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Watching and discussing television — its production, social impact and sense of place — has given Myles McNutt a unique perspective on the American experience. Through social media, McNutt, now a University of Wisconsin-Madison doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Arts, has found the perfect intersection between research and real life. During the past [...]
Nine students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters & Science have received 2013-14 fellowships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the country’s flagship program for international exchange. The program provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and [...]
Flipped classrooms. MOOCs. Clickers for real-time class surveys. New technologies are constantly changing the educational landscape. Tehshik Yoon, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one of the professors at the forefront when it comes to thinking about and testing out new technologies while teaching. His students and colleagues say his efforts [...]
Journalism students create strategic campaign for new company The TV show “The Apprentice” comes to mind when students in Deb Pierce’s capstone journalism course describe their semester. Twenty-five seniors in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication had signed up to apply everything they’d learned, over four years of classes and internships, [...]
Suzanne King, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently won the 2013 Plural Publishing Research Scholarship. The award is given by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. King’s research focuses on the pathogenesis of vocal fold scar and the immunological response [...]
When the “Jeopardy!” College Championship was filmed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in April 2008, Julia Sprangers sat in the Kohl Center audience to watch then-senior Suchita Shah compete. Now Sprangers, a junior studying economics and Spanish, has her own chance to make a mark — and she traveled around the world to make it [...]
The Department of Chemistry recently recognized 70 undergraduate and graduate students at its 2013 Student Awards Ceremony. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, the department was able to recognize students for their outstanding achievements in chemistry teaching and learning, research, and outreach. This year’s award winners were: 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Awards [...]
Each year, nearly a quarter of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s incoming freshmen arrive on campus interested in studying the biological sciences. But they don’t all take to it from the start. “That first year can be especially hard,” says Janet Branchaw, interim director of the Institute for Biology Education. “Students in the biological sciences are faced [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders recently awarded scholarships to four graduate students. The students are: Kaylee Cullen – Recipient of the Loon Scholarship Cullen (BA’12, Communicative Disorders and Spanish) is a first-year master’s student in the Speech-Language Pathology program. She completed a senior honors thesis under the mentorship of Assistant [...]
Comic actor and writer Anders Holm (BA’03, History) will be the speaker for spring commencement ceremonies on May 17, 18 and 19. As a relatively recent graduate, Holm, 31, thinks he can deliver a relevant message to the new grads. “I can tell them about the first 10 years out of college, what I think I did [...]
Students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be honored in May during the 82nd annual Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism. Students in two sections of Journalism 335: Intermediate Reporting created the UW Election Connection, which extensively covered the 2012 November election. The website placed in [...]
A team of five students from the UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs won first place for their strategies to combat childhood obesity in a national public affairs competition in Washington, D.C., March 22-23. Miriam Palmer, Selina Eadie, Andrew Walsh, Norma-Jean Simon and Jiaqi Lu won the Policy Solutions Challenge USA. They also won the Midwest regional competition held March 1-2 at Ohio State [...]
A group of graduate students from the College of Letters & Science’s Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore traveled north to the Lac du Flambeau Reservation last month to volunteer at the second annual Ojibweg Bibooni Ataadiwin (Ojibwe Winter Games). The Winter Games — held Feb. 18-23 — are a revitalization effort of traditional Ojibwe [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication was well represented at the annual Wisconsin Broadcasters Association student awards ceremony earlier this month. In the category of Best Website, the UW Election Connection received first place. The website was a collaborative effort between the J335 Intermediate Reporting classes of faculty associates Pat Hastings [...]
University of Wisconsin-Madison students: Want to win $2,000 this spring? If you have an idea for a new arts event, exhibition, series or project, you just might. The UW–Madison New Arts Venture Challenge is a campus-wide competition to encourage new thinking and innovative ideas. Entrants will develop and present a thorough proposal for their creations. [...]
You can toss away that paper; Twitter just became your study guide. To prepare for the first midterm in Shawn Peters‘ class, students tweeted their notes about utilitarianism, social justice and other themes addressed in the HBO series “The Wire.” #Wire275 is one of almost a dozen academic ventures into the “Twittersphere” on campus. Twitter is changing the way [...]
UW-Madison journalism graduate student Erin Luhmann is the winner of this year’s Win a Trip with Nick Kristof contest, The New York Times announced Thursday. The coveted prize will send Luhmann on an overseas trip with the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist later this year to report on and raise awareness of poverty and global health [...]
