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A taste of freedom

Photo: Monica White and Ben Burkett on a farm in Mississippi

Monica White, UW-Madison's first professor of environmental justice, is studying how Southern black farmers organized against oppression in the late 1960s and early ’70s — bringing focus to the role of agriculture in the civil rights narrative. An ethnographer by trade, White studies and shares the stories of people, their lives, and the landscape. Her goal: to honor those farmers by sharing their work and their words. “I feel like I’m holding up a mirror and saying, look at how incredible you are,” White says.

Top Stories

Phil Dunphy has commencement news for you

Photo: TV character Phil Dunphy opening envelope

Modern Family's Phil Dunphy is about to find out along with the rest of us who UW-Madison's spring commencement speaker will be. In this video announcement, a mystified Phil is no more clued in than he was before he opened the envelope. But you will be. Hint: Phil wouldn't be where he is without him.

Leadership change at Campus and Visitor Relations

Photo: Nancy Hoffman

Nancy Hoffman (formerly Sandhu), an experienced administrator who has played a key role in campus tour, parent, off-campus housing, and information programs, has been named interim director of Campus and Visitor Relations at UW-Madison. Hoffman will follow director Steve Amundson Feb. 1.

Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat

Join writers from around the country at this popular writing retreat! NEW topics, NEW instructors, 2 added sections, and a NEW Saturday workshop! June 26-30. Register now!

Around Campus

Campus could be site of driverless car research

Photo: Navya Arma driverless vehicle

Some streets on the UW-Madison campus are among the proving grounds selected by the federal government for potential driverless car research. While no funding or vehicles have been provided yet, the designation adds the UW to a pool of experts working to speed up the safe deployment of the technology.

Dazzling Earth images have UW-Madison connection

Photo: Images of Earth from GOES satellite

On Monday, NOAA released the GOES-16 “first light” true-color images of Earth. UW–Madison has been working with NOAA for more than 40 years to make GOES-16 a reality — proposing, testing and evaluating each generation of GOES satellite instruments and sensors, as well as analyzing their data.

UW joins group to reduce manufacturing waste

Photo: Pile of discarded computer parts

UW engineers will participate in the REMADE Institute, a coalition that will forge new clean energy initiatives to keep U.S. manufacturing competitive. UW-Madison is contributing expertise in biofuels, the environmental impact of products, and models for evaluating technological systems.

Researchers ask why poverty is linked to child abuse

Photo: Kristen Slack

What is it about economic disadvantage and inequality that often leads to child neglect and abuse? "For some families, economic support can make a meaningful difference in whether children experience harm," says social work Professor Kristen Slack. She and her colleagues are trying to get at the root causes.

Outside UW

Best practices for hiring workers with disabilities

Photo: Fong Chan

Faculty members at UW–Madison are playing a key role in a new federally funded research project designed to examine business practices that lead to companies hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. The funding will support studies led by rehabilitation psychology Professor Fong Chan and others.

Campus Initiatives

Nelson Institute program supports STEM students

Photo: Two women leaning over a garden plot

The Nelson Institute’s Community Environ-mental Scholars Program was recently award-ed nearly $1 million to continue supporting, educating and graduating students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The five-year grant will provide two-year scholarships of $8,000 for 36 students.

Inside Info

3 ways to avoid tax fraud scams

Graphic: Pile of tax forms

As tax season fast approaches once again, so does tax fraud season. Tax fraud scams take various forms, such as bogus emails and threatening phone calls. But once you know what to look for, you can guard against them. Here’s what you need to know to avoid falling prey to such scams this year.

The Seldoms

This Chicago-based dance company brings dance that ignites thought and understanding of real-world issues. Wisconsin Union Theater,  January 27 and 28.

In the Media

Professor says political campaigns see you as data

Photo: Young Mie Kim

After an election in which data played a greater role than ever, journalism Professor Young Mie Kim is studying how voters are viewed by campaigns as collections of data points. “Campaigns view micro-targeting as this holy grail (and) I think people need to be aware of it,” she tells The Capital Times.

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