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  • Posted on October 1, 2020
    Of Mutant Wranglers and Slime Whisperers

      In 1909, the German chemist Fritz Haber sparked an agricultural revolution. Using enormous pressures and high temperatures, he had learned how to efficiently transform […]

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    Let Food Be Your Medicine

      Medical student Alice Huang was dutifully taking notes during a lecture at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine when she snapped to attention. […]

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    The Hype, the Hope, and the Reality of Hemp

      In late 2018, Ralph and Beth Aschenbrenner started hearing a lot of good things about growing industrial hemp. Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant, […]

  • Posted on June 11, 2020
    A Coalition of Scientists Takes on COVID-19 — with Data

      It began with a question from a yoga instructor, sent to the inbox of horticulture professor Brian Yandell. Now it’s a major collaborative effort, […]

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    There’s No Use in Wasting Spilt Milk

      Imagine the hard work of running a dairy farm — the relentless hours, the uncertainty over everything from the weather to prices, the worries […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2020
    ‘The Sweeping Landscape of Her Work’

    It took a hard-fought battle, but in 1919, after decades of petitions, demonstrations, and arrests, women finally won the right to vote. The passage and […]

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    Groundbreaking Women Scholars of CALS

    Marguerite Davis, Elizabeth McCoy, and Esther Lederberg were all remarkable researchers and women in their own right, but CALS has seen the likes of many […]

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    These Insects Help Us. How Can We Help Them?

    It’s a common late summer sight in south-central Wisconsin: a prairie in bloom, with tall, waving grasses peppered with bursts of yellow, purple, and white. […]

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    Research Early, Research Often — and Reap the Benefits

    Critical thinking, sound judgement, mental endurance. Exceptional communication and effective collaboration. These aren’t just human resources buzzwords. They’re authentic skills and abilities that anyone can […]

  • Posted on October 11, 2019
    Deep in the Weeds

    If you were to come across a patch of thale cress poking through a crack in a parking lot, you might not think much of […]

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    Science Outreach: A Versatile Training Tool

    Genetics professor Xuehua Zhong is a true believer in the power of outreach to instill a love of science in young people and develop mentoring […]

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    A Model Solution

    When agronomy professor Chris Kucharik and his wife, Amy, moved into a subdivision in the Town of Burke in 2006, they weren’t surprised to learn […]