When “Snow Fall” went live on The New York Times’ website on Dec. 20, 2012, the online world went wild. Packed with breathtaking images, gripping raw video and informative animated graphics, the immersive story about a deadly avalanche in Washington’s Cascade Mountains exploded the news site’s usual format, offering a reading experience that some observers [...]
In Professor David Baum’s Botany 130: General Botany course, students learn about the basic biology of plants. Baum isn’t afraid to use creative ways to impart that knowledg
It’s not often college students are afforded the chance to have an unfiltered conversation with one of the most powerful figures in sports. But that’s precisely what 18 undergraduate History students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison had Tuesday afternoon when Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig (BS’56, History and Political Science) stopped by [...]
Varsity Welcome, c. 1929. Every fall, a new crop of students arrived in Madison to begin their academic experience. “Varsity Welcome” on Bascom Hill was one of their first opportunities to meet fellow students and participate in a campus-wide activity as an new Badger. Students would march in formation up the hill to be greeted [...]
Financial support from scholarships enables students like Amanda Detry, a senior from Green Bay majoring in English and history, to explore the many opportunities the UW has to offer. Amanda found her niche in the College of Letters and Science Honors Program and Writing Fellows programs. Both experiences gave her a sense of place at [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s participation in a White House initiative to foster interfaith dialogue and service has built a solid foundation for an ongoing discussion on campus, organizers say. The university this year was one of more than 250 schools across the country to take part in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, [...]
An academic program for freshman at UW-Madison received a $5,000 award from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents this month. First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) was chosen above other departments, programs and units within the entire UW System as the recipient of the 2012 Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Each year, the award recognizes a [...]
The Milwaukee Press Club has released the results of the 84th annual Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism awards, and students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication are listed among this year’s winners. The students will learn in May whether they earned gold, silver or bronze awards. Best TV Feature Story The Badger Report, the video [...]
Speech and language pathology graduate students in the Department of Communicative Disorders are pioneering new ways to support children with severe and complex communication needs. The AAC Story Time Preschool at the University of Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Clinic is incorporating technology, such as iPads, to help facilitate speech and language development in children ages 2-4. [...]
University of Wisconsin-Madison seven students took home prizes at the Midwest Universities Chinese Speech Contest held at Northwestern University in Chicago last Saturday. The UW-Madison team consisted of seven students who won awards in all categories: 3 gold medalists: Alicia Montague-Keels, Dalian Urbonya and Isaac Hube 3 silver medalists: Richard Young, Samantha Moritz and Sei [...]
As former mayor of Madison and a graduate of UW-Madison, Dave Cieslewicz has seen both the city and the university go through many transformations. Years after graduating, he is back in historic Science Hall this spring to teach the next generation of city planners. With ancient wooden desks covered in graffiti, the lecture hall looks [...]
More than 75 UW-Madison students and members of the public attended an April 25 panel discussion on internship and career opportunities in U.S. intelligence and national security agencies for students with language and cultural competencies. Panelists, representing the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Language Service Corps, National Security Agency, and the [...]
On Friday, April 28, students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison showcased their research and discovery with alumni and friends of the institution. As part of the Alumni Weekend, students played a part in welcoming alumni and friends back to campus for events and programming. Alumni Weekend is an annual cross-campus event each spring. The College of [...]
Watch Voice of the Voters: Wisconsin Youth on PBS. See more from Washington Week. A team of students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication recently finished a video project with a national television program. The video is showcased on Public Broadcasting’s Washington Week website, and includes student reaction to political ads in Wisconsin, [...]
Recently, students and faculty in the Department of Communicative Disorders have been engaging in a variety of outreach activities. Krista Lett, fourth year student earning her doctorate in Audiology (AuD), won the student poster presentation at the Wisconsin Speech Language Pathology and Audiology state convention held February 24-25, 2012 in Milwaukee, WI. Krista’s advisor was [...]
A UW Journalism and Mass Communication senior has received a leadership award from a professional broadcast group. Kyle Deckelbaum was given the Student Leadership Award by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The award is based on the student who has most noticeably developed and exercised effective and creative skills in leadership. Criteria include demonstrated instances of [...]
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Public Relations Strategies class ‘hot dogged’ it up when J-School alum (’11) and current Oscar Mayer HotDogger Caileigh Robertson visited the class on March 15th. The students learned about the “nuts and bolts” of media relations and spokesperson training with Caileigh, then “spiced it up” with pictures in [...]
