Category Science & Technology

Need to talk to your data? UW–Madison spinoff is happy to translate

UW-Madison computer science professor Jignesh Patel and Rogers Jeffrey Leo John, a recent graduate student, founded DataChat in June, 2017, with the goal of making it more efficient for businesses to get insights from data. 

Bridging the gap: Teaching bridge safety to next generation of railroaders

After taking an Engineering Professional Development class at UW–Madison, these professionals will be in a better position to ensure safety on rails that carry passengers, freight and flammable or toxic chemicals.

Randolph Ashton named SCRMC associate director

Ashton, a leading UW–Madison stem cell scientist whose lab develops novel tissue engineering methods to derive brain and spinal cord tissues from human pluripotent stem cells, will assume a leadership position with the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.

New master’s in quantum computing offers training for a growing field

In a single calendar year, the program will catch students up on the fundamentals of quantum physics, cover the theory behind quantum computing, and teach students laboratory skills to construct the devices.

Professor takes on climate change by promoting science literacy through music, art, comics

A UW–Madison geoscience professor has come up with new ways to teach science to non-science undergraduate students, in hopes of awakening their "inner scientists."

Food processors, UW collaborate to remove guesswork from wastewater disposal

The results of a three-year study offer some support for the belief that much of the nitrogen in the wastewater from cheese-making and vegetable processing leaves the soil and harmlessly enters the atmosphere.

Twenty years on, measuring the impact of human stem cells

Beginning with just five cell lines derived from surplus embryos donated by patients who had finished undergoing fertility treatments, human stem cell science has mushroomed from just a few isolated labs to a burgeoning global industry and launched the new field of regenerative medicine.

Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning established with $10 million NSF grant

UW-Madison is part of a consortium that received a $10 million NSF grant that will work toward understanding the risks inherent to machine learning, and developing the tools, metrics and methods to manage and mitigate these risks.

A splash of silver turns diamond films shades of green, blue or purple

A UW–Madison researcher has succeeded in creating an array of colorful thin diamond films, which will help explore light-powered chemical reactions catalyzed by diamond.

Washington Post’s Helmuth is UW Science Writer in Residence

Laura Helmuth, the newspaper's health, science and environment editor, will spend a week visiting classes, working with students and faculty, and exploring the UW–Madison research landscape.

Science-A-Thon celebrates a day in the life of a scientist

Scientists from around the world will share photos of a typical day for the social media campaign, designed to exhibit and promote diversity in science and raise funds for scientific mentoring. Participating scientists will post 12 photos over 12 hours on social media, an hour-by-hour snapshot of a day in the lab, field or classroom, using the hashtag #dayofscience.

Tracking dragonflies, citizen scientists gain insight to Arboretum’s wetlands

This past summer, volunteers began the Arboretum’s first-ever effort to systematically track dragonfly populations, in hopes of gaining insight into the many waterways the Arboretum is charged with protecting.

Addressing our biggest challenges — and mysteries — at the Wisconsin Science Festival

Among the hundreds of events offered around the state during the Wisconsin Science Festival, which runs Oct. 11 – 14, are four in-depth discussions in Madison on some of the most significant challenges science is addressing — and universal questions science is answering.