Chris Barncard




A rusty-patched bumblebee on Culver’s root in the UW–Madison Arboretum. The Arboretum’s insecticide-free prairies, woodlands and gardens are a paradise for the rusty-patched and at least a dozen other bumblebee species. PHOTO: SUSAN DAY/UW-MADISON ARBORETUM
This winter may now feel a shade lonelier for a handful of bumble bee princesses tucked away underground in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, but they will probably wake up in the spring to a larger group of human admirers. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared rusty-patched […]

Happy in the Arb, endangered in the world



Informational flyers posted to a kiosk outside the Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serve as a reminder for eligible student voters of locations on campus to cast their ballots on Nov. 6, 2012, for the presidential election and several state positions. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
“It’s much easier to predict the election than a lot of things,” says Laura Albert McLay. The election of the president of the United States, she means. Which seems surprising, even coming from a professor of industrial and systems engineering who models complex systems like emergency services and healthcare in […]

More than one way to play presidential pick ’em


close-up of owl with researcher looking through medical instrument to it's eye.
Some of nature’s most interesting eyes will alight on campus this Saturday for the third annual Vision at the Arboretum, an opportunity to learn more about your own sight through the prism of some flying peepers. “Studies of animal vision help us to understand our own visual system,” says Nansi […]

Vision at the Arboretum: Get eye-to-eye with a bat.





Play? Let's!
Fostering sustainability is no game, but having a little fun helps high school students understand the complex concepts — like multivariable regression (i.e., lots of causes can impact lots of outcomes) — that go into biofuels production. Fields of Fuel, a game released in the fall by the Great Lakes […]

Biofuel is not a game. (But it’s also a game!)