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The Many Visions of Lorraine Hansberry

The New Yorker

As she grew up, she drifted away from the politics of her parents, who remained committed Republicans even as most Black voters were shifting their party allegiance; at the University of Wisconsin, she began campaigning for Henry Wallace’s Progressive Party.

In the Race for Batteries, One Scientist Has Seen It All

Wall Street Journal

Ms. Babinec’s first close encounter with electricity occurred when she stuck a scissors in a light socket when she was a child. She was briefly knocked unconscious and awoke on the other side of the room. She blacked out her house but was uninjured. She joined Dow Chemical in 1979 after earning a degree in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and became the chemical giant’s first female corporate fellow, the highest level scientist at the company, in 1998. She also worked for Dow’s venture capital group, where she gained experience developing new businesses.

Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt, Pewaukee native and former Wisconsin Badgers star, ties single-season NFL sack record vs. Ravens

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pewaukee native T.J. Watt has entered rare NFL company. His name is now at the top of the NFL single-season sack list.

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and former University of Wisconsin star tied Michael Strahan’s mark of 22½ sacks in a season when he wrapped up Baltimore quarterback Tyler Huntley for a loss on  a 1st-and goal from the 3-yard line with 23 seconds left in the second quarter Sunday in Baltimore.

Q&A: University Research Park director grows science with real estate

The Capital Times

Aaron Olver is managing director of the nonprofit UW-Madison affiliate, which is designed to provide a space for commercializing discoveries made on campus. “At our core, we’re a real estate operation,” Olver said. “Our job is basically to create homes where innovation companies, particularly (ones) affiliated with the university, can get started and can grow and can thrive.” 

People are ditching traditional jobs for social media careers. Here’s how five Wisconsinites did it themselves.

Appleton Post-Crescent

Noted: If you’re an aspiring content creator and you want to learn how to make YouTube video thumbnails, attract sponsorships or gain more followers, then Muaaz Shakeel is your guy.

As Shakeel’s freshman year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was approaching, he decided he wanted to give content creation another try. This time, he took it seriously, he said, and taught himself everything he needed to know about being a YouTuber.

New principal at a Burlington middle school has a background in restorative practices. What’s that mean?

Kenosha News

Noted: With a new building, the Burlington Area School District needed a new middle school principal. Nick Ryan’s the man for the job.

Before landing in Burlington, Ryan taught in Oconomowoc and Watertown. After receiving his master’s degree from UW-Madison, he ventured back to his birth state, Wyoming, to serve as an assistant principal before taking a similar job back in Watertown.

The Artists We Lost in 2021, in Their Words

The New York Times

“When I studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, it was the humanities classes that I had put to the side that ultimately started me on this path of thinking about creativity in a much more cultural context — not designing for design’s sake, but connecting design to the rhythm of what’s happening in the world.”— Virgil Abloh, designer, born 1980 (Read the obituary.

In visits to Milwaukee and Madison, Desmond Tutu preached against racial injustice, apartheid

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Nearly 12,000 people gathered in the University of Wisconsin Field House to hear Desmond Tutu in 1998 and gave him a “thunderous standing ovation,” according to a Milwaukee Sentinel article from the time.

Speaking about racism toward Wisconsin’s Native American population, Tutu urged the crowd to “be committed to racial justice here as you are committed to racial justice in South Africa.”

Tutu, who had won the Nobel Peace Prize four years earlier, also detailed why Americans should not support apartheid, calling it “as evil, as unacceptable, as immoral as Nazism.” He encouraged people to see each other as brothers and sisters and to find strength in diversity.

“Brothers and sisters sometimes disagree, and disagree violently, but they still remain brothers and sisters,” he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal.

31 movies with Wisconsin ties in 2021, from ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ to ‘No Time to Die’

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”: In this franchise reboot, Carrie Coon plays the daughter of OG (original Ghostbuster) Egon. After he dies, Coon, who got her start at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in Madison-area theater, brings her kids to his rural Oklahoma house and discovers the ghosts are coming back.

