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  • Photo: Dean Sommer showing a beaker of acid whey Center for Dairy Research turns yogurt waste into new products March 6, 2015 With exploding consumer demand for Greek yogurt, production is up. That's great for food companies' bottom lines, but it also leaves them dealing with a lot more acid whey, a problematic byproduct of the Greek yogurt-making process.
  • Search narrows for UW-Madison research leader March 5, 2015 Four finalists have been named for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s top research and graduate education post.
  • Research communications experts partner with Morgridge Institute March 2, 2015 Dietram Scheufele and colleagues in the Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC) are partnering with the Morgridge Institute for Research to take a deeper look at what works — and why — in engaging the public on science. Morgridge provides a unique proving ground for the topic: In partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, science outreach programs bring more than 30,000 participants to the Discovery Building each year.
  • Photo: aerial view of the Aspen Free-Air Carbon dioxide and ozone Enrichment (Aspen FACE) experiment site Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink March 2, 2015 A new study published today [Monday, March 2, 2015] in Nature Plants shows that hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of forests to take up elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing their capacity to slow human-driven climate change.
  • Mealworm farming project wins Climate Quest competition Feb. 26, 2015
  • Photo: Ronald Raines Bioenergy center’s research leads to 100th patent application Feb. 25, 2015 The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application.
  • Study reveals possible biological trigger for canine bone cancer Feb. 25, 2015 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) have identified the biological mechanism that may give some cancer cells the ability to form tumors in dogs. The recent study uncovered an association between the increased expression of a particular gene in tumor cells and more aggressive behavior in a form of canine bone cancer. It may also have implications for human cancers by detailing a new pathway for tumor formation.
  • Photo: Christian Capitini UW to test ‘breakthrough’ pediatric leukemia treatment Feb. 24, 2015 A promising method of immunotherapy to treat children with relapsed acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is opening at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and American Family Children's Hospital. The trial is open to relapsed/refractory pediatric ALL patients who have limited treatment options.
  • Photo: Robert Vargas Professor studies impact of Chicago gang violence Feb. 24, 2015 Robert Vargas, an assistant professor of sociology at UW-Madison, didn’t set out to study gang violence in impoverished Chicago neighborhoods, but once he saw its power over the community, he quickly shifted his area of research.
  • Computer sciences, mathematics professors win Sloan Fellowships Feb. 23, 2015 Two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors have been selected for Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships - an honor awarded on a competitive basis to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers.
  • Photo: Aicardo Roa-Espinosa Helping Wisconsin dairy farms produce ‘brown gold’ Feb. 20, 2015 In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource in little danger of running low: cow manure, also known as "brown gold."
  • Photo: Rebecca Blank U.S. biomedical research in crisis: UW-Madison takes charge Feb. 19, 2015 The university is poised to help lead the national conversation to address the systemic flaws within the American biomedical research enterprise and will host a workshop April 11 to share ideas on how to fix it.
  • Photo: Microscopic image of cellulose nanofibers Contest seeks another round of amazing science images Feb. 10, 2015 To highlight the visual and scientific value of scientific imagery, the fifth annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best images from students and faculty and staff scientists on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • Photo: Biochemistry research Campus push to address crisis in U.S. biomedical research Feb. 10, 2015 The growing realization that the American biomedical research enterprise is unsustainable and requires a comprehensive fix will be the subject of a wide-ranging campus conversation to take place over the next few months.
  • Sidebar: Sessions set to discuss biomedical research crisis Feb. 10, 2015 A series of campus-wide discussions to gather feedback and ideas from researchers — faculty, staff scientists, postdocs, and graduate students as well as administrative staff — on what many people believe is a crisis in U.S. biomedical research has been scheduled for March.
  • Photo: Lynn Haynes in the School of Medicine and Public Health 2013 research expenditure data show UW-Madison ranks 4th Feb. 5, 2015 According to figures released today by the National Science Foundation (NSF), research expenditures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison took a slight dip in 2013, landing Wisconsin’s flagship university in the number four spot among universities nationwide.
  • Photo: Corn at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station UW botanist harnesses the grid to illuminate crop growth Feb. 4, 2015 With help from the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC), botany Professor Edgar Spalding is applying this astronomical sense of scale to our understanding of corn. Spalding uses the HTC capabilities pioneered by Miron Livny, Morgridge Institute for Research chief technology officer, to quantify the incredibly complex process of corn growth from seed to vigorous seedling — not just one at a time, but over thousands of samples.
  • Photo: Su-Chun Zhang supervising his lab Laying a foundation for treating ALS, spinal cord injury Feb. 2, 2015 Su-Chun Zhang, a professor of neuroscience and neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, and his research team have published a unique model for learning more about the role of human astrocytes today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation today. The findings may lay a foundation for the treatment of a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and debilitating spinal cord injuries.
  • Carl Djerassi, UW grad who helped create ‘the pill,’ dies at 91 Jan. 31, 2015
  • Photo: Relocating a sedated fox Slideshow: Learning lessons by following Madison’s foxes and coyotes Jan. 30, 2015 Last year, a family of foxes — complete with roly-poly kits — took up residence on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and made the city its playground. With winter in full swing, the foxes and their larger dog-like counterparts, coyotes, are out there again, roaming the wilder (and often not so wild) parts of the city and campus. This year, David Drake, a UW-Madison associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology, is welcoming the public to join him and his research team as they go out and radio collar the animals in an effort to track and better understand these urban canids.