Stay curious. Your monthly scoop from the College of Letters & Science at UW-Madison. 
Some call it the most grueling academic experience they have at UW. Others say it teaches them to think, write and work like scientists. Most graduates of Biocore attest to both. The 50-year-old program guides honors biology students through four semesters of intense, integrated study. And it all begins on the 12-acre Biocore prairie.
Professor Sabine Moedersheim
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther's critique of the Catholic Church began spreading far and wide, thanks to a new technology called printing. A German class examines how 16th-century Europe was roiled by religious reformation, as Luther's 95 Theses gained momentum with every share.
Amish horsedrawn buggy
Pennsylvania Dutch, spoken by the Amish, is a language on the rise. Professor of German Mark Louden, who speaks it fluently, says the number of Pennsylvania Dutch speakers is doubling every 20 years. "No other human population is growing faster," says Louden.
Undergraduate student Makenzie Wydra
The American health care system has been diagnosed with many problems. An intriguing potential cure? The humanities. A new certificate program at UW-Madison is preparing students to be better doctors, nurses, pharmacists and more through a nuanced understanding of health and how people interact with health care.
Lucas Graves, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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