Stories indexed under: College of Letters & Science

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  • Photo of lobeliad Evolution’s hand detailed in Hawaiian lobeliads Oct. 16, 2008 A team led by UW-Madison botanists Thomas Givnish and Kenneth Sytsma details the evolutionary history of a diverse tropical group of flowering plants long viewed as one of the plant world's most dramatic examples of adaptive radiation, the phenomenon of new species arising from a single ancestor to occupy a multitude of ecological roles.
  • Wisconsin Advertising Project logo Wisconsin Advertising Project analyzes tone of ads in White House race Oct. 16, 2008 During the Wednesday (Oct. 15) presidential debate, both candidates made claims about the tone of the other's television advertising campaign.
  • Portion of album cover Study debunks myth that early immigrants quickly learned English Oct. 16, 2008 Joseph Salmons has always been struck by the pervasiveness of the argument. In his visits across Wisconsin, in many newspaper letters to the editor, and in the national debates raging over modern immigration, he encounters the same refrain:
  • Photo of Crampton Lake Reservoirs promote spread of aquatic invasive species Oct. 15, 2008 The latest "damming" evidence suggests that manmade reservoirs are facilitating the spread of invasive species in Wisconsin lakes.
  • Photo of Henry Drewal Exhibition reveals passion for African arts Oct. 14, 2008 For those who believe a tidy, antiseptic workplace free of distractions improves productivity, a visit to Henry Drewal’s office in the Elvehjem Building will challenge that notion.
  • World’s largest computing grid ready for data Oct. 3, 2008 The technological advancements surrounding the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the new particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland - are not just about the physics.
  • Anthropology professor honored by Librarian of Congress Oct. 2, 2008 University of Wisconsin-Madison William F. Vilas Professor of Anthropology Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney has been named John W. Kluge Distinguished Chair of Modern Culture by the Librarian of Congress.
  • More experiments needed to advance environmental restoration Oct. 1, 2008 Across Wisconsin and the nation, scientists, land managers and conservationists are trying to restore large tracts of wetlands degraded by pollution, sedimentation and invasive plants to a more natural state. Yet while these efforts are laudable, Joy Zedler sees in most of them a missed opportunity.
  • Image of Earth's magentic variations Lava flows reveal clues to magnetic field reversals Sept. 25, 2008 Ancient lava flows are guiding a better understanding of what generates and controls the Earth's magnetic field - and what may drive it to occasionally reverse direction.
  • Madison, Milwaukee UW collaboration offers variety, model for future Sept. 24, 2008 A new doctoral initiative that explores buildings, landscapes and cultures may make the distance between Madison and Milwaukee just a little bit smaller, at least figuratively speaking.
  • Photo of dust Comet dust reveals unexpected mixing of solar system Sept. 18, 2008 Chemical clues from a comet's halo are challenging common views about the history and evolution of the solar system and showing it may be more mixed-up than previously thought.
  • Photo of choral performer Performance Center to get $20 million boost Sept. 16, 2008 Two anonymous donors have made a commitment of $20 million in support of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music's future Performance Center on the northwest corner of University Avenue and Lake Street.
  • Inaugural Big Ten Battleground Poll rolls out results on Big Ten Network Sept. 16, 2008 Results of the Big Ten Battleground Poll, an innovative new project that tests voter sentiment in the eight Big Ten states that are key to this closely fought presidential campaign, will be presented Thursday, Sept. 18, on the Big Ten Network.
  • Heinrich takes over as La Follette School head Sept. 10, 2008 Providing more support for graduate students, continuing to build a strong international program and preserving the vitality of the Wisconsin Idea are all high on Carolyn Heinrich’s list as she takes over as the new director of the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.
  • Image from On Wisconsin cover World’s biggest particle accelerator begins operation Sept. 10, 2008 After more than 15 years of planning and preparation, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator, started operating this morning (Sept. 10).
  • Can love change your mind? New project explores neuroscience of ‘positive qualities’ Sept. 10, 2008 What is happening in the minds of people who have developed a greater capacity for forgiveness and compassion? Can a quality like love — whether it’s shown toward a family member or a friend — be neurologically measured in the brain? A new research project at UW–Madison offers the opportunity to apply hard science to these seemingly ethereal questions.
  • Experts discuss Georgia conflict Sept. 8, 2008 On Tuesday, Sept. 9, a panel of University of Wisconsin-Madison experts will address the historical and geopolitical roots of the Georgia and Russia conflict, discuss issues of national sovereignty within the post-Soviet republics, and analyze the potential emergence of a new cold war.
  • Photo of marmosets Baby's smell tamps down dad's testosterone levels Sept. 3, 2008 Does eau de infant make dad a better parent? It does, it seems, if you are a common marmoset, a New World monkey known for its collaborative approach to rearing offspring.
  • Map of Greenland icesheet depth from Wikipedia commons Ice Age lesson predicts a faster rise in sea level Sept. 2, 2008 If the lessons being learned by scientists about the demise of the last great North American ice sheet are correct, estimates of global sea level rise from a melting Greenland ice sheet may be seriously underestimated.
  • Services scheduled for students killed in Midvale accident Aug. 29, 2008 Memorial services have been scheduled for two of the UW-Madison students killed in a car accident during the early morning hours of Aug. 27.