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Sign up for absentee voting now

There’s an election in Wisconsin coming up August 14. Even if you’re in the middle of a move or you won’t be in town, you can still vote. Here’s how you sign up as an absentee voter, and everything you need to know to vote. Or check out this website.

CALS teams win national titles

Not one, but two CALS teams recently won national competitions. National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) and Dairy Challenge teams competed in Kansas City, Missouri, and Visalia, California, respectively and made UW-Madison proud.

Grad student studies patterns on how loons defend the nest

Ph.D. candidate Jeremy Spool is studying loons in Oneida County. He spent a recent spring living among loons to make a fascinating discovery about how they protect their lake territories.

Vel Phillips, UW grad and pioneering civil-rights leader, dies at age 94

As the first black woman to graduate UW–Madison’s law school and ascend major political posts in Wisconsin, Vel Phillips was a “history maker.” She died Tuesday at the age of 94. Learn more about her life as a civil-rights leader.

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Voter turnout was great — thanks to you!

Hundreds more people turned out to vote in UW campus-area wards last Tuesday compared to the April 2014 election. Some polling places even saw up to six times as many voters. Thanks for voting, Badgers!

Ph.D. student analyzes bee habitats in urban areas

Ph.D. student Vera Pfeiffer is researching how bees thrive in areas where there’s a large human footprint. One of her current research projects is a survey of native bees around Madison, and what aspects of certain habitats help boost the overall presence of bees.

Poetry award winner: ‘For me, trees will never be just trees’

Tiana Clark, a poetry fellow at UW–Madison, is the 2017 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. The University of Pittsburgh Press awarded the honor in recognition of her collection I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood.

Cars are extremely rare for students living on UW’s campus

According to U.S. News, UW-Madison was one of four universities where zero percent of students living on campus have cars. The percentage does not include students who live off campus and may have cars.

Who makes the best freeze-dried cake bites? The UW team!

Kayla Saslow and her teammates from UW focused on sustainability with their entry, Black Forest Sustai-a-Bites. They used cocoa shells, added chocolate flavor and freeze-dried it. They won the Bimbo-sponsored baking contest.

 

A Ph.D. at age 23

Julia Nepper received her Ph.D. in biophysics from UW–Madison in December. “Just because I seem like a genius to accomplish all this, I’m still human and still have failures. So don’t feel bad about failing,” Nepper says.