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Drones: Coming to a classroom near you

On June 2, 2017, Chris Johnson, associate lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks about drone technology and a new summer course he is teaching on flying unmanned aircraft systems. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Eight students are taking part this summer in a first of its kind course, "Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems," in the College of Engineering. Not only will they learn to fly drones and have the opportunity to earn their certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, they'll explore real-world applications in various industries.

Top Stories

34 honored with Vilas professorships

Photo: Bascom Hall

The awards, supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas, recognize faculty members across the career spectrum for excellence in research and teaching.

Directory connects researchers, campus resources

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“This is the first centralized, publicly searchable directory of shared research resources, services and cores at UW–Madison,” explains Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

New initiative supports microbiome research

Thirteen projects ranging from understanding how gut microbes might influence Alzheimer’s Disease to exploring how day care may influence a child's microbiome have been selected for funding through the UW-Madison Microbiome Initiative.

Darius Rucker Live

Darius Rucker is kicking off the American Family Insurance Championship at Breese Stevens Field on Friday, June 23. Buy your tickets today

Around Campus

Landscape architects and urban planners to merge

Graphic: Landscape architecture plan map

The departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning will merge to form the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. The new department will provide academic programs to improve the livability, economic vitality and health of communities and their natural environments.

Big Ten gathering puts focus on student support

Photo: Overhead view of students in lecture hall

The Dean of Students Office recently hosted the first-ever student assistance conference bringing together professionals from around the Big Ten. “Bringing together people helps reaffirm what we do," said Rachel Willits, who helped organize the event.

Center focuses on importance of research mentoring

Photo: Christine Pfund

The new Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) is exploring new ways to improve research-focused mentoring relationships at all career stages in higher education. Christine Pfund, an expert in the research-mentoring field, is the center's creator and director.

Outside UW

Menominee Nation to benefit from engineering program

Photo: Participants in Menominee engineering program

The College of Menominee Nation and UW–Madison have had a close relationship for many years. Now, they are taking that relationship to the next level with a grant that will support the development of high-quality engineering education, research and outreach programs.

Campus Initiatives

Nominations sought for Outstanding Women of Color

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The annual awards honor women of color among UW-Madison faculty, staff, students and in the greater Madison community who've made significant contributions. Here's how to nominate someone.


New food shed shares the fruits of campus research

Photo: Collection of organic vegetables

Hannah DePorter got a firsthand look at how much food is grown on campus while working for horticulture Professor Irwin Goldman. Now she's created a way to make sure it doesn't go to waste.

Innovators take the next step

Apply for the Summer Igniter Cohort with D2P. Advance your innovations toward commercialization and gain mentorship; funding opportunities. Apply by June 30.

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Education fellows to examine critical research areas

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The National Academy of Education announced the recipients of the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs on May 25, and no institution is home to more winners this year than UW-Madison’s School of Education. Four faculty members will each receive $70,000.

Society of American Historians honors Cronon

Photo: William Cronon

The Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for distinguished writing in American history of enduring public significance has been presented to UW environmental historian Bill Cronon, citing his "unparalleled commitment to public discourse and academic freedom." Related video: Cronon's memorable message.

In Memoriam

Powertrain control pioneer Moskwa passes away

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John Moskwa was known not only as an influential mechanical engineer but as a trumpet player and instructor. He taught at UW-Madison for 28 years and led the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory.


Workshop teaches leadership through improv

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Do you wish you felt more comfortable speaking to a group of your peers? Do you want to learn how to be more present or in the moment? Then come to Leadership Improv at Union South June 30.

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