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  • Posted on March 8, 2024
    Emissaries of Science

      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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    A Celebration of Curiosity

      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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    Five CALS Discoveries That Changed the World

      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 […]

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    Art+Science Fusion: Genetic Symphonies

      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 […]

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    New Target for Cancer Treatment?

      Once thought to be the trash can of the cell, a little bubble of cellular stuff called the midbody remnant is actually packing working […]

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    Recipes for the Origins of Life

      Life on a faraway planet — if it’s out there — might not look anything like life on Earth. But there are only so […]

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    The Fate of Microbes and Carbon in the Aftermath of Wildfires

      In Controlled Burn (Grow, fall 2018), Erik Ness introduced readers to the Charcoalator, a small furnace that sustains tiny fires under controlled conditions. Associate […]

  • Posted on November 2, 2023
    Ewe Are What Your Grandparents Ate?

      “You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard this old adage before. But during pregnancy, maternal nutrition can have a large impact on a […]

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    Gather and Connect. Experience and Serve. Learn and Grow.

      It’s a cool Sunday morning in early September, and over a dozen UW students are meeting at a farm plot in Eagle Heights Community […]

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    On the Origin of the Species

      Speciation, the formation of new and distinct species over time, is an abstract concept that can be difficult for younger students to grasp. Multiple […]

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    Invasive Species Alter Mendota’s Microbes

      In the fall 2017 issue of Grow, Erik Ness highlighted bacteriologist Katherine (Trina) McMahon and her quest to understand Lake Mendota through its microbial […]

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    How Waste Becomes a Resource

      Victor Ujor’s fascination with microorganisms — bacteria, fungi, viruses — began with an issue of Time magazine. What he encountered in the pages of […]