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2009



Shakhashiri

Shakhashiri selected as Honored Instructor by University Housing

A UW-Madison news article on the recent Christmas Lecture

Posted December 21, 2009


Shakhashiri

Stage fright is not an issue for Shakhashiri

A UW-Madison news article on the recent Christmas Lecture

Posted December 10, 2009


Shakhashiri


40 years later, chemistry show is still a hit

Deborah Ziff of the Wisconsin State Journal interviewed Professor Shakhashiri on the occasion of the 40th anniversary Christmas Lecture

A reader's comment on this article

Posted December 7, 2009


Shakhashiri


The 40th Anniversary presentation of Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri is SOLD OUT

Program will air on PBS and other cable stations

Posted November 17, 2009


Islam and Science


In Turkey, fertile ground for creationism

U.S. critics of evolution help translate their ideas for a society already torn between Islam and secularism

Posted November 9, 2009


Women in Science

Fifty years of expanding girls' horizons in science, math

Thousands of Wisconsin women have been influenced by the Expanding Your Horizons program at UW-Madison

Posted November 5, 2009


Women in Science

Can women be creative scientists?

The dangers of testing for creative ability

Posted November 4, 2009


Islam and Science


Creationism, minus a young earth, emerges in the Islamic world

Academics say that creationism is growing in the Muslim world, but Earth-creationists, who believe God created the universe, Earth and life just a few thousand years ago, are rare, if not nonexistent.

Posted November 4, 2009


School Books

Career track

U.S. students who study science don't always stay in the field

Posted November 2, 2009


School Books


Study suggests that US could use fewer, not more science students

A new paper contradicts the notion of a shrinking supply of native-born talent in United States

Posted October 29, 2009


German Crest


The dawn of academic chemistry

Philipps University, in Marburg, Germany, celebrates the 400th anniversary of the earliest chemistry professorship

Posted October 29, 2009


Periodic Table


Celebrating chemistry

National Chemistry Week: This year's theme is the periodic table of the elements

Posted October 12, 2009


Inquisitiveness of Milwaukee native leads to a Nobel prize

Yale chemist Thomas A. Steitz, who grew up in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, has won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry. He was honored, along with two other scientists, for fundamental work that revealed the structure and function of ribosomes, which transform our DNA into the proteins necessary for virtually every human action from breathing to thinking.

Posted October 8, 2009


Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009

The key to life at the atomic level
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the chemical foundations for life were a mystery. Today we know how many of the most important processes function, all the way down to the atomic level. The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded for the detailed mapping of the ribosome – the cell’s own protein factory. The ribosome translates the passive DNA information into form and function.

Posted October 7, 2009


Global Warming


Project: Visualizing and understanding the science of climate change

As a contribution to the International Year of Chemistry in 2011, this project proposes collaboration among the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, UNESCO, the Alberta Centre for Research in Youth Science Teaching and Learning (CRYSTAL Alberta), and other partners to develop and disseminate a set of interactive, web-based materials to visualize and understand the underlying science of climate change.

Posted October 5, 2009


Moon


Moon's surface holds water

Planetary Science: Spectral results from three different spacecraft confirm presence of H2O or HO

Posted September 28, 2009


Drink

The consequences of a boozy youth

A new study out of the University of Washington in Seattle delves into the cause and effect of drinking alcohol at an early age.

Posted September 21, 2009


Pollan

Author Michael Pollan's visit to the UW campus ties in with the launch of the university's Go Big Read program.

Posted August 27, 2009


LAU

Professor Shakhashiri presented with honorary degree from Lebanese American University

Click here to see the honorary diploma.

Posted July 16, 2009



Science of fireworks program on campus Saturday

When: Saturday, June 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Come to the Memorial Union Terrace on to see and learn about the science behind the amazing fireworks displays to be set off across Lake Mendota at Rhythm and Booms. Join Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, Dr. Rodney Schreiner and others from the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy.

View a photo of the event here.

Posted June 26, 2009



The Opportunity Equation: Transforming mathematics and science education for citizenship and the global economy

The Carnegie Corporation of New York / Institute for Advanced Study's Commission on Mathematics and Science Education details why the American education system must be transformed so that our schools provide high quality mathematics and science education to every student.

Posted June 12, 2009



Women faring well in hiring and tenure processes for science and engineering jobs at research universities, but still underrepresented in applicant pools

A new congressionally-mandated National Research Council report examines how women at research-intensive universities fare compared to men at key transition points in their careers.

Posted June 2, 2009



Boys "outperform girls in science" in Britain

According to a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the gender gap in science is bigger in Britain than in any other developed country.

Posted May 27, 2009



A brilliant, lucky teen wants to help people

Putting his considerable energies towards music, language and science alike,
18-year-old Philip Streich of Platteville is also co-founder of a startup company that may change the way we use energy, paving the way for more affordable usage for the whole world.

Posted May 3, 2009



President Obama addresses NAS annual meeting

In a speech to National Academy of Sciences members gathered for the Academy's 146th annual meeting, President Barack Obama announced major initiatives to boost research funding and bolster math and science education. He said he was restoring science to its rightful place, and urged NAS members to join him in creative efforts to engage young people in science.

Listen to the speech here.

Read a transcript of the speech here.

View a fact sheet on the President's commitment
to research and education here.

Posted April 28, 2009


A plan for U.S. emissions to be buried under sea

The Concord, Mass. company SCS Energy hopes to gain the Obama administration's attention with their proposal to counter global warming, inspired by the work of Harvard geochemist Daniel Schrag.

Posted April 17, 2009



Scientists warn of rapid-fire media dangers

New findings show that social media sites like Twitter may be harming young people's emotional development because they are too fast for the brain's "moral compass" to process.

Posted April 14, 2009


President Obama's memorandum on the importance
of scientific integrity

Posted March 31, 2009


Bassam's call to action

First appearing in Wisconsin People & Ideas, Vol. 55, No. 2 (Spring 2009).

Posted March 29, 2009



Prominent ecologist to speak on campus

Jim Collins, assistant director of biological sciences at the National Science Foundation and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Arizona State University, will give the 2009 Kaeser Scholar Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

Posted March 29, 2009


A telescope to the past as Galileo visits U.S.

Posted March 29, 2009



Vatican sponsors conferences on science and faith


The Vatican is sponsoring several academic conferences in 2009 dealing with the work of Charles Darwin and Galileo Galilei. The conferences are intended to show compatibilty between catholicism and modern science.

Posted March 13, 2009


Intel Science Talent Search 2009 winners announced

The top 10 finalists include two Wisconsin students.

Learn more about the talent search

Posted March 12, 2009


Study finds that students benefit from depth, rather than breadth, in high school science courses

Posted March 10, 2009



Fact sheet on presidential memorandum on scientific integrity

"Today, more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation. It’s time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America’s place as the world leader in science and technology." - President Barack Obama

Posted March 10, 2009


Lifestyle choices steer women away from STEM careers

Posted March 5, 2009


UW-Madison seminar explores Wisconsin's response
to climate change

Posted February 18, 2009


"Male Call," Brava Magazine, December 2008 edition

Brava's monthly "Male Call" features a closer look at WISL's
Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri.

Posted February 10 , 2009



"Darwin Day" celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species

Posted February 3, 2009


   
 


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