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Chemical Demonstrations

The University of Wisconsin Press Blog: Christmas Chemistry for 47 Years

Posted December 14, 2016

99th Birthday

Dave Zweifel's Madison: Today's our 99th Birthday

Ninety-nine years ago today, Dec. 13, 1917, William T. Evjue published the first edition of The Capital Times. Prof. Shakhashiri is the first holder of the Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea.

Posted December 13, 2016

Periodic Table

Names for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 finalized by IUPAC

Posted December 12, 2016


Stephen Hawking: This is the most dangerous time for our planet

Posted December 12, 2016

Salt Crystal

Rising salt level in west side well prompts remediation study

Posted December 5, 2016


New Wisconsin Institute for Discovery director
sees a 'hunger' for change at UW

Posted December 2, 2016

Erich Bloch

Remembering Erich Bloch (1925-2016)

Posted December 1, 2016

Rachel Meidl

Obama pick for U.S. Chemical Safety Board has strong industry ties

Rachel Meidl was a student in Prof. Shakhashiri's class

Posted November 30, 2016

Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels invade Lake Mendota

Posted November 10, 2016


U.S. R&D Increased by More Than $20 Billion in Both 2013 and 2014, with Similar Increase Estimated for 2015

Posted November 9, 2016

John D. Roberts

John D. Roberts Dies at 98; He Revolutionized the Field of Organic Chemistry

Posted November 8, 2016

Climate Change

Ralph Cicerone, Scientist Who Sounded Climate Change Alarm, Dies at 73

Posted November 8, 2016


Where PhDs work and what they earn

New analysis points to workplace gaps in nonacademic employment and salaries of those who earn doctorates in humanities vs. those in other fields. Gender gaps apparent as well.

Posted November 7, 2016

STEM 2026

STEM 2026: A Vision for Innovation in STEM Education

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with American Institutes for Research (AIR), convened a series of 1.5-day workshops that brought together invited experts and thought leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning to share their ideas and recommendations for an innovative future of STEM education. This report synthesizes the key observations, considerations, and recommendations put forth by the workshop participants under the auspices of an aspirational vision for STEM education, or “STEM 2026.”

Posted November 1, 2016


The Wisconsin Economy

A series of studies undertaken by the UW-Madison Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics

Posted October 31, 2016


The Politics of Climate

Posted October 31, 2016


New Data: Good News for Computer Science and Engineering

Posted October 26, 2016

Nadia Drake

From the Amazon to Madison, new science writer in residence talks power of observation

Posted October 7, 2016

Nobel Prizes

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

View the video,
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Molecular Machines Explained

Posted October 7, 2016

John Bascom

Author David Hoeveler discusses John Bascom and the Origins of the Wisconsin Idea

Posted October 7, 2016

Nadia Drake

Science journalist Nadia Drake is UW-Madison writer in residence

Posted September 29, 2016

Climate Change

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Posted September 27, 2016

Bruce Alberts

The 2016 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science honors Bruce M. Alberts for fundamental discoveries in DNA replication; for visionary leadership in directing scientific organizations; and for passionate dedication to improving education in science and mathematics.

Watch a video about his achievements

Posted September 26, 2016

The Moon

China hunts for scientific glory, and aliens, with new telescope

Posted September 26, 2016

White House

The vital role of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the new administration

Recommendations from Rice University’s Baker Institute
for Public Policy Science and Technology Policy Program

Posted September 15, 2016

YouTube Video

How To Keep Your Phone Battery Charged Longer

Posted September 13, 2016


2016 Canadian chemistry teacher of the year: Michael Ng

Posted September 12, 2016

Floating and Sinking Wood

Blue Sky Science:
Why do some logs float and some sink?

Dr. Rodney Schreiner answers a young science fan's question

Posted September 12, 2016

National Academies Press

The National Academies Press publishes a new report on science literacy

Download an advance PDF copy of Science Literacy: Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences (2016) here

Posted August 29, 2016

Solar Eclipse

Help Send Eclipse Glasses to Kids in Africa

Posted August 10, 2016

Ahmed Zewail

Ahmed Zewail, 1946-2016

Ahmed Zewail
With 2011 ACS President Nancy B. Jackson, presenting the 2011 Priestley Medal to Ahmed H. Zewail, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics at California Institute of Technology.
ACS Awards Ceremony, Anaheim, CA, 
March 29, 2011

Posted August 3, 2016

Dr. Rodney Schreiner

Blue Sky Science:
What determines the melting or boiling point of a substance?

Dr. Rodney Schreiner answers a young science fan's question

Posted July 27, 2016


A Chemist Accidentally Creates A New Blue. Then What?

