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WID Affiliates Recognized in Madison Magazine’s 2015 M List

Celebrating social innovators for this year's M List, Madison Magazine hails six outstanding individuals with ties to WID.

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Excellence in social innovation was this year’s criteria for making Madison Magazine’s M List. Described as a “who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy,” it is no surprise that the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is well represented in this cohort. Let’s meet the innovators with ties to WID :

Lynda BarryLynda Barry, Discovery Fellow, is director for the Image Lab located in the Discovery Building’s first floor. Creations developed at the Lab can be viewed all hours of the day and night in the windows that line the northwest corner of the building. Lynda hosts drawing jams for children in the community through Saturday Science at the Town Center and inspires researchers at WID to use hands-on creativity to look at their scientific challenges with fresh eyes.


Constance SteinkuehlerConstance Steinkuehler is Co-director of the Games + Learning + Society theme as well as executive director of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance. From 2011-2012, she served as Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Her work is focused on cognition and learning through video games. GLS was recently featured in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Boundless Together advertising series.


Kurt Squire Kurt Squire is Co-director of the Games + Learning + Society theme and specializes in video game design for education and civic engagement. GLS was recently featured in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Boundless Together advertising series.




Rich Halverson Richard Halverson, Discovery Fellow and co-founder of  the Games + Learning + Society (GLS) theme is a vocal supporter of the flipped classroom and data driven instructional systems as well as a champion of our Field Day program.




Sara Guyer Encouraging a “radical cross-fertilization of ideas”, Sara Guyer, director of the Center for Humanities joined with former WID director David Krakauer to bridge the gap between sciences and humanities with Humanities Hackathons at WID. The events promoted connections between seemingly unrelated disciplines and uncovered unexpected connections.



Dorothea Salo Dorothea Salo is an alumna Discovery Fellow for the Living Environments Lab. During her tenure at WID she strongly advocated among the researchers for open access and open data to create opportunities for collaboration.




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