Stories indexed under: Biology

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  • Photo: Birds gather at bird feeder Climate change alters cast of winter birds Oct. 16, 2014 Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate. Writing this week in the journal Global Change Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison wildlife biologists Benjamin Zuckerberg and Karine Princé document that once rare wintering bird species are now commonplace in the American Northeast.
  • Ray Owen In memoriam: Ray D. Owen discovered immune tolerance, paved the way for organ transplantation Sept. 26, 2014 Ray D. Owen, who died on Sept. 21 in Pasadena, California, at the age of 98, discovered the phenomenon of immune tolerance, fueling a revolution in immunology and laying the foundation for the successful transplantation of human organs. Owen left Madison in 1947 to join the faculty at Caltech, where he remained for the rest of his long, distinguished career. His later work included studies on human antibodies, blood-group antigens, and the evolution of immune systems.
  • Photo: Brandon Barton Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance Sept. 19, 2014 Bent and tossed by the wind, a field of soybean plants presents a challenge for an Asian lady beetle on the hunt for aphids. But what if the air - and the soybeans - were still?
  • Soybean plants A touching story: The ancient conversation between plants, fungi and bacteria Aug. 27, 2014 The mechanical force that a single fungal cell or bacterial colony exerts on a plant cell may seem vanishingly small, but it plays a heavy role in setting up some of the most fundamental symbiotic relationships in biology. In fact, it may not be too much of a stretch to say that plants may have never moved onto land without the ability to respond to the touch of beneficial fungi, according to a new study led by Jean-Michel Ané, a professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Photo: students with paddleboard Pre-college programs open doors for leadership roles Aug. 4, 2014 Whether their connections were social, academic or professional, former participants in UW-Madison's summer residence programs through University Housing say the camps were essential for creating future opportunities.
  • Janet Hyde First in the nation: UW-Madison establishes post-doc in feminist biology April 17, 2014 Feminist biology - which attempts to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology - will be the focus of a new, endowed fellowship in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Sea turtle Baby sea turtles spend ‘lost years’ in warm blankets of seaweed March 4, 2014 Nosing their way out of eggs buried in sandy beaches from Florida’s east coast north into the Carolinas, baby loggerhead sea turtles race to the water as fast as their flippers will carry them and begin a swim frenzy to clear the predator-rich shore.
  • Photo: three-toed sloth in tree What’s with sloths’ dangerous bathroom breaks? Maybe hunger Jan. 24, 2014 For the three-toed sloth, a trip to the restroom is no rest at all. It's a long, slow descent into mortal danger from the safety of home among the upper branches of the forest.
  • Photo: chimp with tick in nose UW scientist sniffs out possible new tick species Oct. 1, 2013 In June 2012, Tony Goldberg returned from one of his frequent trips to Kibale National Park, an almost 500-square-mile forest in western Uganda where he studies how infectious diseases spread and evolve in the wild. But he didn’t return alone.
  • Photo: divers preparing for plant survey In whole-lake experiment, have invasive crayfish met their match? Sept. 6, 2013 Four years ago, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers wrapped up a multi-year effort to dramatically reduce the population of a destructive invasive species in a northern Wisconsin lake.
  • In whole-lake experiment, have invasive crayfish met their match? Sept. 6, 2013 Four years ago, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers wrapped up a multi-year effort to dramatically reduce the population of a destructive invasive species in a northern Wisconsin lake.
  • Ned Kalin - revealing disorders of the brain June 10, 2013 Dr. Ned Kalin, chair of the Department of Psychiatry, is an accomplished biological psychiatrist whose research focuses on anxiety. Through imaging studies and understanding the genetic and environmental components of mental illness, his lab is working toward discoveries that can form the basis of early interventions to treat children who are at risk of developing long-term anxiety and related psychiatric disorders.
  • Symposium will focus on developmental biology May 23, 2013 When former University of Wisconsin-Madison genetics professor Oliver Smithies won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, he dedicated a portion of his prize money to start a symposium to bring top biologists to campus as a resource for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Thinking ‘big’ may not be best approach to saving large-river fish May 22, 2013 Large-river specialist fishes - from giant species like paddlefish and blue catfish, to tiny crystal darters and silver chub - are in danger, but researchers say there is greater hope to save them if major tributaries identified in a University of Wisconsin-Madison study become a focus of conservation efforts.
  • Decline in snow cover spells trouble for many plants, animals May 6, 2013 For plants and animals forced to tough out harsh winter weather, the coverlet of snow that blankets the north country is a refuge, a stable beneath-the-snow habitat that gives essential respite from biting winds and subzero temperatures.
  • New living, learning community to welcome biology students April 24, 2013 To help bio newbies get off to the right start, as many as 130 students will begin 2014 in BioHouse, the university’s 10th residential learning community.
  • Analytical trick may accelerate cancer diagnosis Feb. 24, 2013 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found a new way to accelerate a workhorse instrument that identifies proteins. The high-speed technique could help diagnose cancer sooner and point to new drugs for treating a wide range of conditions.
  • In evolution, fossils reveal, ‘Court Jester’ gets last laugh Jan. 9, 2013 The dominant factors in the rise and fall of the diversity of life on Earth has been a point of debate for scientists nearly as long as they have studied the processes of evolution.
  • Outreach efforts earn UW–Madison employee award from public schools Oct. 13, 2011 There has been a marked increase in green slime, exploding volcanoes, and rockets blasting off in the Madison public schools over the past few years, thanks to the hard work of Dolly Ledin at UW–Madison’s Institute for Biology Education.
  • Two UW–Madison academic staff educators receive teaching awards Aug. 29, 2011 Two University of Wisconsin–Madison educators are among the recipients of the UW System's 2011 Alliant Energy Underkofler Awards for Excellence in Teaching.