1. Research buzz: UW-Stout professor, students identify bacterium that may kill honey bees

    Jim Burritt, associate professor of biology, is photographed Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in a biotechnology lab in Jarvis Hall, while working with students and lab assistants on his two-year bee study project, "Honey Bee Hemocyte Profiling by Flow Cytometry". Burritt is trying to help figure out the problem known as hive winter kill, which is threatening the honeybee industry and possibly even the species itself. (UW-Stout photo by Brett T. Roseman)

    Menomonie, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-Stout biology professor and his students may have made an important discovery in the effort to determine why honey bee hives are dying out during the winters in the Upper Midwest. Biology Professor Jim Burritt and his students have published research about a new strain of the bacterium called

  2. UW-Madison launches nation’s first rural obstetrics and gynecology residency

    Ellen Hartenbach, MD, director of UW-Madisons Rural Residency program

    Madison, Wisconsin – Faced with a nationwide shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists, especially in rural areas, the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has started the nation’s first rural-residency program to train and provide care to women in rural Wisconsin. Residency is medical training where

  3. UW-Madison horticulturalists help sow seeds of community in northern Wisconsin

    CALS horticulturalists help sow seeds of community in northern Wisconsin

    Just as some seeds yield tomatoes, carrots and lettuce, others grow community and partnership. In a greenhouse in the northern Wisconsin town of Park Falls, all of those seeds are taking root with the help of UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) horticulture graduate student Michael Geiger, horticulture professor Sara Patterson and a

  4. UW-Madison spinoff releases latest educational game – aimed at teaching fractions

    Art Director Alexander Cooney creates environments for an upcoming Filament game. Photo by David Tenenbaum

    A Madison maker of educational games has just published Diffission, a visual game to teach fractions to middle schoolers without the pain of the traditional “skill and drill.” The software will generate up to one billion shapes, and users will have to build fractions from them, says Filament Games CEO Dan White. “It’s very tactile, and imparts

  5. Crystal growing contest gives middle, high school students a peek inside UW-Madison chemistry department

    Darya Pronina of Waunakee Middle School and a friend look on as Dan Frankel, from the scientific instrument maker Bruker Corp., demonstrates a single-crystal X-ray diffractometer in the UW–Madison Chemistry Department. (Photo by Libby Dowdall)

    Hundreds of middle and high school students from across Wisconsin enjoyed some hands-on chemistry experience this spring through a crystal-growing contest organized by the University of Wisconsin—Madison Chemistry Department. Working individually or in small teams, participants started growing crystals from two safe materials on March 1, says organizer Ilia Guzei, director of an X-ray diffraction laboratory

  6. UW-Madison launches evaluation collaborative to help educational organizations in Wisconsin

    Photo credit: Serve Wisconsin

    In response to increasing need within Wisconsin’s pre-Kindergarten through secondary education system to understand how educational interventions work and may be improved, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, part of UW–Madison’s School of Education, has created the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC). WEC is a growing community of experienced program evaluators from UW–Madison who work in

  7. UW-Madison explorations at Aztalan yield enthusiasm and excitement for visitors, students

    Undergraduate students in a summer session field course continue archaeology site excavation at Aztalan State Park near Lake Mills on June 10. The class and related research, led by anthropology Professor Sissel Schroeder, aims to better understand the daily lives of native people who called Aztalan home a millennium ago. PHOTO: JEFF MILLER

    It was the first 90 degree day of the year in south-central Wisconsin. A searing sun beat down on the prairie grass, swaying in a gentle breeze, while wary red-winged blackbirds kept close watch on their nests. Yet the people arrived at Aztalan State Park, in couples and in groups, young and old. They braved

  8. UW spinoff tracks weightlifter safety, performance

    A Madison startup company that is only 14 months old has installed computerized monitors to track weightlifting by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh football team. The company that developed and built the monitors, WeightUp Solutions of Madison, was founded by Daniel Litvak, who is now a computer science senior at UW–Madison. “We are trying to get

  9. UW-Madison collaboration promotes well-being in the workplace

    McDermott

    MADISON — Standing in front of a room of business professionals, Jill McDermott shares a number: two quadrillion – the number of megabytes of information broadcast daily. She pauses to let the audience reflect on how this inundation of information contributes to distractions in the workplace that can chip away at a person’s well-being and

  10. UW-Madison: Brenner team’s fertility monitor wins state competition

    MADISON — Katie Brenner, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her team of co-founders won the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest in Madison for an app-based device to help women monitor their fertility. Brenner is a scientist in the lab of Doug Weibel, professor of biochemistry, and the pair co-founded bluDiagnostics.