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The mind’s eye

Photo: Arrows seen through water glass

"We look with the eyes, but we see with the brain," says Bas Rokers. Recognizing objects, perceiving depth and seeing colors wouldn't happen without the neural processing that goes on without us even realizing it. The Rokers Vision Lab in the psychology department does fascinating experiments about how we "see" things that aren't there, and don't see things that are. In this Forward Motion video, follow along with Rokers as the Terrace, Camp Randall, and an ordinary glass of water play tricks on even the most observant of us.

Top Stories

UW-Madison 10th among public universities in U.S. News

Photo: Bascom Hall

U.S. News & World Report has put UW-Madison at No. 10 among public universities in its annual Best Colleges rankings, and 44th overall. The annual rankings also brought high scores for commitment to undergraduate teaching and for the College of Engineering and Wisconsin School of Business.

Summer enrollment of over 6,800 is up 10%

Photo: Student in organic chemistry class

UW–Madison’s new approach to Summer Term led to a significant boost in enrollment and revenue for 2016. Students flocked to high-demand courses offered for the first time this summer, including an increased number of online courses. Related: Chancellor Blank explains what drove the successful change.

Election experts to take questions in live video chat

Photo: Polling booth with voter

The fall issue of On Wisconsin, UW–Madison’s alumni magazine, explores the myriad ways campaigns and voters use social media, and the article will be the springboard for a live video chat about the 2016 election — held one week before the first presidential debate — featuring a panel of UW experts.

Third Thursdays on the Pyle Center Rooftop Terrace

This Thursday, Sept. 15 from 4-7 p.m., join us for complimentary appetizers and live music on The Pyle Center’s Lakeside Rooftop Terrace.

Around Campus

Construction affects traffic on several campus streets

Photo: construction sign

There will be three new road closures or restrictions on campus starting this week. They will affect Highland Avenue by UW Hospital, Observatory Drive between Babcock Drive and Charter Street, and University Bay Drive at University Avenue.

Coxhead is energy institute’s interim director

Photo: Ian Coxhead

Ian Coxhead, chair of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will serve as interim director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Coxhead is a development economist whose research includes the impacts of energy export booms, fossil fuel subsidies, and carbon taxes in the developing world.

Artist in Residence is Indian community activist

Photo: Meeta Mastani

Print/dye artist Meeta Mastani is the Arts Institute's Fall 2016 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. For the last 25 years, she has worked at the intersection of sustainable development, culture, craft, design, arts and retail, helping to generate livelihoods for marginalized individuals and communities.

GE visits campus to honor ‘unrung bell’ student

Photo: Chris Nguyen

It’s hard to take Chris Nguyen seriously when he says, “I’m just a regular guy.” After all, it was the senior biomedical engineering student who drew leaders from GE to campus Monday bearing awards and scholarship money. Nguyen is the winner of a GE contest who figured out how to "unring" a bell.


New faculty focus: Philip Romero and Ophelia Venturelli


A mechanic would have a hard time building a car if he or she didn’t know anything about its parts. The same holds true for scientists who want to design or program proteins and microbes. For Philip Romero and Ophelia Venturelli of the Department of Biochemis-try, this idea is what drives their research.

Women’s Health & Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium

Join us Thurs., Oct. 20 for presentations and a keynote on “new designs in adolescent health” by Melissa Gilliam, University of Chicago.

In the Media

Vigorous wrigglers intrigue Washington Post

Photo: Asian jumping worm

Called "Georgia jumpers" and "Jersey wrigglers" depending on where they're found, the voracious Asian jumping worm has made it into the headlines. The Washington Post recently reported on UW zoologist Monica Turner's research into the damage done by the worms, which writhe wildly when disturbed.


Constitution Day to be observed on campus

Photo: The words "We the" on the U.S. Constitution

President George W. Bush signed a bill in 2004 making every Sept. 17 Constitution Day. All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the U.S. Constitution. A number of talks and presentations will take place here.

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