Birchbark canoe launch celebrates collaborative art and culture
Nov. 27, 2013
As Wayne Valliere prepared to launch a traditional birchbark canoe into the choppy waters of Lake Mendota on Thursday, Nov. 21, members of the crowd scanned the horizon. The fog on the lake hid the modern water tower, houses and power lines on the far shore.
University Research Park: A business incubator that is “changing the world”
Nov. 15, 2013
University Research Park and the MG&E Innovation Center on its campus were cited yesterday, November 15, by Forbes Magazine as among the top breeding grounds for compelling high-tech startups.
Biomanufacturing center takes central role in developing stem-cell therapies
Oct. 17, 2013
Developing a new drug takes enormous amounts of time, money and skill, but the bar is even higher for a promising stem-cell therapy. Many types of cells derived from these ultra-flexible parent cells are moving toward the market, but the very quality that makes stem cells so valuable also makes them a difficult source of therapeutics.
The sun also flips: 11-year solar cycle wimpy, but peaking
Oct. 16, 2013
In a 3-meter diameter hollow aluminum sphere, Cary Forest, a University of Wisconsin-Madison physics professor, is stirring and heating plasmas to 500,000 degrees Fahrenheit to experimentally mimic the magnetic field-inducing cosmic dynamos at the heart of planets, stars and other celestial bodies.
The chemistry of color: Energy researcher develops dye-based solar cells
Oct. 11, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers working at the intersection of basic and applied science focus on key factors like cost, environmental impacts ... and sometimes, color.
A shot of anxiety and the world stinks
Sept. 24, 2013
Researchers using powerful new brain imaging technologies are revealing how anxiety or stress can rewire the brain, linking centers of emotion and olfactory processing, to make typically benign smells malodorous.
Micro-cameras flex their way into the future of imaging
Sept. 20, 2013
Imagine sticking a thin sheet of microscopic cameras to the surface of a car to provide a rear-view image, or wrapping that sheet around a pole to provide 360-degree surveillance of an intersection under construction.
Massive storm pulls water and ammonia ices from Saturn’s depths
Sept. 3, 2013
Now, thanks to near-infrared spectral measurements taken by NASA’s Cassini orbiter and analysis of near-infrared color signatures by researchers at UW-Madison, Saturn’s superstorm is helping scientists flesh out a picture of the composition of the planet’s atmosphere at depths typically obscured by a thick high-altitude haze.
Study shows mindfulness training can help reduce teacher stress and burnout
Aug. 28, 2013
Teachers who practice "mindfulness" are better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center.
Language can reveal the invisible, study shows
Aug. 26, 2013
It is natural to imagine that the sense of sight takes in the world as it is - simply passing on what the eyes collect from light reflected by the objects around us.
Tuberculosis genomes portray secrets of pathogen’s success
Aug. 21, 2013
By any measure, tuberculosis (TB) is a wildly successful pathogen. It infects as many as two billion people in every corner of the world, with a new infection of a human host estimated to occur every second.
Discovery of new enzyme could yield better plants for biofuel
Aug. 15, 2013
For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin - a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.
Eavesdropping plants prepare to be attacked
Aug. 5, 2013
In a world full of hungry predators, prey animals must be constantly vigilant to avoid getting eaten. But plants face a particular challenge when it comes to defending themselves.
Virtue rewarded: Helping others at work makes people happier
July 29, 2013
Altruists in the workplace are more likely to help fellow employees, be more committed to their work and be less likely to quit, new research by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs shows. And these workplace altruists enjoy a pretty important benefit themselves - they are happier than their fellow employees.
With a few questions, pharmacists can make Ramadan’s fast safe for Muslim patients
July 15, 2013
Nearly a quarter of the world's population is celebrating Ramadan this month, but many of them are fasting in observance of the Muslim holy month at unnecessary risk to their health.
Just a few drops of blood can save a baby’s life: Celebrating 50 years of newborn screening
July 9, 2013
Every day, the hopes and dreams of hundreds of new parents pass through the capable hands of approximately 20 people they will probably never meet on the fourth floor of a UW-Madison campus building they will probably never visit.
Bass professor Richard Davis receives nation’s highest jazz honor
June 27, 2013
Richard Davis can add one more leaf to his many laurels. On Thursday, June 27, the National Endowment for the Arts named Davis, a professor of bass, jazz history, and combo improvisation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of four 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, considered one of the highest honors in jazz.
Exploring a volcano: The romance and the reality
June 26, 2013
A UW–Madison team endures hardship in the field, where a deceptively calm volcanic site could be spewing lava within weeks.
Industry helps create new potato breeding professorship
June 14, 2013
Advances in biotechnology such as DNA sequencing have helped speed the pace of plant breeding in many food crops, but applying these tools to the potato, which has an extra set of chromosomes, has been a bit more difficult.
Professor helps ‘Sesame Street’ reach children of imprisoned parents
June 12, 2013
For the past two years, psychologist Julie Poehlmann’s worked as an advisor for “Sesame Street” on developing materials that will help children with incarcerated parents and the people who are taking care of them.