Ideas and Discoveries
New website helps educators teach about American Indian nations
Nov. 12, 2015
Twelve American Indian nations call Wisconsin home. Each has its own customs, its own identity, its own story.
Antibody targets key cancer marker; opens door to better diagnosis, therapy
Nov. 9, 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have created a molecular structure that attaches to a molecule on highly aggressive brain cancer and causes tumors to light up in a scanning machine. In mouse models of human brain cancer, their tag is easily seen in a PET scanner, which is commonly used to detect cancer.
UW neuroscientists describe brain chemicals that create PTSD response
Nov. 9, 2015
A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists shows how stress chemicals reshape the brains of rodents, research that could lead to better treatments for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Bolz Center helps arts organizations to revitalize Wisconsin communities
Nov. 9, 2015
Nestled on a quiet street near Brewery Creek, the nine cabins and limestone buildings that make up the core of Shake Rag Alley look like a quirky postcard from Wisconsin's mining village past.
Mackie honored as his latest startup shifts toward high gear
Nov. 5, 2015
Thomas “Rock” Mackie, a scientist, entrepreneur and educator, has been honored with the 2015 Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education award for career-long assistance to students and faculty interested in starting businesses.
Moving fast to study nitrate in the Mississippi, algae in Mendota
Nov. 3, 2015
The Mississippi River has long had its explorers. From de Soto to Marquette, Lewis and Clark to Clemens, the fourth largest river in the world has for centuries inspired enchantment.
UW-Madison spinoff wants to help out in the grocery aisle
Oct. 27, 2015
When Wes Schroll moved from a dorm into an apartment and began grocery shopping, he hated it.
150 respond to call for innovative research proposals
Oct. 27, 2015
UW–Madison’s latest research initiative — UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative — has received an overwhelming response from researchers eager to jump-start their innovative projects.
Galapagos tortoise species ID’d from specimen in UW museum
Oct. 26, 2015
A new species of giant Galapagos tortoise, revealed this week in a study conducted by scientists at Yale University, also happened to be lurking in the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Zoological Museum, it turns out.
Wisconsin concrete innovation makes Seattle skyscraper stable
Oct. 23, 2015
A University of Wisconsin-Madison engineer's solution for streamlining the construction of skyscrapers is having a skyscraper moment in one of the most seismically active regions of the country.
UW-Madison students find zebra mussels in Lake Mendota
Oct. 21, 2015
An undergraduate class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered another invasive species in Lake Mendota.
Mother-of-pearl’s genesis identified in mineral’s transformation
Oct. 20, 2015
How nature makes its biominerals - things like teeth, bone and seashells - is a playbook scientists have long been trying to read.
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.