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Photo: Homo naledi hand bones

Working in a cramped cave complex deep underground in South Africa, an international team of scientists whose leaders include UW–Madison’s John Hawks has brought to light an unprecedented trove of fossils representing an entirely new branch on the human family tree: a creature dubbed Homo naledi. The find was nearly 100 feet down, accessible to the team only after squeezing, clambering and crawling 600 feet to a large chamber where the brittle fossils covered the floor. “We have a new species of Homo with all of its interesting characteristics,” says Hawks. “We now have the biggest discovery in Africa for hominins.”

Top Stories

Police officers to join Go Big Read discussions

Photo: Bryan Stevenson

Local police officers will be joining in the discussion of Bryan Stevenson's book "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," this year's Go Big Read selection. Every member of UWPD will read “Just Mercy” before upcoming training sessions on ethics and fair and impartial policing.

UW rises in U.S. News college rankings

Photo: Bascom Hall

UW-Madison is rated 11th best among the nation's public colleges in U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings. Among all colleges, public and private, the UW is in a six-way tie for 41st. The university moved up in both categories — last year, it ranked 13th among publics and 47th overall.

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Around Campus

Ironman competition will close some streets

Photo: Ironman runners near UW-Madison campus

Madison is once again hosting the Ironman Wisconsin competition. The triathlon takes place on Sunday, starting with the swimming portion of the competition at 7 a.m. in Lake Monona. Many campus and downtown streets will be closed that day to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race.

UHS hopes to change sexual assault misperceptions

Photo: Carmen Hotvedt

University Health Services’ Carmen Hortvedt was on WPT's "Here and Now" recently to explain the requirement that new students complete an online workshop on preventing sexual assault. The goal, she says, is to change common misperceptions students have about sexual assault when they arrive here.

Expert expects pope to push Congress for change

Photo: Giuliana Chamedes

On Sept. 24, Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress. Exactly what he will say is unknown, but Giuliana Chamedes, an assistant professor of history who specializes in the study of the Vatican and political Christianity, expects him to pull no punches. “He will push his audience for change."  

Outside UW

Professor looks to future of damaged artifacts in Nepal

Photo: pillar of King Yoganarendra Malla

Gudrun Bühnemann visits the beautifully detailed temples of Nepal nearly every year. This spring, just before her latest trip, two major earthquakes struck. Countless historic structures were damaged or destroyed. Now Bühnemann hopes her work can help preserve and rebuild some of Nepal’s treasures.

Inside Info

How to find the best health info online

Photo: Woman typing on laptop computer

In a recent study, 72 percent of Internet users reported searching for health information online. But inaccurate and biased sources abound. It's best to consult your doctor, but Ebling Library's Michael Venner says if you're going to do additional research online, make sure you're using smart strategies.  

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Moriello honored for work in feline dermatology

Photo: Karen Moriello

Karen Moriello, a clinical professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been recognized with the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for improving the health of both pet cats and shelter cats through her pioneering work on feline dermatology.

In the Media

8th grader helps students who can’t afford travel

Photo: Eli Pollak

His media strategy: "Build on the cuteness factor." That's how 13-year-old philanthropist Eli Pollak — son of faculty members Seth Pollak and Jenny Saffran — went about publicizing his effort to raise money so more kids can afford educational travel. “No Disneyland,” Eli told the State Journal.


‘Celebrate Agriculture’ at the Miami game

Photo: Celebrate Agriculture poster

When the Badgers play Miami Saturday, it will be the third annual “Celebrate Agriculture” game. Agriculture will be everywhere throughout the game, including promotions, special graphics and fun facts. Commemorative posters will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

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