1. Journey to graduation: UW Oshkosh senior combines Pokemon passion with history degree

    Photo of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh senior Caleb Gedemer, of Little Chute

    As a professional Pokemon card player, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh senior Caleb Gedemer, of Little Chute, gained new perspectives as he traveled the world to take part in competitions. Now he is set to graduate Dec. 18 with a degree in history and says he has added communication and critical-thinking skills to his resume to […]

  2. UW-Milwaukee history alum forges cultural connections at Luxembourg museum

    Photo of UWM history alumna Serena Stuettgen holding up an artifact from the archives at the Luxembourg American Cultural Society museum, where she is a curator. (Photo courtesy of Serena Stuettgen)

    The only thing that Serena Stuettgen knew about Luxembourg was that it was a small country in Europe. Even so, she applied as a curator at the Luxembourg American Cultural Society Museum (known as LACS) in 2019, hoping to land her first full-time museum job. Today, she helps museum patrons track their Luxembourg lineage, helps tell the […]

  3. UW-Green Bay’s Rising Phoenix Program Expands with Computer Science Pathway for Students Across the Region

    Photo of UW-Green Bay students working at a computer

    Program addresses the computer science workforce shortage in Northeast Wisconsin The Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program is expanding through a new collaboration between UW-Green Bay and the Computer Science Talent Ecosystem Youth (CSTEY). The Rising Phoenix Computer Science Pathway program is modeled after the inaugural Rising Phoenix cohort with the Manitowoc Public School […]

  4. UW-Madison teams up with NFL on research designed to reduce head injuries in athletes

    Photo of Daniel Cobian holding a specialized mouthguard that will be used by football players involved in the study. The sensors in the mouthguard will collect data on head impacts.

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are partnering with the National Football League (NFL) to study how on-field head impacts can inform injury reduction efforts at the professional and collegiate levels. Researchers will collect data from high-tech mouthguard sensors currently being used by the football team at University of Wisconsin–Madison […]

  5. A greener business model: How the private sector can lead where government hasn’t

    Photo of UW-Milwaukee professor Melissa Scanlan, who provides a blueprint for an alternate business model that incorporates green practices, pays living wages and preserves community jobs in her new book, “Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy.” (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

    Countries have debated how to combat climate change since the early 1990s. And yet little progress has been made as governments grapple with how to set and enforce emissions-reduction commitments. That’s what motivated Melissa Scanlan to investigate how action by the private sector might spur business to do what governments have not: prioritize environmentally sustainable […]

  6. New UW-Eau Claire grad ‘pays it forward,’ works to make computer science field more equitable and inclusive

    Photo of Alexis Lappe, who has excelled in the classroom as a UW-Eau Claire computer science major, but she also worked hard as a Blugold to make the STEM fields more inclusive and equitable. After she graduates in December, she plans to continue her efforts to bring more women and minorities into computer science and related fields. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

    “Pay it forward” may have become a popular saying in recent years, but it’s long been a way of life for Alexis Lappe, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior who will graduate in December with a major in computer science-software engineering and a minor in communication studies.When Lappe came to UW-Eau Claire, more experienced Blugolds […]

  7. UW-La Crosse student creates non-profit benefitting K-12 athletes

    Photo of UW-La Crosse football player Rusty Murphy, who was worried about the impact of COVID-19 on local K-12 student-athletes. So, he co-founded Rising Athletes, a non-profit that strives to help youth sports programs by organizing, creating and sustaining opportunities for K-12 students.

    COVID-19 affected athletes in many ways — an abrupt end to competition, canceled and shortened seasons, fewer conference and national championships, and more. But UW-La Crosse football player Rusty Murphy was more worried about the impact on local K-12 student-athletes. “The biggest thing was realizing that, due to effects of COVID-19, a ton of kids […]

  8. UW-Stout’s Teach Day encourages high school students to explore teaching career

    Photo of high school students from throughout Wisconsin who visited UW-Stout Nov. 15 to learn about careers and opportunities in teaching as part of a pilot program called Teach Day. / Photos by Chris Cooper

    Pilot project allows a dozen Wisconsin high schoolers to learn from UW-Stout students About a dozen Wisconsin high school students visited University of Wisconsin-Stout on Nov. 15 to learn how they could impact future generations. The students came to explore teaching as a career during Teach Day, a university pilot program. Students from Eau Claire, […]

  9. “The implications are enormous”: UW-Madison graduate student’s innovative climate research could change building design

    Photo of Gesang, who presented her research at the 100th American Meteorological Society annual meeting, in Boston, January 2020. Her poster was also named outstanding student poster at the conference.

    When she was young, Gesangyangji would stare at the peaks on the mountains surrounding Lhasa, her birthplace in the Tibetan Plateau. They were covered in snow. But as she grew up she noticed the snow disappearing, the white lines chased up the mountain by gray and green rock. “I was wondering,” she said, “Why is […]

  10. UW-Milwaukee student takes an unanticipated path to becoming a water scientist

    Photo of UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences student Tyler Kunze, who developed an appreciation for the environment while growing up on a dairy farm outside of Green Bay. (UWM Photo/Heidi Jeter)

    Tyler Kunze never anticipated a career as a water scientist. Yet in May, he became the first student to earn a bachelor’s degree in water science from UW-Green Bay. He’s now a graduate student in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. “It’s been a long and winding road getting here,” said Kunze, who grew up on […]