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Icelandic swarms may provide hints on ecosystems

November 2, 2006

Wisconsin ecologists have ventured into remote parts of Iceland to explore a startling phenomenon in which trillions of gnat-like bugs periodically rise up to form hovering swarms so thick they resemble waves of morning fog.

Researcher finds gene associated with sharp drop in dairy cow pregnancy rates

November 1, 2006

The new discovery of a lethal gene may explain why pregnancy rates in dairy cattle have dropped sharply in recent years, a UW–Madison researcher says.

Future of conservation pondered in Oct. 26 lecture

October 20, 2006

"The Future of Conservation" will be the topic of a free public lecture by Steven Sanderson at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State Street.

Commonplace sugar compound silences seizures

October 16, 2006

Though in clinical use for decades, a small, sweet-tasting compound is revealing a startling new face as a potential cure for epilepsy.

Microbial ‘blueprint’ may unlock mysteries of wastewater treatment

October 11, 2006

A University of Wisconsin–Madison environmental engineer and her graduate student are among researchers on a multi-institutional team who have mapped the metagenome of elusive phosphorous-eating organisms key to thousands of wastewater treatment processes in the developed world.

Zinn to receive Havens Center award

October 4, 2006

Acclaimed historian, playwright and social activist Howard Zinn will receive the A.E. Havens Center's Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Study: Earlier crop plantings may curb future yields

October 4, 2006

In an ongoing bid to grow more corn, farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt are planting seeds much earlier today than they did 30 years ago, a new study has found. Poring over three decades of agricultural records, Christopher Kucharik, an associate scientist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, discovered that farmers in 12 U.S. states now put corn in the ground around two weeks earlier than they did during the late 1970s.

Intersection of business and research explored at CEO Summit

October 3, 2006

Three distinguished University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists will meet with corporate chief executives who graduated from the university to brief them on the business applications and marketability of their research on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Stem Cells 101: Meet Wisconsin’s research leaders

October 3, 2006

Southeastern Wisconsin residents will have a unique opportunity on Oct. 10 to hear about the promises and limitations of stem cell research directly from the Wisconsin professors and researchers working in the field.

Noted ethanol critic to lecture

September 25, 2006

Tad Patzek, a professor of civil engineering at the University of California- Berkeley who is distinguished both for his research on oil field peaking and depletion and for his often controversial, outspoken opposition to corn-based ethanol as a replacement for oil, will give the talk, “The environmental impacts of the corn-ethanol cycle,”on the UW–Madison campus Oct. 5.

EcoHealth One conference to explore global health, environment

September 25, 2006

Nearly 300 people from around the world will gather October 6-10 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the program "EcoHealth One," the first international conference of a newly expanded consortium of human and wildlife health experts, ecologists, conservation biologists, and social scientists exploring the links between ecology and our health.