1. UWO Students Conduct R&D for Wisconsin-based Whirl-Pak

    Photo of UW Oshkosh graduate student Erick Carranza who says working on R&D for Whirl-Pak has broadened his skills.

    Water research can result in a lot of plastic waste. High-quality sample collection — such as that for researching emerging contaminants like perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — requires sterilized containers that, unfortunately, can’t be reused or even recycled in most cases. Is there an economical and efficient way to reduce the waste? Product engineers […]

  2. Watershed Game Makes Water Science Fun for Students and Educators

    Photo of Wisconsin educators learning how to play and teach the Watershed Game.

    On a bitterly cold morning in January, teachers and educators from around northeast Wisconsin gathered at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve to learn how to play and teach the Sea Grant Watershed Game. The interactive board game helps students and local leaders understand the connection between land use and water quality. Through a series of active, hands-on simulations, participants learn […]

  3. Ready to change the world: Holly Folyer found UW-Superior’s online sustainability management program to be a perfect fit

    Photo of UW-Superior student Holly Folyer and Sakib Mahmud, Ph.D., a professor of sustainable management and economics at UW-Superior

    Sustainability: This important buzzword is ubiquitous these days. And, with good reason. The future of our earth – and its inhabitants – depends on a deeper understanding of climate change, which all circles back to sustainability. The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a degree track which caters to this exact field of study. It’s called sustainable management. […]

  4. UW-Superior students win third place at Global Sustainability Supply Chain Case Competition

    Photo of University of Wisconsin-Superior students in the TRSP 300 Supply Chain Management class, part of the transportation & logistics management and supply chain management programs, who took part in the Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition sponsored by the United Nations Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport during the Fall 2023 Semester.

    University of Wisconsin-Superior students in the TRSP 300 Supply Chain Management class, part of the transportation & logistics management and supply chain management programs, took part in the Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition sponsored by the United Nations Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport during the Fall 2023 Semester. In this international event, the UW-Superior team of Hayden […]

  5. Health benefits of forest bathing for kids

    Photo of 2019 forest bathing experience led by Namyun Kil, UW-La Crosse associate professor of Recreation Management & Recreation Therapy.

    Study finds mental and physiological health benefits for kids and teens who participate in structured forest therapy A UW-La Crosse study found substantial health and well-being improvements for children and adolescents who participated in a structured forest bathing session. The improvements were both mental and physiological — including a measured decrease in blood pressure over the course […]

  6. Building a Better Response to PFAS Contamination

    Photo of student research, FCW

    A career in water or the environment never occurred to AJ Jeninga until she took a winter break course to Yellowstone as an undergraduate. Now a double alumna of the Universities of Wisconsin, Jeninga was hired as the first-ever emerging contaminant outreach specialist at the University of Wisconsin – Extension’s Natural Resources Institute. She works […]

  7. High schoolers and undergrads present summer research to Manitowoc community members

    Photo of the Stream Team presenting their water quality research to community members.

    The 2023 Lakeshore Water Summit at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus provided high school students involved in UW-Green Bay’s Freshwater Scholars Summer Research Program with the opportunity to present the results of their work in water-based projects. They also learned about the results of summer water quality monitoring in streams around the county, which UW-Green Bay undergraduates perform in […]

  8. UW-Platteville professor awarded Fulbright grant to teach and research in Egypt

    Photo of Dr. Samir El-Omari at Nile University in 2019

    Dr. Samir El-Omari wants to build a sustainable future – one brick at a time. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville civil and environmental engineering professor has been integral in building the Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems program curriculum. El-Omari’s efforts to promote sustainable practices extend beyond the classroom, as he strives to lead by example. He was recently […]

  9. What’s in your playground? UWL chemistry researchers study trace metal contamination in playground surfaces

    Photo of UWL Senior Katie Peterson preparing samples. To simulate entering the stomach, samples of rubber play surface, wood chips and sand are added to acidic solutions, shaken up and heated at body temperature for two hours, the amount of time the sample would be in someone’s stomach. To simulate a being put in the mouth, a clean water solution is used instead of the acid solution.

    Slippers on their feet, chemistry researchers pass through two doors, arriving in a small room where filtered air circulates on the third floor of UW-La Crosse’s Prairie Springs Science Center. Inside the glass walls of this “clean lab” researchers in white lab coats, gloves and goggles are careful not to track in even a hint […]

  10. Student-led efforts reinvigorate Platteville’s ‘M’

    Photo of Members of the UW-Platteville chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers volunteer their time maintaining the "M."

    For more than eight decades, the iconic “M” on Platte Mound has not only served as a symbolic tribute to the university’s mining history, but also a cherished outdoor space, offering hiking trails and some of the best views in Southwest Wisconsin. Cade Klefstad, a senior construction management and construction safety management major, is leading […]