Ideas and Discoveries
Tiny is beautiful: SonoPlot makes a viable business from the invisible
Sept. 30, 2015
A University of Wisconsin-Madison spinoff that was spawned during an effort to make DNA-based computers has just introduced a low-cost instrument that can print dots and lines just 5 to 10 millionths of a meter across.
$28 million to support art education: Chazens pledge pieces from personal collection
Sept. 25, 2015
A decade ago, distinguished University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni Jerome and Simona Chazen made a $20 million donation in support of the school’s art museum expansion. Now, the couple has pledged another $28 million gift in the form of several valuable pieces of art from their private collection, an additional gift of $5 million for the Chazen Museum building, and $3 million to establish the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art and the Simona and Jerome Chazen Distinguished Chair in Art History.
Online course brings legendary Professor George Mosse to a new audience
Sept. 23, 2015
George Mosse was one of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's iconic professors: a pioneering historian with a gift for connecting the past to the present. Mosse was an authority on Nazism who himself fled the Nazi regime, writing influential works on fascism like "The Crisis of German Ideology" and "The Nationalization of the Masses." Students flocked to his UW classes from 1955 until his retirement in 1987, drawn by his charismatic style and his insights into European cultural history.
UW-Madison launches fifth MOOC of 2015, focused on forests and humans
Sept. 22, 2015
If you aren’t in Wisconsin to see the colors change, don’t fear. Beginning Sept. 30 through Oct. 28, UW-Madison will launch its second-to-last Massive Open Online Course of the year, “Forests and Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar.”
Afro-Cuban All Star Juan de Marcos González begins fall arts residency
Sept. 17, 2015
This fall, the Arts Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison welcomes Grammy Award winner Juan de Marcos González, founder of the Afro-Cuban All Stars and an accomplished musician in several genres, as its Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. In addition to teaching and performing on campus with world-renowned collaborators, he will conduct weekly master classes with School of Music ensembles and engage in community outreach in Madison and Milwaukee.
Fossil Trove Adds a New Limb to Human Family Tree
Sept. 10, 2015
Flu study, on hold, yields new vaccine technology
Sept. 2, 2015
Vaccines to protect against an avian influenza pandemic as well as seasonal flu may be mass produced more quickly and efficiently using technology described today (Sept. 2) by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the journal Nature Communications.
Understanding El Niño: Q&A with climate scientist Dan Vimont
Sept. 1, 2015
What’s fierce, massive and likened to Godzilla? The 2015 El Niño — or at least in its vivid media descriptions.
UW-Madison researcher selected for national workforce, higher ed board
Sept. 1, 2015
Angela Byars-Winston describes herself this way: “I’m a social scientist in an M.D. world.” She’s a trained vocational psychologist — someone who studies and practices the psychology behind how people choose and are successful in careers —and an associate professor in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Sustainable nanotechnology center lands new $20 million contract
Aug. 31, 2015
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a multi-institutional research center based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has inked a new contract with the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will provide nearly $20 million in support over the next five years.
UW-Madison engineers contribute expertise to Oshkosh Corporation
Aug. 27, 2015
When mechanical engineering Professor Dan Negrut took his first ride in Oshkosh Corporation’s new, highly mobile armored truck in July, he marveled at the vehicle’s capabilities.
Report: Bicycling deaths have decreased, but adults remain at elevated risk
Aug. 20, 2015
Overall rates for U.S. biking deaths decreased 44 percent from 1975 to 2012, according to a new report published Aug. 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and led by Jason Vargo, an assistant scientist with UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Global Health Institute.
New data from Antarctic detector firms up cosmic neutrino sighting
Aug. 20, 2015
Researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory have sorted through the billions of subatomic particles that zip through its frozen cubic-kilometer-sized detector each year to gather powerful new evidence in support of 2013 observations confirming the existence of cosmic neutrinos.
Novel Morgridge technology may illuminate mystery moon caves
Aug. 14, 2015
It's widely believed that the moon features networks of caves created when violent lava flows tore under the surface from ancient volcanoes. Some craters may actually be "skylights" where cave ceilings have crumbled.
Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think
Aug. 13, 2015
Koko the gorilla is best known for a lifelong study to teach her a silent form of communication, American Sign Language. But some of the simple sounds she has learned may change the perception that humans are the only primates with the capacity for speech.
Researchers study Wisconsin’s deepest natural lake to help preserve ‘an ecological jewel’
Aug. 10, 2015
UW-Madison researchers have teamed up with community leaders to analyze Green Lake, Wisconsin's deepest natural inland lake and a crucial habitat for lake trout and other cold water species.
“Happy Days Study” meets the microbiome
Aug. 6, 2015
For almost 60 years, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) has closely followed the life course of roughly a third of Wisconsin high school graduates from the class of 1957.
Inside story: How a patient got her wish, and a video went viral
Aug. 4, 2015
My first hint that our UW Carbone Center video had gone viral came early in the morning, when my husband shook me awake to tell me my phones had broken. Both cell phones were dinging, buzzing and skittering around the kitchen table like demented cockroaches.
UW study shows how a kernel got naked and corn became king
July 27, 2015
Ten thousand years ago, a golden grain got naked, brought people together and grew to become one of the top agricultural commodities on the planet.
The couple who Facebooks together, stays together
July 24, 2015
Becoming "Facebook official" is a milestone in modern romance, and new research suggests that activities on the popular social networking site are connected to whether those relationships last.