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Mercury levels in fish fluctuate along with water levels in lakes


Posted December 21, 2018

snowy driving

Winter road salt may corrode plumbing and contaminate water for nearby well owners



Posted December 5, 2018

climate change

Changing evangelical minds on climate change



Posted December 5, 2018

higher education

Why is math cheaper than English? Understanding cost differences in higher eductation


Posted December 5, 2018

Our Lakes

Forget ‘needle in a haystack.’ Try finding an invasive species in a lake.


Posted December 5, 2018


How Professors Ceded Their Authority



Posted December 5, 2018

Climate Change

Climate Change Is Already Hurting U.S. Communities, Federal Report Says

Read the full report


Posted December 5, 2018

Enjoying the water

Q&A: Escalating battle over Minnesota mine puts spotlight on studies of potential impacts


Posted December 5, 2018


Some Good News, and a Hard Truth, About Science


Posted December 5, 2018


‘Enough Is Enough’: Science, Too, Has a Problem With Harassment


Posted December 5, 2018

A lecture demonstration


Thank You, Professor!

Alumni give thanks to their favorite professors


Posted November 20, 2018

Victor Brar

UW–Madison physics professor receives Moore Inventor Fellowship



Posted November 20, 2018

The Arago kilogram

The kilogram is dead; long live the kilogram

From The Verge

From The New York Times

Posted November 14, 2018


UW to fund science journalism fellowship for graduate student



Posted November 14, 2018

Gas Mask

The Chemists' War

One hundred years after the end of World War I, the Army Corps of Engineers is still cleaning up the relics of experiments that helped develop chemical weapons to counter the Germans’ gas attacks.

Posted November 14, 2018


John Nichols: Tony Evers won as the Wisconsin Idea candidate

Posted November 14, 2018

animal eyelashes

The Mysteries of Animal Movement

Posted November 7, 2018


Rural America’s Own Private Flint: Polluted Water Too Dangerous to Drink

Posted November 5, 2018


Colleges confront declining number of high school graduates: 'We’re not going to grow our way out of this'

Posted November 5, 2018


Wintertime stress, nursing, and lead exposure in Neanderthal children

Posted November 5, 2018

Global Warming

Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming

Posted November 5, 2018

Ewine van Dishoeck



Kavli Prize-winning astrochemist looks back at her career probing chemical complexity in space

Leiden University’s Ewine van Dishoeck talks about building instruments for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and the James Webb telescopes

2018 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

Posted October 23, 2018

Colorful liquids

Memorial lecture honors late Wellesley resident,
shows off science's fun side

Posted October 15, 2018

Leon Lederman

Leon Lederman, 96, Explorer (and Explainer) of the Subatomic World, Dies

Posted October 8, 2018

Wisconsin Science Festival


Addressing our biggest challenges—and mysteries—at the Wisconsin Science Festival

Posted October 4, 2018


Assigned Reading: Bassam Shakhashiri

Posted October 4, 2018


Music and chemistry—what's the connection?

Posted September 11, 2018

Sue Nitzke

Susan Nitzke, professor emerita and former chair of nutritional sciences, dies at 71

Prof. Nitzke lent her expertise to several WISL programs, including our
University Summer Forum on Chemistry & Society
and our Conversations in Science for Teachers series.

Posted August 30, 2018



UW-Madison Marching Band director Michael Leckrone stepping down after 50 years

Prof. Leckrone has participated in the annual "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri" several times:

Watch the 2014 show online

See photos of 2009's 40th Anniversary show

Posted August 30, 2018


The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin's Tree of Life

Posted August 14, 2018


The Concussion Question: Ex-UW players find unconventional methods for improving brain health

Posted August 13, 2018


Designing the Death of Plastic

Posted August 9, 2018

Ice cream

What's ice cream, and why do we scream for it?

Posted July 26, 2018

Prof. Laurens Anderson


Forgotten Molecules

The fruits of an emeritus professor's 40-year career in biochemistry are contributing to the modern search for new medications

Posted July 25, 2018


How to Get America on the Mediterranean Diet

Posted July 23, 2018

Babcock Ice Cream

Melting Away Myths

The University of Wisconsin at Madison is viewed by some in the state as elitist, expensive and liberal, so the university's alumni group is holding one-on-one discussions around the state -- offering ideas and ice cream.

Posted July 20, 2018

Beatrice Tinsley

Overlooked No More: Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer Who Saw the Course of the Universe

Posted July 20, 2018


Climate Change Is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon

Posted July 20, 2018


How Conservatives Bet Big On Wisconsin and Won

Posted July 20, 2018


Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth is At Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Posted July 9, 2018

Virtual Reality Headset

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

Posted July 9, 2018

Francisco J. Ayala

Francisco J. Ayala, Famed Biologist, Resigns After Sexual Harassment Inquiry

Posted July 9, 2018

Lightman Book

Must Science Conflict With Spirituality?

Posted June 28, 2018

Oliver Sacks Kickstarter

Kickstarter campaign launched for feature film 'The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks'

Posted June 28, 2018


UW-Madison bids farewell to humble but storied Science House

Posted June 26, 2018

10 Years

10 years of Periodic Videos

Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri congratulates Prof. Martyn Poliakoff
on his neon anniversary!

