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Science, narrated

Photo: Jack the Robot

Jack the Robot is about to become a star. The intriguing work of Bilge Mutlu on using robots to solve human problems will be featured in the first installment of Science Narratives — a series of video podcasts that seeks to expand public appreciation of scientific discovery and innovation at UW-Madison. Mutlu looks forward to sharing his story and hearing the response. “We want to know what people who we are designing and envisioning our technologies for think about it, what their expectations and values are, and what they would like to see.”

Top Stories

Meet the 2016 Spring Commencement speaker

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) on September 24, 2014, in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/The Players' Tribune)

Russell Wilson’s athleticism and leadership have made him a star on and off the field since high school. But there’s one thing he’s never done: don a cap and gown to celebrate college graduation. He’ll get that experience when he returns to Madison this spring.

Contest brings out the artistry in science images

Photo: Closeup of ice crystals on a windowpane

From new forms of microscopy to novel telescopes, cameras and other imaging technologies, science is being illustrated like never before. Stunning visuals offer glimpses into seen and unseen natural and technological worlds. The Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting your best creations.

Native Plants from Friends of the Arboretum

Order native plant mixes, shrubs, trees, full and half-flats of singles species now through March 25. Download an order form.

Around Campus

Photography exhibit celebrates Black History Month

Photo from Reflections exhibit

"Reflections," a documentary-style black-and-white photographic series by award-winning photographer Terrence Reese that captures the personal spaces of renowned African-Americans, will be on display through March 4 in the Education Building. An artist reception and talk will be held there today at 4 p.m.

UW-Madison places near top in SpaceX competition

Photo: Student demonstrating BadgerLoop

A team of engineering students won 3rd place overall in a worldwide competition to design a pod for shuttling people on a futuristic high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop — a conceptual rapid-transit system first proposed by SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk.

Outside UW

Biotech degree offered for working adults

Photo: Darcia Schweitzer

Darcia Schweitzer, a high school teacher from Dodge County, says she gained a broad network of industry connections in UW-Madison's M.S. in Biotechnology Program. The program is preparing adult students to capitalize on the growth in biotech through a career-changing, four-semester curriculum.

Campus Initiatives

Blank to address Regents

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank will address the March meeting of the Board of Regents today after 1:15 p.m. Blank will recap the past year on campus and stress the need for continued partnership with the state to maintain UW's excellence. The session will be livestreamed.

Discovery to Product Pre-Igniter Workshop

This free one-day workshop on Tues., Feb. 16 is designed to help you take the first steps to turn your idea into a product or service. Learn More.


Is one of these pathetic passwords yours?

Screenshot: Password field

Here’s an easy task for today: Make sure your passwords aren’t on this list. Each year, password management application SplashData compiles a list of passwords that are popular, but not in a good way. They are unsafe passwords, based on how common they are and how easy they are to break.


Wisconsin Academy chooses 2016 fellows

Graphic: Wisconsin Academy logo

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters has announced 11 Wisconsin Academy Fellows for 2016, many of whom are from UW-Madison. They represent a variety of academic disciplines from art and literature to medicine and zoology, and more.  


Speaker to discuss bipartisan poverty proposals

Photo: Arthur Brooks

A discussion of bipartisan anti-poverty proposals featuring Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Discovery Building. Brooks will deliver the Institute for Research on Poverty’s New Perspectives in Social Policy lecture, “Markets and the Poor.”

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