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  • Posted on March 8, 2024

      It’s a summer evening in early July, and the sun is sinking into Lake Mendota. Along University Bay, the windows of campus buildings bathe […]

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      Jassim Al-Oboudi, a Ph.D. student in microbiology, recalls a flash of inspiration from his childhood. He was watching a PBS documentary at home, in […]

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      Last year, the University of Wisconsin–Madison turned 175. The university has been celebrating this impressive milestone by hosting campus and statewide festivities and by […]

  • A painting showing glaciers and wildfires over a graph depicting rising global carbon dioxide levels.
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      Communicating science to a general audience can be challenging. Successfully conveying research on polarizing topics such as climate change can be even more difficult. […]

  • A colorful exhibit in the entrance of the UW Engineering Building. The art piece is a colorful combination of blocks with different parts of different animals combining.
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      In the intricate symphony of life’s development, there exists a genetic composer. The Hox gene family orchestrates the breathtaking diversity of forms found in […]

  • Dean Glenda Gillaspy
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      Back in November, at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, I was presented with some alarming statistics about rural […]

  • An animation of a winter scene showing a subnivium under a skier's feet.
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      At first glance, the winter landscape in Wisconsin can appear relatively lifeless. But life is out there — in many places. For example, beneath […]

  • University of Wisconsin alumni Magic Vang
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      The son of Hmong refugees, Magic Vang BS’23 was urged by his parents to pursue a higher education — not just for his future […]

  • A cell dividing in two with a small remnant remaining between the two halves.
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      Once thought to be the trash can of the cell, a little bubble of cellular stuff called the midbody remnant is actually packing working […]

  • Paper sign informing customers that certain foods are in high demand and there are shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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      The COVID-19 pandemic expanded our everyday vocabulary to include words such as “PCR test” and “supply chain.” Economists and the general public alike wondered […]

  • Swirling planets, colors, and chemical symbols.
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      Life on a faraway planet — if it’s out there — might not look anything like life on Earth. But there are only so […]

  • Charred tree trunks in a forest after a wildfire.
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      In Controlled Burn (Grow, fall 2018), Erik Ness introduced readers to the Charcoalator, a small furnace that sustains tiny fires under controlled conditions. Associate […]