In this cartoon from the 1902 Badger Yearbook, acting president Edward A. Birge castes a slightly critical gaze towards two “naughty boys” aka new UW history department faculty members Carl Russell Fish and Asa Currier Tilton! Carl Fish received his PhD from Harvard and joined the history faculty in 1900. He was widely acclaimed by his students who commended [...]
Nancy Castignetti: Judith H. and David J. Ward Scholarship Nancy Castignetti received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, then went on to work in various jobs including: vocational instruction to mentally ill adults in Chicago, IL; educational administration in Rome, Italy, and Milwaukee, WI; and a full-time long term volunteer position working with political [...]
UW-Madison student will help jazz up ochestra’s performance (Wisconsin State Journal) Featuring UW-Madison senior, Ben Ferris, who will be playing in the UW Jazz Orchestra to open for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at Wisconsin Union Theater at 8 p.m. this Saturday. Read More…
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Sheboygan as a surfing mecca. Green brewing in Amherst. A cross-country skiing event that draws thousands from all over the world to the arctic climes of northern Wisconsin. These and other stories in the latest Curb magazine tell readers about Wisconsin’s many offbeat pleasures.
Courtney E. Venker, a PhD candidate in the Department of Communicative Disorders, is the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ruth L. Kirschstein was an icon at the NIH, with a scientific and administrative public service career that spanned more [...]
University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Catherine Skroch is now part of a select group of Mitchell Scholars who will pursue postgraduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Skroch, who majored in political science and international studies with an individual major in peace studies and conflict resolution and a certificate in African studies, was one of 13 [...]
John Lendved, French major and resident of the French House, is one of six winners of the Vista Higher Learning 2011 Video Contest. In his video, John connects the story of his French grandmother and American grandfather with his own exploration of French language and culture. Almost two hundred videos were submitted as part of this annual contest, [...]
More than 700 students and teachers from 31 high schools gathered together at the beautiful Union South at UW-Madison for World Languages Day in November. World Langauges Day is an annual a college-for-a-day experience for high school students and teachers focused on languages and cultures from around the world. The event is sponsored by the Language Institute. UW-Madison faculty, staff [...]
Kaylee Paige Cullen is the recipient of a Trewartha Senior Thesis Grant awarded by the College of Letters & Science Honors Program. She is a senior at pursing majors in Communicative Disorders and Spanish. This Senior Thesis Grant enables honors students to undertake more demanding and extensive honors senior thesis research projects than might not otherwise [...]
Know Your Madisonian: Shawn Peters uses ‘The Wire’ to help teach UW course (Wisconsin State Journal) Featuring instructor Shawn Peters who is teaching Integrated Liberal Studies 275: Narratives of Justice and Equality in Multicultural America this semester.
University of Wisconsin–Madison senior Alexis Brown is one of an elite group of American students to be awarded a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most coveted honors in the world of higher education. Brown is an English and history double major from Algonquin, Ill. She applied for a Rhodes Scholarship to complete a master of studies in English language and literature. Her work, in the classroom and the community, demonstrates how narrative “helps us to think about the social, the ethical, and the existential,” according to her application materials.
L&S Learning Support Services will be showcasing renovations to their facilities in an Open House on Friday Nov. 18 from 2-4 p.m. in Van Hise. Both the Library and Info Lab in Van Hise underwent renovations to improve the quality of services provided. The renovations include technology upgrades provided by the Instructional Technology Improvement Program (ITIP) as well as new pieces of art purchased through the Wisconsin’s Percent for Art Program.
Fourth year senior Lorena Barbosa-Mireles recently received a $5,000 scholarship from Dr. Pepper and was profiled in a new video. Lorena, who is majoring in Social Work, was selected as a recipient because of her outstanding community service. Her work on campus highlights some of the amazing ways our students are living the Wisconsin Idea. [...]
Scott Barton, a New York-based chef, is no stranger to his role as kitchen commander. He bounces around the room, correcting techniques, dispensing trivia about palm oil and tapioca, and finding jobs for anyone who’s been idle a bit too long for his taste. But his sous-chefs are not highly — or even basically — trained, in most cases. Tonight he will help 20 freshmen at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to prepare an authentic Brazilian meal.
What is regarded by many as one of the greatest television shows of all time won no major awards, had low ratings and went off the air after just five seasons. However, HBO’s “The Wire” has been described by some critics as “Charles Dickens on the small screen,” and possibly the best work of fiction created in the 2000s.
The On Wisconsin Society, a new honor recognizing University of Wisconsin-Madison students for positive and lasting contributions to campus, is inaugurating its first members during this week’s Homecoming celebration.