“Enemies of the State”: Oscar-winning documentarian and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum Errol Morris is executive producer of this true tale of a family that caught up in intrigue when their hacker son is targeted by the federal government.

36 Children’s Books About Diversity to Read to Your Kids

Reader's Digest

Noted: A recent count by Cooperative Children’s Book Center School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison found that “books about white children, talking bears, trucks, monsters, potatoes, etc. represent nearly three-quarters of children’s and young adult books published in 2019.” In other words, vegetables, animals, monsters, and aliens had more visibility in books than brown or black characters.

The Revolutionary Writing of bell hooks

New Yorker

In 1973, Watkins graduated from Stanford; as a nineteen-year-old undergraduate, she had already completed a draft of a visionary history of Black feminism and womanhood. During the seventies, she pursued graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Maker Of Home Blood-Draw Kits, Tasso, Raises $100 Million Led By RA Capital


Casavant, 34, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, founded the company in 2012 with his UW lab-mate Erwin Berthier, 38, who is the company’s chief technology officer. They had studied microfluidics, which deals with the behavior and control of very small volumes of fluids in networks of channels, in the lab of UW-Madison professor David Beebe.

Ope! A ‘Manitowoc Minute’ Charlie Berens bobblehead released by the Bobblehead Hall of Fame

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Berens, who grew up in Elm Grove and New Berlin with 11 siblings, studied journalism and environmental geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, according to a previous Journal Sentinel report.

After graduating in 2009, he spent time working as a production assistant, news reporter, host and producer. In 2013, he won an Emmy while reporting in Dallas.

Once a Warrior, Then a Nonprofit Leader, Now an Entrepreneur

New York Times

Jake Wood was a few months out of the Marine Corps in 2010 when a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. On the spur of the moment, he and a few other veterans headed to Port-au-Prince and started looking for ways to help. With no organization and no supply chain, it was a haphazard response. “The only thing we got right is that none of us died,” he said.

Noted: Jake Wood is a Wisconsin School of Business alumnus and played football for the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Xela Garcia helps young Milwaukee Latinos see themselves in art, education

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Quoted: Garcia earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recalls taking American English classes and only learning about white male authors.

She remembers thinking: “America is more than these old dead white dudes.” She decided to minor in Chicano/Latina studies and American Indian studies, where she saw herself reflected in the stories she learned about.

“It brought me back to that feeling of empowerment, of feeling seen,” she said. “This was something that was me.”

Opinion | Sen. John Neely Kennedy goes full Joe McCarthy in questioning a Biden nominee born in the U.S.S.R.

The Washington Post

On Thursday, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R.-La.) went full Joseph McCarthy in his questioning of Saule Omarova, a Cornell University law professor nominated to be the nation’s top banking regulator. She has a distinguished resume: a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, a stint at a white-shoe law firm, and service in President George W. Bush’s Treasury Department. According to another law professor, Omarova is “widely regarded as one of the top financial regulatory scholars in the world.”

Senators erupt in partisan sniping over Soviet upbringing of Biden’s pick for top bank regulator

The Washington Post

Omarova earned an undergraduate degree from Moscow State University before emigrating to the U.S. in 1991 and continuing her studies. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a law degree from Northwestern University. She then worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a top New York firm, where she focused on corporate transactions and advising financial industry clients on regulation. She also served in the Treasury Department of Republican President George W. Bush’s administration as a special adviser on regulatory policy.

Saule Omarova, Biden’s pick to lead a key banking agency, set for tough confirmation hearing

The Washington Post

If confirmed, Omarova would be the first woman and first person of color to lead the 158-year-old agency. Since arriving in the United States , she has compiled a diverse work history. After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a law degree from Northwestern University, she worked as a lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a top New York firm, where she focused on corporate transactions and advising financial industry clients on regulation. She also served in the Treasury Department of George W. Bush’s administration, as a special adviser on regulatory policy.

