Archive: Stories by Mary Ellen Gabriel

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 »

Danielle Evans

‘Hip, Frank, Funny:’ A new voice joins creative writing faculty

Danielle Evans, acclaimed author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and other stories, will join the Creative Writing faculty this year. More »

Anna Zeide was one of five UW-Madison graduate students who received public humanities fellowships through an experimental program, “Engaging the Humanities,” launched by the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Public humanities fellows add depth to local organizations

The new career training model for graduate students in the humanities is seen as increasingly important. More »

Imagine a sharper, more detailed image of plant cell walls than this already-incredible view provided by the current Zeiss confocal microscope. A single optical section is shown 
on the left with the 3D reconstruction of multiple sections on the 
right. (Image courtesy Department of Botany)

Partnerships in science: Botany lights way for new microscope

This summer, a new state-of-the-art Zeiss Elyra system, including a 780-confocal laser scanning microscope, will arrive at the Newcomb Imaging Center. The new microscope is extra-sensitive, extra-fast, and will shape the questions scientists ask about how cells multiply, respond to stimuli, grow, adapt, and die. More »

Taylor Hanley is a senior majoring in communication arts and psychology. She's using her 2013 Hilldale Award for Undergraduate Research to study why users feel sick while experiencing 3-D simulations. (Photos by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Why does virtual reality make us sick? Undergraduate investigates

Senior Taylor Hanley is using her Hilldale Award for Undergraduate Research to examine why immersive 3-D causes motion sickness. More »

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow overlooks Red Square in Moscow. (Photo courtesy iStock)

Russian law’s chilling effect on UW-Madison scholars

The country’s much-discussed anti-gay legislation could affect how students in UW-Madison’s relatively new Russian Flagship Program experience their year in St. Petersburg. More »