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Preventing atrocity

Photo: Scott Straus

The unthinkable is Scott Straus’s stock-in-trade. The barbarity and righteous conceit that spawns genocide is his research focus, and Straus, a political scientist, is using his expertise to help agencies throughout the U.S. government better understand the causes of genocide and ways to prevent atrocity around the globe.

Top Stories

Bus riders required to show ID starting Monday

Madison Metro will step up enforcement of the requirement that riders using its unlimited-use pass show employment or school photo identification beginning Monday, Nov. 12.

Mickey Mouse saved The Force? UW profs explain

Last week’s announcement that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and planned to launch a new set of Star Wars movies created shock waves. Social media platforms exploded as UW fans expressed their disbelief, outrage and curiosity. Two Letters & Science professors analyze the news.

Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Book Sale

Visit the largest used book sale in Wisconsin at this semi-annual event! November 7-10 at Memorial Library.


Around Campus

School of Ed marks American Education Week

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Research in neuroscience and cognitive science has begun to yield information with the potential to inform classroom practices.  American Education Week 2012 focuses on this frontier, examining how brain-based research and education research intersect.

Stirred, not shaken, lake mixing research shows promise

Can a lake be cleansed of invaders by raising the water temperature? UW scientists are deploying a novel lake-mixing technology to alter the lake's temperature profile and see if warmer water will drive out the cold water-loving rainbow smelt, an invasive sardine-sized fish.

Inside Info

Do-it-yourself dinner, or Thanksgiving to go

If you'd like to get a top-quality Thanksgiving turkey and suppport student activities, order your bird from the CALS Poultry Science Club by Nov. 10. Related: As long as we're talking turkey, the Wisconsin Union is offering Thanksgiving dinner to go, if you order now through Nov. 16.


Meet Michael Cardiff of Geoscience

Photo: Michael Cardiff

Michael Cardiff joined the Department of Geoscience as an assistant professor after two years at Boise State University, where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher and assistant research professor.


New book combines love of fiction and history

As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Florencia Mallon wanted to write fiction. But fact came first. Mallon has now used her years of research to write “Beyond the Ties of Blood,” her first novel, which was released  to numerous positive reviews.

Regents honor Morgridges

The Board of Regents will honor UW-Madison alumni and supporters John and Tashia Morgridge today with its inaugural Regents’ Award for Distinguished Service to the University of Wisconsin System.


Share your classroom innovation

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Educational Innovation is about taking what we already do in the classroom and making it better. Maybe you've already begun. Maybe you're thinking about creative ways to innovate. What do you want to do? Who can help you? Who and how will it help? Share your innovative ideas here.

Get Involved: Submit an idea, link or photo to Inside UW–Madison.