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Suggested Read: Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists



Have you read about the story of Marie Curie and her life as a scientist in this year’s book, Radioactive? Interested in reading more about other successful female scientists, such as Lise Meitner who made contributions to nuclear physics and radioactivity and Rosalind Franklin who is known for her work with X-ray crystallography and DNA? Pick up the graphic novel, Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists!

Like Radioactive, this book is also very artistic in its depiction of these women, not only in their field of work, but also their in their personal lives. This short graphic novel is an fun and easy read, as well as informative. If you’re interested in learning more about stories of women scientists like Marie Curie, you can find this book in our UW Library System.

Photo courtesy of G.T. Labs.

Don’t Forget to Suggest Books for Next Year by January 6th!!

Planning is already underway for next year’s Go Big Read, and nominations are now being accepted for the book selection. All genres may be nominated, from fiction and nonfiction to biography, science and science fiction.

Nominated books should do one or more of the following:

– promote enjoyment of reading by being readable, relevant and engaging;
– incorporate sufficient depth and scope to promote sustained discussion of different points of view;
– appeal to individuals from a variety of backgrounds; and
– have cross-disciplinary flexibility that can tie into a variety of campus activities and programming.

The nomination deadline is midnight on Thursday, Jan. 6. The review committee will sift and winnow through all the submissions to create a short list of book titles for the chancellor to consider.

To suggest a title and see the list so far, visit http://www.gobigread.wisc.edu

Sarah McDaniel
Go Big Read

Chancellor’s Convocation Book Give-away


Volunteers from the UW-Madison libraries, the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE), Housing, Enrollment Management, and the Kohl Center, as well as a number of students, gave out five thousand copies of this year’s common book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, on September 1st. As one of those volunteers, I had the pleasure of participating in a high-energy effort to put a book in the hands of each and every student attending the Chancellor’s Convocation for New Students.

After the students gathered in the Kohl Center to be welcomed to campus by Chancellor Biddy Martin and Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, the volunteers began an organized, yet frenzied, project to unpack hundreds of boxes with thousands of copies of the hard-cover common book with its bright orange cover. A letter from the Chancellor explaining the goals of Go Big Read and the benefits of participating in a campus and community-wide discussion around a single title was inserted in each copy and the books were stacked high on tables ready for distribution. The energy and collaborative spirit of the volunteers, clad in green t-shirts (Go Big Read volunteers) and black t-shirts (CFYE volunteers), was palpable. With just five minutes remaining before the convocation ended, all the books were unpacked, stuffed, stacked and ready to go.

Chancellor Martin talked about Go Big Read in her welcome and invited students to participate, letting them know they would receive a copy of the book for free. Then the students exited the Kohl Center in massive streams. They first grabbed a brown-bag lunch and as they headed outside for a giant picnic, we handed each student a book with a smile. They all seemed genuinely appreciative to receive the book, even with hands full of lunch and convocation programs. It was truly exciting for the volunteers to be part of making the logistical challenge of distributing thousands of books such a success.

-Carrie Kruse
Director, College Library

Photo: Jeff Miller/University Communications

Courses Participating in Go Big Read

UW Madison instructors who incorporate the Go Big Read book into their curricula can get complimentary copies of the book for their students. So far, 77 courses are participating in fall 2010! These courses are at every level – from freshman to graduate and professional – and in every discipline. You can view the course list online. These courses are also marked in the course guide.

Students in eligible courses will receive a coupon from their instructor to pick up a copy of the book. First-year students will also have opportunities to pick up a book at Convocation and at the Center for the First Year Experience. If you are an instructor who would like to use the book in your Fall or Spring course, you can still sign up on the Go Big Read web site.

Sarah McDaniel
UW Libraries

Seeking Book Nominations for Sophomore Year of Go Big Read

Planning is under way for Go Big Read’s sophomore year, and nominations are now being accepted for next year’s book selection. Nominated books should do one or more of the following: promote enjoyment of reading by being readable, relevant and engaging; incorporate sufficient depth and scope to promote sustained discussion of different points of view; appeal to individuals from a variety of backgrounds; and have cross-disciplinary appeal and lend itself to tie-ins in a variety of activities and programming on campus. Read the full press release

Nominations will be accepted for two weeks via the online suggestions form.

Sarah McDaniel
Go Big Read