Three students in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) have combined organizational savvy and community outreach to create a resource for connecting artists, libraries, and the people who love them.
San Antonio native excels in Madison (The Madison Times) “It’s quite a bit colder here in Wisconsin than it is in San Antonio,” smiles Mathew Mireles, an outstanding graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music who is in his third year of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree program. “But over the [...]
The L&S Honors Program held its Second Annual Distinguished Honors Faculty Award program to recognize seven faculty members for their contributions to the Honors Program. All were nominated by students and their contributions to enriching the undergraduate educational experience at Wisconsin have been enormous.
An investment in investigative journalism is paying off for student interns, an acclaimed newspaper and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Going green is a popular movement among University of Wisconsin-Madison students. Some rank their love for the environment so high that it affects where they choose to live on campus. Students can opt to “go green” by becoming a resident of the new GreenHouse Residential Learning Community in Cole Hall. GreenHouse opened in 2010 and [...]
Dr. Stephen Roach, a senior executive with Morgan Stanley, and lecturer at Yale University’s School of Management and Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, will speak on campus October 13.
Little compares to grilling brats in the summer for Wisconsinites. Unless, of course, preparing fish caught in Wisconsin waters. Thanks to the initiative of UW-Madison student Jannet Arenas along with help from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a new generation of youngsters is partaking in one of Wisconsin’s time-honored outdoor traditions.
Are you curious about Jewish, Hebrew, and Semitic studies at UW-Madison? If so, consider attending the Department of Hebrew & Semitic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies Welcome Reception for all students interested in Jewish Studies and Hebrew & Semitic Studies.
UW-Madison senior helps ‘Starstruck!’ shine bright (Wisconsin State Journal) Featuring Ryan Moldenhauer, a UW-Madison senior in music education and tenor/assistant music director with the Wisconsin Singers … (Aug. 28, 2011)
L&S Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS), formerly located in 70 Bascom, is moving to its new home in the Middleton Building on 1305 Linden Drive and will re-open August 8th. UAS will be teaming up with L&S Career Services under the umbrella of the L&S Academic and Career Advising Center. This new center will provide comprehensive [...]
Two years ago, when Anna Volodarskaya received an email from Hillel at the University of Wisconsin-Madison about a weeklong “Jewish music camp,” she thought it sounded intriguing.
As recent University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates hoping to land jobs in political and strategic communications, Dana Vielmetti and Paige Helling this week found themselves in an enviable position.
The Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (LISAR) is proud to announce the publication of Volume Three of the annual Undergraduate Journal.
Three outstanding undergraduate scholars received 2010-11 Dean’s Prizes. These students represent the best of their graduating class and are considered the most accomplished among the 4,000 Letters and Science senior class members for the 2010-2011 academic year. To be considered for this prize one must have a minimum grade point average of 3.90; be a [...]
The Japan Tsunami Relief (JTR), a student organization, has been providing support to those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The group recently decided to plant a commemorative flowering cherry blossom tree on campus to honor and remember the victims of the Japanese tsunami.
The Department of Communicative Disorders is proud to announce six honors garnered by their faculty and staff. Congratulations to the honorees!
Students from UW-Madison won 11 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 Mark of Excellence Awards for the 2010 calendar year …
On Sunday, May 15, Wren Keturi will graduate from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in gender and women’s studies with an emphasis on biological anthropology.
Less than 24 hours later, she will put her degree to work …
Commencement weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Madison often spotlights examples of the Wisconsin Idea in action, and this year is no exception. On Sunday, May 15, the inaugural cohort of graduates will celebrate completion of UW-Madison’s part-time Master of Social Work (MSW) program.
Two L&S undergraduates – Patrick Kirk and David Osmalov — were part of the winning team for the Grand Prize in the Climate Leadership Challenge at Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ Earth Day Conference.
A team of Madison East High School students will be heading to New York on April 26, 2011 to participate in the national finals of the Euro Challenge Competition.
The Department of Communicative Disorders is pleased to announce the 2011 recipients of Department scholarships. These scholarships and awards are made possible by the generosity of alumni, families of alumni and friends of the Department. Recipients are chosen annually on a competitive basis according to the criteria established for each award.
Steven Olikara, a University of Wisconsin-Madison junior from Brookfield, Wis., has won a pair of prestigious national awards, landing both the Truman Scholarship and the Udall Scholarship.
What do education, leadership, and character have to do with campus compost piles at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station? Those three themes are all part of “Integrated Liberal Studies 400,” the senior capstone course for students in the certificate program. As part of the class, the students followed the path of compostable plates now [...]