1. UW-La Crosse grad, USGS scientist takes aim at Great Lakes invaders

    Photo of UWL December graduate and U.S. Geological Survey Biologist Nick Schloesser who worked at USGS as an undergraduate student. He began a full-time career at USGS after his 2008 graduation and continued while earning his UWL master’s degree in biology. Through a “career pathways” position, he was able to build his master’s thesis around a project that would be important to protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem and its fisheries.

    Sea lamprey have a nasty bite. This blood-sucking parasite could kill more than 100 million pounds of Great Lakes fish annually if left unchecked, according to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. “If we didn’t have controls, we wouldn’t have a fishery to speak of — recreational, commercial or tribal,” says Marc Gaden, communications director for the […]

  2. UW-Oshkosh student connects painting and programming with responsive art

    Photo of Nick Pierson working on artwork that shows his prowess as both an artist and a coder.

    There is typically a significant distinction between fine artists and computer programmers, but University of Wisconsin Oshkosh fine arts major Nick Pierson, of Appleton, counts himself among both of these groups. Funded by a grant from the UW Oshkosh Office of Student Research and Creative Activity, Pierson has created a piece of artwork that shows […]

  3. Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Showcase at UW-Madison

    Photo of 2017 Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Showcase

    Watch these entrepreneurs share stories of how they became successful (recorded by Wisconsin Public Television): Zach Halmstad, Partner at Jamf (UW-Eau Claire alumnus), Alex Kubicek, Co-founder and CEO of Understory (UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater alumnus), and Kristen Berman, Co-founder and Principal of Common Cents Lab  

  4. Hundreds of UW-Stout students display research at STEMM Expo

    Photo of Aryas Dodge, a mechanical engineering major, explaining his research project at the STEMM Student Expo Dec. 14, 2017, at UW-Stout.

    Some University of Wisconsin-Stout students may well have taken the first steps toward finding a way to turn whey, largely a dairy waste product, into ethanol to make vodka. Students searched Sweetland Dairy Farm in rural Menomonie to find a wild yeast that would ferment whey to ethanol. They used research techniques to take swabs […]

  5. UW-La Crosse Language Resource Center collaborating with Gundersen Global Partners

    Photo of the area of Nicaragua where Gundersen Global Partners sends volunteers. A collaboration with UW-La Crosse allows health providers volunteering to the Central American country to improve their Spanish skills by conversing on a one-on-one basis with an advanced, Spanish-speaking student at UWL who plans to work in the medical field.

    The UW-La Crosse (UWL) Global Cultures and Languages Department has teamed up with La Crosse’s Gundersen Health System’s Global Partners to provide language conversation sessions for those wanting to improve their Spanish before volunteering to Nicaragua. The partnership stretches back nearly two years when Laurence Couturier, director of the UWL Language Resource Center, met with Liz Arnold, director […]

  6. UW-River Falls to join Small World Initiative research program

    Photo of Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsored Biotechnical Lab

    The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will join 170 partner institutions from 12 nations worldwide this fall as part of the Small World Initiative (SWI) research program. SWI is an international collaboration harnessing the power of student researchers around the world to discover new antibiotics from soil microorganisms, helping address the worldwide health crisis of antibiotic-resistant […]

  7. UW-Platteville students to present research at Posters on the Hill

    Photo of researchers conducting archival research in the Southwest Wisconsin Room.

    Three students and two recent graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will present research they conducted last spring on the vital contributions of African American lead miners in Wisconsin at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 22nd annual Posters on the Hill event to be held in Washington, D.C. April 17-18. The project was one of […]

  8. UW-Madison graduate student studies how green spaces in cities help control floods, store carbon

    Photo of UW-Madison graduate student Carly Ziter conducting field work in a restored urban prairie in Turville Point Conservation Park in Madison. Photo by Eric Perdersen

    For many ecologists, fieldwork involves majestic mountains or rushing rivers or large tracts of wilderness. At the very least, it means exploring natural areas that aren’t defined by human development. But for Carly Ziter, a research site can be a lot closer to home. In fact, it can be right out your back door. In […]

  9. UW-Parkside’s Bianca Ruffolo shares experience attending the Newman Civic Fellows National Conference

    Photo of Bianca Ruffolo at the 2017 Newman Civic Fellows National Conference in Boston

    As a follow up to the article, “Bianca Ruffolo 2017 Newman Civic Fellow,” UW-Parkside student Bianca Ruffolo shares her experience on attending the Newman Civic Fellows National Conference in Boston. Ruffolo was also featured in President Ray Cross’s “News Around the UW System” report to the Board of Regents in December 2017. Ruffolo is a molecular biology […]

  10. UW-La Crosse collaborates with startup company at the frontiers of sustainable agriculture

    Photo of Superior Fresh, which about a dozen UWL faculty toured last summer and some have already started working on projects for the cutting-edge company. The startup in Northfield, Wisconsin, sits on a 720-acre native restoration property. Photo courtesy of Superior Fresh.

    UWL students are getting a hand on the future of food growing. In a biology lab, students spent fall semester nurturing lettuce leaves from seedlings in dishes of water. Biology faculty Anita Baines and Tom Volk led the class in figuring out whether an additive in the growing process was worthwhile. Their research would help answer questions […]