Category Science & Technology

Data Science Initiative supports faculty research

Ten highly innovative projects, addressing such diverse topics as the microbiome, climate change, limnology, Alzheimer's disease, genomics and math, have been chosen to receive funding.

Study suggests buried internet infrastructure at risk as sea levels rise

The most susceptible U.S. cities are New York, Miami and Seattle, but the effects would ripple across the internet — potentially disrupting global communications.

UW–Madison’s Mathieu appointed to National STEM Education Advisory Panel

Mathieu is a leading academic voice for transforming undergraduate teaching and learning within STEM disciplines, experience he will contribute as one of nine higher education representatives on the 18-member NSF panel.

Sussman to lead Genome Center of Wisconsin

Mike Sussman, longtime director of the UW–Madison Biotechnology Center, has announced that he is stepping down from that position to serve as director of the genome center. Chris Bradfield has been named interim Biotechnology Center director.

California-bound Badgerloop team aims for top prize

Badgerloop Pod III, a teardrop-shaped vehicle designed and built by UW–Madison students, is making its way from Madison to Hawthorne, California, to compete in the third SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition on July 22.

In a warming world, could air conditioning make things worse?

A team of UW–Madison researchers forecasts as many as a thousand additional deaths annually in the Eastern United States alone due to elevated levels of air pollution driven by the increased use of fossil fuels to cool the buildings where humans live and work.

Zika virus infection may multiply risk of miscarriage, stillbirth

Researchers at six National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) combined results from individual studies to find that 26 percent of pregnancies in 50 monkeys infected with Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy ended in miscarriage or stillbirth.

Cell therapy is the future, and Wisconsin is the place, UW–Madison expert tells Technology Council

UW-Madison has doctors willing to guide the studies that will make or break cell therapy companies. “If you are a clinician, you need a pioneer spirit to do something that has never been done before,” Jacques Galipeau says, “and there are already many like that here.”

Map helps guide public health decision-making

“We want this to be a tool that everyone can use,” said Amy Kind, an associate professor of medicine. “We hope this will be a catalyst to ... eliminate U.S. health disparities.”

“Ring around bathtub” at giant volcano field shows movement of subterranean magma

It’s a major task to understand a Laguna del Maule mountaintop region that has erupted 50 times over the past 20,000 years. But the starting point of a UW–Madison study is simple: It’s the ring that standing water leaves on a bathtub.

Lipids in blood and liver offer insights into metabolic health

Often, in order to identify a fatty liver, an invasive liver biopsy is required. Taking a blood sample would be a much simpler way to diagnose it.

Muir Woods research works to understand how plants have sex

A UW–Madison researcher is studying how — and why — different plants have sex. Her project involves early meadow-rue plants in Muir Woods.

Stem cell summer camp inspiring early careers in science and technology

The Morgridge Rural Summer Science Camp has allowed more than 500 high-academic achievers from across the state to spend a week learning from leaders in stem cell research, a field that UW–Madison helped make famous.

GPS and other technology help athletes find fitness faster

A sports science class focused on the most popular technologies in the field of human performance in an effort to teach UW–Madison students how to collect data, interpret the information and use it in a meaningful way.

High-powered microscopy coming to a scientist near you

A portable light-sheet microscope that shrinks to the weight and dimensions of a packed suitcase can be mailed to a lab anywhere in the world, configured remotely by Morgridge Institute for Research engineers to run experiments.

‘Stealth’ material hides hot objects from infrared eyes

Hiding from infrared detectors could become much easier, thanks to a new cloaking material that renders objects — and people — practically invisible.