Why the minichurch is the latest trend in American religion

Religion News Service

The Millers, who met at a Maranatha campus ministry while students at the University of Wisconsin, pastored a church in Madison for years before starting Cornerstone. They moved about an hour west to Spring Green, a small town that’s home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin estate, after feeling God’s call to plant a new congregation. They hoped to build a church that had close ties to the community.

Ways To Verify Knowledge Transfer And Skills When Training


Though the world’s first distance learning institution was established in 1906 by the University of Wisconsin, the first learning management system was developed only in 1924 when Sidney L. Pressey invented the first “teaching machine.” Learning management systems have since gone through significant improvements and during this evolution and the arrival of e-learning courses to verify skills, the most integral part of a learning ecosystem has been forgotten, and instead, we began focusing on course completions.

Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Who are the key players?

Fox News

Racine attorney Mark Richards is leading Rittenhouse’s defense. He’s a courtroom veteran, earning his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. He served as an assistant district attorney in Racine and Kenosha counties in the late 1980s before he opened his own firm in 1990 that specializes in criminal defense.

Intact, 1,200-Year-Old Canoe Recovered From Wisconsin Lake

Smithsonian Magazine

Southern Wisconsin was particularly rich in such sites. A number of the mounds stand on what’s now the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. But many no longer survive today, as Europeans who settled in the area often destroyed the mounds in the process of building homes, farms and quarries.

The best city to raise a family in the U.S., according to data


#15: The capital city of Wisconsin, Madison’s Middleton High School is rated the best public high school in the state and the second best for science, technology, engineering, and math in the state. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum offers walking paths and jogging tracks for all, with numerous educational opportunities in its garden settings. Families will also enjoy Henry Vilas Zoo and the Wisconsin Historical Museum

Grizzly troubles, offshore drilling suit: News from around our 50 states

USA Today

Vel Phillips, Wisconsin’s first Black secretary of state, will be honored with a statue on state Capitol grounds, a state board decided Monday. The Capitol and Executive Residence Board voted unanimously to erect the statue of Phillips, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Phillips, who died in 2018, broke a number of gender and race barriers throughout her career: She was the first Black woman to graduate from the UW-Madison School of Law and the first woman, as well as Black person, to serve on the Milwaukee City Council and to become a Wisconsin judge.

Committee approves Vel Phillips statue outside Wisconsin Capitol


Phillips represents many firsts for Wisconsin, including being the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin- Madison Law School and to be elected to a statewide office in Wisconsin and the entire nation. She also served as the first female and African American elected to the Milwaukee Common Council, as well as the first African American judge in the state of Wisconsin.

The shifting sands of ‘gain-of-function’ research


The term GOF didn’t have much to do with virology until the past decade. Then, the ferret influenza studies came along. In trying to advise the federal government on the nature of such research, the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) borrowed the term — and it stuck, says Gigi Gronvall,a biosecurity specialist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. From that usage, it came to mean any research that improves a pathogen’s abilities to cause disease or spread from host to host.

Stern judge among key players in Kyle Rittenhouse trial


Racine attorney Mark Richards is leading Rittenhouse’s defense. He’s a courtroom veteran, earning his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. He served as an assistant district attorney in Racine and Kenosha counties in the late 1980s before he opened his own firm in 1990 that specializes in criminal defense.

Why student absences aren’t the real problem in America’s ‘attendance crisis’

The Conversation

Nationally, one in six children miss 15 or more days of school in a year and are considered chronically absent. Education officials have lamented that all this missed instruction has for years constituted an attendance crisis in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.

Education Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

April Kigeya announces candidacy for new Dane County Supervisor seat on Madison’s west side

Madison 365

Noted: Kigeya is an outreach specialist for the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and a special projects manager with The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness. She has served as an intern for United States Sen. Russ Feingold and is currently the co-chair of the Middleton Police Commission. She has also served as commissioner for the Dane County Equal Opportunities Commission, according to a press release, and has been with the City of Madison Affirmative Action Commission.