Eric Hamilton






The wind-whipped surface of Lake Mendota in early winter provides precisely the kind of visual resting point that helps your concentration while studying, reading or writing. The moving surface catches your eye, giving your mind time to wander in that way that’s productive rather than distracting. It sure beats checking your […]

Reflecting on Lake Mendota



Perseid meteor shower 2
This guest post comes from Erika K. Carlson, a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at UW–Madison studying how being in binary and multiple star systems affects the behavior and evolution of stars. She is passionate about sharing science and the Universe with others through outreach, teaching, and social […]

The Perseids are here: Why meteors matter



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


There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. — Aldo Leopold An hour north of Madison, in the sand counties of central Wisconsin, there is a chicken coop-turned-cabin known as ‘the shack.’ In 1935, shortly after he accepted a position as the chair of game […]

A visit to the shack


On August 21, the continental United States will have its best view of a total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. If you want a good view from here on the surface, you might have to get in the car and drive to towns like Salem, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; […]

A new perspective