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Frozen Lake

As graduation rates rise, experts fear diplomas come up short

Posted December 28, 2015

Frozen Lake

Ask the Weather Guys: What does it take for Lake Mendota to freeze?

Posted December 8, 2015

Flame Challenge

Flame Challenge 2015: What is sound?

Posted December 2, 2015

Christmas Cheery

Chemist starts holiday season with bangs, controlled fires

Posted December 2, 2015

Hard Questions

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change

Posted December 2, 2015


The Great Thaw: As temperatures rise, the melting of glaciers is accelerating

Posted December 2, 2015


The hangover that led to the discovery of ibuprofen

Posted November 16, 2015

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's Lost Chemistry Lab Found Hidden Behind Wall

Posted November 16, 2015

UW Water Sustainability & Climate

Our Waters, Our Future Writing Contest

Posted November 12, 2015

World Meteorological Association

The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2014, from the World Meteorological Association

Posted November 12, 2015

Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry releases report on Public Attitudes to Chemistry

Posted October 1, 2015

Christmas Cheery

Tickets available Oct. 1 for Shakhashiri's science show

Posted September 29, 2015

Science Literacy

Holloway named inagural fellow of AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute

Posted September 17, 2015

Science Literacy

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science

Posted September 16, 2015

Boundless Together

Boundless Together: The Research Behind the Commercial

Posted September 9, 2015

Oliver Sacks

A friend has left us

Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann and Bassam Shakhashiri reflect on the passing of Oliver Sacks

Posted September 8, 2015

Sustainable Nanotechnology

Sustainable nanotechnology center lands new $20 million contract

Posted September 8, 2015


Red fireworks go green

Posted August 24, 2015

The Prize

Sunday NYT Book Review: 'The Prize," by Dale Russakoff

Newark, NJ's attempt to right its failing public schools

Posted August 24, 2015

Trisha Andrew

Solar textile collaboration weaves chemistry and design

Posted August 21, 2015

John Tyndall

The Great Victorian Weather Wars

Posted August 10, 2015

John Wiley

Former UW chancellor offers lament for Wisconsin

Posted August 6, 2015

Climate Change

Map: What the world does and doesn't know about climate change

Posted July 31, 2015

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table

Posted July 24, 2015

Female Scientists

TV's Next Big Star: Female Scientists

Posted July 24, 2015

Alan Leshner

Rethinking graduate education

Posted July 24, 2015

Wine chemistry

The chemistry that makes your wine taste good (or bad)

Posted July 21, 2015

New Horizons

Engaging new scientific horizons

Ushering in a new era of discovery with the New Horizons spacecraft

Posted July 10, 2015

Science of Fireworks

The Science of Fireworks, from the UW-Madison UWMadScience Blog

Posted July 6, 2015

Art and Science of Fireworks

Merging art, science, lakefront fireworks bring chemistry to life

Posted July 2, 2015

Private Sector

Report: Careers outside of academia are richly rewarding for PhD physicists

Posted July 1, 2015


This is why we're such a mess when we're drunk, according to science

Posted July 1, 2015

Longest day

First official day of summer: Questions and answers about the year's longest day

Posted June 24, 2015


UW Faculty Senate meets to discuss state tenure proposal (video)
PBS Wisconsin

UW-Madison faculty express distrust of regents, need to better communicate on tenure
Wisconsin State Journal

Prof. Shakhashiri's Remarks

Posted June 18, 2015

Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Posted June 16, 2015


U.K. Has Positive View of Chemistry

British say the benefits of science outweigh the harm

Posted June 3, 2015


What is Sleep?

(Video) From the 2015 World Science Festival: Birds do it, bees do it, rats and fruit flies and we do it—sleep, that is. But what is sleep? Why do we dream? And what goes on in sleeping brains—from the tiny fruit fly’s to ours? Find out as we watch the brain activity of a wired-up person sleeping offstage, learn about sleep’s many phases and discover the stunning result of not sleeping for days on end. Capping the program, Alan Alda will announce this year's Flame Challenge winners, those scientists whose explanations of sleep were voted best by our 20,000 eleven year-old judges.

Posted June 1, 2015

Employment 2014

Chemistry Employment 2014
Domestic workforce by the numbers

Posted May 27, 2015

Airplane Cabin

Meet the teen who just won $75,000 for inventing a system to keep germs from spreading on airplanes

Posted May 18, 2015

George Whitesides

Reinventing Chemistry

By George Whitesides

Posted April 29, 2015


What a Cat Knows about Greenhouse Gases!

Cats always seek out the warmest spot in the house, and why that is often in front of a window has something to do with greenhouse gases.

Posted April 22, 2015


Professor Bassam Shakhashiri Discusses the Wisconsin Idea on WPR

Posted April 17, 2015

Oliver Sacks

A General Feeling of Disorder

An essay by Oliver Sacks

Posted April 9, 2015

Earth Day

Earth, the Marvelous Blue Orb

In honor of Earth Day, take a gander at breathtaking images of our planet taken from the International Space Station.

