1. UW-La Crosse researchers study marsh ecosystem in oil spill scenario

    Photo of UWL graduate student Anna Hilger pulling up marsh water and sediment from La Crosse’s Myrick Marsh. The water will be mixed with crude oil for testing.

    If a train derailed, spilling crude oil into La Crosse’s Myrick Marsh, what would happen to the community? The community of microbes — that is. Microorganisms — such as bacteria — are nearly all invisible to the human eye, which makes them easy to overlook. However, their value in an ecosystem is great, says UWL […]

  2. UW-La Crosse provides birds-eye business view

    Photo of UW-La Crosse drone used to help businesses

    In the last few years drones have become increasingly popular — not only as a techy new toy, but also as a tool to meet business needs in areas such as agriculture, mining and construction. Global sales of drones have more than tripled from $3 million in 2014 to an estimated $10 million this year, […]

  3. UW-La Crosse team studies how to improve communication, connection between teachers and parents of students with disabilities

    Photo of UW-La Crosse student researchers meeting with Leslie Rogers, assistant professor of Educational Studies. Clockwise from lower left corner, Allison Quartaroli, Rogers, Emily Thorpe and Jaycelin Chan, all special education minors.

    UW-La Crosse (UWL)  students are making a big impact in our local community and beyond. A part-time job doing play therapy with children with Autism first opened UWL senior Alyssa Nelson’s eyes to miscommunication between parents and teachers. “I worked closely with parents,” she says reflecting on the job during her sophomore year in college. […]

  4. UW-La Crosse helping grow Wisconsin tourism

    Photo of Ross Ramsey, who appreciates the small class sizes and interaction with faculty of UW-La Crosse’s tourism emphasis. He hopes to land an internship either at a Wisconsin convention and visitors bureau, or a Midwestern amusement park.

    Twenty years ago when you thought of Wisconsin tourism, you probably thought of the Wisconsin Dells. Now it’s a statewide business that generates an estimated $20 billion each year, along with 193,000 jobs. Local business owners and entrepreneurs are working to position themselves to capture part of the tourism pie. And, the Recreation Management and […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. Full STEM Ahead: UW-La Crosse McNair Scholars program continues with $1.1 million grant

    The successful UW-La Crosse program that prepares first generation, low income and underrepresented students for graduate school will continue. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the university’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program just over $1.1 million to continue the program for five more academic years, with funding through September 2022. The program will receive $231,729 each […]

  9. Students in UW-Stout LAKES program present research in Menomonie, Chetek

    Photo of UW-Stout biology instructor Arthur Kneeland, left, working with LAKES REU students Elise Martinez, center, and Sarah Mack in a university lab. They are growing corn and other plants in sediment taken from a local waterway.

    Menomonie, Wis. — New studies on the Red Cedar River watershed, including Lake Menomin, Tainter Lake and the Chetek chain of lakes, were presented in forums in Menomonie and Chetek in early August. Thirteen university students from around the U.S. explained their summer research to the public at the Raw Deal restaurant in Menomonie and […]

  10. High-flying fieldwork: UW-La Crosse researchers use drone technology to help combat invasive wetland plant

    Photo of UW-La Crosse student Zachary Woodcock, left, who earned a summer research grant to use drones to conduct aerial surveys of purple loosestrife, an aquatic invasive plant with help from UWL faculty mentor and remote sensing scientist, Niti Mishra, right. Here Woodcock takes a drone survey test flight at the La Crosse River Delta near Bangor, Wisconsin.

    For more than a decade, members of the Brice Prairie Conservation Association have been releasing beetles to control the spread of an invasive flowering plant that is degrading regional wetlands and with them, wildlife habitat. The BPCA is attempting to stop Purple Loosestrife across selected areas of Brice Prairie and the Lake Onalaska area, in […]