Saturday, November 30, 2013

Madison: A World-Class University Town

And if you don't believe us, just ask BBC Travel, which recently named Madison, WI as one of the top five University Towns in the world. That's right, the world.

Submitted by: Sumit K.

Friday, November 29, 2013

All I Want To Do On The Cold Friday Morning After A Thanksgiving Feast

Unless you're out rounding up Black Friday bargains, in which case more power to you!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

The song may be a year old, but if there's one day of the year to play it that would be today. 

Happy Thanksgiving from the UW MSTP!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Meet Marley, puppy of Adam B. 
(Also featuring Adam's wife, Erin, recipient of puppy kisses.)

Photo Credit: Adam B.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rollin' Safari

The Rollin' Wild Youtube channel has some awesome videos depicting a world in which animals are not only round but kind of bouncy. These short videos make for a strangely soothing study break. 

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Birthday Birthday!

Wishing a Happy Birthday and an awesome Cake Day to the beautiful Bornali K. 

Photo Credit: Brittany Y. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The More You Know (about misapplied logos)

Even though these two symbols are apparently mixed up sometimes when used to represent medical practice, the white coats from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health definitely feature the correct Rod of Asclepius!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Giant bowl of veggies

The giant salad served at this year's MSTP retreat! 

Photo credit: anonymous

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Double Birthdays Today!


A Happy Birthday today to the gentlemen pictured above: 
student Michael P. and our Associate Director Dr. S. Reeder. 
In UWMSTP Blog fashion, we wish you both cake! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cast Your Vote!

UW MSTP-ers Layla B., Sumit K., and Jason C. participated in UW Madison's 2013 100 Hour Challenge this past weekend, creating a prototype urine test that can detect early-stage fungal meningitis. Pretty cool!

The winners are being chosen by popular vote, and this project is currently running behind a "desk doubling" contraption by about 60 votes (far less impressive, some might say).

So check out their video here and cast your vote!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Undergrads in their Natural Habitat

Main campus at UW Madison is teaming with undergraduate students during the academic year. Sometimes we find that the most entertaining way to interact with them is to just observe and take notes on their particular behaviors as one might in a nature documentary. 

Overheard at the local Steep & Brew coffee shop: 

"I was still tipsy when I went to the library. Things that make me smile. Period."

"We're listing people that are normal. Like not weird. Like not me. I'm weird. I'm a weird person."

"She's the classic girl. I wouldn't call her trendy, I'd call her classic. But, like, normal."

"You, like, can't say's degrading. It's like vomiting--you can say it and that's fine but, like, only if no one hears."

Quotes submitted by Richard M.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

U of M Alums!

A couple of our program's Minnesotans Mitch B. and Ted G. 
checking out something cool (what, exactly, we may never know). 

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beef Stew

Taken at Merchant
Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Grad School Barbie!

Introducing Mattel's latest addition to the Barbie line of upstanding role models for children. After all, the holidays are just around the corner.

Submitted by: Chelsea H.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Birthday Birthday!

A Happy Birthday today to David M. 
Hopefully some awesome cake is in a part of the festivities. 

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Rhetorical Question

"Who's got three thumbs and got kicked out of anatomy lab? THIS GUY."

This joke brought to you by Ceci W. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Birthday Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Yang H. 
May today bring you cake or something with equal or greater deliciousness. 

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I Propose that UWMSTP Adopt a Version of this, Perhaps with a Cape and a Halberd?

This seems awesome, and then you realize that it is actually a real thing
at which point it becomes even more awesome. 

Submitted by the lovely Chelsea H.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Photos from Fall

Halloween is over, but that doesn't mean we've run out of October photos!

Here are Erin T. and Mitch B. doing some good old-fashioned pumpkin carving. 
Yes, this is Mitch working on that NIH pumpkin

Photo Credits: Sumit K.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Anonymous Quotes from the UWMSTP

*speaker indicates an area on a diagram of the heart*

"This is... some sort of chamber."

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

For Those Whose Science Education Involved Hours of Bill Nye on VHS

THNKR has begun posting short videos explaining concepts related to NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter starring none other than Bill Nye. 

Yes, Bill Nye the Science Guy. 

The series has been named, fittingly, Why with Nye.

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