1. 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

  2. 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

  3. UW-Superior awarded $42,000 Ecofootprint Grant

    The University of Wisconsin-Superior is the recipient of an Enbridge $42,330 Ecofootprint Grant. Funds donated to the UW-Superior will support efforts to continue studying the microplastic sources to Lake Superior in the Superior and Duluth area being led by Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza with collaboration with undergraduate students at UW-Superior. Dr. Rios Mendoza has gained

  4. UW-Milwaukee signs pledge to reduce emissions, plan for climate adaptation

    The green roof at Sandburg Hall is just one of UWM’s efforts to lessen the university’s impact on the environment. At the time of its installation in 2008, It was the largest green roof in Wisconsin. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

    On a hot summer morning, the thermostats “know” to air-condition the buildings when the first researchers arrive. Occupancy-sensitive digital temperature controls are just one cost-effective strategy that UW-Milwaukee uses to reduce energy usage. When the state of Wisconsin challenged all UW schools to cut energy consumption by 20% from 2005 levels, the university’s Office of

  5. UW-Eau Claire team works to improve air quality near Lake Michigan

    UW-Eau Claire students Molly McIlquham and Kyle Geib use an ozone monitor to measure the air at the same height at every stop during their fieldwork along Lake Michigan. They also record the local conditions, like temperature and wind speed, as measured by a hand-held weather meter.

    A faculty-student team of Blugold researchers is helping scientists better understand how ozone is produced over Lake Michigan, findings that could help communities and industries in three states identify strategies for improving air quality. “This project can impact communities and industries in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana,” said Dr. Patricia Cleary, an assistant professor of chemistry

  6. UW-La Crosse community partnership turns 47,000 pounds of food waste into fertilizer

    On a recent Friday afternoon, UW-La Crosse (UWL) senior Jeremy Shimetz loaded six, five- gallon buckets filled of food waste into his 2003 Hyundai Sonata. His destination: 921 Ferry St., La Crosse — the home of a massive amount of hungry worms. Shimetz dumped loads of egg shells, vegetable shavings and fruit peelings into a

  7. UW-La Crosse scientists, students begin new experiment to bring back the forests

    UW-La Crosse Professor Meredith Thomsen plants a tree in an open field with help from a graduate student

    On a highway south of La Crescent, Minnesota, a sea of grass waves in the spring breeze. The open landscape is a stark contrast to the forest that once grew here along Hwy. 26.  More than 100 years ago, the Upper Mississippi River Valley floodplain supported diverse native plants and trees — the perfect habitat

  8. UW-Stevens Point named U.S. Green Ribbon School for sustainability

    UWSP Biology Field Trip

    The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. It is one of nine Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees in the nation. UW-Stevens Point was selected as the top Wisconsin institution of higher education for Green Ribbon Schools and advanced for consideration at the national level. This award acknowledges the

  9. UW-Eau Claire geography professor wins prestigious national teaching award

    Dr. Ezra Zeitler is the recipient of the 2017 Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education.

    A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geography professor with a talent and passion for creating learning experiences in his classroom and around the world has received a prestigious national teaching award. Dr. Ezra Zeitler, an associate professor of geography and anthropology, is a recipient of the 2017 Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council

  10. UW-Milwaukee water program links students to careers

    Anuja Patel, a student at Gateway Technical College, works in the lab at UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences. Research in the lab is part of the Water SYS-STEM internship. (IWM Photo/Derek Rickert)

    Krista Vanderwerff was working on a degree in mechanical engineering at Waukesha County Technical College, but she had never heard of possibilities in the growing water industry. Now she’s done internships at Graef Engineering Consultants and Evoqua Water Technologies in Waukesha and is planning to come to UW-Milwaukee (UWM) for an advanced degree. Tommy Thor,