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Chemistry - Life Sciences - 21.12.2022
Drying process could be key step in the development of life
Drying process could be key step in the development of life
One-hundred fifty years ago, Charles Darwin speculated that life likely originated in a warm little pond.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.11.2022
New approach could push limits of immunotherapy for difficult-to-treat cancers
New approach could push limits of immunotherapy for difficult-to-treat cancers
Cancerous tumors that aren't candidates for surgery or chemotherapy sometimes respond well to alternatives like immunotherapy, but even cutting-edge cancer treatments that harness the immune system have their limits. A recent study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison points toward a potential new approach for pushing the limits of immunotherapy, opening a door to more effective treatment of inoperable tumors and metastatic cancer.

Chemistry - Environment - 22.11.2022
UW researchers working to improve and simplify models for how PFAS flows through the ground
UW researchers working to improve and simplify models for how PFAS flows through the ground
As a growing number of communities are forced to confront PFAS contamination in their groundwater, a key hurdle in addressing this harmful group of chemicals lies in unraveling how they move through a region of the environment called the unsaturated zone - a jumble of soil, rock and water sandwiched between the ground's surface and the water table below.

Environment - Economics / Business - 01.11.2022
Marine Protected Area creates spillover benefits for tuna fishing in Hawaii
Marine Protected Area creates spillover benefits for tuna fishing in Hawaii
A new study shows that carefully placed no-fishing zones can provide benefits for both fishers and fish populations.

Health - Politics - 31.10.2022
Partisan divide contributed to false sense of racial equality in pandemic mortality
Partisan divide contributed to false sense of racial equality in pandemic mortality
The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic were marked by far higher death rates among Black people than white people in the United States.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 17.10.2022
Despite commitments, Brazil’s beef sector tainted by purchases from protected lands in Amazon basin
Read this release in Portuguese. Depending on where it's from, your next steak could come with a side of illegal deforestation. That's because despite improvements by meatpackers to keep their supply chains free of cattle grazed on protected or illegally deforested lands, many slaughterhouses in Brazil - the world's top beef exporter - continue to purchase illegally pastured animals on a large scale.

Astronomy / Space Science - 28.09.2022

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 07.09.2022

Health - Campus - 05.11.2020
Tracking virus mutations reveals success of stay-at-home orders
A family tree of more than 200 variations in the virus that causes COVID-19 helps explain why two Wisconsin counties - just 75 miles apart, but far from the origins of the virus - had such different early experiences with the pandemic, and shows how well public health orders initially slowed the rate of infection.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.10.2020
New NIH-funded initiative will examine Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome
A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is part of a new multi-institution effort to better understand Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down syndrome.

Campus - Health - 29.10.2020

Environment - 27.10.2020
Cellular networks vulnerable to wildfires across U.S
The threat to cell towers will only grow as climate change makes many areas more fire prone, and as more Americans make their homes near the cusp of both wilderness and civilization.

Health - 15.10.2020
Coverage for people with pre-existing conditions improved under the Affordable Care Act
Insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions increased during the first five years of Affordable Care Act implementation, a recent UW-Madison study revealed. Health insurance coverage for people with chronic diseases increased by 7 percentage points after key Affordable Care Act provisions were implemented in 2014, according to research led by Rebecca Myerson, assistant professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Campus - Social Sciences - 15.10.2020

Environment - Life Sciences - 29.09.2020
Landscape ecologist Monica Turner: California wildfires aren’t a random situation
As landscape ecologist Monica Turner notes, the current California wildfires aren't a random situation.

Mechanical Engineering - Campus - 29.09.2020
$11.4M Army grant supports aircraft hybrid-electric engine research at UW-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are leading research to pave the way for hybrid-electric engines that power uncrewed aircraft systems.

Politics - 24.09.2020
Battleground state poll shows Biden with persistent but surmountable leads
As voting gets underway in many states, Joe Biden remains ahead of Donald Trump in three key battleground states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - according to a poll by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Elections Research Center.

