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Comic belief

Illustration: Cartoon Galileo saying, “(Grumble, grumble) I’ll show them Copernican theory.”

Philosophy professor Steven Nadler is known for serious scholarship. For his latest book,“Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy,” he has chosen a very different format: full of bright illustrations and characters speaking in word bubbles — in an accessible but not condescending way. Image detail ©2017 Princeton University Press

Top Stories

UW celebrates community partnerships

Photo: Bascom Hall

The success of the Wisconsin Idea doesn’t happen alone. It takes strong partnerships between UW–Madison and many others. In recognition of this teamwork, the university will honor seven collaborations with the 2017 Community-University Partnership Awards.

Global reputation rated in survey

Photo: Aerial view of campus and Lake Mendota

UW-Madison has placed 32nd in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. The rankings are based on a survey of senior, published academics, who were asked to name universities they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field.

Volunteer at the Madison Mini Marathon!

You can support thousands of runners and the UW Department of Ob-Gyn by volunteering at the Madison Mini Marathon, August 19, 2017!

Around Campus

Q&A: Life on campus as a College Republican

Photo: Jake Lubenow

With more than 300 dues-paying members, the College Republicans of UW–Madison is one of the organization’s largest chapters in the country. Chair Jake Lubenow is tasked with navigating the group through a time of heightened political tension.

Photos: Students unveil new, improved Badgerloop

Photo: Student standing by Badgerloop pod

A team of students has revealed its design for the Badgerloop Pod II in preparation for the international SpaceX Hyperloop Competition. A hyperloop involves a pod moving in a low-pressure tube at hundreds of miles per hour.

Health students, providers improve through improv

Photo: Student in improv class

Switching abruptly from riding a bike to giving birth to grabbing a snake — this is a game, but it’s also a way to practice doing two things at once. Welcome to Improvisational Theater for Health Professionals, attracting students and practitioners who are learning to collaborate better to improve patient care.

Virtual reality keeps departed historic building in view

Photo: Exterior of Norway Building

The historic "Norway Building" near Mount Horeb, once part of a now-shuttered tourist site, has been disassembled and sent home to its native country. But the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery has created a way to display the church for visitors in virtual reality.

Outside UW

Metrics boost farmers markets

Photo: Woman carrying plants at farmers market

UW-Madison researchers have created tools to help farmers market managers collect, interpret and utilize metrics to bolster their business model. Market managers learned that digging into the data can offer incredible insights and identify new opportunities.

Campus Initiatives

Mandela fellowship brings African leaders to Madison

Photo: 2016 Mandela fellows in Madison

Twenty-five young African leaders are on campus as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. They represent 20 countries and diverse professional fields including health care, law, journalism, social services, human rights and public administration.

Introducing...

Artist’s much-anticipated installation now on display

Photo: Opening of Jim Dine installation

Now we can see for ourselves. Acclaimed artist Jim Dine's hush-hush new installation in the Chazen Museum of Art is a massive, four-sided black-and-white ceiling mural inspired by ancient sculptures — a fitting subject for the museum's exhibit of ancient art below.

Milestones

Research station director has herd instinct

Photo: Mike Peters

Mike Peters has been named director of UW-Madison’s Agricultural Research Station network. Peters majored in dairy science here, and was student manager of the Dairy Cattle Center — residing in the barn’s second-floor living quarters for three years.

In Memoriam

Maurer served CALS in variety of roles

Photo: Ellen Maurer

Dorothy “Ellen” Allbeck Maurer, who enjoyed a vibrant career as a teacher, writer, editor, photographer and international science communications consultant, died June 11. She retired from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2005.

Events

Science is Fun on the Terrace July 1

Photo: Bassam Shakhashiri conducting experiment

Bassam Shakhashiri will be back on the Union Terrace Saturday night with his popular Science is Fun summer demonstration of the science behind fireworks and other phenomena. Shakhashiri's aim, in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, is to foster community appreciation of science.

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