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Transcend Madison winner tests the water with new technology

Transcend Madison 2017, UW’s student-run innovation competition, happens today and Thursday at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery. And the stakes are high: The winner of last year’s competition is about to graduate and work full-time running the company he started as an undergraduate.

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Creating a botany-inspired art installation, Artist in Residence Peter Krsko encircles one of the lobby columns in Birge Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with wooden lattice on Feb. 16, 2017. As part of his residency, Krsko is also teaching Zoethica: Bioinspired Art and Science, a course put on by the UW Arts Institute and hosted by the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Making art inspired by the natural world

Peter Krsko makes art inspired by science and nature, drawing on the efficient beauty of spreading tree roots, for instance, and hexagonal cavities in bee honeycombs. As artist in residence, he’s spreading that art around campus.

 

 

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A coach, of sorts, to guide you through financial aid steps

The Office of Student Financial Aid has a new website geared to students applying for and receiving financial aid for this upcoming 2017-18 academic year. It takes you through the process, step by step. Check it out.

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Chancellor: Our Wisconsin expanding to serve all new students

Our Wisconsin invites students to “lead the Badger Way” by fostering an environment of inclusion and respect. Chancellor Blank shares highlights of the program’s first year and how it will reach more students beginning this summer.

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Microbiology students assigned to correct misconceptions

A microbiology instructor challenged her students to take what they’re learning outside the classroom and help people discover that what they think they know about science may be wrong. Here’s how one student followed through.

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Meet 2017’s top TAs

These teaching assistants make a difference every day, whether in the classroom, in the field or in community outreach and service. Meet the award-winners and learn more about what inspires them.

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Video: Philip Denis uses passion to blaze ‘Pathways’

Philip Denís, a graduate student and advisor at UW–Madison, discusses his work for Pathways to Educational Achievement, cultivating ‘my own Wisconsin experience” and raising his children in the Badger community.

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Video: I calculate, therefore I am: Mixing math and philosophy

By double majoring in math and philosophy, Hannah DeBrine says she learns both kinds of truth: Logical truth, and individual people’s truth. Even if a good philosophy class ends with more confusion than it started with.

 

 

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Video: Building the future of transportation

It’s not easy to build a pod that will move at 200 mph through a vacuum tube. A group of UW students is creating Badgerloop, which is competing in Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop design competition. The team will race the pod on a test track later this month.

 

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Go Big Read is looking for a book

Next year’s Go Big Read program is looking for a book, one with a contemporary theme that will lend itself to discussion. Students and others  are encouraged to recommend titles by Jan. 22. To suggest a book, visit here.