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Thinking inside the box

Jordan Ellenberg

When he’s not teaching theoretical mathematics to UW students and doing research in number theory, Jordan Ellenberg is encouraging the rest of us to see the world through a mathematical lens. That idea fuels his new book, "How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking," excerpted in On Wisconsin magazine. It makes the case that math is inherently connected to the way we think as we go about our daily lives. “It’s like a prosthesis you attach to your common sense and make it stronger,” he says.

Top Stories

Partnership awards celebrate collaboration

Photo: "W" crest on Kohl Center

The University-Community Partnership Awards, which were given last week, highlight exemplary partnerships that get to the heart of the Wisconsin Idea: community members and UW-Madison personnel working together to transform the campus and community for the public good.

Take time for Time-Lapse Tuesday

Terrace chairs

Take a time-lapse video view of events, places and people around campus in a new occasional summer feature we call Time-Lapse Tuesday. Today, Inside UW-Madison keeps an eye on the Union Terrace and Lake Mendota.

Administrative Improvement Award winners

UW-Madison honored winners of the Administrative Improvement Awards last week. Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell presented the awards.  Find out more about the awards and see photos here.   

Manage High Blood Pressure with UW Health

UW Health combines the resources of multiple specialties to get your hypertension under control.  Learn more.

Around Campus

Joshua Moon Johnson is new MSC director

Photo: Joshua Moon Johnson

Joshua Moon Johnson, director of LGBT Services and the Non-Traditional Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara has been named assistant dean of students and director of the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center (MSC).

Neuroscience approaches the bench

Law Library stacks

In an effort to help jurists cope with the growing presence of neuroscience in the courts, a two-day seminar at UW-Madison featured experts on the neuroscience of pain, memory, deception, substance dependence and violence, among others.  

Preferred name available for Wiscard


Students attending Student Orientation, Advising and Registration sessions at UW-Madison this summer have an opportunity to select a preferred name to be printed on their Wiscard, the official university identification card.


Opportunity to represent Team USA arrives 34 years later

Elaine Bower

Elaine Bower, a program director in the Department of Engineering Professional Development, is finally fulfilling a dream that's lingered for 34 years. She is competing  on the Women’s Masters (50+) field hockey team, representing the U.S. in the FIH Masters Hockey World Cup.  

Badger Watch Buddies Event

Parents, register your children for this Summer Safety Event, Saturday, June 21. See the UWPD Mounted Police and K9 units, learn important safety tips and try out the radar run.


Familiar UW faces in “If You Want to Be a Reader” video

Photo: First grader flashing the W

While we're all well aware of the song, “If You Want to be a Badger,” School of Education alumnus Kyle Walsh and his Verona first graders have added a twist with an entertaining music video, “If You Want to be a Reader.” Bo, Barry and a bevy of Badgers were in on the fun.

In Memoriam

Colleagues recall education research pioneer Klausmeier

Herbert Klausmeier

Herbert J. Klausmeier, a UW-Madison professor emeritus of educational psychology who played the leading role in founding the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, passed away on May 20 at the age of 98.

In the Media

HR overhaul gaining national attention

Logo: HR Design

UW-Madison is upgrading its personnel system to remain competitive and efficient – something HR consultants say is being replicated by other institutions, says Employee Benefit News. Related: Campus info sessions set today and Thursday.  


Women in IT kickoff event set June 17

Computing hardware

The newly formed UW-Madison Women in Information Technology group will meet on June 17, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The group is dedicated to the retention and advancement of women working with IT on campus.  

Center for Limnology holds open house June 20

Limnology research

On Friday, June 20, from 2-6 p.m., the Center for Limnology will open the doors of Hasler Lab for a behind-the-scenes tour of the science of freshwater research. You’re invited to come see how research is conducted and used to better understand, protect and improve Wisconsin’s waters.

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