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Urban ethnographer

Photo: Alice Goffman

Assistant Professor of Sociology Alice Goffman is a sudden — and surprised — celebrity. As an undergrad, she began a senior thesis project: an ethnographic study of young black men in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood where a majority of teenage and 20-something males were either incarcerated, on probation or parole, or facing an outstanding warrant. That project grew into the basis for her doctoral dissertation and then into a book, "On the Run," published this year. In this feature, Goffman shares her thoughts on crime, justice, and life as an urban ethnographer.  

Top Stories

Finish line in sight for Bascom-State Street construction

Photo: New staircase under construction at bottom of Bascom Hill

Construction of a new staircase at the base of Bascom Hill is scheduled to be finished the first week of October, campus officials say. The new entry to the hill from State Street is intended to make the trek across Park Street safer. Completion of the State Street Mall is expected by the end of October.

Sessions set to review diversity overview

Photo: Patrick Sims

The campus community is invited to participate in three sessions that will provide an update on “Forward Together, a Diversity Framework for UW-Madison,” and begin getting input on implementation. "We need everyone to lean in to the discussion,” says Interim Vice Provost Patrick Sims.

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Around Campus

Professor uses Google Glass to deliver feedback

Photo: Prof. Gofman holding Google Glass

Assistant business Professor Michael Gofman was looking for a solution to a common problem in education: how to improve feedback to students. So he did something revolutionary: He purchased Google Glass for use in his curriculum. Video: See how Gofman uses Glass.

Vet school offers students space to perfect techniques

Photo: Hands of students in vet med lab

Thanks to the new Clinical Skills Training Center at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, students have a dedicated instructional room filled with interactive models, equipment and simulators where they can learn, practice and refine basic clinical skills.

Outside UW

Team developing ‘tissue chip’ to screen toxins

A multidisciplinary team at the UW and the Morgridge Institute for Research is creating a faster, more affordable way to screen for neural toxins, helping flag chemicals that may harm human development. The health implications are broad, says PI James Thomson.

Inside Info

Sticker shock shows up at the meat case

Photo: Meat case display

If you buy meat, you’ve probably found yourself doing a double-take at the big numbers on those little price stakes next to the rib-eyes, roasts and other beef cuts. And if you went ahead and bought those cuts anyway, you’ve got plenty of company. Listen to the podcast.


Drawing, growing and throwing on ‘Forward Motion’

Graphid: 'Forward Motion' log

Meet Lynda Barry, a cartoonist whose unique style connects on campus; find out why some students not only eat but grow their veggies; and Mike Leckrone makes Union South his home for the day — all on the next "Forward Motion," Monday on the Big Ten Network.


Cronon awarded Wilderness Society’s highest honor

Photo: William Cronon

Environmental historian and professor of history, geography and environmental studies William Cronon has been presented with The Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award — the organization’s highest civilian honor — for his contributions to the protection of America’s wild places.

In the Media

Yogic breathing technique could help treat PTSD

Photo: Man and woman practicing yoga

Wisconsin Public Radio reports on the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds' research into whether Sudarshan Kriya Yoga could be an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The research used veterans as test subjects.


Mangelsdorf first up in Roudtable series

Photo: Sarah Mangelsdorf

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf will kick off the 2014-15 series of Campus Roundtable sessions Oct. 8. Each semester features three lunch programs with a talk or program by a member of the university community at a cost of $10. The reservation deadline is eight days prior to each event.

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