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  • Art history students turn shopkeeper's ledger into Smithsonian exhibit June 30, 2015 A class of history students and their professor, Ann Smart Martin, are celebrating the July 1 opening of the American Enterprise exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., which was researched and curated by the UW-Madison team.
  • New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires June 29, 2015 A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.
  • Photo: Bill Lenling One hot idea: Thermal spray makes metal better June 24, 2015 A company spawned by an experiment on lawn mower blades has mushroomed into a national leader in high-temperature coatings that alter the surface properties of metal.
  • Photo: Circinus X-1 Neutron star’s echoes give astronomers a new measuring stick June 23, 2015 In late 2013, when the neutron star at the heart of one of our galaxy’s oddest supernovae gave off a massive burst of X-rays, the resulting echoes — created when the X-rays bounced off clouds of dust in interstellar space — yielded a surprising new measuring stick for astronomers.
  • Photo: Su-Chun Zhang Stem cell expert: Bart Starr treatment shows need for rigorous trials in U.S. June 19, 2015 The news that legendary Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr has undergone stem cell therapy to recover from a stroke has raised the profile for a promising but unproven regenerative treatment intended to replace dead neurons with live ones.
  • Photo: Tim Osswald Collaboration with Wisconsin plastics manufacturer yields industry and research advances June 10, 2015 For University of Wisconsin-Madison plastics engineer Tim Osswald, the Wisconsin Idea is about taking the extra step: taking research out of the lab.
  • Photo: Xinyu Zhao Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development June 10, 2015 Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain.
  • Photo: Anita Mukherjee Study finds private prisons keep inmates longer, without reducing future crime June 10, 2015 A new study finds that inmates in private prisons are likely to serve as many as two to three more months behind bars than those assigned to public prisons and are equally likely to commit more crimes after release, despite industry claims to lower recidivism rates through high-quality and innovative rehabilitation programs.
  • Drinkwater, Greenberg to fill research leadership posts June 9, 2015 Norman Drinkwater, a UW-Madison professor of oncology, and Jan Greenberg, a UW-Madison professor of social work, have been named associate vice chancellors in the Office of Research and Graduate Education. Greenberg will lead the area of social studies while Drinkwater will lead the biological sciences.
  • Study redefines role of estrogen in cervical cancer June 8, 2015 Scientists have prior evidence that the hormone estrogen is a major driver in the growth of cervical cancer, but a new study examining genetic profiles of 128 clinical cases reached a surprising conclusion: Estrogen receptors all but vanish in cervical cancer tumors.
  • Photo: Fotis Asimakopoulos Navigating multiple myeloma with ‘Google Maps’ for the cancer genome June 8, 2015 In some ways, studying the genetics of cancer has been like examining the individual tiles on a mosaic, says David C. Schwartz, a professor of genetics and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To make his point, he brings his face close to the table where he sits - his mosaic for the purpose of illustration - and describes the details of each imaginary tile.
  • Photo: William Karpus Get to know William Karpus, new Graduate School dean June 2, 2015 In August, William Karpus will become the Graduate School’s dean — the first since a restructuring last year to enhance UW-Madison’s role in graduate education and research. He is tasked with serving more than 9,000 students across 150 departments. He will also work closely with Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education, in developing a distinct Graduate School.
  • Photo: Mark Cook UW-Madison startup offers antibiotic alternative to animal producers June 1, 2015 A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections.
  • A new kind of wood chip: collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips May 26, 2015 In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
  • Illustration of the mastodon skeleton Rewriting the history of the Boaz mastodon May 24, 2015
  • Genetic approaches to cancer, neural development lead to honor for UW-Madison scientists May 21, 2015 Two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers - one investigating the genetic basis of cancer growth and the other, the role of genes in neural development and learning - have earned funding and a prestigious honor from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
  • Brief alcohol screening misses mark for people who most need help, study says May 19, 2015 As screening for alcohol problems during doctor visits has become more mainstream, a new study published in the journal Addiction finds that the technique does not increase successful referrals to alcohol counseling and treatment.
  • Photo: Adrian Treves Tolerance of wolves in Wisconsin continues to decline May 18, 2015 An ongoing University of Wisconsin-Madison study of hunters and others living in the state’s wolf range shows attitudes toward wolves continue to decline.
  • Expert in computer science drives computer-security spinoff May 18, 2015 One illustrious career in computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can be traced to an anxious mother, a cocktail party conversation, and a "dead boring" job - plus a fascination with low-level machine code, a subject that many computer scientists disdain.
  • Photo: Freight car on railroad track Giving freight rail tracks a boost May 14, 2015 The big chunks of rock - crushed limestone or dolomite that engineers call ballast - that keep railroad tracks in place look like a solid footing even as freight cars rumble overhead.