Archive: Stories by Mary Ellen Gabriel


True to himself: L&S student Micaiah Faraj looks back

Micaiah Faraj, a graduating senior in L&S, says the road has not always been easy for him at UW-Madison. But the fifth-year creative writing major persevered, and found inspiration and resilience along the way.

This is his story–with a special treat at the end. More »


View from death row in Sociology 441

A guest lecture gave students in Professor Michael Massoglia’s criminology course a transformative look into the criminal justice system. More »

Rebekah Paré says the merger of the L&S Career Initiative and L&S Career Services will allow the college to better prepare students for the workforce. (Photo by Destiny D. Schaefer)

Paré named exec. director of L&S Career Initiative & Career Services

The two units have merged to create a new systemic approach to helping L&S students achieve rewarding careers and lead satisfying lives. More »

Giuliana Chamedes, an assistant professor of history, studies the intricate relationship between Christianity and politics. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

L&S expert says pope’s historic address to Congress will urge change

Giuliana Chamedes is an assistant professor of history who specializes in the study of the Vatican and political Christianity. More »


New professor turns to arachnids
to solve evolutionary puzzles

Prashant Sharma, a new assistant professor in the Department of Zoology, is deciphering the scorpion’s tail and the evolution of venom. More »

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Humanities by the numbers:
Global consortium meets at UW-Madison

The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes met at UW-Madison for the first time, signaling an increasing spotlight on the outreach projects and humanities scholarship happening through the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities. The theme explored the possibilities, and limitations, of numbers. More »

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (iStock image)

Disability studies workshop invites community to share perspectives

The year-long workshop is part of an ongoing program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a matching gift from UW-Madison alumni Nancy and David Borghesi. More »


Horsepower vs hearing:
UW-Madison audiology takes on rural noise

While many people think of the country as quiet, hearing loss is a major problem for farmers and others who live, work, and recreate in rural areas.

That’s why Melanie Buhr-Lawler, a clinical associate professor of audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, decided to address an under-the-radar problem: rural noise. More »

Undergraduates pursuing the "Neurobiology Option" in the biology major study crayfish to learn how the brain's nerve cells are born, grow and connect. (Photos by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

New lab offers hands-on experience to future neuroscientists

The demand for the “Neurobiology Option” offered as part of the biology major has skyrocketed since it was first offered in 2005.

In response, the College of Letters & Science is working on a new neurobiology major in the Department of Zoology with hopes to launch the major in fall 2016. More »

Thulani Davis, an award-winning writer and journalist for the past 40 years, joined the UW-Madison faculty last fall. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Davis brings African-American history alive

Thulani Davis, a new assistant professor of Afro-American studies at UW-Madison, believes in the power of a well-told tale. More »