History / Archeology - 23.09.2020

Life Sciences - Health - 21.09.2020
New national imaging center has potential to transform medicine
This three-dimensional view made by UW-Madison's Joseph Kim and Tanner Tenpas with cryo-electron tomography shows microtubules (in cyan) and mitochondria (yellow) - essential cellular components - of an individual neuron from the cortex of a mouse brain.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.09.2020
Waisman Biomanufacturing partners with GigaGen to manufacture new COVID-19 drug
Waisman Biomanufacturing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will begin manufacturing a new drug to treat and prevent COVID-19, developed by California-based biotech company GigaGen. The drug, called GIGA-2050, uses a new approach similar to treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma, or blood products from people recovering (convalescing) from an infection.

Materials Science - Health - 26.08.2020
UW experts design masks for campus from scratch
Students and staff returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison can protect each other from COVID-19 with masks designed by the university's experts in textiles, filtration and infectious disease, and made by one of Wisconsin's oldest companies.

Sport - Health - 05.08.2020
Grad student’s research focuses on ’cutting’ from sports teams
When high schools cut athletes from sports teams it can be a painful for those who didn't make the team.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.08.2020
Waisman Biomanufacturing partners with Heat Biologics to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine
Waisman Biomanufacturing staff operate a centrifuge that allows for cell separation. The UW-Madison biopharmaceutical contract manufacturer is partnering with Heat Biologics to produce a COVID-19 vaccine for phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials.

Computer Science - Health - 22.07.2020
3D-sensing wristband opens possibilities for sign language translation, virtual reality
The FingerTrak device uses four small thermal cameras and machine learning to accurately capture the three-dimensional position of the human hand and fingers, which is potentially useful for sign language translation or disease diagnostics.

Life Sciences - Health - 21.07.2020
Core Revitalization Program funds upgrades to shared resources on campus
The funded projects range from upgrading video recording capabilities for intellectual and developmental disabilities research to delivering increased computational speed for the analysis of large biomedical data sets.

Materials Science - Environment - 13.07.2020
Merging solar cell and liquid battery produces efficient, long-lasting solar storage
Schematic illustration of an integrated solar flow battery. A solar cell (in green) is hooked up to tanks of chemicals (in red and blue) that can store electricity for later use. Wenjie Li Chemists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and their collaborators have created a highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery, a way to generate, store and redeliver renewable electricity from the sun in one device.

Health - 06.07.2020
Coughing visualization illustrates the benefits of wearing a good mask
UW-Madison Professor Scott Sanders' team modified a mannequin so that the mouth releases a puff of air containing fog.

Social Sciences - Administration - 29.06.2020
Showing pro-diversity feelings are the norm makes individuals more tolerant
Showing people how their peers feel about diversity in their community can make their actions more inclusive, make members of marginalized groups feel more like they belong, and even help close racial achievement gaps in education, according to a new study.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 24.06.2020
’Dairy Brain’ project asks farmers to help create smarter dairies
A herd of Holsteins during a milking session at the Sunburst Dairy Farm in Belleville, Wisconsin. UW researchers are asking dairy farmers, producers and equipment manufacturers to integrate dairy data to help farmers make useful, real-time decisions. Photo: Bryce Richter Milk volume and composition; feed costs; market prices and weather; and cow health and genetics are just a few of the data streams swirling around dairies.

Health - Pharmacology - 24.06.2020
UW-Madison and UW Health quickly launch a number of COVID-19 clinical trials
As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was deemed a pandemic, research institutions across the United States rapidly shifted focus to studies aimed at understanding the virus and finding treatments.

Physics - Electroengineering - 18.06.2020
Federally funded upgrade reenergizes fusion experiment
For more than two decades, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have leveraged a unique experiment called Pegasus to advance the field of fusion energy.

Health - Environment - 17.06.2020
UW partnering with state on COVID-19 population health studies

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 12.06.2020
Sesame Workshop materials help families affected by incarceration
Pat Dillon and her grandson Damien Smith browse materials developed by UW-Madison experts and Sesame Street Workshop.

Environment - 11.06.2020
Controlling invasive milfoil with lake-wide herbicide could do more harm than good to native plants
Eurasian water milfoil, an aquatic invader native to Europe, Asia and Africa, likes Wisconsin lakes enough to grow in large floating mats.

Innovation - Economics / Business - 09.06.2020
WARF in top 10 among university patent producers
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Transport - 02.06.2020
Wisconsin’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order drove changes in state’s traffic volume
The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying stay-athome order drove unprecedented traffic changes across Wisconsin.
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