Archive: Stories by Mary Ellen Gabriel

"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 »

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Up at the plate: New sports historian

Sean Dinces, the first Allan H. “Bud” Selig Professor of History, will launch sports history as a field of study at UW-Madison. More »

Zebrafish swim in their tank in the lab of Mary Halloran and Yevgenya Grinblat. (Photo by Nazan Gillie, Department of Zoology)

Fishing for clues about brain development

Zebrafish embryos give zoology faculty members Mary Halloran and Yevgenya Grinblat an extraordinary view of genes performing highly specialized functions that result in the construction of a healthy brain. More »

Harold Scheub joined the faculty of the Department of African Languages and Literature in 1970, after completing his Ph.D. at UW-Madison. (Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications)

Storied professor Scheub retires after 43 years

Professor Harold Scheub, who taught the well-known course The African Storyteller, collected stories while traveling the African countryside as a doctoral student in the 1960s. More »