(with video)

Posted April 7, 2015

ACS Contest

Chemistry Champions Contest

Hey Younger Chemists! ChemChamps is back in 2015—and bigger than ever. You could be just two videos away from a trip to Washington, DC. Winners in DC will fly to the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, in August 2015, to compete for the ChemChamps trophy!

Posted April 2, 2015

Climate Change

In Florida, Officials Ban Term 'Climate Change'

Posted April 1, 2015

Science Fair

Remarks by the President at White House Science Fair

Posted March 30, 2015


Fueling Discovery

A collection of articles that shines a light on UW-Madison's Department of Letters & Science, and their 111-year commitment to the Wisconsin Idea – the belief that our discoveries are shared to improve the lives of our community and the world.

If you would like to see the collection as it appeared in print, click here.

Posted March 26, 2015

UW Science Writer in Residence

BuzzFeed's Dan Vergano to be spring Science Writer in Residence
at UW-Madison

Posted March 26, 2015

Prof. Shakhashiri

Celebrating Chemistry

Meg A. Mole, Future Chemist, interviews Prof. Shakhashiri

With Meg A. Mole
Bassam with Meg A. Mole

Read the whole "Celebrating Chemistry: Earth Day" edition

Posted March 25, 2015


Dissecting California Precipitation

Field effort to study atmospheric rivers brings together meteorology and chemistry

Posted March 25, 2015

World Water Day

World Water Day 2015

Posted March 18, 2015

Google Doodle

Anna Atkins: Google Doodle artfully celebrates a true-blue photographic pioneer

Posted March 16, 2015

Road Salt Use

Road salt report, 2014

Posted March 16, 2015

Climate Change

A Reagan approach to climate change

Posted March 16, 2015

ACS Video

A Guide to Sweeteners

An interactive periodic table of sweeteners

Posted March 6, 2015

ACS Video

Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda's Help

Alda uses improvisational exercises to teach scientists how to better speak about their work to nonscientists

Posted March 6, 2015

ACS Video

Why Is Carbon Monoxide So Deadly?

Get to know a molecule presented by the American Chemical Society

Posted March 6, 2015

Climate Change

Support for seven from Harvard President Drew Faust's climate fund

From the Harvard Gazette: $20M initiative to accelerate clean-energy solutions announces inaugural grants

Posted February 19, 2015

Oliver Sacks

My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer

On the occasion of Oliver's 80th birthday, Roald Hoffmann and Prof. Shakhashiri wrote an editorial in C&E News entitled "The Joy of Chemistry"

Oliver also wrote an opinion piece on turning 80, entitled "The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.)"

Volume 5 of Prof. Shakhashiri's Chemical Demonstrations series was dedicated to Oliver

Posted February 19, 2015

Snowflake architecture

The Frolic Architecture of Snow

Posted February 17, 2015

Science Doubt

Why science is so hard to believe

Posted February 17, 2015


110 years ago today, UW President Charles Van Hise gave his "I Shall Never Be Content" speech to the Wisconsin State Legislature

See a copy of the original Wisconsin State Journal Article

Read an original copy of the whole speech

Read the press release describing the speech as given Feb 15, 1905 at the Red Gym

Posted February 15, 2015

Climate Change

Anthropologists Issue Statement on Climate Change

Posted February 10, 2015


Science that is hard to swallow

The biggest gap between public opinion and scientific consensus in the United States is not in the realm of vaccines, global warming or evolution but regarding the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Posted February 10, 2015


Fracking for fuel on shaky ground

Posted February 6, 2015

Deflating Footballs

To Unlock the Deflation Puzzle, Mind Your PV=nRT's

This is a common topic in freshman chemistry here at UW-Madison. Learn more in the Workbook for General Chemistry, Lesson 9: Using the Ideal Gas Law

Posted February 2, 2015

September 26, 2016 update:
The Deflategate Scientists Unlock Their Lab

Exploding Droplets

Why Sodium and Potassium Really Explode in Water

This article includes a split-frame high-speed video showing the intense explosion of alkali metal droplets when they come in contact with water.

Posted February 2, 2015

Science and Society

Public and scientists' views on science and society

Posted February 2, 2015

Global Warming

Global Warming: What should be done?

Posted January 30, 2015

YouTube Video

Knighthood for Professor Poliakoff

Professor Poliakoff has become Sir Martyn. He received a knighthood in the UK's New Year's Honours List.

Posted January 30, 2015

YouTube Video

How does moisturizer work?

Posted January 27, 2015


Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Posted January 26, 2015

YouTube Video

Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

Posted January 26, 2015

Removing Tarnish with Baking Soda

10 Clever and Surprisingly Effective Uses for Baking Soda

This Huffington Post blog article also calls upon science experts, like WISL's own Rodney Schreiner, to help explain why baking soda is good for so many things.

Posted January 16, 2015

YouTube Video

How Does Salt Melt Ice?

Posted January 12, 2015

YouTube Video

Open for Questions with Dr. John Holdren

Dr. Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor, answers questions about climate change that were submitted via social media using the hashtag #AskDrH

Posted January 6, 2015





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