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What Is Color?

2014 Flame Challenge: What is color?

The Flame Challenge is an international contest started by Alan Alda that asks scientists to communicate complex science in ways that would interest and enlighten an 11-year-old.

Posted December 18, 2013

Climate Change

Former MIT president Charles M. Vest dies at 72

Charles M. Vest
Bassam mourns a close friend of over 25 years.  Photo taken on April 19, 2006 on the campus of the American University of Beirut.

Posted December 13, 2013

Climate Change

Initiative reaches out to state residents on climate change

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)

Posted December 13, 2013

Fred Kavli

On November 21, 2013, science lost a great friend in Fred Kavli, and advocate, an innovator, a visionary and a science champion. He was 86 years old.

Posted November 22, 2013


New Study on Student Performance in Math and Science

Posted November 4, 2013

Engineering For You

National Academy of Engineering launches the Engineering for You Video Contest to show how engineering creations serve the welfare of humanity and the needs of society

A $25,000 prize will be awarded to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. The contest will run from November 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

Posted November 4, 2013

STEM data trends

STEM Education Data and Trends

This website provides easy access to data on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and related careers.

Posted October 29, 2013

Carl Djerassi

Carl Djerassi's Search for Home

At 90, highly celebrated chemist and author has a burning quest to belong

Posted October 29, 2013

Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013

Awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems."

Posted October 9, 2013


Earth's Oxygen: A Mystery Easy to Take for Granted

Posted October 4, 2013

Marie Curie

Why are there still so few women in science?

Posted October 3, 2013

Climate Change

IPCC climate report: human impact is 'unequivocal'

UN secretary-general urges global response to clear message from scientists that climate change is human-induced

Posted September 30, 2013

STEM education

National Science Board releases STEM education data and trends tool

New resource offers useful information for parents, students and education professionals

Posted September 27, 2013

Google Global Science Fair

15-year-old Canadian student Ann Makosinski wins a top prize in Google's annual global science fair

Read about all the winners!

Posted September 27, 2013

Friends of Education

Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers to recognize five "Friends of Education" at the annual State of Education Address

The five honorees are Nancy Armbrust, Dr. Tony Baez, Ron Dunlap, Ron Fruit and Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri.

Read an article about Bassam's award

Watch Bassam receive his award

Posted September 25, 2013


UW-Madison alumnus Richard Scheller wins major award for exploring chemistry of the nervous system

Scheller shares the 2013 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for work explaining how messenger chemicals move between nerve cells.

Posted September 11, 2013

Science Education

Ideas for Improving Science Education

If you could make one change to improve science education in the United States, what would it be? The science section of the New York Times asked 19 Americans with a stake in the answer.

Posted September 4, 2013

Corpse Flower

What makes this massive bloom smell so bad?

Don't forget to stop and smell the ... corpse flower

See photos of the rare corpse flower, the Titan Arum, that bloomed at UW-Madison in 2001

Read facts about the Titan Arum, published during its blooming in 2005 at UW

Posted July 29, 2013

Lou Baker

Louis C. W. Baker (1921-2003), A Personal Tribute from His Wife, Grateful Students, and Colleagues on the 10th Anniversary of His Death

A tribute to one of Prof. Shakhashiri's mentors

Posted July 26, 2013


Helping Our Water-Stressed World

Posted July 26, 2013

Drawing Discoveries

Nobel prize winners are put to the task of drawing their discoveries

Posted July 26, 2013

Science of Fireworks

UW-Madison professor teaches the science of fireworks

Posted July 3, 2013


Build your own (virtual) fireworks display

Posted July 2, 2013

Science is Fun

"Science is Fun" offers two shows in July

Posted June 27, 2013

On a Beam of Light

Science Books & Films suggests 10 top summer books for K-4 students

Posted June 21, 2013

NSF Challenge

Winners of the 2013 NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

Posted June 21, 2013

The Grand Challenge of Water

Ann Comins receives excellence in high school teaching award at the ACS-GLRM

Posted July 31, 2013

The Grand Challenge of Water

ACS Global Water Initiative: The Grand Challenge of Water

Posted May 23, 2013


Professor Bassam Shakhashiri Calls Attention to Worldwide Water Systems

Posted May 21, 2013

Carl Sagan Award

Shakhashiri receives prestigious award for public education

Posted May 3, 2013


American Chemical Society past president receives science communications award

Prof. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri was honored with the 2013 Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents

                           Sagan Award

Posted May 3, 2013

Arise 2

American Academy of Arts and Sciences releases Arise 2: Unleashing America's Research & Innovation Enterprise report

Posted May 2, 2013

With Alan Alda

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University Announced at "Stars of Stony Brook" Gala

Posted April 25, 2013

Scientist's Secret Recipe

A Scientist's Secret Recipe for Success

Posted April 17, 2013

Climate Science

Talking About Climate Change—An Interview with ACS President, Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

Posted April 12, 2013


American Chemical Society announces first Presidential Climate Science Challenge Grants

Posted April 8, 2013

Science Magazine

Climate Change Conversations

Posted April 4, 2013

Talent Search Winners

Winners of the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search

Posted March 15, 2013

White House

Prof. Shakhashiri to address the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on Friday, March 15 as part of a public meeting

View the recorded webcast

Posted March 11, 2013

Earth and its people

The Art and Science of Human Rights

Posted March 11, 2013


Science + art exhibit focuses on the beauty of a cure

Posted February 26, 2013





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