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Virgil Abloh: A visionary designer and artist

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Virgil Abloh, 1980–2021 An artist whose vision blended street culture with haute couture, Virgil Abloh ’03 was among the most influential young designers of the 21st century. He passed away on November 28 after a battle with cancer.  “Virgil Abloh was an inspiration to so many for both his visionary design and his generous spirit,” said Sarah Schutt, executive director and chief alumni officer of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. “The entire University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni community mourns his passing and sends deepest condolences to Virgil’s family, friends, and colleagues.” Born in Rockford, Illinois,…

An Indigenous story map experience about water

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A new website is available that details what Indigenous communities in the Upper Midwest are doing to conserve and protect water. Named Bimaadiziwin Nibi, Water is Life, the story map is divided into sections, each centered around a different environmental issue. These include wild rice, fish, nonlocal beings (invasive species), mining, contaminants and beach sampling. Within each section are photos, reports and videos from tribal natural resource departments and a summary of interviews with scientists. The project was created by Brenna DeNamur during her internship with Wisconsin Sea Grant in…

Urban planning students develop green recommendations for UW-Madison fleet

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Students in Urban and Regional Planning 551 didn’t have to travel far last spring to put their knowledge of sustainable transportation to work. With guidance from the Office of Sustainability and Transportation Services, eighteen undergraduate and graduate students in Professor Carey McAndrews’s “Climate Action Planning: Sustainable Transportation” course developed a report with recommendations to make UW–Madison’s fleet greener.  Cover of UW–Madison Campus Green Fleet Report prepared by students in Professor Carey McAndrews’s class. Using data from Transportation Services, the class created an inventory of the vehicles owned by UW–Madison. Students…

Student’s innovative climate research could change building design

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When she was young, Gesangyangji would stare at the peaks on the mountains surrounding Lhasa, her birthplace in the Tibetan Plateau. They were covered in snow. But as she grew up she noticed the snow disappearing, the white lines chased up the mountain by gray and green rock. “I was wondering,” she said, “Why is this happening? What can I do about this?” Gesangyangji, who goes by Gesang, found an answer years later. In 2018 she moved to Madison to work on an M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. In…

Studying Child Tax Credit expansion, labor force reductions among new Social Security Administration-funded projects

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As the COVID-19 pandemic began and businesses initially closed to limit the spread of disease, many Americans found ways to continue working. But not all Americans. Recent data show that greater numbers of older adults left the labor force and experienced a decline in earned income. With collaborators at the Ohio State University, J. Michael Collins — director of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for Financial Security— now has a new project to better understand the effect the pandemic has had on the economic security of older Americans. In particular,…

Donohue to lead Wisconsin Energy Institute

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Tim Donohue says he is looking forward to increasing the Wisconsin Energy Institute’s positive outcomes for campus and society. Wisconsin Energy Institute Tim Donohue, professor of bacteriology, has been named director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute. He has led WEI as interim director since 2017. WEI provides leadership in energy and clean technology research, scholarship, education and outreach. The research institute, based within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, administers collaborative research grants to develop sustainable alternatives to meet society’s ever-growing need for energy and…

Magellanic Stream arcing over Milky Way may be five times closer than previously thought

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A view of the gas in the Magellanic System as it would appear in the night sky. This image, taken directly from the numerical simulations, has been modified slightly for aesthetics. Colin Legg / Scott Lucchini Our galaxy is not alone. Swirling around the Milky Way are several smaller, dwarf galaxies — the biggest of which are the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, visible in the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere. During their dance around the Milky Way over billions of years, the Magellanic Clouds’ gravity has ripped from…

Two UW–Madison seniors were finalists this year for the Rhodes Scholarship

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University of Wisconsin–Madison seniors Qianyun (Lexi) Luo and Hawra Aljawad reached the final stage of competition this year for the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate academic honors in the world. The 32 Americans chosen as Rhodes Scholars were announced Nov. 20. An additional 203 American students were finalists for the coveted awards, including Luo. Aljawad was a finalist in her native Saudi Arabia. (The scholarships are awarded by countries or groups of countries.) Luo, of Bloomington, Illinois, is majoring in biochemistry and statistics. Aljawad is…

Go Big Read seeking book suggestions for 2022-23 

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 The shelf of books chosen for the Go Big Read program grows, with the latest being “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi. What will the next book be? That’s where you come in.   UW-Madison’s common reading program is seeking submissions for the 2022-23 year. Title suggestions will be accepted through Nov. 30 and can be made online.  Here are some of the past books selected for the Go Big Read common reading program. Once again, the theme for Go Big Read is “contemporary issues” — topics such as technology, climate change, health care, or any…

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