The dome of the Southern African Large Telescope against a blue sky
Hello from Day 8! After several days of immersing ourselves in anthropology with UW Professor Travis Pickering, his undergraduate field school students and his South African collaborators, on Sunday, July 16, Justin, Jeff and I gathered our belongings, ate a quick breakfast at our hotel in Johannesburg, and headed to […]

From anthropology to astronomy, stories from the road in South ...


The Cradle of Humankind, in Guateng Province, South Africa. Photo by Kelly Yyrrell 2
A team of three from University Communications at UW–Madison – videographer Justin Bomberg, photographer Jeff Miller, and me, science writer Kelly April Tyrrell – have traveled 8,779 miles from Madison, Wisconsin to Johannesburg, South Africa in order help tell important UW-focused stories about origins: from the origins of life on Earth, […]

Adventures in South Africa to follow ‘origins’ stories


Duckweed and algae float near the water’s surface where Dorn Creek Marsh flows into the northern edge of Lake Mendota during summer on July 29, 2015. The aquatic plants and the lake's ecosystem health are frequently studied as part of ongoing research conducted by the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
Clean water consistently ranks high as a public priority. Yet people often fail to see eye to eye about how government should improve and protect water quality. Some may assume these disagreements are driven by a desire to defend one’s own interests, but a new survey of more than 1,100 […]

In Dane County, views about water policies reflect beliefs about ...



Close-up of cover of The Oxford Handbook Science of Science Communication book
Two UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC) professors, Dominique Brossard and Dietram Scheufele, and LSC faculty affiliate, Michael Xenos are contributors to a brand new book examining the science of science communication. Published on June 16, 2017, The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication draws on the most recent social science to […]

UW-Madison’s Brossard, Scheufele help create new science communication handbook


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From the Center for Limnology blog, Adam Hintertheur. Somewhere along the way, someone lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Maybe they were blown off on a full-throttle boat ride. Or slipped from a shirt pocket while wrestling a fish on board. Whatever the cause, the sleek, black glasses with the […]

In Lake Mendota, an explosion of Zebra Mussels


Field manager Marissa Lee screens soil as undergraduate students in a University of Wisconsin-Madison summer session field course continue archeology site excavation at Aztalan State Park near Lake Mills, Wis., on June 10, 2016. The class and related research, led by Anthropology Professor Sissel Schroeder, aims to better understand the daily lives of native people who called Aztalan home a millennium ago. This particular day included a public outreach and education event, funded by a three-year grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
On Friday, June 16, from 10 am until 3 pm, the UW–Madison Laboratory of Wisconsin Archaeology will host a special public day at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson County, in a showcase of the archaeological artifacts, current excavation work and rich cultural history that can be found at this important prehistoric site in southeastern […]

Public Day at Aztalan State Park offers a glimpse into ...




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Perhaps you’ve noticed: It’s spring and the Plants Are Blooming. Maybe it’s the smell of the lilacs, or the buzzing of bees. Or perhaps it’s the lush greens and bursts of color blurring your field of vision. But have you ever wondered how the landscape transitions from the brown drab of […]

Why flowers need winter


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How do a bunch of Earth scientists celebrate Earth Day? The researchers and other staff at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison arguably celebrate Earth Day every day by constantly advancing our knowledge of global […]

Earth Day, every day