's program includes sessions on work-life balance, increasing your skills in leadership, and recording oral histories of academic staff.

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