Posted July 20, 2016

Social Media

Science Students Learn to Use Social Media to Communicate Research

Posted July 20, 2016


So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors

Posted July 15, 2016

Climate Change Doubters

Top science groups tell climate change doubters in Congress
to knock it off

Posted June 29, 2016


Blue Sky Science: How do fireworks get their color and shape?

Dr. Rodney Schreiner answers a young science fan's question

Posted June 27, 2016

Bunsen Burner

C&EN talks with Deborah Blum, journalist and author

Posted June 7, 2016

National Science Foundation

NSF Ideas for Future Investment

Posted May 20, 2016

Physics Families

Physics runs in the family

From the Perimiter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Posted May 20, 2016


Steady rise in US science and engineering doctorates raises job worries

Posted May 20, 2016

White House

The White House Launches the National Microbiome Initiative

Posted May 20, 2016


After 'The Biggest Loser' Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

Posted May 10, 2016


Why You Can't Lose Weight on a Diet

Posted May 10, 2016


Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are 'Off'?

Posted May 10, 2016


Why pursue the postdoc path?

Posted May 10, 2016

Glass Blowing

Blowing Glass in Class

Tracy Drier has been the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry's Master Glassblower since 2000, and works directly with professors on their new designs, in addition to teaching graduate students the craft of scientific glassblowing.

Posted May 5, 2016

Sea Education Association

NSB announces Public Service Award recipient

Sea Education Association/SEA semester is 2016 NSB Public Service awardee

Posted May 5, 2016

Harry Kroto

Harry Kroto (1939-2016):
A salesman of science in the best sense of the term

Posted May 2, 2016

Frozen Lake

Japanese Monks Recorded the Climate for 700 Years

Posted April 28, 2016

Frozen Lake

UW Madison scientist's study uses ice records to link
Industrial Revolution, climate change

Posted April 28, 2016

Global Warming

Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry

Posted April 26, 2016


Alexis Rockman Bridges the Gulf Between Art and Science

Posted April 19, 2016

Science Project

Science fairs are as flawed as my solar-powered hot dog cooker

Posted April 18, 2016

80 Years

Five chemists who should have won the Nobel

Posted April 14, 2016

80 Years

It's our 80th Birthday! 1936-2016

The UW Press celebrates a milestone

Posted April 13, 2016


The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education

Posted April 8, 2016


Classical music: Let us now praise Kato Perlman and other donors and sponsors whose generosity supports classical music at the UW-Madison and elsewhere
From The Well-Tempered Ear Blog

Posted April 8, 2016

STEM Faculty

Longitudinal Study of Future STEM Scholars

Posted April 8, 2016


NAS Panel Takes Stock of US Science Literacy

Posted March 25, 2016


Monitoring uncovers mysterious phosphorus pollution

A C&E News article featuring UW-Madison aquatic biogeochemist
Emily H. Stanley

Posted March 24, 2016


Our Water System: What a Waste

Posted March 23, 2016


Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments

A publication of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Posted March 23, 2016


Water is Broken. Data Can Fix It.

Posted March 23, 2016


Shaping the research agenda to meet global water supply needs

An ACS Press Conference (Video)

Posted March 17, 2016

Picnic Point

On Sacred Ground

The long and winding path to Picnic Point included Madison's earliest inhabitants.

Posted March 15, 2016


The Art of the Chemical Demonstration

Posted March 11, 2016


Five new uses for miracle material graphene

Posted March 11, 2016


What's the face of US innovation? Don't think Bill Gates

Posted March 4, 2016


Scientists gear up to drill into 'ground zero' of the impact that killed the dinosaurs

Posted March 3, 2016


The Wrong Way to Teach Math

Posted March 3, 2016

climate progress

Bill Gates Explains How to Make Climate Progress in a World Eating Meat and Guzzling Gas

Posted March 3, 2016

rising seas

Seas are rising at fastest rate in last 28 centuries

Posted February 23, 2016

climate change

My climate change by Andrew Rankin

Posted February 23, 2016


Bacteria talk to each other, and we're listening

Posted February 19, 2016


Humanities, social science courses experience enrollment decrease, while STEM courses rise

Posted February 17, 2016


Project 2061 Launches New Biology Curriculum at AAAS Annual Meeting

Scientific discoveries reflect what is best about being human

Posted February 15, 2016

Albert Einstein

Finding beauty in the darkness

Scientific discoveries reflect what is best about being human

Posted February 15, 2016


Prof. Shakhahshiri's annual National Chemistry Week event is featured in the February 2016 issue of The Nucleus

Posted February 8, 2016

Harvard vs. Wisconsin

In Person: Eggheads and Cheeseheads

Posted February 3, 2016

Science & Engineering Indicators 2016

Science & Engineering Indicators 2016

Posted February 2, 2016





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