News stories from the University of Wisconsin-Madison en-us Small landscape changes can mean big freshwater gains A typical bird's-eye view of the Midwest offers a patchwork landscape covered mostly by agriculture but mottled with forest, wetland, grassland, buildings and pavement. This pattern influences the quality and supply of the many natural benefits the landscape provides people, including freshwater. 2015-11-17T17:22:00-00:00 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:22:00 GMT UW-Madison storage ring designated as historic site The world's first dedicated source of synchrotron radiation, an electron storage ring named Tantalus, has been designated an historic site by the American Physical Society. Terry Devitt 2015-11-16T16:14:00-00:00 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:14:00 GMT UW-Madison bioethicist co-chairs gene editing study R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and longtime student of the regulation and ethics of biotechnology, was named co-chair of a study committee established Nov. 12 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to look into the implications of a faster, easier and more precise method for "editing" genes. David Tenenbaum 2015-11-13T15:42:00-00:00 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:42:00 GMT Ph.D. student wins Germany’s Green Talents Award 2015-11-10T16:18:00-00:00 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:18:00 GMT Antibody targets key cancer marker; opens door to better diagnosis, therapy 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. David Tenenbaum 2015-11-09T20:02:00-00:00 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 20:02:00 GMT UW neuroscientists describe brain chemicals that create PTSD response 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). Susan Lampert Smith 2015-11-09T19:35:00-00:00 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 19:35:00 GMT Drug protects fertility and may prolong life in chemo-treated mice A University of Wisconsin-Madison physician and her research team have shown that a heart medication can prevent ovarian damage and improve survival in adolescent mice after chemotherapy. The treatment also increased the number of their healthy offspring. Jordana Lenon 2015-11-06T21:01:00-00:00 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:01:00 GMT Moving fast to study nitrate in the Mississippi, algae in Mendota 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. Kelly April Tyrrell 2015-11-03T19:21:00-00:00 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 19:21:00 GMT Minuscule, flexible compound lenses magnify large fields of view Drawing inspiration from an insect's multi-faceted eye, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created miniature lenses with vast range of vision. 2015-11-03T17:09:00-00:00 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:09:00 GMT UW–Madison engineers reveal record-setting flexible phototransistor Inspired by mammals' eyes, University of Wisconsin-Madison electrical engineers have created the fastest, most responsive flexible silicon phototransistor ever made. Renee Meiller 2015-10-30T15:21:00-00:00 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:21:00 GMT Divorce rate doesn’t go up as families of children with disabilities grow Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have larger families, according to a new study by researchers from the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2015-10-30T14:13:00-00:00 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:13:00 GMT Sprouting a new future for Wisconsin’s red and white At a family farm where over 2 percent of the world’s cranberries are grown, Wisconsin’s state fruit sat in two bowls available to guests. 2015-10-29T11:00:00-00:00 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:00:00 GMT Scientists: Harnessing microbes could help solve hunger, health, chemical and energy problems Tim Donohue, a UW–Madison bacteriology professor and director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, joined 17 other scientists from around the world and representing a wide range of disciplines today (Oct. 28, 2015) to lay out a case for an organized approach to harnessing the power of microbes to tackle many of the world’s most pressing problems. Chris Barncard 2015-10-28T20:04:00-00:00 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:04:00 GMT 150 respond to call for innovative research proposals UW–Madison’s latest research initiative — UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative — has received an overwhelming response from researchers eager to jump-start their innovative projects. 2015-10-27T11:00:00-00:00 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:00:00 GMT Researchers embrace and reap benefits of Electronic Lab Notebooks In the fall of 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers gained a new option for storing and organizing experimental data, notes and procedures: the campus Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) system. Since then, nearly 100 labs across campus have begun to use it. Kelly April Tyrrell 2015-10-27T11:00:00-00:00 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:00:00 GMT Mycologist says our close relatives break the bounds of biology The mushroom nicknamed "death cap" made headlines this summer when it poisoned Syrian refugees fleeing through Eastern Europe. David Tenenbaum 2015-10-26T17:27:00-00:00 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:27:00 GMT Mother-of-pearl’s genesis identified in mineral’s transformation How nature makes its biominerals - things like teeth, bone and seashells - is a playbook scientists have long been trying to read. Terry Devitt 2015-10-20T15:11:00-00:00 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:11:00 GMT Credit where credit is due: Rankings may miss up to 60 percent of UW-Madison publications As automated rankings gain influence in the public view of universities, the computers may be missing a significant proportion of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's intellectual output, says Jocelyn Milner, associate provost for academic planning and institutional research. "Our full name is 'University of Wisconsin-Madison,' and articles can be missed if authors list something else, or only a particular institute or center with no further attribution," Milner says. David Tenenbaum 2015-10-20T11:00:00-00:00 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:00:00 GMT Study questions dates for cataclysms on early moon, Earth Phenomenally durable crystals called zircons are used to date some of the earliest and most dramatic cataclysms of the solar system. One is the super-duty collision that ejected material from Earth to form the moon roughly 50 million years after Earth formed. Another is the late heavy bombardment, a wave of impacts that may have created hellish surface conditions on the young Earth, about 4 billion years ago. David Tenenbaum 2015-10-16T17:07:00-00:00 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:07:00 GMT All Ways Forward: Research and innovation With hard work and extraordinary talent, UW-Madison changes lives for the better. With your help, we can keep conducting research for a brighter future, for the next 167 years — and beyond. 2015-10-14T16:03:00-00:00 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:03:00 GMT