Archive: Stories by Mary Ellen Gabriel

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 »

Charles Darwin as an old man. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A reflective birthday message for Charles R. Darwin

Controversy continues to surround the late scientist’s ideas, as well a tourist industry, a conservation movement, political decision-making and a fair amount of myths. More »

Philosophy Professor Harry Brighouse meets with undergraduate student Linnea Braaten during office hours. Brighouse has written extensively on the moral and ethical responsibilities of university professors as teachers and mentors. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

New philosophy center to focus on educational policy

Thanks to a Spencer Foundation grant, philosophy Professor Harry Brighouse is launching the Center for Ethics and Education. More »

Two first-year students weighing their futures: Michael Scott and Jessie Howard. (Photos by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Crowdsourcing answers to first-year L&S students’ big questions

For liberal arts students in UW-Madison’s largest academic unit, the career options are many, and the time feels short.

Michael Scott and Jessie Howard are two first-year students wrestling with their academic and career plans. Help your fellow Badgers out by lending your advice. More »

Farid Masrour calls Kant his favorite philosopher of the early modern period. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Masrour looks into the mind’s eye

New Assistant Professor of Philosophy Farid Masrour studies the philosophy of perception. More »

"When I get to a really difficult problem, it helps to look up from the page and see something beautiful in nature," says Math Talent Search winner Thomas Hameister, who enjoys studying outdoors in the Allen Centennial Gardens. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Math Talent Search sends winner to UW-Madison

First-year student Thomas Hameister, the contest’s 50th winner, is “drawn to the innate beauty” of math.

The Department of Mathematics’ annual contest is open to middle- and high-school students across Wisconsin. More »

Elizabeth Hennessy is a historical geographer who is teaching a course on environmental histories of Latin America this fall. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Environmental history, as seen through tortoises

Elizabeth Hennessy grounds her study of transnational histories in the giant tortoise of the Galápagos Islands. More »