Art and Science



Today is Mandela Day. It is a worldwide event to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, a once-political prisoner in South Africa who went on to become the president of that nation and help it cast aside its system of racial oppression called apartheid. Mandela passed away in 2013 but […]

In Madison, honoring Nelson Mandela


Along the walls of the orientation theater, in an alcove off the lobby of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor Center, hang seven murals illustrating the history of the land on which they rest. Each of the nearly six-foot-long paintings vividly depicts a segment of the Arboretum’s history, from its ancestry […]

The Essence of the Arboretum




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At the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters’ James Watrous Gallery, local artist Leslie Iwai’s exhibit, Daughter Cells, is on display now through January 22. Iwai’s work was largely inspired through a collaboration with UW Carbone Cancer Center professor Mark Burkard and his research on cell division. I sat down with Iwai and Burkard recently to […]

When science becomes art


detail from patent drawing of Particle Coating Apparatus. Courtesy WARF
Nation’s premier university-technology office showcases some of its greatest hits Science and art cross paths in an exhibit featuring contemporary and vintage patent drawings, courtesy of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). WARF has assisted generations of UW–Madison inventors patent their discoveries and advance them to the marketplace. Artistry of Innovation […]

Artistry of Innovation: WARF Patent Drawings Through Time



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Comic explains cancer find linking experimental vaccine, biological treatment A University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemist has linked two seemingly unrelated cancer treatments: A vaccine that targets a structure on the outside of cancer cells, and An altered enzyme that breaks RNA and causes the cell to commit suicide.

Bio-comix to the rescue!


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If you live in Wisconsin, fish are important. The Friday night fish fry is a sacred, culture-driven meal. Fishing, whether in an urban pond, an icy Driftless Area trout stream or a Vilas County lake, is a cherished tradition, often a bonding experience between parent and child or with friends. […]

Let’s Go Fish!


Fireworks light up the night sky over Lake Mendota
It’s firework season in the United States. Independence Day. A celebration of our freedom and sovereignty as a nation. Each year, we stand in awe beneath the brilliant light shows put on across the country, paying homage to our heritage and our history. But how often have you wondered how fireworks are […]

The science of fireworks