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‘A Film Never Made’

Photo: still image from Liberia film

Emmanuel Urey (right), a child of Liberia's civil war, has journeyed from a rural upbringing in a small village to higher education at the Nelson Institute. In a chance meeting with Nelson's Gregg Mitman, Urey learned of a rare cache of film shot by a 1926 Harvard scientific expedition. He took the footage — destined to be a national treasure — to his homeland, where crowds gathered around his iPhone, iPad, or laptop. "A Film Never Made" captures the struggles of Urey and his family, of tribal elders, and of restless youth as they weave the past into a more inclusive future.

Top Stories

Students to vote on improved Rec Sports facilities

SERF fitness area

A significant upgrade to the campus’s heavily used recreational sports facilities at the SERF, Natatorium and nearby athletic fields will be one of the options facing students during the spring student elections March 3-5.  

Hawks’ human evolution course is latest online offering

John Hawks

John Hawks has traveled the world. And now he's bringing what he's learned to more than 30,000 learners from across the globe with "Human Evolution: Past and Future." Hawks, a professor and associate chair of the Department of Anthropology, launched the Massive Open Online Course last week.

The strategies — and pitfalls — of Super Bowl advertising

While watching Sunday's Super Bowl, there's a good chance that at least one of the commercials will leave you wondering exactly which brand or product was being featured. Faculty experts from Letters & Science share ideas on what makes an entertaining and effective ad. Related: Russell Wilson and Montee Ball make it a Badger Bowl.

Grant Funding Available

The Holtz Center invites proposals for interdisciplinary working groups to advance research, teaching or outreach in Science & Technology Studies Thematic Clusters. $30,000 available. Apps due Feb. 21.

Around Campus

New traditions, new site for commencement

Photo: graduate in cap and gown

With changes coming for commencement this May, the university has rolled out a revamped website to help graduates and guests navigate the celebration. A single ceremony will be held for all bachelor’s and most master’s degree candidates in Camp Randall Stadium.

Physical therapy program ranked No. 1 by students

Physical therapy student

Students say the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is the best program of its kind in the country, according to a survey from

Campus Initiatives

Service changes take effect for EHS and UHS

UW banner

With the goal of improving the delivery of health and safety services on campus, Environmental Health and Safety and University Health Services have announced service and location changes effective this month. The changes were part of an Administrative Process Redesign project.

Inside Info

Online program offers heart-healthy tips

Shilagh Mirgain

Take just five minutes a day to show your heart – and yourself – a little love this February. From Feb. 1-28, UW Health and Shilagh Mirgain, health psychologist, will offer simple steps, inspiring videos and helpful tools to help you take better care of yourself.  


Meet MERIT Library’s Anna Lewis

Anna Lewis

Anna Lewis is assistant director of MERIT, or Media, Educational Resources and Information Technology, a School of Education library. MERIT’s mission is to provide creative solutions for library users. Learn more about Anna’s work and how her handwriting made it big in Hollywood.    

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Work of 5 faculty members rewarded with grants

Five recipients of Research-Service and Faculty Professional Development grants have been announced. The grants recognize the service contributions that untenured faculty members, especially women and members of minority groups, are asked to make to the university, and increase the flexibility and effective use of existing faculty.


IceCube researcher featured at Wisconsin Academy talk

Photo: Francis Halzen

Physicist and principal investigator of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory Francis Halzen discusses the ghostlike neutrino and what it tells us about our galaxy and others at a Wisconsin Academy talk on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

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