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EDITORIAL STAFF Director of Communications: Mary Ellen Gabriel Writer: Katie Vaughn Design & Photography: Sarah Morton

L &S A NNUAL R E V I E W COLLEGE OF LETTERS & SCIENCE | UW-MADISON, 2015-2016

LETTERS & SCIENCE ADMINISTRATION John Karl Scholz, Dean Greg Downey, Associate Dean for Social Sciences Susan Ellis-Weismer, Associate Dean for Research Services Anne Gunther, Associate Dean for Budget – Finance, Planning and Analysis Jennifer Karlson, Assistant Dean for Advancement Elaine Klein, Assistant Dean for Academic Planning James Montgomery, Associate Dean for Fiscal Initiatives Cal Bergman, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs  ancy Westphal-Johnson, Senior Associate Dean for N Administration and Undergraduate Education Eric Wilcots, Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences

4 From the Dean: The value of L&S 6 Report on the L&S Career Initiative 8 Lake Mendota: A deep dive into our favorite lake 14 Melanie Matchett Wood on mathematical discoveries 15 Craig Werner and the music of the Vietnam War 16 FIGs: Small groups with big impact on students 20 A makerspace for student experiments 22 History sheds light on racial injustice

Susan Zaeske, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities

24 Collaboration at the core of the new jazz studies program

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

27 Maria Cancian on serving the nation

We welcome your comments and story ideas for future issues. Email: info@ls.wisc.edu

28 Our great students: Scholarships and essays

U.S. Mail: Room 403 South Hall 1055 Bascom Mall Madison, WI 53706

TO MAKE A GIFT Jon Sorenson, Associate Vice President and Managing Director UW Foundation 1848 University Avenue Madison, WI 53726 (608) 308-5393 jon.sorenson@supportuw.org

ON THE COVER Photo by Jeff Miller, UW-Madison Publication of the L&S Annual Review is made possible by financial gifts from alumni and friends.

32 Fossil trove adds new limb to human family tree 34 The Elections Research Center analyzes our political process 36 New approaches to studying the mind 38 Chronicling shifts in Wisconsin's prairies 40 Research highlights 42 Inspired teaching 44 Investing in the Geology Museum 46 Alumni spotlight 48 All Ways Forward 50 L&S Board of Visitors

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L&S Annual Review, 2015-16  

The Annual Review for the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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