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Go, win, fight!

Photo: Football game in early 1900s

To its critics, college football at the turn of the 20th century was a corrupt and bloody swamp. To its many fans, it was a thrill. History Professor Frederick Jackson Turner — an “unwavering enemy of overemphasis on college athletics" — led the fight to suspend football at the UW for two years. Within hours, 500 students, armed and angry, stood outside Turner’s home offering their say in the matter.

Top Stories

Blank’s Slate: Summer Term a boon for students

Photo: Students etching screen prints

Summer Term — reorganized and recast two years ago — has been a success, Chancellor Rebecca Blank says. Most high-demand courses are being offered, and summer online enrollment has almost doubled. Related: Summer Term and the Wisconsin Idea.

Expert panel will discuss Go Big Read’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

Photo: Student being handed a copy of book

J.D. Vance's book "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" has people talking as it touches on a wide range of pressing contemporary issues. That conversation will continue at the Go Big Read Keynote Event Oct. 9 at the Memorial Union.

Countdown to the WARF Innovation Awards

Celebrate genius and meet finalist David Jarrard, whose prostate cancer discoveries may one day save lives. Register now for the Oct. 17 ceremony.

Around Campus

Constitution Day events scheduled

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

Every Sept. 17 is designated as Constitution Day by federal law. All colleges that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the U.S. Constitution. A number of events will take place on campus starting Friday.

Program looking to spin ideas into businesses

Photo: Edgar Spalding standing in front of a video board

The D2P Igniter program is seeking the next round of entrepreneurs looking for help in turning their ideas into startup companies. Igniter has helped in the creation of 17 spinoffs based on UW-Madison discoveries over the past three years.

Business competition not just for business majors

Photo: Brandon Walker

The Business Plan Competition of the Wisconsin School of Business has relaunched. Students in any major get the opportunity to present a startup project to judges, receive feedback on their pitch and business plan, and compete for cash to fuel their ideas.

Hoopes sisters’ collection a hidden gem

When librarian Susan Barribeau acquired 25 sketchbooks of Florence and Margaret Hoopes, prolific illustrators of children's early 20th century readers, she didn't realize her fluke find would become one of Special Collections’ most heartwarming treasures.

Outside UW

Solar energy’s potential vastly underestimated

Photo: Greg Nemet

The La Follette School's Greg Nemet says that in 2050, the percentage of solar energy worldwide could be three times higher than previously projected. Costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed.

Campus Initiatives

Grigsby memorial fund to promote diversity

Photo: Tamara Grigsby

The School of Social Work has created a new fund in memory of alumna, state legislator and social justice advocate Tamara Grigsby. It will be used to recruit diverse students and faculty, promote an inclusive environment, and train faculty, students and community members.


New faculty focus: Clarinetist Alicia Lee

Photo: Alicia Lee

Alicia Lee is happy to be back in the Midwest, having lived in the Big Apple the past 15 years. An assistant professor who took up the clarinet at age 11, she says she was attracted by the UW's strong music program. "A great break from stressed-out New York City!"

Improve Student Success with Canvas

Weekly Active Teaching Labs explore Canvas tools and techniques that effectively engage students. View calendar.

In the Media

UW hurricane videos in Time magazine

Photo: Satellite view of Hurricane Irma

Time magazine's website has mesmerizing images from space of Hurricanes Irma and Jose in composite videos made at our Space Science and Engineering Center. "We can now watch Irma and Jose's stunning fury nearly in real time." And in real Time.


Retired faculty share their expertise

Photo: Ann Hoyt

The annual Eloquence & Eminence lecture series returns, addressing a broad range of timely subjects. The free talks feature retired faculty renowned for their scholarship and teaching. They kick off Sept. 24 with Ann Hoyt asking, “Health Care Reform: Really?”

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