Posted June 25, 2018


Assessment of methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas supply chain

Posted June 25, 2018

Climate Change

Joe Parisi: Area Lake Flooding is Climate Change Issue That Should Catch Attention of State, National Naysayers

Posted June 25, 2018


Stats In Brief: 2007-2008 College Graduates' Employment, Debt, and Enrollment in 2012

These findings are based on data from the second follow-up of the 2008 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:08/12), a nationally representative longitudinal survey of students who completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree during the 2007–08 academic year.

Posted June 21, 2018

Science in Motion

'Science in Motion' takes chemistry on the road across Wisconsin

Posted June 15, 2018

The Dangers of Belly Fat

The Dangers of Belly Fat

Posted June 13, 2018

Our warming Earth

Ask the Weather Guys:
If we stopped emitting carbon dioxide right now, would the Earth stop warming?

Posted June 6, 2018


Overhaul of scientific incentives needed to fix Ph.D. system, report says

Posted June 6, 2018

Georgetown University

Five Rules of the College and Career Game

Posted May 17, 2018

Jane Lubchenco

Scientists Need Stronger Public Engagement in 'Post-Truth' World, Says Former NOAA Administrator

On April 23, former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Oregon State University marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco delivered the 2018 James R. Mahoney Memorial Lecture on “Science in a Post-Truth World,” a topic on which she has spoken out in recent years. 

Posted May 15, 2018

Cheetah spots

How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature's Mysterious Patterns

Posted May 9, 2018

Karl Paul Link

A Study in Scarlet

University of Wisconsin biochemist Karl Paul Link's isolation of the powerful blood thinner (and rat poison) warfarin is an excellent example of The Wisconsin Idea in action.

Posted May 8, 2018

Madison March for Science

Middleton High School Senior Natalie Asmus revives
Madison March for Science

Posted April 30, 2018


A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story

Posted April 23, 2018


Periodic Graphics: How is Plastic Recycled?

Posted April 19, 2018

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, American Chemical Society

Posted April 16, 2018

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

High school students find new meaning in 1962 science-literature classic at UW program

Great World Texts Program Revisits "Silent Spring" and the Legacy of Rachel Carson

Posted April 12, 2018

Diet Soda

The Germs That Love Diet Soda

Posted April 9, 2018


The Growing College Graduation Gap

Posted April 2, 2018

UW Scholars

The Opioid Epidemic: A State in Crisis

An interdisciplinary group of UW scholars, Randall Brown (Medical School), Susan Lederer (Medical History and Bioethics), and Amy Gilman (Chazen Museum of Art), come together to discuss the current opioid epidemic, which is making headlines nationally, in Wisconsin, and in Madison. Moderated by Steve Paulson.

Posted March 19, 2018

Madison Lakes

'Free-range scientist' Steve Carpenter remains inspired, inspiring—even in retirement

Posted March 14, 2018


Big Sugar Versus Your Body

Posted March 9, 2018


A Celebrated Physicist with a Passion for Music

Posted March 9, 2018

Irving Shain

Former UW-Madison Chancellor Irving Shain dies at 92

Posted March 7, 2018


What Poisons Are In Your Body?

Posted February 26, 2018

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglas' Fight Against Scientific Racism

Posted February 23, 2018


A University of, by and for the People

Posted February 16, 2018

one more click

A Call to Cut Back Online Addictions.
Pitted Against Just One More Click.

Posted February 6, 2018


Universities Should Encourage Scientists to Speak Out
About Public Issues

Posted February 6, 2018


Ask the Weather Guys:
How much water is in the atmosphere?

Posted February 5, 2018

graduation cap

Employed and Engaged:
Career Outcomes of Our Ph.D. Graduates, 2000-2015

Posted February 5, 2018


STEM Educators Can No Longer Be Apolitical

Posted February 5, 2018

You Must Be Very Intelligent

The Ph.D. Delusion

Posted February 5, 2018


What's artificial snow, and how is it made?

Posted February 5, 2018

A report of the National Science Board

Rapid Rise of China's STEM Workforce Charted by National Science Board Report

Posted February 2, 2018


University of Wisconsin football players downplay warnings while proof of brain injury piles up

Posted January 30, 2018

Doomsday Clock

Doomsday clock is set at 2 minutes to midnight, closest since 1950s

Posted January 30, 2018

Nobel Prize



Nobel Minds 2017

The 2017 Nobel Laureates met at the Grünewald Hall in the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm for the traditional round-table discussion and TV program 'Nobel Minds'. The discussion was hosted by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi.

Posted January 24, 2018

Science & Engineering Indicators 2018

Science & Engineering Indicators 2018

Posted January 23, 2018

Climate Change

Climate Change is altering lakes and streams, study suggests

Posted January 12, 2018


James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for
Interpreting Chemistry for the Public: Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

Posted January 11, 2018

Nikola Tesla

Tesla the car is a household name.
Long ago, so was Nikola Tesla.

Posted January 3, 2018





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